Going out from Panathenaic Stadium, the big green area in front of you is the National Garden of Athens. The entrance is at 300m walking to west, opposite to Olympian Zeus Temple. The former royal garden. This garden was set by Queen Amalia, the wife of Greece’s first king Otto. Full of green, peaceful and silent.. The garden has some ancient statues in place and exotic giant trees..
Actually I’m not the one who is fond of green space like crazy. I don’t die for bugs grasses etc.. I am interested more in structures, architecture (both modern or ancient), streets. I love green but it is enough for me to see or just have a look. But I spent long hours in others.. So we are not going to spend a lot of time here, but seeing every shade of green, getting full of oxygen and having fresh breath make us renew..
Henry Miller’s Athens Love
The beauty of this garden gave an inspiration to the famous American writer Henry Miller and found place in his the novel named The Colossus of the Marussia which was described as his best work by Miller. Here are the words:
“It remains in my memory like no other park I have known. It is the quintessence of a park, the thing one feels sometimes in looking at a canvas or dreaming of a place one would like to be in and never finds.”
Miller wrote this journey novel in one of a quite village in Greece..
The famous Happy Trains of Athens passes in front of National Garden 🙂
Zappion Congress and Exhibition Center
This building in the National Garden. The swordplay contests of 1896 Summer Olympiads were made here. It is the first building constructed for olympiads.
I am tired after garden.. I need coffee..