Thematic Tour II - Journey Through the History of the State

The Monument of the Unknown Soldier
The Monument of the Unknown Soldier: Simple and austere, the sculpture depicts the form of a naked male laid on a mound representing a dead warrior. To the left and right are engraved phrases from the Epitaph of Thucydides  The monument was unveiled on 25.03.1932, work of architect, E. Lazaridis.
in Syntagma Square marks a popular point of reference in the heart of Athens.  Here we will see another aspect of the city in addition to the changing of the Presidential Guard.

Next stop is the Greek Parliament
The imposing building of the Greek Parliament has a long history that is directly connected to the history of the modern Greek state. It was designed by the official architect of the Bavarian Court, Friedrich von Gaertner, and initially the building served as the Palace of Kings Otto and George I (1843). Today it is the Greek Parliament, a timeless symbol and part of the country's collective memory.
, where we will visit the Plenary and Eleftherios Venizelos Halls and the Senate. The parliamentary library is heavy with the aroma of times past and we will see the collections of engravings that are housed here and learn about the organisation and operation of the Parliament while sipping a cup of steaming tea, in a scenic small part of the Parliament!

Continuing in the heart of Athens, we find a small green oasis hidden in Irodou Attikou Street, which calls us to investigate. It is the garden of the Presidential Residence
The Garden of the Presidential Residence: The Palace of the Heir was built on the fertile vegetable plot of the Royal Palace. During the completion of the Palace (1897) and the mapping out of Irodou Attikou Street, the area around the building was designed into an extensive decorative garden by Ziller. The choice of plants must have been made by a Greek expert, as the majority of the trees are native to Greek flora.
  covering approximately 25 acres and hosting 140 different types of ornamental trees and plants, some of which are quite rare.

Should this not suffice, a walk in the National Gardens
National Garden: The original royal palace gardens were the inspiration of Queen Amalia and creation of her German gardener, Friedrich Schmidt. In 1839 15,000 decorative plants were transported from Genoa in addition to wild species from Sounio and Evia.
and Zappeion Gardens will follow, sure to satisfy all, nature lovers or otherwise. Covering 285 acres of green the gardens host hundreds of different species of trees and plants, along with surprises to please young and old alike, such as a mini-zoo, a playground, two small lakes and archaeological finds.

As always we save the best till last! Cold or hot beverages, salads made from carefully selected seasonal produce, ouzo with or without snacks, or even a picnic in the shade of the trees (be sure to request this in time); it is your choice!