The birthplace of democracy – Athens

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Luciana Cavallaro

I have been fortunate to visit Athens twice, and though the second time was just a day trip, I was still excited to spend time there. I first went to Athens in 2004, the year in which the modern Olympics returned to Greece in over a hundred years. There was so much going on and travelling from the airport on the bus into the city, there was rubble, construction and mayhem everywhere. I did wonder whether the Greeks would be ready for the onslaught of athletes and spectators that were soon to arrive on their shores. Speaking with the locals, there was no doubt they’d be ready and on time for the big opening; and they were! It was a spectacular. I wasn’t there for the Olympics, and in fact it was better, as I didn’t need to wait in line to go to venues or places to eat.

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3 thoughts on “The birthplace of democracy – Athens

  1. We rarely think of this but all our western culture was born here… thank you for this reminder!
    …And those olympique games sometimes made me sad seeing what little remains of that ancient glory…

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