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Temple of Athena Nike

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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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  • 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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