After a hectic morning touring the city centre, we entered the park for some shade and quiet. It covers a huge area and it is easy to follow the paths. There is a lot to see - a beautiful wisteria arch, a pond full of turtles, a bridge over a stream, various statues and remains, a children's playground, even some cages full of goats, rabbits and birds, although it is rather optimistic to call this a zoo, as it says in the guidebook. There are a huge number of different species of trees, and the flower beds are generally well looked after. There are many benches to sit in the shade, and Athenians seem to use the park a lot in their lunch break. Depending which entrance you use, you can easily reach the government building next door, the impressive Zappeion gardens, or the temple of Zeus. We would recommend a short walk in the gardens to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
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