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Out last big day in Greece and we are heading down to the Monastiraki Flea Market. We have walked through here a number of times on our way to one site or another, but today, we are actually going to stop and look around. Sunday is also the day that the locals bring out their tables, benches, chairs, and whatever to set their stuff on to sell. Many just pull up in a car or truck (a tiny one) and sell stuff right out of the back on ...
... carved in the shape of women that adorn one side of the smaller Erechtheion temple, have been removed to the Acropolis Museum. Acid rain was creating so much havoc on their surfaces that their survival at all was in doubt. Replicas now stand in their historic place.
We saw the originals in the Acropolis museum, along with several other remnants of the ancient Athens' glory days. Then after a leisurely lunch (while we waited out a brief rain ...
... checking in we headed out for a group dinner and had our first gyros, a traditional Greek pita with chips in it. So yum and so cheap! The next morning we were up and out the door at 5:50am to get to the ferry port. We were given a sandwhich and a juice box for the road and off we went. We knew the ferry ride was going to be quite long but never expected it to be 8 hours!!! So we got comfortable, ...
... of Wisdom. Construction began in 447 BC and continued until 438 BC. So that the structure appears to be standing up straight for people viewing it from the bottom of the Acropolis, it was actually constructed with a slight curve to it. That said it still looked pretty straight to me while looking at it up close. The columns in the Parthenon are bulky with the top of the column being plain. The temple of Nike, a Ionic temple (i.e. the columns are slender and the top ...
... we flew into Athens and nothing was recognisable and as we journeyed to our hotel we were told that the airport had been built for the Olympic Games in 2004 I think the last time we were in Athens was in the 1970's.Our hotel for just one night is in a busy and bustling area opposite The Parliament Building just off Syntagma Square.We have a tour of the city tomorrow so decided just to stay local to the hotel, found a bar and absorbed the atmosphere around ...
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