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Anafiotika

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  • Day44

    Ausflug zur Akropolis

    May 14 in Greece

    Die Akropolis thront auf einem Hügel mitten in der Stadt. Was soll ich sagen, allein wegen dem Blick über die Stadt lohnt es sich diesen Touristenmagnet anzuschauen. Zum Glück hat Ivo eine ruhige Hand für die Panoramafotos. Wahnsinn...

  • Day13

    Plaka and Accropolis Muesem

    October 4, 2017 in Greece

    Plaka is one of the oldest suburbs in Athens. It is located on the north east slopes of the Acropolis. It is characterised by its narrow cobblestone streets and beautiful old buildings filled with shops and restaurants. You will find some amazing ruins including the Ancient Agora and a number of museums. I loved the buildings, such foreign architecture when compared to Australia, so with the assistance of Dr Google I can now tell you they are in a Neoclassical style (which I gather is a fancy way 18th century elegance). A lot of the shops and restaurants are touristy but you get this small village feeling when you visit these streets.

    We stopped at Lulu's bakery and deli for breakfast. We had some delicious pastries, but I don't remember what they were called.

    Next it was the Acropolis Museum. This stop was something I was excited about and it didn't disappoint. Firstly it's design is amazing. It is supported by pillars built over ruins that were discovered during pre-construction. It's modern building and not overly lavish but has glass windows on all sides allowing for tonnes of natural light. The glass floors not only allow you to see the ruins below but also increase the natural light. The top floor is my favourite. Here you can see a subtle homage to the Parthenon with the concrete pillars mimicking that of the Parthenon with artwork laid in between the pillars. It attempts to show the viewer what the Parthenon would of been. Fabulous.

    The museum is well laid out, with sections for different parts of the Acropolis. It is a mixture of treasures from the Acropolis and reproductions again designed to give the viewer an overall idea of what the Acropolis would of looked like 2500 years ago. We started on the top floor, where there is a great introduction video to the Parthenon and the Acropolis. We viewed the sculptures and artwork and I was continually gobsmacked at the craftsmanship and just how old items were.

    Oh it also had this super cute lego Acropolis... If only it came in a set.
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  • Day13

    The main event, The Accropolis

    October 4, 2017 in Greece

    The Acropolis and the Parthenon. Wow. Amazing. Breathtaking.

    The Parthenon is considered by many, particularly the Greeks to be the symbol of ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy. I can now see why. This monumental structure was built in 9 years from 447BC - 438BC although decoration continued through to 432BC. It was designed as a temple for the goddess Athena, the patron of Athens.

    It is believed the Parthenon replaced an older temple of Athena that was destroyed in the Persian Invasion. As was Athenian custom the temple also doubled as the city treasury. Sometime in the 6th Century AD the temple was converted into Christian church. In the 1460s after the Ottoman conquest it was converted to a mosque. In 1687 the building was severely damaged as a of result of fighting between the Ottomans and the Venetians. In the early 1800s a significant amount of the sculptures were removed from the temple and sold into private collections. The Greek government has actively been trying to repatriate this artwork. Given that some of these pieces have been in the British Museum since 1816 I think they have no chance. But I hope I am wrong.

    The Parthenon is currently partially covered by scaffolding, initially I was disappointed to have an obstructed view. However, I overheard a guide talking about the painstaking restoration operation and how without it this monument would completely collapse. In a nutshell, they locate a marble stone slab that is structurally unsound, measure it's dimensions and create a concrete replica. The replica replaces the marble and then they find local marble of the same colour to replace the broken slab. The marble is prepared using a mixture of traditional and modern techniques to ensure that in time new and old marble will blend and she together. The new marble replaces the concrete slab once it is prepared.

    But the Acropolis is home to more than just the Parthenon. It has beautiful 360° degree views of the city. I also liked the temple dedicated to Nike and there was plenty more on the slopes of the Acropolis. The highlights for me were the Theatre of Dionysus, Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the cave on the south-eastern slope.

    After being in Greece for a number of days we were yet to try souvlaki, we had been recommended to try Thanasis Souvlaki in Monasteraki. To be frank this was the most disappointing meal of the trip to date. It was tough, unflavoured, chewy meat and there was minimal sauce leaving us with a very boring and tasteless souvlaki.

    We finished the night A for Athens, a roof top bar in Monasteraki. It has amazing views of the Acropolis and lovely (but pricey) cocktails. A perfect to finish a big day. Despite the price this place is worth a visit.
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  • Day12

    Athens, Greece

    October 13, 2017 in Greece

    Today I took a tour off the ship, A Taste of Athens, Mim Lawson stayed on board as she has been to the Ancient sites of Athens previously. We spent some time at Athens Acropolis which means the highest point of the city. On the Acropolis a number of ancient sites are found. Firstly you climb the slippery marble steps, both formed and unformed, to walk through the Propylaea, the entry gate with its imposing columns. Once through the entry gate the Parthenon, a former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, overwhelms the site. The Parthenon construction began around 447 BC so understandably today they are undertaking repairs to maintain the buildings integrity. The other building on the site, which is still in good repair, is the Erechtheion which was a Temple dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon. On one side there is a large porch with six ionic columns, and on the other side is the "Porch of the Maidens", six draped female figures (caryatids) used as supporting columns. After visiting the Acropolis we had a bus tour of the town finishing in the Pláka, the old historical neighborhood which sits beneath the Acropolis. This area is a great spot for everything Greek, food and of course the tourist shops.Read more

  • Day6

    Acropolis Museum

    June 24, 2016 in Greece

    Visited this magnificent Museum today prior to visiting the Acropolis itself. An excellent idea as we then knew what we were looking up top without having to figure it out along the way. Our Tour Guide gave us much info...

