Athens

If you are a history enthusiast, then one destination that you may have great interest in visiting, is Athens, Greece.  There are many reasons to visit Athens, including; the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Acropolis Museum, the National Archeological Museum, and so much more.  Athens is the capital of Greece, is Greece’s largest city, and is the center of all things related to Ancient Greece.  The city is a mix of old and new, and it is a bustling place with a plethora of places to visit, things to learn, and philosophies to explore.

The historic buildings of the Acropolis are a must-see when visiting Athens.  Buildings such as the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and several others that are located in the Acropolis are breathtaking and iconic.  The architecture of these structures has amazed people for such a long time, and the wonder of them will continue to inspire people for many generations yet to come.  Long considered a symbol of Greek civilization, the temple of the Parthenon has withstood the test of time and reminds people of the reason that it was constructed, as a temple to the goddess, Athena.

Another place that you may wish to see while in Athens is the National Archeological Museum.  This museum has acquired the title of being one of the greatest museums in the world.  Within the museum, you will find multiple artifacts of interests, mainly from archeological locations around all of Greece.  Although there were previous locations for the National Archeological Museum of Greece, the current museum was constructed in 1889.  Interestingly enough, during World War II, this museum was closed.  Many of the precious artifacts were taken out of the museum during this time, and they were sealed in special boxes and then buried, in order to prevent them from being destructed during the war.  When the war ended, the items were unveiled and were placed back into the museum.

A person should not go to Athens without tasting a variety of delectable, and local, foods.  This area is known for having some wonderful restaurants, and you should have no problem finding a delicious place that fits your budget and your taste buds, too.  A couple of local favorites may include; Atitamos, Dinner in the Sky, 2MAZI Restaurant, or Vassilenas.  Menu items, such as souvlaki, baklava, moussaka, saganaki, Greek salad, and many other items, can be savored and enjoyed by even the pickiest of eaters.

Many travelers believe that the best time of year to visit Athens is in the Spring and in Autumn.  Keep in mind that July and August are the hottest times of the year in Athens, and it may not be very comfortable for you to spend your days outdoors, as you enjoy the many historical sights.  Whether you are staying a few days in Athens, or if you can stay for several days, the people in Athens are generally welcoming, especially if you happen to know a little bit of the Greek language.  Athens is a place for anyone who enjoys history, art, culture, and a place that is beautiful and unforgettable, too.

London

    London is a fascinating city, with so much to see and explore.  From the very old buildings and rich history, to a thriving, new city, a little bit of everything can be found around this interesting travel destination.  The skyline of London is very distinguishable by some very popular structures.  Of course, the Clock Tower and Big Ben, can be easily spotted, as well as the House of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, the London Bridge, and the London Eye.  If you have some time to spend in London, then you have many interesting sights to explore, and several great dining and shopping destinations to check out, too.

Most visitors to the city of London are aware of the Changing of the Guard ceremonies that take place near Buckingham Palace.  This ceremony takes place most days throughout the year and is free for the public to view.  It is an interesting ceremony where the Queen’s Guard changes hands.  There is a lot of formality and English culture involved in this ceremony and the scenery is beautiful.

The London Eye, which is also referred to as the Millennium Wheel, first opened in the year 2000.  At the time, it was ranked as the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, but it has since been surpassed.  From the London Eye, viewers can have remarkable views of the London skyline, while also enjoying a temperature-controlled environment.  The London Eye lasts about 30 minutes for one rotation and can hold a maximum number of 800 passengers.

A trip to London would not seem complete without a trip by Buckingham Palace and/or the Tower or London.  Buckingham Palace is not open to the public, except for a few months of the year, when you can prearrange a tour inside part of the palace, called the Royal Palace.  The Tower or London is open for tours, where visitors can learn a wealth of information on the history of the Tower, view the Crown Jewels, and interact with the Tower’s Beefeater Guards.

While in London, a stroll through Hyde Park is also a great way to spend a beautiful afternoon.  Hyde Park consist of approximately 300 acres of gorgeous, open nature.  In the park, you will find trails, statues, the Diana Memorial Fountain, and a lake, called Serpentine Lake, where visitors can enjoy fishing, swimming, and many other activities.  Hyde Park is a place that offers a sense of calmness and relaxation, in an otherwise busy and bustling city.

While in London, visitors will have no shortage of places to see and things to do.  Along with exploring all of the beautiful, old buildings and learning the rich history of the area, you also have the availability to some of the finest restaurants and shopping destinations around, too.  A couple of the best restaurants include The Wolseley and The Ledbury, among many other fine dining establishments.  As for shopping, many travelers like to plan a stop by Harrods.  Harrods is a multi-level department store that is home to some of the world’s best designer clothes, home goods, and many other accessories, too.