We had a great short stay in the cradle of western civilization. With a golden age stretching back to the classical era some 2500 years ago, it’s no wonder the city feels ancient and full of history. On the mountain at the center of the city on which the great classical temples stand, the views of the sea and surrounding valleys are tremendous; you get the sense that this is the mythical place where Greek legends of Athena and Poseidon may have originated. The lighting across the valleys as the sun sets is stunning. Today with around 4 million people in the area, Athens is one of the major cities in southeastern Europe.