Temple of Poseidon at Sounion
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January 13th, 2007 – by: genkeeper
The small, but rather intact, temple is precariously situated on a spit of land in southern Attica, with cliffs on 3 sides.
If it's a a blustery day while you're tackling the exploration of the temple (like it was for Lizzie and I), pop into the cafe before you catch the bus home and warm up your entire insides with a cup of tea with cognac in it.
Back in Athens, I decided to climb Lykavittos Hill to watch the sunset over the Acropolis and the Ahtenian port (I still had bundles of energy - I'm a travel junkie). Getting to stairs to climb to the top of the hill I had to navigate narrow, steep, cobblestone streets. The streets were very quaint, lined with gorgeous, obviously expensive, apartments and tall, overhanging trees that created a canopied walkway at parts. Once I reached the stairs to begin my ascent, it only took about 20 minutes to reach the top. On the very tippy, top of the Hill is a small, Greek Orthodox church, a cafe and great viewing balconies that give you a 360 degree view of the sun setting over Athens.
On the way back to my hotel, I stumbled upon a protest that looked straight out of Woody Allen film. First came the police cars, unsuccessfully trying to prevent motorbikes from buzzing the protesters. A few feet after this pathetic police blockade ran a hoard of street dogs. This pack seemed to be having the time of their lives. After the dogs, marched about only 25 protestors with signs, megaphones and lined on both sides by military police in RIOT gear. And that's it - that was the entire protest. Police, some random dogs, and a few measly protesters trying to look big and scary with signs and megaphones (I think they bribed the military guards to wear riot gear to make the protesters moire gusto). Sadly, as I quickly discovered a few days later, this sort of bizarre protest is more the norm in Greece.
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