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The ceiling of the Piraus Metro station...
We were so excited to be back in Athens:  Although it's a large city it is very easy to use their public transportation to travel.  We decided to go to the Parthenon and explore that area and the Acropolis Museum.   We bought the tickets and went in the side area near the agora.   It was amazing that there were so many items that were stacked and not used...  Over the years the Acropolis went through many wars and the area changed hands many times.  We found that the lower area had many things being improved.   A small temple was being rebuilt and it was partially completed.   In the side of the Acropolis (this shocked us!!) was a cave looking place.  A small placard said there was a small chapel being reconstructed.  It was Christian chapel and a small picture was on a sign to show what it contained.
Christian church (about 10x6)
  (We have pictures of the plaque and will publish them...)  We had never noticed the triangle shaped hole in the side of the acropolis base before.  We are hoping when we return to Greece it will be completed so we can go inside.  


When we got to the top of the Acropolis we were really disappointed to see that much of the Parthanon is enclosed in scaffolding.   I recall that it was in scaffolding just before the Olympics and part of the scaffolding was taken down so that people could view it.   Apparently they are now getting the repairs done.  In the past,  two different repairs were done.
close up of Caratide: each is slightly different...
   The most recent was 1913 (yikes... need to look this up... a guess... I forgot to write it down...)....  and now the repairs must be made to correct the earlier work as well as the problems of aging with weather.   We cannot argue that the work needs to be done ... The cranes were very visable ....  After the work is done it will be wonderful....   They have studied and found there were more columns than previously thought and they are adding them all.  It will be sturdier and more true to the original construction.


A second problem for us was that the Acropolis museum was closed.
Erechtheum : we had a perfect cloud day!
   It comes out a wonderful new museum is being completed on the ground level.  All of the pieces are being transferred to it and it will be open in 2009.   Hopefully by then the British Museum and the Acropolis Museum will see the benefits of returning the marbles that are from the top of the Parthanon.    It will be lovely if they can meet somewhere in the middle and work together.   (We are thinking good thoughts regarding this.... )


***We decided to take a little train that ran through the downtown area..... \it was called the sunshine train and it started at aiolou and andrianou street corner.   It was a 35 minute train ride....  I wanted to ride in the very back of the train ... the very, very last car...
Metro sign
. what we didn't realize was the last two cars ran empty so we were conspicuously  displayed at the back.   The train ran past the tower or the winds. temple of zeus, hadrian's arch,  herodes atticus theater, parthenon, propylaia, the agora ...  All of the things we were supposed to go by we did but they were sooooo far away from us and the trees at the side blocked most views although the announcer kept talking and telling us what we should be seeing.......    what it didn't mention was it went through the crowded shopping area  and the restaurant pedestrian areas...      People squeezed themselves to the side to let the cars pass.... and there we sat in the very last car...  .. red faced and mortified that everyone had to move for the train.   We finally saw the humor and started laughing...  What an experience.
My best friend at the Metro
...  We did get a good laugh out of it but ......... never again......  


We wandered and looked for a place to eat.   We finally decided on a small place in the Plaka.  What a blast we had!  Two men were playing instrurments and singing.    A table of older ladies were joining in singing.   They were having such a wonderful time.....   Another table of women got up and danced the traditional dances....  (It came out they were from Norway)..... They also knew the songs and were joining in.   It was so perfect!    I have never wanted to speak Greek more than this night.
Amphoras found when they dug for the metro
.....   One Greek man kept dancing by jumping up and down...  what was that all about.... but he was having fun ....  He would dance a few steps then jump in one place really high.... he didn't try it when anyone else was dancing.... The kind of dancing he was doing couldn't have other people in the aisles.    David and I both really had a wonderful time watching everyone.    Just before the five ladies left  the restaurant a man came in selling roses.   David bought five red buds and we had the waiter take them to their table.  They were so pleased.   It really completed both their night and ours as we wanted to let them know how much we appreciated their singing.  Because there was a language barrier I just blew kisses and they understood that and they said thanks....   One of the ladies got up and started dancing...  She taught the Norway table a few new moves.   After everyone left we finally walked back to our ship around 1:30....   yikes......  we had a really great day though.....

