Family in Athens!

Trip Start Nov 01, 2007
Trip End Mar 01, 2008

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Athens was such a beautiful place to be over Christmas time...especially with the family (they arrived at the amazing apartment that my mom found a few hours after I did, so I could rest and become less irritable after my long night coming from Tel Aviv).  I spent some time making dinner for everyone, and had fun wandering around looking for cool little food shops where I could buy pasta materials, wine, bread, chocolate, etc...

The first full day we woke up really really late (especially for my family, which is notorious for having intense vacations) and went up to the Acropolis.  It was pretty cool...covered in scaffolding, which detracted from the ruins.  Also saw some other ruins.  The weather was spectacular, and it was quite a perfect day.  The views were incredible, and we visited this hill that was the birthplace of democracy...could just imagine the early Athenians giving speeches there...

Next day we went to snowed on the road there, and were were the only ones at the site braving the cold rain.  It was nice though, especially to have the whole area just to ourselves.  It was kind of a disaster having both my mom and I navigating while my father drive, but I take full responsibilty for the lost wanderings we did around Athens on the way back.  I've never been so clueless as to where I was as that night in some strange part of the city.

The Temple of Zeus was really cool...just these lone pillars standing.  Apparently the structure was dynamited during Ottoman rule (by a Greek however...the Turks had made such destruction of antiquities illegal) to make fertilizer or something equally rediculous. 

There is way more that I could write, like about the old leather sandal maker that I visited, but I'm so far behind that I have to blitz through.  It was a great time with the family in an awesomely relaxing apartment about 2 minutes from the Acropolis in the heart of the old town.  Was also an adventure driving on the narrow cobblestone roads too...more stories...
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