Here’s something you won’t often hear: travel is overwhelming. There, I said it. Sure, it’s exhilarating, stimulating, exciting. It makes you feel alive and you finally realise what it means to be living. But it’s also incredibly stressful and tiring. So don’t get me wrong, I adore travel. Nothing makes my heart rush and my blood pump quite like booking a plane ticket. But, as with all facets of life, sometimes you just need to take 5 from it to soak up a moment.
When I’m on the road, I’m often changing locations every couple of days and sometimes it can feel that the pace of your travels is reflected in your state of mind; everything is just a whirl of colour and sights. When ever I do feel overwhelmed like this, I have to make sure to just stop for a moment and enjoy exactly what’s in front of me.
Now, my tendency for doing this means I’m also harbouring a collection of incredible hiding spots across most of Europe, which between you and me, are seriously unreal. So without further ado, I unveil to you one of my favourite hideouts in the world! Otherwise known as ‘Areopagus Hill’.
When I discovered this spot I literally sat on the cool stone for 4 hours, just sitting, listening and watching time pass around me. For me this way of spending time is a far greater therapy than any spa or beach resort could ever offer me. As Einstein said, ‘look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better’. And what better way to look deep into nature then to immerse yourself in it!
They say a picture tells a thousand words, so I’m going to let my few snaps tell this story. But first, let me give you the back story.
Aeropagus Hill, being located in Athens and in such close proximity to Acropolis, naturally has a lot of history and mythology surrounding it. The story goes that the God of War, Ares, was tried and aquitted atop the hill for the murder of Poseidon. Orestes was also tried here for the murder of his mother Clyemnestra. As you can see, the hill, which was originally used to hold meetings of council elders, gradually progressed to be used as a High Court for criminal and civil cases. During battles Areopagus was also utilised by the Turks and Persians as a fort to attack Acropolis. So… It’s quite the historical gold mine!
You can check out the map coordinates here!
Thanks for letting me share my favourite spots with you. But I would love it if you would share yours with me! Tag me on Instagram or leave a comment below of your favourite spot… If I like them, I may visit them!