Ionion Hotel Piraeus
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... around. We walked the Plaka shops and ducked underneath shelters when the skies opened up again. Our return to the ship was with a lovely opinionated taxi driver whose English was great and he explained sites we passed including some of the Olympic stadiums. We just made it on board for our dinner reservation and left port about 8.30 pm. The night finished with a Aerial Spectacular in the centre of the ship with singers and ...
... ship crew for not monitoring the area. More sunbathing, reading & in the pool to cool off; it must be 38C today, very hot. There are1400 new guests getting on this afternoon.Just 6 at dinner tonight,missing were Jeremy & Pat, still a good evening.
On our way to Bodrum.
16 Aug. Just a cruisey day with not a cloud in the clear blue sky, the ship sailing no faster than 7knots. I attended ...
... route on the stairs and the guide kept stopping along the way so it made it easy. When we stopped to get our tickets a small corp. of soldiers were there with their rifles doing drills so that was pretty interesting. The whole acropolis is under going a massive restoration that will last another 9 years. Being all paid for privately by relatives of Aristotle.There was some scaffolding on one part of the Parthenon. But ...
... in fact.
Our first stop was government house where she explained
that the elaborate ballet the two guards performed signified the time when
Greece kicked out the Ottomans. Apparently, the high kicking was a symbol for
when the soldiers carried knives under the pom poms on their shoes and used
them to castrate their enemies……..what a way to win a war! I can't remember
what their kilts signified, but I refused ...
... ancient city. Poseidon threw down his trident and struck a spring, giving the city water; Athena threw down her spear and struck the root of an olive tree. Clearly the Gods preferred olives as she got the vote!
The Parthenon was built back in 406 BC, in her honour, hence its name. Inside, there was a large forty foot high ivory sculpture of Athena, wearing a gold toga and holding a statue of the goddess Nike in her palm. She held ...