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  • Day19

    The Gods of Greece

    September 4, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Thanassi, Athena's cousin picks us up at 9.00.
    Gorgeous man. Overjoyed to see Athena.

    He drops us at the bottom of the path to the Acropolis and has already bought us our tickets to the Acropolis and museum. He gives us museum books and sends us on our way.
    He will meet us at 10.30 at the museum Cafe.

    We walk up through the olive trees on the marble stone path. It is extremely slippery.

    The walk up is steep and you need to watch your step. You either walk on small rocks or smooth marble.

    The Parthenon is huge and majestic. Sand coloured with columns contrasting against the blue sky.

    Cannot take a bad photo of the Acropolis.

    We walk around slowly. I see the Temple of Nike standing smaller by itself and the amphitheatre of Odean Horodes Atticus is below.

    The temple I like is the Old temple of Athena. The one with the 4 ladies.

    The temple was destroyed in a battle.
    Greeks continue restoration.
    The museum is used to hold all precious relics.

    We head back down to the museum and find Thanassi sitting in the Cafe with a Greek coffee.

    He is very affectionate and loving and I am endeared to him immediately.

    Thanassi plays guide to us around the museum.
    We first sit to watch a short film-

    The Greeks built all temples for their gods. With 'The goddess Athena being the main one'.

    It took 50 years to build the Acropolis. Finished about 552 bc.

    The Greeks concentrated on location and proportions.
    Using doric and ionic collumns

    The goddess Athena statue was built in the middle of the Parthenon. But was destroyed later in a battle with the perusians.

    The Parthenon is built in white pentalic marble.

    In strict formality, with unique carvings all over. Friezes of battles, like the battle of troy.

    Such fine work in marble blocks.
    The centaurs are displayed and Thanassi and I look at each other as we are both saggies.
    The goddess Athena was born from the head of Zeus.
    We are then lead around the sculptures by Thanassi.

    I love the frieze of 'Poseidon, Apollo and Aphrodite' sitting together in marble.

    The 'Crown of the Acropolis' is a huge flower, which looks similar to French art nouveau.

    There is a long frieze here of riders on horse back in battle.
    My sister, Julie, an artist, creates beautiful horse sculptures herself. I compare the works and can see that Julie has the conformation and movement exactly the same as these thousand year old relics. So proves even more that she is doing an amazing job.
    I take photos for her to see.

    16,000 people visit the Acropolis per day in August

    Beautiful museum, only 10 years old.
    The Greeks are arguing with the English and French to give back their artworks. The English said you have no where to display. So the Greeks finally built a world class museum. And they wait still.

    Thanassi drops us off at our hotel and will collect us later for dinner.

    We head out for a walk around The Plaka.
    The most beautiful shops are here.
    Danger zone for Athena.

    Must walk around here when you come to Athens.

    We sit for lunch. Theens has souvlaki, I have a delicious veal, mushroom and potato dish. It is devine. I feed some to Athena as it is so good.
    She agrees.
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  • Day24

    From Athens to Santorini

    August 29, 2019 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Who says we are lazy? Up at 7.00 for breakfast then waiting at the gates of the Acropolis at 8.00am. Method to our madness - beat the heat and the crowds!! It was a great time to go there was no queues and the heat was bearable. Amazing sights and history. By the time we were leaving there were thousands of people and we couldn’t wait to get out of there. Still you can’t go to Athens without seeing the Acropolis.

    After getting organised we headed off to the airport again, but this time took the Metro, which was easy and only cost 20 Euro against the taxi which was 55. Made it easily to the airport and again sat around for hours but it was worth it, arriving in Santorini made the airport boredom disappear.

    We caught a taxi to our apartment which is just amazing with an incredible view from our balcony of the sea and the Caldera. Absolutely heaven. Amazing place and the scenery is gorgeous.

    There is one photo of me reclining and trying to look like a model. We laughed and laughed about this one because everywhere we go there are gorgeous girls flicking their hair and posing for photos. They get in your way and you get dirty looks if you dare to get in the way. So we decided to do our own, who says a 60 year old can’t compete!😂😂 well maybe not compete but we had a good laugh.

