Travels | Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett

During the last week in June, my husband and I traveled to Greece to celebrate our 12 year anniversary.  Deciding what camera to bring for a trip is always a huge decision for me.  I settled on my Contax and Polaroid 660, and after traveling for 13 hours, I almost regretted bringing both due to the weight on my shoulders.

Now that I have my film back, I'm so glad I did.  Love that I have these captures of Athens on 120 film - a mix of Kodak Portra 400, Kodak Ektar, and Fuji Pro 400h.  

I think it's important to mention that although Greece is in a period of uncertain financial times, the beauty of the city of Athens as well as the majestic Acropolis is so inspiring and simply put, amazing.  I am happy that we were able to contribute to the economy of a nation dealing with tough times and that we experienced the joy from the local Greek citizens that appreciated our presence there.

Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett

There were so many olive trees - definitely the pride and joy of Greece.  

Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett
Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett
Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett
Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett

My favorite part of our trip was the fact that we made sure not to schedule too many activities, which left time to wonder the streets of Plaka, a quaint, historical neighborhood in Athens surrounding the Acropolis.

Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett
Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett
Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett

 A view of Mount Lycabettus, as seen from the Acropolis.

Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett

The Parthenon is one of the most characteristic monument of ancient Greek culture and continues to be a symbol of democracy and the beginning of Western Civilization.  It was amazing to actually be in the presence of temples that have been standing for thousands of years.

Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett
Athens, Greece | Azzari Jarrett

Next week, I'll share more captures from our trip to the Greek Island of Crete.