Greece

Athens The End

After stoping at the Temple of Olympian Zeus we walked up to the First Cemetery.  I must say I have always loved the way European’s park their cars.  They park where ever they can.  In the states we only park on the street in one direction and typically you will get ticketed if you double park.  I have seen cars in Paris parked on a corner and then double parked at that.  Here is what we saw walking up to the Cemetery.   All of the cars in the picture below are parked.

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The Cemetery was opened in 1867 and is the First Cemetery of Athens.  There are many of famous Grecians buried here and it’s a really large cemetery.  This is the entrance and there is another fence like this on the other side.  There were many things going on including I believe a funeral.

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There are some really large mausoleums in this cemetery.

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The artwork that goes into these is amazing.  As we were walking up to the cemetery there are numerous stores that make pictures and figures and sell flowers all relating to funeral thing.

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We didn’t walk all the way through or around as we were pressed for time I can imagine that you can come back for several days and still not see everything.

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After leaving the cemetery we headed to the train station to head out to the port of Athens it was about a 15 minute train ride.  This is the train station at the port of Athens.

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As you can see there are a lot of ships at the port.  All of these are headed out to the islands.  Unfortunately we weren’t staying long enough but maybe next time.

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We then walked over to the other side of the port after eating.  We saw what remained of this boat.  There were at least two or three hulls that we saw in the water.  Including the engine of a boat.

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As you can see there are plenty of smaller boats around the port.  There were boats from many different countries.

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We didn’t go over to the beach but we were right above and across the water from it.  It looked amazing but we didn’t have a bathing suit with us.

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We then stopped for coffee at a little place on the port.   It was really good and we even got a cookie.

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We then walked back to the train station and took the train back to our hotel.  While we were changing trains we came across this section in the subway where they have excavated.  It’s amazing to come across these things where you would least expect it.

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There was a protest going on in the streets and the train station we were going to go to was closed.  We had to walk several blocks to another station.  wpid-athens-141.jpg

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We then had dinner on the rooftop of our hotel.  We were going to have Ouzo after dinner but our waiter recommended we have some Mastika.  I still have not tried Ouzo but the Mastika was really good.

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The next day we got ready to leave and arrived at the airport.  I was able to get wifi once and then it was gone.  They board the non revs differently there and you have to stay outside of security before they give you your seat.  Well as we were waiting there we saw people coming rushing up right before the closing of the flight.  Thankfully we were the first ones on the list as by the time they were done there were only two seats left on the plane.  We got lucky because there were at least 10 non revs behind us that did not get on the plane.  I felt bad for the but I was glad to get on the plane. We ended up sitting across from each other.  While on the plane I was sitting next to a woman who was in Athens for business she was from NY and was training for her company.  I wish my company would send me to Athens for training.  Anyway another great trip but a close call getting home.

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Athens (once again, I’m home now yay)

In the morning we went to the Central Market.  I love going to fresh markets whenever we are in other countries.  This market was mostly a meat market.  We walked through and there were butchers on either side.  We were wondering how the customers decide who to go to.

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There were also other things like olives and herbs.

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There was also a fish market in the back.  I love fish but walking through here was an overwhelming fish smell that near the end I had to rush out so as not to puke.  I did take a few pictures before I ran out.

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We then headed back to the train station.  On the way there we walked past a pet store.  Who knew they sold dogs by the pound in Athens.  Ok just kidding but I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this dog sitting on the scale.

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We then went to the Syntagma Metro Station.  There is actually a glass wall and on the other side are graves.  It is amazing that this is still intact.

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As you can see this is only the surface.  The metro is at least two stories below this.


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We then went upstairs and saw the Greek Presidential Guard marching in front of Parliament.

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They were so serious.

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We then walked over to Hadrian’s Arch.  I was thinking while I was taking this photo that I guess the ancient Greeks did not imagine all the cars that are passing by this Arch.

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We then walked to the Temple of Olympian Zeus.  This structure is amazing.  It’s a grand scale and I can’t even imagine how they built this and what they had to go through.

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As you can see they are trying to hold this together with metal banding.  Let’s hope it stays for a while.

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This one didn’t survive the fall, I could see where there was actually a metal rod inside to try and keep it together but it didn’t work.  It’s a same.  I think everyone should see this place.

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Ok I’m almost done with Athens.  It will be done next week.

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Athens continuation (while I’m stuck in Zurich (UGHHH))

When last I left you guys we were traveling in Athens.   Now to pick up where I left off.  We continued to wander the Acropolis.  There are many places on this big rock and you have visit them if you have a ticket.  We then visited the Byzantine Church called the Holy Apostles of Solakis in the Agora.  The pictures I took on the inside do not do it justice.

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This is in the center of the church.  There are 4 areas and the church resembles a cross.

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This is the old door of the church.

