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  • Day9

    Hello Athens

    January 4, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    Nachdem ich mich in „meiner Athener Wohnung“ häuslich eingerichtet hatte, war ich noch schnell im Supermarkt an der Ecke, um mich für zweimal Frühstück einzudecken. Jetzt hatte ich noch ca. 48 Stunden für diese Stadt, inclusive Schlaf, also lets go.
    Ich wohne ca. 2,5 km von der Akropolis entfernt, dazwischen liegt der Philopappou Hügel. Von diesem Berg hat meinen einen tollen Blick auf das Wahrzeichen von Athen und eine Stadt erstmal von oben anzuschauen finde ich auch toll, da entdeckt man oft noch etwas. Auf dem höchsten Punkt des Hügels steht die Ruine des Denkmals für den römischen Konsul und Senator Philopappus aus dem Jahr 119 n.Chr.. Um den Berg herum ist ein toller Park angelegt, durch den ich erstmal gebummelt bin.
    Akropolis - ist ein ca. 160 Meter hoher Kalksteinfelsen über Athen und das Wort bedeutet Hochstadt. Auch andere griechische Städte haben eine „Hochstadt“ - Akropolis. Wenn wir heute von der Akropolis sprechen, dann ist der Tempelberg in Athen gemeint. Hier haben die Athener gigantische Tempelanlagen errichtet, die meisten zu Ehren der Schutzpatronin der Stadt, der Göttin Athena. Der Blick aus der Ferne lässt diese gigantischen Ausmaße erkennen. Aber auch, dass die Tempel eine einzige Baustelle sind. Kräne und Gerüste passten so gar nicht ins Bild. Von hier oben kann man bis nach Piräus und zum Meer sehen.Wieder runter vom Berg, habe ich einen kurzen Abstecher ins Akropolis Museum gemacht. Ein moderner Gebäudekomplex am Fuße der Akropolis. Bei dem tollen Wetter hatte ich aber keine Lust zwischen alten Scherben zu bummeln. Wer nur auf der Sonnenterrasse des Museums einen Kaffee genießen möchte, kann sich ein kostenfreies Ticket für das Restaurant holen. Der Blick auf die Akropolis ist aber nicht so schön, wie vom Philopappou Hügel.
    Mein nächstes Ziel - Tempel des Olympischen Zeus, oder besser, das was davon noch übrig ist. Dieser Tempel muss gigantisch gewesen sein. Alleine sein Bau dauerte fast 700 Jahre. Ursprünglich hatte dieser Tempel 104 kolossale Säulen von über 17 Metern Höhe und einem Durchmesser von zwei Metern, gefertigt aus Mamor. Heute stehen noch 15 der 104 Säulen, der Rest wurde bei einem heftigen Sturm im Jahre 1852 zerstört (muss ja ein ordentliches Lüftchen gewesen sein). Die Trümmer der Säulen liegen immer noch an gleicher Stelle. Ich habe mir hier den Eintritt gespart. Man hat einen guten Blick auf das Gelände des Tempels vom Hadrianstor. Durch das Hadrianstor hat man auf der anderen Seite noch mal einen schönen Blick auf die Akropolis. Diese Tor trennte die alte Stadt von der neuen Stadt, errichtet 161 Jahre n.Chr.
    Ich bin dann Richtung Monastirakiplatz gebummelt. Hier ist richtig was los. Ringsherum ganz viele kleine Geschäfte, ein Flohmarkt, es geht zu wie auf dem Basar. Wer noch mal einen tollen Blick auf Athens Wahrzeichen haben möchte, es gibt hier einige Dachterrassenbars mit Blick auf die Akropolis und einen Blick nach unten auf das bunte Treiben. Vor meinem letzten Highlight des Tages habe ich mich hier nochmal gestärkt und den Ausblick genossen, auch wenn es sehr wuselig zu geht.
    Sonnenuntergang auf dem Areopagus Hügel sollte für heute mein letztes Ziel sein.
    Gelegen zwischen Monastirakiplatz und Akropolis. Die Tempel werden von der untergehenden Sonne angestrahlt und die Stadt in ein wunderschönes Licht getaucht. Wenn die Sonne verschwunden ist, gehen die Lichter der Stadt an. Und ich wollte dort tolle Fotos machen, hab den ganzen Tag das Stativ im Rucksack dabei gehabt. Die Lichtstimmung war echt toll, mir war auch klar, dass ich nicht die einzige an diesem Ort sein werde, aber was da los war. Ich hatte das Gefühl, dass alle Menschen, die vorher am Monastirakiplatz waren, zu diesem Hügel geströmt sind. Ich habe auf den Stativaufbau verzichtet und mich über die Selfiposen der Menschen um mich herum amüsiert, während die Sonne unter ging.
    Dann bin ich nur noch in meine Wohnung zurückgelaufen, ich hatte Schlaf nachzuholen und war pflastermüde. Im Prinzip habe ich heute den Akropolis Hügel einmal umwandert und habe dabei so einige alte Steine gefunden.
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  • Day2

