Athens, Far From Ruined


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July 20th 2016
Published: July 21st 2016
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<em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Day 178 Thursday 14th July 2016 – Larnaca to Athens We have a 1.00pm flight today so it is a nice easy start to the day, we had breakfast in the apartment and then packed and got a taxi at 10.30am to the airport. As we arrived we saw three dogs entering the airport and at first glance we thought sniffer dogs then looked at the people with them a... Read Full Entry



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Over view with Acropolis
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Wonky columns on the Temple of Hephaestus
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The Poet Sandalmaker
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Our favourite watering hole
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Typical street with bars
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Athenian grafitti
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Old building next to the markets
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Some of the standing colums, modern Athens and in the background the Acropolis
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Acropolis in the background
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Statue of Nike, missing a head
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Marble columns
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Overview of the forum
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Gateway to the forum
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Temple of the Winds
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Detail on the Temple of The Winds
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Ye Olde Toilet
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Whats left of another gateway
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Temple of Hephaestus
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Whats left of Trajans Theatre
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View from the back row



21st July 2016

Love, love, love Greece
Love the Plaka. Love Athens. Love all the foods! You have to love a country that puts olives on the breakfast buffet. Always better to go in May or October so you look a bit more regal. Each memory you gave us is wonderful. Eager to go back. Still one of my favorite countries.
22nd July 2016

Stale bread anyone?
Oh I so wished that we had olives for breakfast, where we were staying we just got stale bread. Food is great though and i do love my Mousaka
22nd July 2016

Memories..28 years and still not totally faded
Really enjoyed reading this report. I was there in 1988 (my one and only visit) as part of a 3 month camping trip around Europe with a tent and a new (rented) Citroen. Hope you are going to Meteora ? John
22nd July 2016

Better off with an Edsel
I guess your trip was supposed to be only 1 month but it was 2 months longer because you had to keep pushing that Citroen. Not going to Meteora this time but we did see it in 2002. If you can I would suggest going back to Greece, it actually seems easier this time around, the food was better and so was the hospitality, a really great experience.
22nd July 2016
Acropolis

A giant jigsaw puzzle
For archaeologists, rebuilding these structures is akin to rebuilding a pot from shards. Not so fun, but the results are pretty spectacular. So glad to hear that, except for the metro strike, the city is doing well. I'd imagine that prices might be lower now (except for your lamp) which would encourage tourism. Pretty funny the XXX cinemas near your hotel, but I can't talk--I'm staying in a thankfully not-busy "love hotel" and my two housemates are lovely ladies of the night. Traveling adventures.
22nd July 2016
Acropolis

Jigsaw puzzle of life
Tourist prices have gone up big time as the Greek Government is going hard at paying off the debt. You only have to look at tripadvisor as people discuss ticket prices and you see the trend going up steeply. Got a shock at the cost of the ticket to the Acropolis but then you have to remember what you are seeing and the situation Greece is in and have to accept it. As for our accommodation, we always seem to end up in or near the red light district; Shelley blames me but I blame our budget and besides it is always more interesting.
23rd July 2016

Giant jigsaw puzzle ...
Hi Shelley & Scott, Your blog has brought back lots of memories. My husband and I were in Greece in 2013 on our way to Turkey and spent a couple of weeks in and around the country. Spent a number of days wandering the marvelous ruins in and around Athens, including the Acropolis. Like you, it was an incredibly hot day with lots of people around when we were there but, didn't detract from the incredible experience. I still felt as though I had to pinch myself to fully realize that we were actually there, wandering those ancient sites. So much history. The Parthenon will certainly be a work in progress for years to come. It really is like trying to put a giant stone jigsaw puzzle back together again. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. :) Jan
23rd July 2016

A ruined life
Glad it brought back good memories, the Acropolis is just such an incredible site, and the Parthenon is magnificent. Been really lucky to have seen some incredible stuff in my life and the Acropolis is up close to the top. Likewise with Athens which is now one of our most favourite cities
24th July 2016

For the love of sunshine!
Oh how lovely and sunny your life is right now - I'm drooling over the fabulous photos! It was only while reading your blog that I realised that I haven't seen a XXX Shop in Australia for years now, which was probably a loss for the neon lighting industry too. I just love that you went looking for that light fitting, I thought we were the only ones who did slightly odd things like that :)
24th July 2016

That's a little odd
It has been a long time since seeing a XXX cinema, and I had forgotten the way men sort of shoot out of them and then casually walk away as if they hadn't been any where near them. As for the slightly odd behaviour I think we may have invented it, and if not we are certainly entitled to a university masters degree in it.
26th July 2016

Fascinating!!!
Absolutely amazing!!! Love the pictures and the history is just incredible. I have never been to Athens and wish I had popped in when I visited Greece in 98, dang! Guess its never too late :). That light is hideous, haha.....You both look great in the pics.....cant wait too see you in Slovenia!!! xx
26th July 2016

We are on our way
Countdown has started and we are now slowly making our way to Slovenia. Not long now.

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