As I mentioned in a previous post, we arrived in Athens, Greece on an exceedingly rainy Monday afternoon, so I didn’t take too many pictures – we were mostly trying to find the hotel and stay dry. But we did eat, so, of course, I’ve got a shot of that! Kebop!
When it stopped raining, we noticed that our hotel really was at the foot of the Acropolis. SURPRISE! — The hotel website wasn’t exaggerating. I took this photo about 100 feet from the front door of our hotel. And yes, that’s the Acropolis up there…
And while we’re on the subject (the subject being “I can’t believe the Acropolis is RIGHT THERE!”), here’s a shot of the Acropolis taken at dawn from the terrace where they served breakfast at the hotel. The Greeks have done a bang-up job of lighting.
Most of what we saw in Athens has been photographed a billion times, so before I bore you with my Acropolis shots (Look! The Parthenon!), here’s a shot that I cannot explain, other than that I took it while out walking on the first night in Athens. It doesn’t look like a magician’s prop or a Halloween decoration, and I waited 10 minutes or so to see if someone was going to do something with it, but no one came. So it’s a coffin sitting in the hallway of an open entrance next to a cafe. Your guess is a good (or maybe better than) mine. A reader of Greek might be able to tell us more from what’s written on the sign.
Okay, here are a few ACROPOLIS SHOTS (just a few, I promise). Fortunately, the weather was fantastic for the rest of our stay in Athens:
After spending a few hours up on the Acropolis, we walked over to the Acropolis Museum, which is a great story because as they starting to build it, they discovered yet another Archaic to Early Christian Athens settlement right beneath where they were building. So, instead of stopping the project, they went ahead and built the museum OVER the site, allowing the archeologists to do their work, which they were doing the day we went.
The next day we visited the National Archeological Museum. But while walking there from the hotel, something cool happened: we passed the big meat market. If you’ve been following this blog, you know I can’t pass up a good local market. Margaret waited outside. Here are some pix (my vegetarians friends might want to skip these):
The National Archeological Museum was really pretty amazing – the place is huge and you’ll see more busts here than at a ____________ (fill in the blank for a good “bust” joke of your choice). I took a few shots of things that interested me the most. Here they are:
Later we took the metro to the main Athens port called Pireaus to check out the ferry situation for the next day’s ferry ride to the island of Aegina.
I’m writing/posting this on Aegina Island – about an 8o minute ferry ride from Athens. It’s quite nice here. Leaving to return to Hungary in the morning. More on our Greek island adventure later.