Stigen says:
I'll pass on the train I think !
Posted on: Sep 15, 2011
Koralifix says:
A happy & joyful ending after a not too successful day. Well done :)
Posted on: Mar 16, 2009
sylviandavid says:
Thanks Mike... Slowly getting the pictures loaded ...
Posted on: Feb 22, 2009
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The ceiling of the Piraus Metro st…
The ceiling of the Piraus Metro s…
Christian church (about 10x6)
Christian church (about 10x6)
close up of Caratide: each is slig…
close up of Caratide: each is sli…
Erechtheum : we had a perfect clou…
Erechtheum : we had a perfect clo…
Metro sign
Metro sign
My best friend at the Metro
My best friend at the Metro
Amphoras found when they dug for t…
Amphoras found when they dug for …
Metro finds...
Metro finds...
Metro displays of things dug up du…
Metro displays of things dug up d…
Fresco...
Fresco...
Sylvia and David ... SO happy to b…
Sylvia and David ... SO happy to …
This Greek lady had her little boy…
This Greek lady had her little bo…
Statues in Metro
Statues in Metro
Metro Statues..
Metro Statues..
Metro statues .... amazing...
Metro statues .... amazing...
At the base of the Acropolis... ne…
At the base of the Acropolis... n…
Sheds at the side...
Sheds at the side...
Statues wearing pelts
Statues wearing pelts
Statue face....
Statue face....
The Parthanon from the side area
The Parthanon from the side area
Pieces of former buildings...
Pieces of former buildings...
Precinct wall of the sanctuary of …
Precinct wall of the sanctuary of…
Pathway along the bottom of the ac…
Pathway along the bottom of the a…
Greek writing on a huge slab of ma…
Greek writing on a huge slab of m…
the stage of theater of Dionysos
the stage of theater of Dionysos
Theater of Dionysos
Theater of Dionysos
Theater of Dionysos
Theater of Dionysos
The chapel in the side of the Acro…
The chapel in the side of the Acr…
Another cave in the bottom of the …
Another cave in the bottom of the…
Along the path at the foot of the …
Along the path at the foot of the…
What is this on the wall?...
What is this on the wall?...
Tiny temple
Tiny temple
temple near the cistern
temple near the cistern
This looks like a temple top
This looks like a temple top
Maybe waiting to be put back on th…
Maybe waiting to be put back on t…
fountain...
fountain...
opening to the cistern... and the …
opening to the cistern... and the…
Scene by pathway
Scene by pathway
Theater of Herodes Atticus: 161 AD…
Theater of Herodes Atticus: 161 A…
Theater of Herodes Atticus
Theater of Herodes Atticus
Theater of Herodes Atticus
Theater of Herodes Atticus
pictures below the theater
pictures below the theater
Theater of Herodes Atticus
Theater of Herodes Atticus
Theater of Herodes Atticus: its u…
Theater of Herodes Atticus: it's …
Theater of Herodes Atticus... love…
Theater of Herodes Atticus... lov…
Entering the Acropolis
Entering the Acropolis
Climbing the steps of the Acropolis
Climbing the steps of the Acropolis
Walking through the Propylaea: con…
Walking through the Propylaea: co…
Marble Propylaea: entrance to Acro…
Marble Propylaea: entrance to Acr…
Marble Pillars
Marble Pillars
Sign to remind tourists to behave!
Sign to remind tourists to behave!
Front of the Parthanon
Front of the Parthanon
Parthanon
Parthanon
Sanctuary of Dionysos
Sanctuary of Dionysos
pieces of marble...
pieces of marble...
A darling little Christian church
A darling little Christian church
Stacks of marble
Stacks of marble
Church at bottom of acropolis wall
Church at bottom of acropolis wall
Pillars...pieces
Pillars...pieces
carved marble
carved marble
floor of the theater of Dionysos
floor of the theater of Dionysos
Theater of Dionysos...
Theater of Dionysos...
The Caryatid porch.. the Erechtheu…
The Caryatid porch.. the Erechthe…
Caryatid porch..They are exact dup…
Caryatid porch..They are exact du…
Sylvia and David... What a rush!
Sylvia and David... What a rush!
Porch of the maidens:
Porch of the maidens:
Each is slightly different..the po…
Each is slightly different..the p…
Porch of the maidens
Porch of the maidens
one orginal was taken from the old…
one orginal was taken from the ol…
Porch of the maidens
Porch of the maidens
Looking down towards Athens from a…
Looking down towards Athens from …
From the side: porch of the maidens
From the side: porch of the maidens
The Erechtheum was built at an ang…
The Erechtheum was built at an an…
North/east side... a temple behind…
North/east side... a temple behin…
Looking through the pillars out th…