    The museum starts below ground, seen through glass courtyard and walkways. Ancients ruins apparently lie beneath much of this area...

    Ground floor houses items found around the base of the Acropolis, mainly items used and owned by the folk who lived in the area surrounding this huge sacred site. Photos prohibited.

    Second floor houses more archeological items, statues, panels, marble structures. Photos allowed in part.

    Top floor laid in the shape and size of the Parthenon, with panels and sculptures laid out in the positions they occupied around the roof of the Parthenon. Ingenious, and very engaging.

    A bit sad to see the number of replicas on display (identifiable due to being white, rather than yellowed as the genuine items are...) as a result of the plundering by the Brits and others a couple hundred years back. Many items are housed in the London Museum and there's quite a push by Greece for their return.
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  • Day15

    Athen

    November 6, 2016 in Greece

    Angekommen im Hostel treffe ich auf meine Zimmergenossin, eine 70-jährige Kanadierin, die immer noch mit einem Backpack reist und nach Athen gekommen ist, um an dem 10k Marathon teilzunehmen – Hochachtung vor dieser Frau! Sie ist schwerhörig, dennoch haben wir interessante Gespräche. „Travelling makes something with you. It makes you don’t fit into society anymore“ erzählt sie und lässt mich in ihren außergewöhnlichen Lebensstil Einblicken.

    Nach einer kleinen Kneipentour mit Athener Bekanntschaft aus Sofia folgt eine kurze Nacht und ein langer Tag mit einer weiteren Free Walking Tour :D. 3 h bei traumhaften (Sonnenbrand-)Wetter mit Endstation vor der Akropolis. Einmal pro Monat sind die Attraktionen kostenlos – diesen Tag habe ich zufälligerweise erwischt und gleich voll ausgekostet. Akropolis bis zum Sonnenuntergang, Museum und anschließend wohlverdientes Essen mit einer traumhaften Aussicht auf Athen.

    Ansonsten mache ich einen Ausflug an den Strand, genieße die Aussicht auf Athen bei Nacht bei tiefgründigen Gesprächen, schaue mir den Einlauf des Athens Marathon im Olympischen Stadion an, schlendere mit Sommergefühlen durch weihnachtlich dekorierte Straßen und esse jede Menge Falafel, Gyros und Griechischen Salat.

    Insgesamt wechsle ich dreimal das Hostel, was den Aufenthalt in Athen unglaublich lange scheinen lässt. Im letzten Hostel bin ich in einem Zimmer mit einem 45-jährigen Deutschen, der sich auf Kosten des deutschen Staates in Athen aufhält um sich zu „erholen“. Als Nebenverdienst pumpt er jeden Hostel-Neuling nach Geld oder Zigaretten an und bedient sich am Kühlschrank. Gerne teilt er auch seine rassistischen Ansichten gegenüber Flüchtlingen, die doch gefälligst in ihrem Land bleiben sollen und kämpfen. Arbeiten kann er nicht, er ist nämlich krank; in Bars herumhängen, in denen er total unverständlicherweise Hausverbot bekommt, schon.

    Herausforderungen: Keine Rosen von bettelnden Kindern aus Rumänien annehmen; die „Work-Komponente“ in meine „Work&Travel-Reise“ integrieren; den Moment genießen, ohne Vergangenes zu vermissen oder sich von der Ungewissheit der Zukunft stressen zu lassen.
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  • Day16

    Athens at night II

    October 25, 2009 in Greece

    Abends hatten wir eine Tour "Athens at night" gebucht - irgendwie hatten wir uns etwas anderes darunter vorgestellt.
    Aber irgendjemand fand den Abend in der Plaka immer lustiger - von der Flasche Ouzo für unseren Tisch hat das uns gegenüber sitzende muslimische Pärchen aber nichts getrunken...
    OPA!

  • Day4

    Choragic Monument of Lysicrates

    June 27, 2016 in Greece

    Located near the Acropolis, this monument was erected in 335 BC by a wealthy patron to commemorate the first place prize of a musical performance. It has significant historical importance being the first example of using the corinthian order on the exterior of a building.

  • Day17

    Syntagma Metro

    July 10, 2016 in Greece

    On my way to check out the Cycladic Museum, I used the opportunity to check out the artifacts at the Syntagma Metro stop. When the metro was being built in the 1990s, there were several delays because the excavation of the tunnel unearthed several antiquities. The most impressive being an ancient gravesight. Preserved being glass you can see a cross section of the ancient city below the modern one.Read more

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Anafiótika, Anafiotika, Αναφιώτικα, Анафиотика, Анафіотика

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