Athens, Greece


Greece, the birthplace of European civilization. The beginning of the sciences, the arts, philosophy, and democracy.

Do you know where the idea of using an owl to represent a teacher came from? Athens. The owl was a symbol of the Goddess Athena, who represented wisdom.


First thing first, the Acropolis.

It towered over the entire city centre and so all one needed to do was to walk up the hill. You wouldn’t need to climb to one of the other hills for a photo like this (indeed that’d be a bit too far), as the best spot was actually very close to the entrance to it (halfway up the hill), with a massive group of rocks acting as a platform for the perfect picture.

This was pictured from another angle though.


This was taken from the giant pile of rocks.


Zeus’s temple from afar.


The other side was under construction.


A Greek-style theatre, one of the two near the Acropolis.


A functioning theatre – I believe this was of a more Roman style, as there was a wall blocking the view.


One of the more complete structures in the Acropolis.


On the left, it’s female statues acting as pillars.


The back of one of the most recognizable buildings in the world.


A clearer view of the girls.


There was no theatre in town (one would have to go for an afternoon trip that ends at 2am or something), so I settled for an opera. It’s not on every day so you’d have to go check. It’s possible to just go before 9pm and buy a ticket. Maybe not the best seats. Free seating based on zones.

Awfully hot.


It was a pretty terrible experience actually. I couldn’t really figure out what they were doing in the story, up there the people were very small, there’s no English subtitles (it’s all in Greek), it’s very hot, the seats were very uncomfortable, and the speakers didn’t always work…Very often the singing just got cut off.

I left after two hours during the intermission.


In Athens, you can either choose to buy the tickets separately, or you can buy a combo that includes seven sites (you can visit each of them once), all but one in the downtown within walkable distance.

This was a big marketplace back then. It now houses several things including this museum. It’s got plenty of busts.


Climbing up the hill, you see this.


After walking for around 15 minutes, you get to the supreme god’s temple.


Or rather, what’s left of it…


View from another hill.


Hadrian’s Library as you walk up to the Acropolis. This closed at 3pm.


The first stadium of modern Olympics. Skip if you don’t have the time or the will to get there.


The observatory on one of the nearby hills.




Tower of the Winds. The Radcliffe Observatory tower in Green Templeton College Oxford was modelled after this.

Not very tall or elaborated, but then it’s Roman.


If you aren’t getting the combo, it may not be worth going at all, especially when you can see the whole thing from outside the gates.


Hadrian’s Library. I don’t get why it’s closed so early when everything else was 5pm or 8pm.


The hill opposite to the Acropolis.


I took an Uber from the centre to what’s left of Plato’s Academy.


It’s literally mostly just grass and honestly I wasn’t sure what I was looking at. They didn’t even have signs.


I think only one of these things might have been a part of The Academy, but I couldn’t figure out which one was it.

It’s free entry so I guess that’s OK.


Aristotle’s school was a bit better maintained. It’s included in the combo.


But this was basically it.


The Byzantine Museum, a nice building next to the above. Entry not included for this one.


Socrates’s prison. Free entry. You can just walk around the hill below the Acropolis and see things like this. There are no signs though so you’d need to know where you’re going based on the map on the main path outside.

Rome, Italy


Rome, where the Roman Republic/Empire started. Coincidentally, also my favourite historical city. It has everything I like – impressive, imperial buildings, ancient ruins, and everything’s reasonably close.

The structure above was my absolute No 1 in the metropolis. It’s extraordinarily well-maintained and you can go on it and get a marvellous view of the city.




It was awfully hot though – around 35 degrees. Would probably have died had there not been literally water fountains everywhere downtown!

But it was so hot that despite the fact that I kept drinking and drinking water, I never really needed to go to the loo.


The complex looked much better in the evening with the lights, even though it might have been more difficult to take good photos of them.


Rome is a highly walkable city (you’d need to be a big walker tho), ever if you want to walk from the central station (where I stayed) all the way to the Vatican and back. It’s quite a nice walk too, with all the unique and stylish ancient buildings at every corner.


One thing that stood out to me was the atmosphere in the city. The archaeological sites had all aged quite a bit, and they were all ruins beyond repair. Yet, Rome still felt like very much the seat of an empire, albeit one that had fallen a long, long time ago.

On another note, they projected videos and images on to some of the walls and that was cool.


Still an impressive building but didn’t look as good as it was in the evening.


The trouble with visiting Rome is that once you’ve got there, you won’t find Athens that special…


The churches are all empty, btw. Very cool tho so good to visit during a heat wave.


Apparently Italians are exceptionally sceptical of air-conditioning, so you can’t expect to have that in most places.


Prague, Czech Republic

My adventure as a Czech hunter. (Didn’t hunt any actually.)


Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic, is a historic capital of the Holy Roman Empire. It was a very different place to be, as even though it was still Europe, they didn’t have the level of wealth of development western Europe enjoys.


The most famous landmark of the city, Charles Bridge.

The juxtaposition of this structure reminding one of the heavy Christian background of the country, and the fact that it’s now practically a pornography capital, was interesting at least. But then, the Vatican funded porn and Jesus never really said anything against it.


One special thing about the Czech capital was how historic the whole city looked. It didn’t feel homogenous like Bath or Oxford, but you also wouldn’t see a modern building out of nowhere. It didn’t feel particularly imperial, despite its history, but still a nice sight to see.


When I went to Vienna earlier, it was Prague it reminded me of. I’m not entirely who predates who, but it was the streets with old European plain buildings on the sides that made me feel that way.

Now, I didn’t actually find Prague all that interesting, perhaps due to the fact that I had only really an obsession with grand buildings, but it was nevertheless a decent town. Just don’t expect any recognizable landmarks or impressive, breathtaking structures towering over you.


This was probably my favourite, especially the inside of it (pictured below).


The river was not bad too. It’s a relatively relaxing place to be, and you can always just stroll around aimlessly.


The inside of the aforementioned building.


I believe my favourite composer, Mozart, performed here.


A typical street.


Looked very much like the Bridge of Signs in Venice.


Like elsewhere in Europe. there were likewise more than a handful of empty churches for you to rest in.


Amsterdam, North Holland, The Netherlands


A’dam, the Venice of the west, film location of The Fault In Our Stars.


Even though they didn’t have big, impressive architecture, I still quite liked it for its unique style (not just the canals).

I took a Megabus from London – Europe-bound we were on a train type of thing; coming back we were on a cruise-like thing. As far as I could tell, no refugees got in with us. We had to get off in Calais and there’s also a Rotterdam stop.


Like the Cambodians, some Dutch residents live on the water, except their homes are much nicer. To me, it feels very public tho.

And yes, I did try smoking marijuana for the very first time. Or smoking anything actually. It did nothing to me but I might’ve done it wrong, as I might not have inhaled much due to the smoke choking me.


In general, it felt like an extraordinarily young city, even though it wasn’t. Even its coat of arms, with the XXX looked very modern, but it wasn’t.

The entire city wasn’t like this, by the way – this was downtown, and there was still large parts of Amsterdam outside of this (even though it’s a bit uneventful).


The cathedral was the only old-looking building but the interior looked extremely modern as well (no pic).


Boom clap.

I went to the Anne Frank’s house but didn’t go in after seeing the exorbitantly long line. Ain’t nobody got time for that.


The houses in the city centre were all very narrow.


My first time seeing something like that I think, and then I discovered how common they were in Mexico.


The symbol of The Netherlands – think it was the only one in the city.


The red light district. They were some women behind the doors and some other establishments.