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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens November 3rd 2018

Today I saw the rest of the sights in Athens that I wanted to return to (after my initial visit here in 2012). I started at the National Archeological Museum where I concentrated on the displays dealing with the ancient Mycenaean civilization. I hope to visit the actual Mycenae site at some point and I was pleased to find a scale model of the hilltop fortress/city at the museum today. After the museum, I headed out to the Plaka section of Athens. It is an area of narrow streets, mostly pedestrianized, where little shops sell everything under the sun. There were big crowds there today, maybe more so because it is a Saturday. I had lunch at an outdoor table with a great Acropolis view. And then I walked up there. It is a substantial uphill ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens November 2nd 2018

I am now in Athens, Greece. I spent much of the day yesterday in airports or airplanes. The flight from Dubai to Athens is over five hours, but I was comfortable in my Emirates business class seat. I checked into the hotel and went out to dinner fairly soon after that. I went to a place near the Acropolis Museum and had Greek vegetarian food that was delicious and inexpensive and I don’t know the names of any of it. Then I spent the rest of the evening in the Acropolis Museum, which is open until 10pm on Fridays. I wasn’t there quite that late but I got to see statuary, metopes, friezes, scale models, and explanatory signs. I found it all quite interesting and, to top it off, the Acropolis itself was lit up and ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens September 20th 2018

What is it that keeps us from falling in love? Is it just our initial judgment of looks? Maybe just a needed haircut or a couple fewer tattoos would have made a difference. Is it just a bad first impression? Perhaps it's just a little too loud or the crowds of people that seem to always be hanging around. Was it just too soon after a previous affair that you weren't quite over? Maybe you just couldn't stop comparing to that recent favored love. Was it just the season? Were you so burnt by the summer heat that you just couldn't motivate yourself to see beyond the obvious exterior characteristics? Perhaps it is was just bad timing. You just weren't ready to start a new relationship. Perhaps it is actually something within your own self. You ... read more
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Brettos
Roman Agora

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 16th 2018

Day 22 - Below and Above Ground We were able to get our airport transfer to swing by the caves on the way to the airport so we planned to leave Athens after lunch. We filled our morning with one more set of ruins and a bit of shopping. The Temple of Hephaestus was part of an area called the Ancient Agora. This area shows evidence of habitation as early as 2000 BC. The temple was one of the most complete temples found in Athens. It makes sense that the Greek god of the forge and engineering had a pretty sturdy temple. It also helps that it was turned into a church at one point. The area below the temple was a big meeting place for locals and was where citizens could go to view decrees ... read more
Impressive Columns
The Symmetry
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka July 15th 2018

Day 21 - The Acropolis and Filopappou Hill (and points in between) Our plan was to get to the gates of the Acropolis early to avoid the worst of both the heat and the crowds. We also entered from the eastern gate, the one not used by all the tour companies. This took us past many of the sites lower on the hill such as the Theatre of Dionysus, several temples, caves that had been turned into churches, the work sites of various craftsmen, and a roman era theater that is still used today. We finally made it to the gates of the Acropolis and walked up the marble steps to the summit. We were able to see the Parthenon, the temple to Athena Nike, and many other smaller temples on the summit. The whole area ... read more
Dionysus
Special Seats
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 13th 2018

July 13, 2018. Episode 5: Greece is the word. When people think of the Greek islands, they often think of its crown jewel, Santorini. There has been a lot of lyrical waxing about the unique beauty of the place, and it’s justified. Santorini island is a crescent-shaped, partially submerged extinct volcanic caldera. It is a steep slice of land with a jumble of white-washed houses and hotels with pools strewn along its top, interspersed here and there with those classic blue-domed Greek orthodox churches. We flew in, and from the air it looks like a colossal slice of chocolate cake, tilted on its side and dripping with bright white icing. Certainly one of the most amazing places we have ever seen. Of course, Santorini is no secret. We were sharing its twisting cobblestone paths and breathtaking ... read more
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Fira view

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka July 12th 2018

Days 18 and 19 - Athens Bound One of the big side trips this summer is an extended weekend trip to Athens. We spent Thursday morning packing and closing up the flat for our late afternoon flight. While London has been hot, Athens is even hotter so we were able to pack light, taking only a couple of small carry-ons for the three of us. We got into the Athens airport after 10 PM, got a ride to the house were were staying at and checked in. It was midnight local time so we headed to bed, planning to sleep in a bit before exploring the city the next day. Friday was our first full day and we started with a greek breakfast and then a walking tour to see what we could find. Athens started ... read more
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Rooftop
Parthenon

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens July 7th 2018

Today we climbed the Acropolis to stand in awe of the Parthenon. Spectacular. On so many bucket lists. These kids can check that and so many other things off. What a wonderful world. It was hot. HOT. Water water water. Worth every step. ... read more

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens June 11th 2018

I have been very delinquent in keeping up with my blog posts, mostly because Sophie and I have been so busy being amazed by the sites and then further amazed by the Seabourne cruise ship we will be on for 17 days. Following my last post, we flew from Munich to Athens, spending two beautiful nights in a 5 star hotel and touring the ancient sites around Athens, all arranged by our cruise company. The Hotel Grande Bretagne was just amazing with luxury furnishing though out. Best of all, the roof top restaurant and bar had an unbelievable view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. During the time, we toured the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum. To say such antiquities were amazing is an understatement. It is hard to beat the Parthenon. But on ... read more
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Parthenon
Parthenon

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens June 8th 2018

Jack and I were very industriously made it to the ticket line of the Acropolis well before the 8 a.m. opening. Our walkabout concluded as the over-crowding of the ancient ruins with tour groups commenced. My impression of the Parthenon and other temples of the Acropolis is that I have retained so little ancient history, that a refresher lesson is highly in order. Travel has awakened my brain to language and culture unlike my job and graduate school. Today was a day of highs and lows. They high being the overlook of Athens from the Acropolis. They low being a slide down some wet marble steps leading to the Ancient Agora. Jack manage to lug me to a taxi and then back to the hotel for a once-over by a kind Greek doctor. Just a sprain. ... read more
Among the Ruins
Temple of Poseidon




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