©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | The final order, Corinthian — popular later on with the Romans — features leafy capitals…boldly decorative with no apologies necessary. We're riding a Flying Dolphin — one of the fleet of speedy hydrofoils that zip from Athens to the islands, and from island to island. Published by Avalon Travel Publishing, available at www.ricksteves.com. Greek Hellenistic art, like Greek Hellenistic society in general, evolved beyond the aesthetics of the Golden Age. This map is excerpted from the guidebook Rick Steves’ Greece: Athens & The Peloponnese by Rick Steves. This stunning bronze statue, cast in 460 BC, depicts the mighty god of the sea about to hurl his trident. It was constructed in the fifth century BC and dedicated to the virgin goddess Athena. While the Acropolis was the ceremonial showpiece, the Agora was the real heart of ancient Athens. The harbor, with twin forts and plenty of cannon, housed and protected the fleet of 130 ships as the Greeks battled the Turks in their early 19th-century War of Independence. Ancient Greeks celebrated the human body. And recently, the city has curbed pollution, cleaned up and pedestrianized the streets, spiffed up the museums, and invested in one of Europe's better public transit systems. A two-hour drive northwest of Athens takes us to Delphi, one of the most important sights in the ancient world. You'll see finely decorated weapons and sheaths….exquisite golden jewelry…and the delicate Vaphio gold cups — reminders of the sophistication of that 15th-century BC civilization. Ancient Agora from Rick Steves Athens Audio Tours on Podchaser, aired Monday, 18th January 2016. Like other hilltop sights in the ancient Greek world, Athens' Acropolis (or "high city") was both a place of worship and of refuge when under attack. A fleet of taxis shuttle people to outlying hamlets and beaches. And there was more to Delphi than just the oracle. The path is flanked by the remains of Delphi's famous treasuries — monuments erected by city-states in gratitude for the oracle's advice. It was built in the 19th century by people from the tiny Cycladic island of Anafi. Visitors wander the remains of what was the city's principal shopping mall and administrative center. Athens and Side Trips. The two main attractions — the archaeological site (officially called the "Sanctuary of Apollo") and the Archaeological Museum — are about a half-mile east of the modern town of Delphi. This episode originally aired in 2010. Rick Steves Athens Audio Tours provide humorous and insightful commentary on the art and history of many of Athen's most notable museums and historic sites. Leonidas: Yeah the shrimps, green shrimps with the oil and lemon sauce. Perhaps nowhere else does the historic and cultural timeline of Europe reach so far back while being so vibrant today. Strolling in the footsteps of Socrates is your best opportunity to commune with the epic Greek past. There are just two of us traveling. The king gave a speech from this balcony, granting his people — whose ancestors invented the concept — democracy. Walk once around fast for a time-lapse effect, then go around again for a closer look. Relax and take in a sea busy with water taxis, ferries that connect this oasis with Athens, old freighters — like castles of rust — lumbering slowly along the horizon, and cruise ships anchored as if they haven't moved in weeks. So she was in trance. Penny: Yeah the omphalos, yeah this wonderful place became the center of the world. It was the site of the oracle of Apollo, god of the sun. Gyro means "turning" — referring to the slowly spinning round of meat — roasted pork or chicken — shaved as needed. Use the HTML below. The original square was essentially a big front yard for the new royal palace. Some of those first government buildings — built in the prevailing Neoclassical style — still survive today. The Golden Mean and everything. ... Rick Steves' Europe. As it was in ancient times, Piraeus is still the port of Athens. Penny: Zeus wanted to know where the center of the world was. Add the first question. In 1843, a riotous crowd jammed this square demanding a syntagma (or "constitution"). Allow 1.5–2 hours for the site (hiking to the stadium alone is nearly a half-hour round-trip), and another 45–60 minutes for the museum. GREECE: ATHENS Athens City Walk. 4.8 out of 5 stars 25. The four major monuments — the Parthenon, Erechtheion, Propylaea, and Temple of Athena Nike — were built as a coherent ensemble (c. 450–400 BC). We will be traveling to Athens in October and are looking for hotel recommendations. Leonidas: Yeah the shrimps, green shrimps with the oil and lemon sauce. Rick: Here we go, the shrimp. (2008). In the 20th century, with an influx of refugees and industrialization luring workers in from the countryside, the population of Athens exploded. Penny: Yeah, everything in moderation, no vices. Observe the peaceful rhythm of daily life. I'm Rick Steves. In the extreme south of Europe is Greece. It's Athens. And then beets. A trove of funerary art from the royal tombs of Mycenae shows treasures from a society that thrived around 1000 years before the days of Socrates and Plato. They stand amid today's bustling metropolis. But when the Greeks won their independence from the Ottoman Turks in the early 1800s, they chose little-but-historic Athens to be their capital. I like being here at the end of the day — with the tourists gone, cheers of the long-gone crowds still ringing in the cool mountain air, and the starting block all mine. He