    Akropolis en fietsen door Athene

    June 22, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Vanmorgen naar de Akropolis gegaan en rond gelopen. Wat is er veel verandert na 36 jaar. Wat we voorheen mochten is nu niet meer toegestaan. Op de paden blijven en alles achter touwen bekijken. Is ook wel nodig met al die mensen. Daarna lekker wat gewandeld en gegeten. Oh ja het wisselen van de wacht gezien bij parlementsgebouw Waren net op tijd. Om 17 u hadden we een alternatieve fietstocht door Athene geboekt. Duurde 3 uur en een hele andere kijk op Athene gekregen. Nu lekker aan een koud biertje🍻Read more

  • Day145

    Acropolis Museum and Random Street Shots

    March 2, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today is a holiday in Greece, its Clean Monday (Kathara Deftera) it’s the first day of Great Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Church. We made the most of it, by walking over to the Acropolis Museum. Pretty cool, as it is built inside to recreate the original. Lots of remnants of the structure on display. Great movie in there as well, explaining the conquest of various empires, and how the Parthenon was systematically dismantled / destroyed based on religion and battle.Read more

    Hazukashii

    Just having a beer, in the shadow of this 25 century old building up there.

    3/2/20Reply
    Hazukashii

    I took this one inside the museum before I understood that no photos were allowed in the museum. Since I have it, the stainless posts recreate the pillars of the Parthenon, and all the stones are either actual or plaster replicas.

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    Hazukashii

    Random ruins seen on many streets here in Athens.

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  • Day146

    The Birthplace of Democracy - The Pnyx

    March 3, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    The Word Democracy comes from the Greek Words Demos (People) Kratos (Power) People Power, Demokratia = Democracy.

    Went for a wander around the city yesterday, just to see the many ruins in Athens. First stop after lunch was Filopappou Hill, which for you history buffs is considered the birthplace of Democracy. With a great view of the Acropolis, this area had several prominent sites, including The Pnyx. Beginning as early as 507 BC, the Athenians gathered on the Pnyx to host their popular assemblies, thus making the hill one of the earliest and most important sites in the creation of democracy.Read more

    Hazukashii

    Monument of Philopappos

    3/4/20Reply
    Hazukashii

    Up on Filopappou Hill is The Pnyx. Beginning as early as 507 BC, the Athenians gathered on the Pnyx to host their popular assemblies, thus making the hill one of the earliest and most important sites in the creation of democracy.

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    Hazukashii

    Altar of Zeus Agoraios "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia" The Altar of Zeus Agoraios (meaning Zeus of the Agora) is a 4th-century BC altar located north-west of the Ancient Agora of Athens, constructed from white marble, 9 m deep and 5.5 m wide.[1] It was one of the first objects to be discovered inside the Agora during the excavations of 1931. Evidence of marks done by masons from the Augustan period show that it was moved from an initial source later identified as the Pnyx located outside the ancient Agora.[2] An ancient scholar noted: "it may not be coincidence that Zeus, whose special task it was to govern the political assemblies of the Athenians, should depart the Pnyx at just the time when Augustus is said to have curtailed sharply the powers of those same assemblies."

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    Hazukashii

    The metonic calendar incorporates knowledge that 19 solar years and 235 lunar months are very nearly of the same duration. Consequently, a given day of a lunar month will often occur on the same day of the solar year as it did 19 years previously. Meton's observations were made in collaboration with Euctemon, about whom nothing else is known. The Greek astronomer Callippus expanded on the work of Meton, proposing what is now called the Callippic cycle. A Callippic cycle runs for 76 years, or four Metonic cycles. Callippus refined the lunisolar calendar, deducting one day from the fourth Metonic cycle in each Callippic cycle (i.e., after 940 synodic lunar periods had elapsed), so as to better keep the lunisolar calendar synchronized with the seasons of the solar year. (from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meton_of_Athens)