    Of course we have taken hundreds of photos because you want to capture everything you see which is impossible. But we had dinner on a cliff side and watched the sunset on our first night in Santorini.
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  • Day9


    June 9, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    muss ich wohl nicht erwähnen. Unerreichbar heute.
    Bei 35 Grad in Motorrad Klamotten. Soviel Wasser kann ich gar nicht mitschleppen, wie ich brauchen würde.
    Aber ich habe hier vermutlich letzten griechischen Polizisten gesehen (er mich in der Fußgänger Zone auch). Zum Glück kein Ticket.
    Die anderen sind wohl den Sparmaßnahmen zum Opfer gefallen. Noch ein Vorbild für Deutschland. 🤔
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  • Day2

    Odeon des Herodes Atticus

    June 14, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Das Odeon ist ein 2.000 Jahre altes Freilichttheater. Im Sommer wird es für Konzerte, Ballett, die Oper und Schauspiel genutzt.
    Es hat 32 steinerne Sitzreihen auf denen 5.000 Zuschauer Platz finden.
    Das Odeon wurde im Jahr 161 von Herodes Atticus gestiftet, daher kommt auch der Name.
    Wir konnten es nicht betreten, sondern nur von oben her überblicken.
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  • Day8


    March 17, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    Had breakfast with some buddies this morning from the Group. Had said goodbye last night, but they were down for breakfast, so got a chance to day goodbye again! Had the usual incredible buffet and then caught a taxi to the Acropolis because it was quick. Cabbie ripped us off by charging 8 Euros rather than what should have been about 5, but he was much bigger than me, so....

    Spent maybe 90 minutes listening to Rick Steve tour us around the Acropolis and then descended towards the Agora, the ancient marketplace at the foot of the Acropolis.
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  • Day586

    Day 587: The Acropolis

    September 24, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    The Acropolis is a world heritage site. Of course it is! Though it actually only got added in the late 1980s, fairly late for what's generally considered a wonder of the world! Since it isn't a huge site, we decided to head there in the afternoon instead; apparently it's most crowded in the morning since tour groups generally head there first and somewhere else afterwards.

    So we stayed in and did various work bits until around 2pm when we wandered over; only a 10 minute walk which was nice! Was great to see the famous buildings up close, particularly the Parthenon since you've seen it so many times before. I'd never quite realised that the Acropolis was actually a walled citadel, it sits up above the city and served as a large castle. It's current state is actually unusual as well - historically it was filled up with buildings from later eras, and the Classical Greek-era only look is quite modern - from the 20th century really.

    Anyway we finished up the video, had a good look at the city from the Balcony nearby, then headed back home. Just snacks for dinner this time as we'd had a late lunch!
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  • Day11

    Athens Day 3

    August 5 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Day three, a cool night's sleep and we were ready for another day exploring. We took a different route towards the metro and stumbled across a cool cafe / bar called 'The Place'. They had great veggie options so we ordered food and pancakes (with enough chocolate that even grandma would struggle!). We noticed some wooden bikes outside and ended up booking a bike tour for the last day!

    The plan for the day was to visit the Acropolis for some culture after lots of eating and drinking. Of course the plan was to walk towards the acropolis, stopping off in bars / cafes. The first find was the Klook, a Mary Poppins inspired experiential weird trippy restaurant / cafe. I had a really sweet lemonade and Craig had a beer in a shoe (as you do).

    We stayed for as long as we could stand the weird music and Disney style cringey-ness (which wasn't very long) and spent an hour or so wondering around the cobbled streets of Monastiraki and stopped for a cocktail in Six Dogs. It was a lovely green courtyard and had a zero waste policy.

    By around 4pm it was cool enough to walk up to see the Acropolis of Athens. It was a spectacular sight and hard to believe that it's been around for thousands of years. Again, we were lucky as we didn't have to queue for anything and practically has the site to ourselves!

    Culture completed ☑️ and it was back to exploring! We had a drink at 360 cocktail bar which overlooked the Acropolis and then stumbled across 'Peek A Bloom', a bar in a tiny alley with a bohemian feel (and a secret toilet lol). We sensibly went home at around 8pm to get ready for our trip to Mykonos the next day.
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  • Day21

    Athens, Greece, day 3, part 2

    August 5, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    After our visit to the Acropolis, we headed down to meet the tour group and headed to (another) museum. Three museums in three days. I'm happy, but Robin was a bit over them. This museum and Delphi were specific to the area, but the National Archaeological Museum covered all of Greece.

    Instead of going back to our hotel in the bus we decided to walk back through the Plaka District. It's a cobblestoned village-like area with local crafts, stores, tavernas. Very pretty.

    We chilled out at the pool for a few hours and headed back to Plaka for dinner at a traditional Greek restaurant. Super popular place and great food. We had dinner at Pamet Tsipouro.
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Akrópoli, Akropoli, Acropolis, Ακρόπολη, Акрополь

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