Temple of Poseidon at Sounion

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Temple of Poseidon.
The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion is located at Sounion, about 1.5 hours from Athens, on the coast of Attica.  Lizzie and I had heard about it's dramatic location high up on the edge of a sea cliff (just waiting for erosion to plunge it into the crashing waves below), so we decided to take a little day trip from Athens to see what all the fuss was about.  What was only supposed to be an 1 1/2 bus ride turned out to be 1 hour of hunting for the stop where the bus picks up and then an 1 1/2 ride.  The bus ride along the coast is quite pretty and it drops you off smack in front of the temple.  Now that's what I call service!

The small, but rather intact, temple is precariously situated on a spit of land in southern Attica, with cliffs on 3 sides.
Temple of Poseidon.
  The craggy cliffs plunge 65m into the sea!  The Temple of Poseidon is a Doric temple built in 444 BC (which for you history buffs was also the same time the Parthenon was built).  It is believed that the temple was built by Ictinus (who also designed the Temple of Hephaestus in Athen's Ancient Agora).    Below one of the cliffs, where the green sea crashed against the rocks, is a large cave that looks like it belongs in a Greek myth.  One can just imagine the awe-inspiring power the temple would have had in it's hay-day as it stood, a solitary guard high up above the sea, gleaming white in the brilliant sun.

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.
Lizzie's photo. Lizzie and I talking shelter from the wind and warming are fridge bodies with tea and hot coco.
 

Lykavittos Hill

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.
View of the sun setting over the Athenian port and the Acropolis from Lykavittos Hill.
  It's definitely worth the 20 minutes of stairs to watch all of Athens turn yellow, then red, then pink and finally melt into purple.

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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Temple of Poseidon.
Temple of Poseidon.
Temple of Poseidon.
Temple of Poseidon.
Lizzies photo. Lizzie and I talki…
Lizzie's photo. Lizzie and I talk…
View of the sun setting over the A…
View of the sun setting over the …
Boat skirting the spit that the Te…
Boat skirting the spit that the T…
Coast of Attica.
Coast of Attica.
Coast of Attica.
Coast of Attica.
Temple of Poseidon.
Temple of Poseidon.
Temple of Poseidon.
Temple of Poseidon.
Temple of Poseidon.
Temple of Poseidon.
Temple of Poseidon.
Temple of Poseidon.
Lykavittos Hill.
Lykavittos Hill.
Sprawling Athens.
Sprawling Athens.
Lizzies picture.
Lizzie's picture.
On top of Lykavittos hill.
On top of Lykavittos hill.
Dont know what the strange fruit/…
Don't know what the strange fruit…
Lizzies picture.
Lizzie's picture.
Lizzies picture.  Church on top o…
Lizzie's picture. Church on top …
Like the Acropolis, Lykavittos Hil…
Like the Acropolis, Lykavittos Hi…
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