Visiting Athens in August is, if not a mistake, at least very challenging. You have to plan your day, taking care not to be caught wandering around in the open air ruins when when the clock strikes twelve. Victoria and I failed miserably at this on several occasions, but we still had a great time.
As is the case in many cities we visit, our first stop was a free walking tour to get our bearings and understand what sites and sights needed a closer look. Our tour guide started us at the hill of the muses which along with a rich history of its own, provided a great view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon.  Our guide showed us some lesser trafficked views of the city, and recommended an amazing (and cheap!) restaurant for us as well.  The next few days we spent covering the different sites we wanted to see more of, and enjoying our time in Athens.


A peek at the Temple of Hephaestus, courtesy of our tour guide


Our first view of the Parthenon


Entrance to the Parthenon



The Parthenon



The first modern olympic stadium


The temple of Olympian Zeus, what’s left of it