Athens, Day 2: The Acropolis

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Look how small I am compared to the Parthenon!

After a late night and lots of travel, I slept in and did not get up until 11!  Vacations are wonderful for that.  Problem was, I missed breakfast though.  The hotel restaurant had stopped serving breakfasts so all I got was a couple of tiny muffins and a cup of coffee.

It was a gorgeous sunny day, so Scottie and I decided to head to the Acropolis.  We took the hotel shuttle back down to the Syntagna and walked back through the Plaka to make our way up to the Acropolis.  One thing I noticed immediately about Athens:  it is full of stray dogs!  They are everywhere.  They just lay around being fat and lazy.  There were dogs laying in front of the Parliament, in front of the Hotel Gran Bretagne, all through the Plaka and all over the Agora.

Closer view of the Katarides
  I have never seen anything like it in my other travels.

We spent about 4 hours at the Acropolis.  It is in the middle of Athens and is the highest ground in the city (great for views and for defense, I guess).  It was so beautiful and awe inspiring to see the Parthenon, the Kataarides, Athena Nike's Temple and the Museum.  There were not a lot of people there and it was such a gorgeous day, so I felt very lucky.  We toured the theatre areas on the sides of the Acropolis as well.  There were some major restoration underway at the Parthenon, but there weren't any workers -- just the scaffolding.  The Museum had a lot of very interesting items, including some of the original pieces from the facade over the Parthenon.  It also had some of the original Katarides -- the ones at the temple now are replicas as they are so delicate.

Restoration at the Parthenon
  Some of the originals are in London, and we learned that the Greeks are doing all they can to get them returned to the motherland.  Toward the end of our time there, I was starving!  My little muffins were not holding up well!

We walked back down to the Plakas area and found lunch at a taverna called Psara's (Yuppi, in Greek), which means Fisherman's Tavern.  We had a Greek salad, tsatsiki (yogurt with cucumbers), olives, bread and wine to start.  Scottie and chicken souvlaki (he's in a rut I think) and I had grilled calamari.  It was the whole squid -- tentacles, tubular body and triangular skate all in one piece!  It was really good -- but poor Scottie would not try.  Too foreign for him!  We had sliced apples and oranges for dessert.

Ampitheatre
  I thought it was a very nice restaurant.

We spent some time strolling through the Plaka and did some window shopping.  Got back to the hotel around 8:30pm, and went to the bar for a glass of wine and to relax. 

We tried to get a couple of pictures of the Parthenon lit up at night from Scott and Paul's terrace.  I got a couple, but not the best shots -- it came out a little blurry as I did not have a tripod with me.  It still give an idea of the beautiful view.

We ended up eating at one of the restaurants in the hotel.  We ate light -- crepes and a bottle of Greek merlot.  Two of Paul's local convention workers came by to say hello and joined us for brunch.  Nadia is half Greek, half Cuban -- and is very striking -- dark hair, olive skin, blue eyes.

Parthenon at Night from Paul's Terrace (pardon the blur)
  Kristina is a blonde Greek, also very stunning.  We had a lot of fun sharing stories of our adventures so far and asking them about things to do.  Kristina shared my cake -- and was so funny.  She kept saying " no, no, no" and then would have another bite of cake!

I did not get back to the room until 2:30am!  Another late night, but had to avoid though as the Greeks eat dinner so late compared to Americans! 

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Look how small I am compared to th…
Look how small I am compared to t…
Closer view of the Katarides
Closer view of the Katarides
Restoration at the Parthenon
Restoration at the Parthenon
Ampitheatre
Ampitheatre
Parthenon at Night from Pauls Ter…
Parthenon at Night from Paul's Te…
Scottie at the Parthenon
Scottie at the Parthenon
Greek flag flying over the Acropol…
Greek flag flying over the Acropo…
Looking down from the Acropolis at…
Looking down from the Acropolis a…
Part of the original Parthenon fac…
Part of the original Parthenon fa…
at the Acropolis Museum
at the Acropolis Museum
Part of the original facade at the…
Part of the original facade at th…
The Katarides
The Katarides
Athena Nikes Temple
Athena Nike's Temple
Athena Nikes Temple
Athena Nike's Temple
Restoration of the Parthenon
Restoration of the Parthenon
another restoration shot
another restoration shot
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