We were up bright and early, sun burned sleepy, sore, and jet lagged. STILL, Ready to go!!
We had a breakfast of all of the choco crunch cereal we bought the night before.
You may notice that the bowl is enormous. It was the only bowl in the house.
I don’t know why I didn’t take a picture of it.
Our air B&B was a 20 minute walk from the acropolis.
We got up to the lower Acropolis before 8:00 AM when it opened.
Even at that point in the day it was a cool 85 degrees.
Now we had a view of the museum from the hill top.
Here we are, as we got to the main entrance.
I love Karl, and his fanny pack.
It was such an amazing place.
And there she is, THE Parthenon.
They are restoring this side of it.
Bits of stone. Years and years of history on shelves sitting in the sun.
Karl found a cannon.
Now around to the front.
I was so surprised how much, rubble there was up there. How many things even in this great city, in this famous place, were just laying around.
I suppose such is the way of ancient places.
THE MONEY SHOT!!!
The view of the other places in this ancient city.
Like this, the ancient temple of Zeus.
You can even see the building we were staying in!
I like this one of me.
We took a less used back way down through the theater of Dionaisis.
These pillars were memorials to ancient important men. They once had heads on them. I am not sure if they just wanted to make sure we all know they were once dudes.
It felt like we were lost, and we were trying to avoid the throngs of people. Karl looked for an alternate way down.
Karl made his way down.
Front row seats, complete with bathroom holes.
We walked through a part of the Plaka to find the main road.
We were super excited! We jumped on the hop on and off bus and we were off!
The National University.
With Athena and Apollo looking over.
Lots of bronze statues.
We only made a purchase when we saw this place.
Oh yes, we were getting some CHEESE!
After we bought some cheese, we went to a near by bakery to get some bread and water for lunch.
The temperatures were SWELTERING and we were happy to find a cold drink.
Once we had eaten, we went out to the Plaka and did some more looking around.
We walked through the Plaka, and found our way to the ancient market place of Athens.
We found a place in the shade. Cuz like I said, it was HOT.
This is a replica of the old pavilion that used to stand here.
It is now filled with many old statues, and Greecen urns, and so forth.
There was a little indoor section that had the coolest and some of the most delicate things we had seen.
This set of pitchers that look like children’s faces.
This was once a part of a bronze statue that rode a horse.
An actual sheild. Like in that 300 movie.
This little one is a baby bottle.
This is a small child’s grave.
These coins were once attached to the death shroud that went over the body.
More replicas of what once was.
The old laundires.
Back to the bus, we found this odd KFC add.
Hungry like a fox?
Our next stop was the Olympic stadium.
Across the street we found a part with lovely statues, and thick trees.
On our way out of the park, we found ourselves following the guards who stand in front of the grave of the unknown soldier, outside the parliament building.
They were SO friendly.
We had such a fun time. We laughed and laughed and laughed.
The guards got ready for their photo op.