Athena, the Greek Goddess

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As a child growing up in Greece for approximately 10 years, Athena was my favorite of the twelve gods. After all, she was the goddess of: Wisdom (I've always admired smart women); war but she disliked fighting without purpose and preferred to use wisdom to settle predicaments; the Arts (you gotta have art); Industry (her gifts to gods and mortals are legendary); Justice (nice to have the law on your side); and Skill (nothing like a skilled trade to see you through rough times...). Talk about a well-rounded woman!

The Archeological Museum in Piraeus (Harilaou Trikoupi 31) is a true gem. However, it can be difficult to find. Walking from the main harbour I found the easiest way was to have the quickest walk to Zea Marina, continue on the western side of this harbour until you reach a fork crossing with a kiosk (approx. 300 meters), then turn right. The museum is two blocks up from the harbour on the right side. The exhibition is fantastic. The most famous artifacts are four bronze statues of Athena (photo), Apollo and Artemis. The museum also displays many classic statues and small artifacts.

Don't forget to visit the Acropolis Museum in Athens!

If you plan to visit any Museum in Greece, feel free to drop a line with your comments or thoughts. Please keep in mind that Greece's debt crises started in 2010 and impacted all public and government sectors. You may find that some museums are not properly maintained. This is very sad for Greeks worldwide and tourists. 

Happy Travels! 

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