Five Shots: The Acropolis at Athens

On top of the Acropolis
On top of the Acropolis

Kalispera (καλησπέρα)! Reporting to you from Athens, I have a small window of opportunity to quickly post some photos of the Acropolis and the Parthenon in Greece. We are having a perfect time learning and exploring this historic city. Here are a dozen shots of the sights and delicious food our group has experienced.

The East facade of the Parthenon is clean. 8x17 columned temple for Athena build in 438 BCE.
The East facade of the Parthenon is clean. 8×17 Doric columned temple for Athena build in 438 BCE.
Herod Atticus theater at the Acropolis
The Herod Atticus theater at the Acropolis
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The Caryatids at the Erechtheion next to the Parthenon. The current ladies are replicas. Five of the originals are displayed at the New Acropolis Museum. In 1800, Lord Elgin acquired a lady statue from a Turkish leader and she is housed at the British Museum in London. The Greeks would love to have her back, but it’s a delicate situation considering how much financial support Britain has given Greece over recent years when in the EU.
Jim looking up at one of the real Caryatids in the Athens Museum. Built in 2009, it's outstanding.
Jim looking up at one of the real Caryatids in the Athens Museum. Built in 2009, it’s outstanding.
Athens is best at night. The evening culture begins around five and extends past midnight. That's the time to pick out your souvenirs and eat, drink, and be merry.
Walk around the base of the Acropolis at night when it’s all lit up. The evening culture begins around five and extends past midnight. That’s the time to buy your souvenirs and eat, drink, and be merry.

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Lunch--I love gyros, don't you?
Lunch–I love gyros, don’t you?
Mythos is the Greek beer is the best.
Mythos is the Greek beer is the best.

Tomorrow our group ventures to the port of Piraeus to climb aboard the ship and island hop.

Don’t forget the Lucky 13 Film Club on July 13! Return and talk to Michael and I as we discuss authors whose books are frequently turned into films. Which best/worst adaptation will you talk about? 

43 thoughts on “Five Shots: The Acropolis at Athens

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  1. What a magnificent tour you and Jim are having. I feel safe in saying that all of us appreciate you taking time out to share the trip with us!!

  2. One good thing about ancient monuments is that they don’t change too much! Took me back to my own visits to Athens, all before 1985. Nice to see sunny skies, and the delicious food too.
    I think we should return the Elgin Marbles. It would be the right thing to do.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Apparently, the British Museum still has all the bills of sale and receipts from Lord Elgin. Judging by the bright light, I wouldn’t skimp on the sunblock!

    1. I thought I had a base tan from living in AZ. The temperatures and sun are similar. We went to the beaches in Rhodes and still managed to turn a little pink. A lot of fun.

  4. Oh, looks like you are having such a blast! Enjoy the rest of your trip, and I am looking forward to seeing more photos! It looks beautiful out there.

    1. Thanks, Anna. We have one last day for a trip to an Athens beach and tonight we have a musical, traditional dinner in store for us before we make the long trip back. Won’t be so bad because I can catch up on some movies I missed. 🙂

    1. Oh, Abbi, I feel safe to presume you and the Os would love it. Especially the islands. Stay tuned for more photo shots. I hope you and little O are bonding and he is happy and healthy.

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