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Syntagma

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  • Day16

    First day in Athens

    October 17 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

  • Day17

    Plan B

    October 18 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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  • Day15

    Travel to Athens

    October 16 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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  • Day18

    Acropolis or bust!

    Yesterday in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    So once again we changed our plans. Last night at dinner, the manager of the restaurant suggested that we consider a mid-late afternoon Acropolis trip. If we took the “back door” entry, we would walk up past some of the less-visited sites, like the theater of Dionysus, and by the time we got to the top where the Parthenon and other crowd magnets are, most of the tour groups would be gone.

    That meant late breakfast and morning gym workout, to mix things up a bit.

    First stop, back to Hadrian’s arch (dividing Ancient Greek Athens from Ancient Roman Athens) and the remaining 15 Corinthian columns of what must have been a pretty fantastic temple to Zeus. After a light lunch, a slow stroll (so as not to wear out the old guy before he hit the Acropolis hill) and some ice cream. Finally, at about 3:00, we started up the “back side” of the hill so we could see the huge theater. When we got up to the main sights, the crowds were still pretty heavy, so Joe promptly found a bench and took a nap, while I walked around. At about 4:30, we ventured up the steps and enjoyed the temples. The late afternoon sun was just beautiful. There were people there, but no crushing crowds.

    After sunset, we made our way back down, very happy to have visited such an important and beautiful place.
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  • May30

    Zappeion, Nationalgarten & Parlament

    May 30 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Vom Olympieion aus spazieren wir weiter zum Zappeion, einem klassizistischen "Multifuntionsgebäude". Hier staunen wir u.a. auch über die Bäume im näheren Umkreis, die sich in voller Blütenpracht präsentieren. Wir schlendern weiter durch den Nationalpark und erreichen bald darauf das Parlamentsgebäude am Syntagma-Platz. Den stündlich stattfindenden Wachwechsel der Evzonen, der Ehrengarde des Präsidenten bekommen wir nur am Rande mit, als die in Trachten gekleideten Wächter in militärischem Stil und recht eigenartigen Schrittes die Straße entlangmarschieren.Read more

  • Day23

    Hellenic Parliament

    May 30 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    At 16.00 hours, we managed to arrive precisely at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in front of the Hellenic Parliament Building. At this time, the Changing of the Guard occurred. The Evezone are an elite military force, who guard the Tomb 24 hours a day. They provided an impressive display for the 40 or so people who’d gathered to watch, and we were very lucky to be there...Read more

  • Day5

    Athen in der Nacht

    June 17 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Da wir immer erst spät zurück kamen, sahen wir Athen oft bei Nacht.
    Die Beleuchtung am Syntagma-Platz ist schön bunt und die dunkleren Bilder zeigen die Umgebung der Haltestelle an der unser Bus zurück zum Hotel fuhr.

  • Day26

    Onto Greece!

    October 6 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today we leave our beautiful tour group and head to Greece ❤️
    I don't have the words to describe the impact of this tour.. But I'll try anyway.. Some thoughts on the Holy Land of Israel and Jordan..everywhere you look there is evidence of conflict.. from 2000 years ago to very recent wars in my lifetime and unrest on the borders today. Israel's hostile neighbours are sooo close, and even within the state of Israel the different religious groups living at such close quarters strike a tenuous kind of peace that seems very fragile.
    Unlike Australia whose government seems focused on finding reasons to exclude refugees, Israel has assimilated thousands upon thousands of Jews believing they DESERVE to be there.. Such a different way of looking at it..a definite miracle in the way the state of Israel has developed in recent history
    Walking on the very ground where our Lord trod, and seeing the undeniable proof here has been a faith strengthening experience we will never forget. Likewise, visiting the 7 churches in Asia minor (Turkey) has been an eye opener. At times I felt like I was in a Sunday School play.. bringing the stories to life!!
    Reading the Bible and singing certain hymns will hold a far greater significance now. I feel as if I am seeing things in colour for the first time. It's been emotional and mind blowing. As a side benefit (and possibly even more precious) we have made many new connections that I feel will be lifelong friends ❤️
    Most days on the bus we sang this song, which has become our theme song.."Ancient words, ever true, changing me and changing you.. We have come with open hearts.. Oh let the ancient words impart"🎶
    (In other news.. a highlight of the trip was facetiming Caleb who learnt to say 'Granny' while we were away 😍❤️)
    Tonight we arrived safely at Athens and had a brief explore in the balmy evening.. beautiful cobblestone streets with cool live music and eateries. Can't wait to see it in daylight tomorrow!
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  • Day34

    Athens again

    October 14 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Disembarked in Athens.. Our cruise director made an observation that stuck with me, having been to several countries that are in constant conflict with their neighbours and within their own borders.. On board we had 900 passengers from 33 different countries, with crew of about 450 from 30 different countries.. all living together in peace and harmony for a week. With a bit of tolerance and understanding it's amazing what can happen.

    On our last day in Athens we went to see the Changing of the Guardians, which happens on the hour, every hour at Parliament House, and also at the home of the President. Quite hard to keep a straight face... Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks came to mind 😂
    We also visited the Olympic stadium where the first modern Olympic Games was held in 1896 (the ancient stadium is in Olympia.. about 2.5 hours drive from here).. Wandered through the Botanic Gardens and ambled through the backstreets, stopping for a traditional moussaka and local wine.. to end up at Mars Hill, where we sat and soaked up the view until sunset ❤️
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Syntagma, Σύνταγμα

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