let two eagles fly from the two opposite ends of the universe and this is where they met, here in Delphi. Two hundred years ago, Athens was just a humble town of about 8,000 huddled at the base of the Acropolis. see our FAQ. No individual features — everything was idealized. The king gave a balcony from this speech. The Temple of Hephaestus, one of the best-preserved and most typical of all Greek temples, dates from about 400 BC. | Jun 23, 2020. Late in the day, as the sun goes down, the white Parthenon stone gleams a creamy golden brown, and what had been a tourist war zone is suddenly peaceful. No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month. ... Athens Greece's capital, ... Athens and Side-Trips (episode) Greece’s Magnificent Monemvasia (clip) Greece’s Peloponnese (episode) And today, in the midst of all this rich heritage, the vibrant capital of Greece still thrives. The island's oldest and most traditional taverna was the hangout of the sponge divers a century ago. For some 800 years, until its destruction by barbarians in AD 267, it was the hub of all commercial, political, and social life in Athens, as well as home to much of its religious life. You'll see the rise and fall of Greece's various civilizations: the Minoans, the Mycenaeans, those of Archaic Greece, the Classical Age, and Alexander the Great, and the Romans who came from the west. The town stretches away from the harbor — a maze of narrow, cobbled streets, flanked by whitewashed homes. To them it was the embodiment of the order found in nature. This elegant walkway is a popular pedestrian boulevard arcing around the back of the Acropolis. Leonidas: Eggplant. And tonight the place is all ours, as our enthusiastic cook welcomes us into his kitchen. Parnassos, was not a city. Leonidas: We cook the lamb with the roast potatoes. And, with a little luck, you can make a friend and be invited in — or, in this case — up onto the roof — for a pleasant chat and a cup of strong Greek coffee. Rick Steves Cruising The Mediterranean - episode: 372400 In RICK STEVES CRUISING THE MEDITERRANEAN, Rick sails from Barcelona to Athens, with exciting stops along the way in the French Riviera, Rome, Naples and more. While less balanced and composed, it was a more individualistic age — with more exuberant and emotional art. The Plaka district provides tourists with a more intimate Athens: no chaotic traffic, lots of colorful restaurants, and the best souvenir shopping in all of Greece. And in springtime, hikes come with fields of wildflowers. The Stoa of Attalos, from the second century BC, was rebuilt in modern times to house the Agora's museum. Its superb harbor is surrounded by an amphitheater of rocky hills. During this time, the golden mean was "nothing in excess." They came here to the big city looking for work. A fleet of taxis shuttle people to outlying hamlets and beaches. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Like so many great civilizations, ancient Greece peeked and then faded. They're clad in the traditional pleated kilt and pom-pom shoes made famous by the evzones. Now, it's a hit with everyone. And today, in the mist of such a rich heritage, the vibrant capital of Greece still thrives. Ancient Greece set the tone for all Western art that followed, and this museum lets you trace its evolution — taking you in air-conditioned comfort from 7000 BC to AD 500 through beautifully displayed and described exhibits on one floor. And then beets. Rick: So she would babble and the priests would say this is wisdom from the gods. With my favorite irresistible dinner views on Hydra, this scenic spot lets you watch the sun dip gently into the Saronic Gulf, with Kaminia's adorable port in the foreground. Because the priests debriefed those seeking advice on the state of their homelands, Delphi became the data base of the ancient world. The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. These mansions survive today as grand old hotels, embassies, and museums. Olympic Stadium, Hadrian's Arch, Monastiraki area Funicular up Lycabettus Hill for beautiful views of Athens to the sea. There's an easy blend of work-a-day commerce, fancy yachts, and lazy tourists on island time. Shady trees make it a breezy and restful spot. With all its traffic congestion above and nearly a million Athenians zipping smoothly underground every day, the system is a godsend. In fact, Socrates spent much of his life right here preaching the virtues of "nothing in excess," and urging those around him to "know thyself.". 05 $23.99 $23.99. Location and clean facility is important. Delphi would take all day and you only have 3. And for a quick, inexpensive bite to eat, drop by a corner gyro and souvlaki stand. Sicily serves up a full-bodied and tasty travel experience. The 80-year period from about 480 to 400 BC is known as the Golden Age of Greece — the age of Socrates and Pericles — and Athens was the center. After the noise of Athens, Hydra's traffic-free tranquility is a delight. The resulting Sanctuary of Apollo reached the height of its power between the sixth and the fourth centuries BC. While just the tip of the architectural iceberg, these are handy indicators helping us identify the three main architectural "orders" (or styles). Just a few years ago, this street was a car-clogged mess. Its pocket-size harbor shelters the community's fishing boats. Rick: So a balance of things. People would journey here from all over the known world to seek wisdom from the gods on vital affairs of state. The adjacent Erechtheion is famous for its Porch of the