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After visiting the church we searched for our way off of Acropolis.  We were starving.  As we walked out of the gates we noticed that the Acropolis closes at 3pm.  So remember to get there early if you want to see everything.  We were not able to do so but we were starving.  We ended up walking down the street and as usual there are people standing outside of restaurants practically begging you to eat in their place.  We walked by the one guy and he showed us the pictures (yes I know touristy) but we told him we were going to walk down the street to see if there was anything better.  We ended up turing around and headed back in his direction.  As soon as we walked up he recognized us and seated us right away.  We started with a Greek Salad, we had tzatziki and also some olives.

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We then decided to have coffee.  I had told my husband that the real Greek coffee was just like mud (I had read it in the book my sister gave me for Christmas).  Being the coffee connoisseur he is he wanted to give it a go.  I decided that I wasn’t into mud and had an iced coffee.  Mine was better than his but not much.  I tasted his and it was very gritty on the bottom and it’s not like he had a large cup.  Here are our cups of coffee. Mine is the big one.

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Since everything was closed we decided to make our way back to the train station.  We came across this floor that is super old.  It’s amazing the detail that is found here.  We laid our tile less than 6 years ago and we have some cracks in it.  This flooring has lasted centuries.

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This is as close as I could get so you could see the detail.

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We then walked by these two.  A father and sun playing their violins.  They were really good.  We gave them about 2 Euro each and I asked if I could take their picture.  They had been there all day as my husband had seen them when we walked into the Acropolis.

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We then walked over to the Acropolis Museum.  Neither of us are museum people so we only went in the entrance not to any of the exhibits.  When you walk up to the museum you see there is glass on the ground and underneath were different rooms.  Here is a picture of one section.  Where ever you build in Athens you have to be careful because there’s probably something special underneath.

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After all this walking we decided to head back to the hotel.  There was a pool on the roof and we tried to enjoy it.  The problem was the water was freezing.  We both jumped in but didn’t stay very long.  From our hotel rooftop you can see the Acropolis.

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We then ventured out to get something to eat and ended up in a touristy area again.  The food was amazing though and I couldn’t even finish mine.  My meal was a mixture of meats.  There were two of each kind.  I kept letting my husband taste but we couldn’t even come close to finishing.

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One thing I must tell you about Athens is there are a lot of people begging.  Now we see this a lot in the countries we visit but here they come up to you while you are eating asking for money or trying to sell you something.  We even had several children come up to us.  Also, there are a lot of big dogs in Athens.  Like Great Dane, German Shepard big.  We were not sure if they belonged to anyone but they seem to stay near a lot of store fronts.

After dinner we headed back to the hotel.  I wanted to go up to the roof to take a picture of the Parthenon.  We headed up there and after moving around several tables and using my gorillapod and timer on my camera I was able to get this picture.

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I will continue next week on the second day of Athens and hopefully I will be out of Zurich tonight.  My husband was working the flight so he left me and all the flights look like crap but I have a plan and hopefully it works.

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Athens, Greece – The Acropolis

We started out the morning headed to Philadelphia.  See post of people missing flights.  We left for Greece on my birthday and my birthday dinner was airplane food.  Here is up waiting on line to board the plane

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The flight out there was uneventful.  When we got to Athens we decided to take public transportation to the hotel.  The train ride was very easy and the signs are in both English and Greek.  I got the hotel off of price line and it was supposed to be a 3 star hotel.  The hotel was not in what appeared to be the best of areas there was grafitti all over the place in Athens in general not just where we were staying.  We had an ok view from our room but the tv in the room was smaller than my laptop.  After getting settled in the hotel we hoped back on the subway and headed to the Acropolis.  They have a pretty good deal where you can get tickets for all of the things on Acropolis for about 12 euro each.  Here is a picture of the Parthenon from the bottom of the Acropolis.

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Here is the Theatre of Dionysus.  It’s amazing that this has been around since 530 BC

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The seats have writing underneath them.  I’m assuming these are names of people that sat on them since the seats appear to be in the front row.

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This is the Odeon of Herodes.  It was built in 160 AD but redone in 1955.

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Headed up the Acropolis was very crowded.  Be sure that if you go up there you wear sneakers.  One of my husband’s friends for warned me.  It is really slippery up there as the ground is all marble.

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It was an amazing place to visit and

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The view down to the city was amazing it’s no wonder they built this up here.

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It was very steep going up and down.   Here are several pictures.

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There are pieces of stone everywhere.  They all appear to be numbered in some way.  It also looks as if they are trying to put missing pieces in to stabilize it.  There were people working inside and cleaning and taping marble.

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This is in the corner of the Parthenon.  I didn’t see it until I zoomed in

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There were just scroll pieces everywhere.  There was a stack of these

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You can see where the pieces have shifted.

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So as you can see I took a lot of pictures this is an amazing place to see.  I will continue to go through our day next week.

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