Looking through the pillars out t…
top of pillars..
top of pillars..
Can you see the carving on the pie…
Can you see the carving on the pi…
sylvia...big Smile
sylvia...big Smile
back area...directly behind & oppo…
back area...directly behind & opp…
Details over the door: these were …
Details over the door: these were…
Ceiling
Ceiling
bottom of Pillar detail
bottom of Pillar detail
top of pillar
top of pillar
these were at the side and behind …
these were at the side and behind…
The side of the Back area of the E…
The side of the Back area of the …
Pillars sitting in the piles of ma…
Pillars sitting in the piles of m…
South west side... We found the br…
South west side... We found the b…
South west side: showing temple ar…
South west side: showing temple a…
caratide
caratide
Looking towards the entrance to Ac…
Looking towards the entrance to A…
Caratide ... Lord Elgin took one b…
Caratide ... Lord Elgin took one …
These are all copies: Originals ar…
These are all copies: Originals a…
The originals will be displayed in…
The originals will be displayed i…
The night that Lord elgin removed …
The night that Lord elgin removed…
Middle and front of Erectheum
Middle and front of Erectheum
Front of Erechtheum...
Front of Erechtheum...
Caratide porch
Caratide porch
Front entrance.. see the pillar en…
Front entrance.. see the pillar e…
Huge Cranes for reconstruction
Huge Cranes for reconstruction
back of the Parthanon
back of the Parthanon
Pillars / pieces
Pillars / pieces
top of pillar
top of pillar
beautifully carved marble
beautifully carved marble
pieces and pieces....
pieces and pieces....
back of parthanon
back of parthanon
OK... this is crazy...
OK... this is crazy...
stacks of tops of pillars... some …
stacks of tops of pillars... some…
Sylvia and David at the back of th…
Sylvia and David at the back of t…
Museum: closed now: new one is on …
Museum: closed now: new one is on…
carved pieces
carved pieces
The side of the Parthanon...see th…
The side of the Parthanon...see t…
Temple cat
Temple cat
carved edge of the pillar
carved edge of the pillar
back corner of the parthanon
back corner of the parthanon
Looking down from far end... lots …
Looking down from far end... lots…
Theater of Dionysos from above
Theater of Dionysos from above
The side of Parthanon...
The side of Parthanon...
Looking up at the columns...
Looking up at the columns...
side of Parthanon with the tons of…
side of Parthanon with the tons o…
top of Parthanon...
top of Parthanon...
looking down at the base .. so man…
looking down at the base .. so ma…
The middle was gone because the tu…
The middle was gone because the t…
David photographing ...
David photographing ...
The front of the Parthanon... scaf…
The front of the Parthanon... sca…
top details
top details
Parthanon
Parthanon
Parthanon front...
Parthanon front...
Close up of the detail in the back…
Close up of the detail in the bac…
The top piece is in British museum.
The top piece is in British museum.
Looking into the Parthanon
Looking into the Parthanon
Parthanon...490 BC...
Parthanon...490 BC...
Parthanon
Parthanon
top of the parthanon front
top of the parthanon front
Parthanon... The marbles would hav…
Parthanon... The marbles would ha…
A man laid down and took this pict…
A man laid down and took this pic…
The left corner of the Parthanon l…
The left corner of the Parthanon …
Pieces of the top
Pieces of the top
VERY slick red marble
VERY slick red marble
Parthanon from the front...
Parthanon from the front...
Acropolis
Acropolis
So happy!
So happy!
Slick red and black marble that ma…
Slick red and black marble that m…
Hard to portray how slick it was..…
Hard to portray how slick it was.…
Sanctuary of Artimus
Sanctuary of Artimus
view from top
view from top
sanctuary of Artimus
sanctuary of Artimus
view from Acropolis
view from Acropolis
view from Acropolis...
view from Acropolis...
close up of statue
close up of statue
carved marble
carved marble
Athens
Athens
Athens
Athens
A horse and buggy... ( no driver) …
A horse and buggy... ( no driver)…
View from the road below the Parth…
View from the road below the Part…
from the south...
from the south...
looking up ... Love it!
looking up ... Love it!
Parthanon
Parthanon
terrible picture but I kept it bec…
terrible picture but I kept it be…
Cats at an abandoned house
Cats at an abandoned house
Cats....
Cats....
Athens Sights & Attractions review
Sunshine Express.....
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