Caryatids, six beautiful maidens functioning as columns. As the year comes to a close, we present the top TV shows of 2020, including "Money Heist" and "The Mandalorian. Here is their contact info: Katerina Tsitsipi Aristotelis Makris Nea Erythrea, Athens – Greece tel./fax: +0030 210-8077073 cell: +0030 6988 607866 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org At a time when Rome was just a village, it was here that the foundations of our Western civilization were laid. This extraordinary collection lets you follow the sweep of Greek art history from 7000 BC to 300 AD. At the foot of the Acropolis, the Ancient Agora (or "marketplace") sprawls out from its surviving temple. There's no way to reach the Acropolis without a lot of climbing (though people with disabilities can use an elevator). Today, people pour out of the city's busiest subway station into this café-filled square. Episode. Greek architecture evolved in stages. episode / view more episodes. Local guides like Penny Kolomvotsou brings these ancient and mythic events to life. There is a special changing of the guard ceremony on Sunday morning at Syntagma Square at 11.00, with lots of extra pomp and a marching band. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Greece. Athens and Side Trips. Athens and Side Trips (photo: Cameron Hewitt) A century and a half ago, Athens was a humble, forgotten city of about 8,000 people. It's especially worth visiting if you're traveling beyond Athens, because it displays artifacts found all around Greece, including Mycenae, Epidavros, Santorini, and Olympia — and the treasures displayed here are generally better than those remaining at the sites themselves. Like the Parthenon it's constructed in the simple Doric style. Weave through narrow paths lined with flowers, and dotted with cats dozing in the sunshine. He advises us on car and taxi travel. We'll tour the must-sees of ancient Athens, including the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. The flow of people into the sprawling city continues, and four million people — roughly one out of every three Greeks — call Athens home. The Horse and Jockey of Artemision, cast in the second century BC, is filled with this Hellenistic energy. About five centuries before Christ, Athens was the center of the Western world. Donkeys rather than cars, the shady awnings of well-worn cafés, and memorable seaside views all combine to make it clear you found your Greek isle. For meals, you can sit out on the shady covered side terrace above the harbor — check the chalkboard to see what's freshest today. ..helps prepare you to better appreciate the actual he-her-historic sites…. Ancient Delphi, perched high on the slopes of Mt. They claim the soldiers' outfits have 400 pleats — one for each miserable year of Turkish occupation (and don't you forget it). I'm glad I'm packing light as I hike up to my hotel. Exploring the agora, it's fascinating to ponder the world of Plato and Aristotle and the age which laid the foundations for Western thinking about economics, democracy, logic, and more. In both life and art, everything was to be in balance. I would like to get off the plane go through passport control, then to the Alpha Bank at the airport (3) and then find a bathroom. These Mycenaean soldiers — with their yellow-ribbon moms — are a timeless off-to-war scene, repeated every generation in the 3,000 years since. After a 90-minute ride, Athens is a world away, and we pull into the isle of Hydra. In Athens, it seems all roads pass through Syntagma Square. From there we side-trip to the oracle of Delphi and then cruise from Athens' port of Piraeus to the island of Hydra. From Piraeus boats depart for points throughout the Aegean Sea. Then we'll poke around the Plaka before escaping the big city to consult an ancient oracle and relax on a classic Greek isle. We'll start up there, at the historic, cultural, and literal high point of any trip to Athens — the Acropolis. Leonidas and Panagiota have retired from running their restaurant. During those pan-Hellenic (or "all-Greek") festivals, Delphi filled its theater, which seated 5,000. Dedicated to Athena and Poseidon, this was one of the most important religious buildings on the Acropolis. While the Acropolis was the center of ritual and ceremony, the agora was the beating heart of ancient Athens. Wherever you travel, seeing the precious artifacts in the big city museums first helps you better appreciate the historic sites out in the countryside. Rick: So he called this basically the bellybutton of the world. Subjugation by the Macedonians under Phillip II and his son Alexander the Great ushered in what's known as the Hellenistic period. ... Athens and Side Trips. From $1.99 $ 1. Instead, donkeys do the heavy hauling today just as they have through the centuries. Rick: Spinach pie. Hi, I'm Rick Steves back with more of the best of Europe. See the Travel Details above for recommendations highlighted in bold, excerpted from Rick's guidebooks. Leonidas: Eggplant. And it packed as many as 7,000 sports fans into its stadium. This Warrior Vase, from the 12th century BC, shows women gathered to wave goodbye to a group of warriors heading off to war — sporting fancy armor with duffle bags hanging from their spears. Descend into Athens' sleek and cool underground and you'll enjoy a transit system as efficient as anything in Europe. The capitals, or tops of the columns, were both functional and decorative. For drinks, sit out front on the porch. Golden Age sculptors shifted weight more believably, placing