Monday, May 30, 2016

100 Places in Greece Every Woman Should Go: Athena Drops a Rock


Chapter 3: Lykavittos Hill

Legend has it that the goddess Athena, flying on her way to install a rock on the Acropolis hill, accidentally dropped the boulder in the middle of the city that bears her name. This 'boulder' dropped by the goddess is known today as the hill of Lykavittos. At a height of over nine hundred feet, this natural rock formation is the highest point in Athens, and, considering the relative flatness of the surrounding landscape, the comparison to a woman's breast isn't too far from the mind. Lykavittos, along with the Parthenon, located atop the Acropolis hill, dominate the Athenian skyline, and are the first things to capture your eye as your arrive in the ancient city from the airport or by sea. Although the name Lykavittos means hill of the wolves, never fear, for you won't encounter any while climbing up the slopes of this natural wonder, only breathtaking views of the city that just get better the higher you go. 

Whether you hike to the summit or ride the funicular, take a moment to gaze out at the magnificent panorama of Athens...

...then make a stop at the Church of St. George, light a candle, and be sure to thank the goddess for dropping that rock.


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11 comments:

  1. It is still a place i will have to visit being in Athens!

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    1. Ola, I've noticed you travel to Greece a lot - do you fly directly to the islands instead of going through Athens?

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  2. I so want to visit Athens. You look so pretty, btw.

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    1. Thank you dear Donna ♡♡
      I do hope you travel to Greece some day - it is truly a magical place :))

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  3. Have of course visited the Acropolis...and every time I do, I gaze at Lykavittos and think "next time..." Thanks for the preview. I especially like the shot out the church door and out to the coast. Very evocative. Can almost picture myself on that sunny terrace. Ah, to spend an afternoon up there, gazing out over Athens. Wonderful. Thanks!

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    1. It is worth the effort to climb up, or take the funicular if you want to avoid the steps....I hope you get a chance to visit on your next trip to Athens :))

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  4. I love all the old legends that seem to explain the reason for everything we see.

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  5. It seems the ancient Greeks believed there was a god for every explanation!

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  6. You could be an ageless goddess in that temple! Ahh, you make me long to visit Greece.

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Thank you for visiting♡