Well after a quick flight from Tel Aviv and a nice cold Stella as we waited we made it to Athens. With the help of some great directions we settled in to Judy's (a friend) apartment late that night. Thanks Judy!
With 3 full days in Athens and another after we visit the Greek island Ios we decided to pace the sightseeing with a number of beer breaks. So in the morning we hit the National Archeological Museum. We spent a few hours there and stopped for a few patio pints throughout the day. We took advantage of the kitchen at our disposal and had a huge pasta meal. The next morning we woke up and visited the the National History Museum and then the highlight of Athens... the Acropolis. After a day walking in the sun we caught the Olympic opening ceremonies at "James Joyce" irish pub. We enjoyed ourselves so much that after a nap and a nice meal of souvlaki overlooking the Acropolis we went back and enjoyed the live music.
This morning we got up a little later... a bit tired from the night out. We visited the National War Museum and some of the
Jarin in front of the Parthenon on the Acropolis
secondary ancient sites around the city like the ancient Agora, Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's gate. Althought the sights were pretty cool they were dissapointing compared to what we have seen in Jordan and Israel. The ruins in Jordan and Israel were a lot more then just rocks and a brief explanation as to what was there. We also visited the old Panathinaiko stadium that was built from the remnants of a stadium built in 140 AD. It was built for the first summer Olympics in 1896. It was also the first large modern stadium hosting up to 60,000 spectators and it was completely covered in marble.
Off to the greek island Ios early tommorrow morning for some sun and partying.
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