30 June 2005

Athens

Day 1_Acropolis
Parthenon
Our boat docked around 5 am and we headed into the city to find our hotel. Dropped off our bags and then headed straight for the Acropolis. We were there fairly early, and got some good views of the Parthenon and the other buildings before the masses of tourists poured in. The Parthenon is amazing, as is the whole Acropolis. They've been restoring all the buildings since 1983_my entire lifetime. A disappointment was that the Temple of Athena Nike had been disassembled and taken to a building for restoration, so we didn't get to see it. In addition to the Acropolis, we also got to explore the other sites associated with it_the Ancient Greek Agora [marketplace], Roman Agora, and Hadrian's Library. We were exhausted and headed back to the hotel. After a minor snag in our hotel reservations [they gave us the shaft], we finally settled in for a nap.
Ancient Agora

Day 2_other ancient sites
Temple of Olympian Zeus
We finished seeing the other sites around the Acropolis like the Theater of Dionysis and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Don and I bought some Greek leather sandals. Finished the day with a dinner at a vegetarian restaurant near the Acropolis. Very delicious food.
Acropolis view

Day 3_Olympic disappointment
Athens Olympic stadium
On our first metro ride in Athens, I realized that the 2004 Olympic complex might be fun to go see, as it was designed by Santiago Caltrava, an architect we all enjoy. So today, we decided to ride the metro and go see the stadium. Well, you can't get inside the complex. We took pictures from the outside, and walked around to an area where we could go in a little ways. If these people were smart, they'd charge admission to walk around and see the buildings. Oh well. Made our way to the airport to fly to Berlin.
Athens Olympic stadium

1 comment:

Don Sempe said...

Beautifull Nicole. Gorgous pictures. Thanks for all the postings.

....Don & Gayle