Athens, day 2

This was our big explore of cool Athens places day. We started early, hoping to catch the flea markets nearby as they opened. We messed up the timing on that one though, having to kill an hour until people started setting up. It was pretty much all junk, but kind of interesting. But really it was just all old, useless junk items, or old junky junk pieces of junk items.

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Off up the hill! We figured it would be sensible to not be outside in high 30 degree heat in the middle of the day after our experiences to date, so planned the day around that. We walked up to Areopagus, the big rock overlooking the city next to the Acropolis, then headed through the Agora and museum on the way back down. A little like the ruins we’d seen in Turkey, but lots more! More complete, better presented, and just greater. And with more trees and stuff.

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

We followed the road that circles the Acropolis to the new Acropolis Museum. No photos, but packed full of incredible stuff. They also had most of the original pieces of the Parthenon running around the walls of one floor of the museum, and were replacing them on the Parthenon with replicas. They’re pretty amazing up close, but I loved the smaller things the most, like the incredibly intricate drawings on beautiful small pieces of pottery.

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Then it was off home for a few hours rest out of the sun, before heading back up to the Acropolis to explore the good stuff. A wow, it was good. Everything is huge and awesome, and so beautiful in the late afternoon light. The Parthenon is just epic. So here’s lots of photos from there.

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

And then the walk back down, as the sun headed for the horizon.

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

We headed back around to the changing of the guards at Parliament for another giggle, and managed to not act too much like children this time.

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

The walk back to the hostel through town as the sun set was very pretty, then we set off to find a cool place with live music for dinner. We knew the area to head for but the exact place was a bit of a pain to find, so instead we got talked in to going up to a place by its waiter. The view was amazing, though the food was somewhat uninspired and their live music fed needlessly through speakers. But that view!

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

Athens, day 2

A pretty beautiful way to end our last day with Lizzie. And then there were four.

From August 29, 2010.

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