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... faces. We got some amazing photos from 'pebble hill' and then worked our way back down to the markets. In our spare time we looked at some stalls, trailed some Gelato which was by far the best I have ever had! We had paid for an extra excursion in the afternoon which took us out on a bus to a beach 70 km south of Athens. Our lunch was an authentic home style family lunch. The lady who owns the ...
... and have my photo taken
alongside one of them. The rest of our tour group did though…….how
Next was the Temple of Olympian Zeus. A rectangle of
columns in a field. There was a very friendly cat wandering towards us which
allowed stroking……..surprising really as it was a stray. Our guide deviated
from telling us about the temple to tell us about the cat. Apparently, in
Greece, all ...
... with her other hand. This statue, the Athena Parthenos, at five storeys high, must have been awe-inspiring. When the Roman Empire conquered Greece, they removed it, as a way of breaking Greece's spirit!
However, we are in modern times and as we reached the top of the hill, entered through some impressive columns, we sighted the Parthenon in all its scaffolded glory!! It was a bit of an anti climax! I guess the level of "wow ...
... things. Its not luxurious like our last place and the metro is a supposedly a good 15 minute walk away so I'll have to find that tomorrow. The local restaurant we ate at, recommended by our host, was excellent. Its owned by a family with the mother cooking and son waiting the tables. Made fresh everyday with only seasonable products, the food was just crisp and tasty. We had greek salad, large fried ...
... we could at last take a photo of the Royal Princess from the front of the ship!
Back on board to the cool climes of the ship, dumped our belongings in our cabin and down to the International Café for a cappacino - and relax !!
Edited to add more about our day in Piraeus and more photos - see below
What we did next
I spent 1 ˝ hours updating and uploading photos and the text to our blog and when I signed off, I had 3 mins to ...