Saturday, September 3, 2011

Athens - In and Out

From Cairo, we flew to Athens, Greece. We landed quite late at night and hailed a taxi driver who drove us to our hotel - Hotel Jason - going no less than 160 km on the highway. A bit fast for an 80 zone. We made it to the hotel and checked in, heading to bed.

We woke the next morning and went to the rooftop terrace for breakfast. Amazing food and drink, but the view was beyond belief. Just over the rooftops of the neighbourhood rose the Acropolis and the Parthenon atop it. What a way to be greeted by Greece!

 We really enjoyed Athens, so many sites and the people were great to watch! I loved that I could just walk and, almost literally, stumble upon ruins of ancient times. Old and new - together as if it were nothing.

I loved the cafes and the Freddicino's -delicious frozen coffee drink. We strolled and explored, seeing so much. Found great fruit stands along the way. We made our way to the sight of sights - the Acropolis. Climbed many marble stairs and summited to find the Parthenon. Larger than I had envisioned and being restored. Amazing to think of the minds and great thinkers that walked these footsteps before me.

The magnificent Acropolis and Parthenon!
One of the many statues in and around temples and ruins.

A pillar in ruin....still beautiful.

The detail is amazing - still.
Our rooftop terrace, where breakfast was served every day and you could enjoy a lovely glass of wine as the sun sets on the city.
 Theatre of Dionysus - It was used for festivals in honor of the god Dionysus.