Travel Blogs from Athens
... numbers are down and can’t take photos in peace. We stay 3 nights in Luxor, visiting in the morning, hiding in the afternoon and swimming in the early evening. We visit Dendera temple which is 50km away, a beautiful temple that still has its roof on top of the tall columns as well as preserved colours on the pylons and walls. Then saving the best for the end we visit the Valley of the Kings and Hatchipsut temple. The tombs in the Valley of the Kings are amazing, awesome (need ...
On the Acropolis, there is a Roman odeon that seats 5000 people and had statues under the arches. Now, it's used in summer, but it was reconstructed in 1896 for the Olympics.
The marble for the Parthenon, the Erectaeon, and the Propylaea was found at a mountain 2 km away. The dominant style of column was the Doric and the Ionic.
Of the three remaining buildings, the Parthenon is probably the most ...
... if you drink your coke straight from the can
... if you ask for tap water
... if you clean up after yourself at a fast food joint
... if you stand nervously on the edge of the street unsure whether you should dart out into traffic or not (FYI - the answer to that is always a resounding yes!)
... if you never have cash
... if you get excited by the sight of a foreign McDonald's
... with diesel...and cheaper - hallelujah!
With a new policy in place not to run it below a quarter tank, we climbed up through the mountains, then down, then up....and down - a series of twisty, winding mountain passes for most of the 200km into Athens. It takes two pairs of eyes to drive in Greece such is the total disregard for road rules and especially so through the mountains. On our uphills, we had two lanes as you would ...