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... to the other. Saved about 400 km.
Arrived in Athens to a very nice hotel about 7.00. Others went off to their dinner and we discovered a gorgeous roof top restaurant complete with pool and stunning outlook at the top of the hotel. Could see the Acropolis and as the sun set we watched the lights come on at the Parthenon and other lit historical buildings around the city. A lovely start to our time in Greece.
Off to begin the cruise ...
It turns out that Athens is a pretty memorable place to spend a birthday.
Our day started with a tour of the ancient Agora (marketplace) at the base of the Acropolis. This wasn’t just any tour, however. We were guided by Professor John Camp, who is the director of the excavations in ancient Athens. John lives in Athens for half of the year, and lives in the U.S. the other half of the year, where he teaches ...
... of years, so our guide gave us some of its history on our way through. Our first stop was the showpiece of any Athens tour - the Acropolis, with its iconic Parthenon. This temple to Athena was built 2,500 years ago and has had a history as storied as Athens. It has been continually in restoration and preservation mode for over 150 years now, since Greece became independent (interestingly, a dividing point for ...
Pagan tradition has it that places and objects are charged with magical, transformative energy through focused ritual, belief, thought and prayer. This ancient sacred energy bestowed upon Athena by so many devotees is vividly palpable on the Acropolis. This sacred historical site remains imbued with her electric strength, her infinite wisdom and her feminine charm. The ...
... but were a little too early with many shops just opening when we arrived. We waited for the market to open by relaxing in a little cafe enjoying some baklava and greek coffee (strong coffee, just remember to not drink the grounds at the bottom!). We also enjoyed exploring the Agora with its ruins and the most complete temple from ancient Greece. Bizarrely, we saw a tortoise wandering around the ...