Acropolis and Athens

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Parthenon

We arrived at the port of Piraeus in the morning.  You could see sprawling Athens in every direction.  Practically every building is white, which makes the dense urbanization even more apparent blotting out most of the green except for the very tops of steep hills and mountains.  We took a bus from Piraeus to the Acropolis of Athens.  Along the way, you could see orange trees on almost every street, but the tour guide said that they were basically inedible because they are extremely bitter. 

At the Acropolis, you get to see the Theater of Herodes Atticus, the Theater of Dionysus Eleuthereus, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheum, and of course the Parthenon.

Hadrian's Arch
  You also get a panoramic view of Athens below as well as distant mountains and the southern and eastern coasts of Greece.  Unfortunately the Parthenon was partially obscured by scaffolding and cranes while we were there, but you still get a sense of the significance and age of these ancient structures.  From the Acropolis we took a trip to have a short visit at the 1896 Olympic Stadium.  On the way, we passed Hadrian's Arch, Parliament, Zappeion, National Gardens, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.  We then spent time on our own wandering the pedestrian streets of the Plaka.  We ate lunch an outdoor cafe that offered a great deal of ouzo, soda, Greek salad, choice of entree and a dessert for 11 euros.  The waiter was very personable and had lived in Miami before, so he spoke perfect English.

 

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Parthenon
Parthenon
Hadrians Arch
Hadrian's Arch
Athens from Acropolis
Athens from Acropolis
Theater of Herodes Atticus
Theater of Herodes Atticus
Theater of Herodes Atticus
Theater of Herodes Atticus
Athens from Acropolis
Athens from Acropolis
Athens from Acropolis
Athens from Acropolis
Temple of Athena Nike
Temple of Athena Nike
Parthenon
Parthenon
Parthenon
Parthenon
Erectheum
Erectheum
Parthenon
Parthenon
sleeping Acropolis dog
sleeping Acropolis dog
Erectheum
Erectheum
Erectheum
Erectheum
Parthenon
Parthenon
Parthenon
Parthenon
Parthenon
Parthenon
Parthenon
Parthenon
Erectheum
Erectheum
Erectheum
Erectheum
me and the Parthenon
me and the Parthenon
me and the Parthenon
me and the Parthenon
Lykavittos Hill
Lykavittos Hill
Lykavittos Hill
Lykavittos Hill
Shannon and Lykavittos Hill
Shannon and Lykavittos Hill
marble
marble
Erectheum
Erectheum
Erectheum
Erectheum
Parthenon
Parthenon
Erectheum
Erectheum
Melena Mercuria
Melena Mercuria
hyrdofoil in Piraeus
hyrdofoil in Piraeus
hyrdofoil in Piraeus
hyrdofoil in Piraeus
Port of Piraeus
Port of Piraeus
Port of Piraeus
Port of Piraeus
Greek sunset
Greek sunset
Athens
photo by: Johnpro