Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Revisit Greek History

Well, this time is Athens, the visit which i made back-to-back with my Santorini trip. Way back 800 - 146BC, Greece saw the rise of a new civilization that transformed the ancient world and its influence has lasted to the present day. You must have heard of Zeus, Sparta, Athens, the first olympic, democracy, Plato, Aristotle and Socrates, to name a few. Nowadays, the major site left to see the great civilzation is located on the Acropolis hill, where the Parthenon was built. Parthenon is the main structure on the Acropolis hill, which was the temple of Athena (greek goddes) and Treasury of Delian League. Apart from Parthenon, other ruins were the Theatre of Dionysos, Propylaia, the Temple of Athena Nike and Erechtheion. The ruins are now under major restoration and renovation work by the Greek government. Next to Acropolis, there is a museum that displays the sculptures and artifacts during the greek empire. For details, go Wiki guys ... enjoy the pics.
Above: Theatre of Dionysos
The Odeon of Herodes Atricus - stone theatre structure / amphitheatre
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus
The restoration work at Propylaia, the main entrance to Acropolis
The Parthenon
Erechtheum
Part of Athens as seen from Acropolis
and ...... some tips. Bring comfortable shoes since u need to walk on restoration side and some areas are quite slippery. Try to be there in the morning to avoid long queue especially during summer period. Sight seeing may take around 1-2 hours and more if u are so keen in Greek history.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

An evening in Budapest

Budapest is definitely worth to visit. Though it may not be as famous as other imperial capitals like Paris and London, Budapest has its own charm and beauty. Below some of the snapshots while strolling the city and braving the cold. the Palace
The famous chain bridge
Some of the pictures taken from the hilltop of Citadella
The Danube river, cutting across the city, separating one side called Buda and the other side known as Pest ....

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Time Travel

Snapshots taken at the Constitution Square, Bucharest during the 550th anniversary celebration of the Capital. It was a commendable effort and an interesting idea to have people in traditioal costumes wandering in the main square, which created the surrounding as if u were living in the 18th century.