Athens is one of my favorite places. It's beautiful and I can honestly say the people are really friendly. The Greek alphabet is wild. Thank God, most of their signs are translated into our Alphabet underneath their language.
All of our Hotels in Europe were beautiful (it is why I was in charge of that). Loved, The Stanley in Athens. It was truly great. We had dinner and drinks on the roof of the hotel and you could see the Parthenon. It was incredible. I also had my first drink! I wanted to accomplish that before I turned 21 and I did. I had a "Sex On The Beach" and it was very nice. There was even a balcony and even though I didn't really use it, I liked having the option!
The ruins above are from the Temple of Zeus, but my personal favorite was the Temple of Hephaestus. It was clearly a lot smaller, but it was the most intact. Funny, enough Hephaestus was the God of craftsmanship, sooooo it seems everything worked out well for him.
I understand know why the Greeks and the Turks don't get along. Everything we read involved the Turks invading or destroying and I personally understand the dislike. One of the ancient sights was standing until the 1500 or 1600s, but due to Turk mishandling (they stored gun powder in it) the sight was destroyed. I got a brief overview of Greece's history and I can see why they don't get along. I wouldn't like them either.