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Stop #13: Athens, Greece

By David Morris

Athens, Greece

Of course, I guess as is the case with the climate in the area in the heart of July, it was again about 100 degrees.  And it was even hotter on top of the Acropolis, with little shade and that white rock dust reflecting all the heat.  So here we go…

OK, so we decided to try something a little different this time.  Instead of an organized tour, we simply took a bus into Athens from the ship and spent 6 hours or so roaming around the historical ruins.  Most of that time was spend getting to the top and walking around, and then finding an alternate route back down from the Acropolis.

So all the research I did to prepare for our self-guided tour of Athens was irrelevant.  The Areopagus was not a coliseum as I thought.  And it was not located on the Acropolis, as I thought.  The Areopagus was a building that no longer exists and was situated on the top of a hill adjacent to the Acropolis.  Nothing remains of the Areopagus except the hill it sat on.  I was too tired from walking up to the top of the Acropolis to even bother climbing to the original location of the Areopagus, so Jarrad took the video camera and went up.  I did take a distant shot of it and you can see what I mean.  I was very disappointed.

On top of the Acropolis was the Parthenon, but it was in a state of heavy repair/renovation so  lot of it was covered in scaffolding and heavy cranes.  There were other building up there of lesser fame.  One day I will label the pictures accordingly.  For now, just enjoy.

So after descending, I decided it would be a good time to go ahead and find an internet cafe, call my folks, and update my blogs up to Turkey.  This took about 2.5 hours but it gave me time to rest after all that walking.  Then heading back to the bus pick-up point, I found my third of five Hard Rock Cafe’s.  (Since we never went to Rome, there is only one more left.)

So enjoy my pictures of Athens.

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