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I am the proud mom to 6 kids: Natasha, 24, Nikolai, 20, Reese, 20, Maylee, 14, Erik, 10 and Violet, 7. The kids come from Russia, Ukraine and China; I'm so proud of my family sometimes I think I'll burst and I needed an outlet for it - so I've created this weblog. :o)
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Saturday, May 18, 2013
As you can imagine, this port was a biggie!  Though the Parthenon is undergoing major renovations and is covered with scaffolding and other unsightly construction gizmos, it was really amazing.  Quite difficult to believe, really.  You are looking at the this incredible structure and trying to imagine that it has been there since 432 B.C. and imagining all the events that happened there, and it's really hard to do!  Our guide was wonderful, and full of information.

The narrow streets of downtown Athens. 
(In all of the places we visited in Greece, 98% of the cars were teeny tiny, like Toyota Yaris hatchbacks, Smart cars, FIAT's, etc.)

Ancient pillar

The Greek flag.  This is mounted (I'm quite sure) on the site of the Zeus Polieus Sanctuary.  From this spot you can see all of Athens.  Quite amazing!!

The front part of the Parthenon.  It has been under renovation for the past 11 years.  Kind of a shame.  They have even taken down chunks of the front facade, I assume to repair, then replace.  I'm sure when they are done, it will be great again.

Stray dogs were everywhere we went, but interestingly they almost all had collars, were well fed, seemed content, and very gentle!!  Reese had to pet each one, of course.  ;o)

Large stadium, just under the Acropolis, on the hillside going down from it.  For the life of me, I can't remember the name of it...!!  If anyone knows, please feel free to chime in!!

In front of the Erechtheion.  Just simply amazingly beautiful.

A closeup of the top of the colums of the Parthenon.  The detail work always fascinated me. In every city we visited, it was just incredible.  In America, we think something from the 1800's is ooooooh, so ooooold, but then you go HERE, and it just knocks your socks off.

From the rear side of the Parthenon, where the construction didn't show so much!  I love this picture!

Another one of my favs.  Reese, sitting on one of the walls of the Acropolis, overlooking the enormous city of Athens.

A picture taken from the tour bus (and I was not in a window seat!) of the Acropolis (left) and the temple to Zeus behind the light pole, center/right.  We did not get to visit Zeus' temple, which was disappointing to me.

Here we are in front of the 1896 Olympic Stadium, which is the place of the very first modern Olympics.  The entire stadium is made of marble.

After hanging out a bit there, we did a lot of shopping in town. :o)

During our shopping time, we stopped at an outdoor restaurant to rest.  I HAD to have some authentic Greek baklava, and it did not disappoint!!  YUM!!!

My little Spartan

Time for a nap!

Had the best crab cakes on the planet tonight for dinner (we LOVE our wait staff!), and saw an ice dancing show on the Ice Rink.  I'm back to bed for the night, and Reese is enjoying his usual beloved night life.  LOL


Jane Smith said...

I will go see this some day!! I'm SO glad you and Reese had an opportunity to see it and had such a great time! ;)

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