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  • Day16

    First day in Athens

    October 17, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today we decided to see a few of the “minor” sites and also visit the National Archaeological Museum. Hadrian’s Library, the Roman Agora, and the museum took up most of the day. We ended with a great dinner in a restaurant near the hotel, which we found by just poking around. Tomorrow, the Acropolis!Read more

    Tina Colombo

    Meanwhile we’re in Milwaukee. 😐

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  • Day143

    Parthenon - Cross it off the Bucket List

    February 29, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Visited one of my bucket list items today, by walking up the hill to the Parthenon and Acropolis of Athens. Was a cool but bright sunny day. We wandered around the flea market first, and visit some attractions, and then found a lovely little bistro for lunch. Had the most amazing traditional Greek Salad (with a beer of course), then made our way up to the Parthenon. Awesome pile of stacked marble, under reconstruction for the past 200 years. Had great views of Athens from the hilltop. On the way back down we stopped for another beer, because all that climbing builds up a thirst, and I realized how much I love both Greek and Turkish food. Can't wait for dinner.Read more

    Hazukashii

    There she is, in all her glory.

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  • Day33

    Athens Greece

    June 17, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Well we've had a breif but enjoyable visit to this great city. Our b&b is right in heart of tourist town at base of the Accroplis. We struggled to find parking for car but after about the fourth try we prevailed but not before we were relived of 40 euros for two days! The apartment is quiet but bustling with tourists from early until late. We climbed accropolis hill at 8 am before main crowds arrived from cruise liners. Then we did the Ho ho bus....city tour and came back for lunch and compulsory book club (rest). Lloyd went off for an afternoon adventure to Piraeus city and harbour on Ho ho bus and the girls went shopping! Final evening saw us eating out in this magical time warp of a city.Read more

    Anne Kaye

    Always wanted to go. Lucky you sounds wonderful—-and Judy I still love your hair. Your journeys are exciting and historically interesting -enjoying the read. Love Anne and Stuart

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  • Day142

    Athens - a Bucket List Item

    February 28, 2020 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Made it safe and sound, easy access and taxi ride to down town Athens. We are walking distance to many of the old ruins, so tomorrow we begin, and I knock off one of my bucket list items . . . seeing the Parthenon and Acropolis.Read more

    Hazukashii

    Not my picture, just a place holder until I go there tomorrow and see it for myself.

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  • Day17

    Plan B

    October 18, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Well, I could not get Joe out of bed early enough for a trip to the Acropolis. The cruise ship groups start arriving around 9 or 10, so getting there by 8 is one way to avoid the hoards. So, on to Plan B. Luckily, there is no shortage of things to visit in Athens!

    We went to the Ancient Greek Agora, with one gorgeous temple, supposedly the most perfectly preserved of any Doric temple in Greece. We also saw a “jury selection” machine — the citizens put in a credit-card-size engraved stone, and then with some balls rolling around, the jurors are selected. Wonder if it was more efficient than sending letters out to random voters.

    After lunch, we went to the new Acropolis museum. Opened about ten years ago, the Greeks had hoped it would be the perfect place for displaying the Elgin marbles, if only the Brits would send them back. Ha, fat chance!

    Though I did not retain the details of the many times Athens was destroyed by invaders, it did stay with me that the glory days of Athenian democracy lasted from about 490 BC to at the very latest 146 BC when they finally lost out to the Romans. Some current events lead me to wonder whether Athens will continue in first place or whether the US will hold on long enough to beat the record. As the Washington Post says—democracy dies in darkness.

    And we somehow snagged a table at the oh so trendy Nolan Restaurant, which is a Japanese-Greek fusion place and the best meal we’ve had on this trip!
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    Laurie Reynolds

    Juror selection machine

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  • Day15

    Travel to Athens

    October 16, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We slept in, ate a late breakfast, and then drove to Athens. We took the back roads for some of the way, driving through villages and a big town or two. It’s fun to see how life happens for normal people— saw a lot of little market stands, people navigating chaotic traffic on bikes, and lots of old men sitting outside in cafes. Not much in the way of urban planning or traffic planning that we could see. About 100 km out, we got on the toll road and dropped the car at the airport. You would need nerves of steel or a death wish to drive in Athens.

    Our hotel is a notch above our normal level, but the bar, pool, and restaurant have a view of the Acropolis and the elliptical is the best one of the entire trip by far. Seems like a good splurge so far.
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Dimos Athens, Athens, Αθήνα, Atene