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... out of the CBD before it closed down for the mass demonstrations on Parliament House, protesting against the austerity measures which means thousands of public servants losing their job. In between this and a lot of other banter, we saw some of the most mind blowing things. The Acropolis and Parthenon can't be described with photos, the sheer scale and engineering feats are amazing. But more than that it's a bit surreal ...
... easier to navigate than what we did. We went searching for the chair lift to the top of the lookout point only to wind up in a slum area with surrounding apartment buildings. To top it all off as we wound our way to a park land and the possible salvation of our searching we walked past an apartment whose dog started barking, which brought the attention of 2 stray dogs in the park land standing guard and also barking vigorously at us. Now the first thing that came ...
... the building, we walk over a glass floor which exposes a continuing excavation.
We are told the archeology is everywhere, dig a hole and uncover something ancient. The sight of a possible relic will stop any building immediately. Apparently a lot of excavation occurs between Friday afternoon and Monday morning, when all the inspectors are enjoying their weekend.
The museum contains many sculptures, preserved rather than ...
... the lead" Despite a promising start to the football season, finding a European game in July, the games seem to have dried up a bit. The following day, in an attempt to avoid the heat, we decided to relax in the National Park. Equipped with lunch, books (yes, books!!) and a pack of cards we set off on the mini hike. While there we also stumbled across what must have been one of the worst zoo's in history! We then retuned to the hostel to ...
... and in the heat it made it difficult to be patient with people standing in the flow of traffic or in tour groups. But the walk to the Parthenon wasn't lacking anything to look at, that's for sure. There were buildings and columns all around. But obviously the Parthenon was the big hit. It was pretty amazing, even with all of the scaffolding and cranes around the area. We are just getting used to seeing restoration at every site we go. The Parthenon and all ...