their statues in a contrapposto pose — that means relaxed, with hips shifted realistically and weight resting on one foot. Rick: Spinach pie. If it's hot or raining, do the museum first to hedge your bets for better conditions for the site. The must-sees of ancient Athens: the Parthenon, Agora, and National Archaeological Museum. All the parts were there in geometrical, if not biological perfection. wgbh GBH 2 12/10 00:29: The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. Penny: There was a priestess inside the Temple and right underneath it there was this room where she was inhaling vapors evaporating from the ground. From $7.99 to buy season. Today one out of every three Greeks packs into this city of about four million. Rick: So people from all over the Greek-speaking world came here. Discover the fascinating people who once worked, shopped, and played here. In this oasis of tranquility, nestled beneath the walls of the Acropolis, the intensity of Athens seems miles away. Owner Dimitris takes his own boat out early in the morning to buy the day's best catch directly from the fishermen. Sipping a drink here puts you right in the middle of a lively Greek scene. Its main town, also called Hydra, is home to about 90 percent of the island's 3,000 residents. Music and sports. Little survives from the classical agora. Today tourists zigzag up the ancient Sacred Way to the Temple of Apollo. Seeing it today is awe-inspiring but imagine how striking it must have looked when it was completed nearly 2,500 years ago — in all its carved and brilliantly painted splendor. But that makes it a quiet, uncrowded spot — nestled in the shadow of the Acropolis — to wander and get a feel for the ancients. Other than one very well-preserved temple and a rebuilt stoa, it's a field of humble ruins. The oracle became so influential that no great leader would make a major decision without first sending emissaries to consult the oracle. This museum is a great way to either start or finish off your sightseeing through Greece. We'll take the fast-paced pulse of the modern city, but waste no time getting to Rick's favorite side-trip destinations: the ruins of the mystical oracle at Delphi and a fast boat to the romantic, traffic-free isle of Hydra. Season 5 Episode 8. Cruise ships await their passengers. Subtle interplay between hips and shoulders. Yeah, these were competitions concerning music, poetry, sport events as well. In the 1960s, the island became a favorite retreat for artists and writers, who still draw inspiration from its idyllic surroundings. At the top of town, the humble Taverna Leonidas has been around so long it doesn't need a sign. Once again, when it was first pedestrianized merchants were upset. Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | The thriving capital of Greece sprawls out from the foot of its magnificent Acropolis. Statues from this age — around 600 BC — all had the same standard features: weight spread evenly on two feet, arms rigid at the side, stiff braided hair, almond-shape eyes, high eyebrows, and the same quirky little grins. I am trying to get my barrings of the Athens Airport. We'll tour the must-sees of ancient Athens, including the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. For some 800 years, starting in the sixth century BC, this was the hub of commercial, political, and social life. Hydra was a Greek naval power famous for its shipbuilders. Get a sneak peek of the new version of this page. Athens, Greece Marvel at the wonders of the Greek Golden Age of the fifth century BC, starring the Parthenon temple on the Acropolis (the religious center), the ruined Agora (commercial center), and the Temple of Hephaestus (one of the best-preserved Greek temples anywhere). I like to hang out in the windy doorway. Crowned by the mighty Parthenon temple, the Acropolis rises above modern Athens, a lasting testament to Greece's glorious Golden Age in the fifth century BC. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. We'll tour the must-sees of ancient Athens: the Parthenon, Agora, and amazing National Archaeological Museum. This, rather than the Parthenon, was the culmination of the Panatheniac Procession. Statues looked more lifelike. But for most travelers, the agora is more than an architectural review. Thanks for joining us. Rick: So tell me why this place was chosen for the oracle. "Rick Steves' Europe" Athens and Side Trips (TV Episode 2008) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Archaic statues all looked like cousins. Ancient Greek treasures include the Poseidon of Artemision. At the end of the walk, prime Acropolis-view real estate is dedicated to the fine art of café sitting. Explore Athens! Unlike most ancient sites, which have layer upon layer of ruins from different periods, the Acropolis we see today was started and finished within two generations — a snapshot of the Golden Age set in stone. The word Hellenistic refers to Greek culture after its political conquest. I hope you enjoyed our look at Athens, the oracle of Delphi, and the romantic isle of Hydra. For lots more information, check out our best-selling Rick Steves' Athens & the Peloponnese guidebook — … Green shrimp with a lemon sauce, calamari with a garlic sauce, spanakopita—spinach pie. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Athens. Get inspired to rediscover the world when it's safe to travel again with an episode that takes us to a number of special outdoor venues. Flying from the states to Athens non stop. 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