Day 9

Athens Travel Blog

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The Parthenon

I got up around 7:30am, took a shower, and headed down to breakfast. We loaded up on the bus and headed to pick up our local guide Effi. We headed up to the Acropolis, where we saw th Parthenon, Erectheon, Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Effi was hard to understand, so when I got the chance I broke off from the group and took pictures on my own. I was amazed that I remembered these buildings that Scott Millington had tested me over just two or three semesters ago. After we were done at the Acropolis, Effi took us on a city wide tour on the bus, which included the original Olympic Stadium. I was amazed to see how good of shape it was in after all these years. After all of our tour stops we were dropped off at the Plaka, where we did some shopping and ate some gyros.

The Olympic Stadium
After we were done shopping we decided that we would go and eat dessert at the Hard Rock Cafe. That was a great idea until we walked into air that was full of tear gas. The students at the local university were rioting, due to the fact that the government is trying to force them to pay tuition. We faught our way through the tear gas, and made it to the Hard Rock Cafe, where we all had dessert and took some pictures. After we were done, we caught the train that Athens had put in for the 2004 Olympic Games.Our so called twenty-five minute ride turned into a seventy minute ride, where Andrea missed our stopand had to come back to meet us. We got back to the hotel, freshened up for dinner, while the others got ready for the Greek Evening. After dinner, we all went to the roof and watched the sunset. We stayed up top and had a good time. We called it a night around 11:00pm. When I got back to my room, my gay roommate had all of his underwear spread out all over my bed. So, I took one of the guys from Colorado bed. I got to sleep around midnight.

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The Parthenon
The Parthenon
The Olympic Stadium
The Olympic Stadium
The train that was put in for the …
The train that was put in for the…
The Athens Coastline
The Athens Coastline
The theatre at the Acropolis
The theatre at the Acropolis
Athens from on top of the Acropolis
Athens from on top of the Acropolis
Athens
photo by: Johnpro