Our vacation in Greece ended with two days in Athens - my heart breaks for the city with the recent fires about 30 miles from there. It's so sad!
We flew to Athens from Santorini, checked into our hotel in the center of the city, and then headed out on an on/off bus tour to get a feel for the city. I think it's a great way to get an overview of a place you've never visited before.
The most familiar site ahead up on the hill... the Acropolis.
There are old buildings hidden here and there among the modern buildings...
and lots of interesting shops along the streets...
and the ever-present graffiti just about everywhere!
A cool statue...
And the Olympic stadium... This marble stadium was host to the first modern Olympic games in 1896, but the first stadium was built there in the 300's BC.
More graffiti... As I've said before, I think it is the scourge of many cities that I can't see any solution for. The lack of respect for the place and for things is deep rooted. I like great street art but just defacing every surface ruins the beauty that the cities could and should have (in my opinion!)
We hopped off the bus to take a look around this area and found lots of antique shops full of good stuff!
I bought this children's book there...
The shops had lots of alarm clocks. I didn't get one - next time!
As we walked, finding our way back to the area near our hotel, we came across this very interesting area with stuff for sale. The "junk" spilled out of the building, onto the street and over cars - it was crazy!
I'm not sure how one is supposed to look at this stuff!
That's Dave in the white hat, looking for a treasure (he didn't find any.)
Alongside nice places you see sights like this - it probably once was a beautiful building!
Our hotel was near this church in the center of the main shopping area...
The ruins of the Library of Hadrian were nearby... (132BC)
We saw lots of these carts selling coconut on the streets...
We explored in the Monastiraki market area...
We walked to the Helenic Parliament building with the ceremonial guards. We learned that there are 400 pleats on their skirts and that they have to iron them themselves. They stand guard for 8 hours in the heat day after day.
Of course, we saw lots of cats!
Our hotel was in a fabulous location with a rooftop garden where you could sit a watch the sun set on the Acropolis.
After the sunset, we explored the area, looking for where we would eat. We considered this charming restaurant with the lamps on the street.
But we found a super charming place with tables along the sidewalk under the trees...
with a stunning view from our table!
I'll have one last post about our trip up next and my thoughts about Athens and Greece. Thanks for following along! xoxo
**Just a little note**
Registrations are continuing for my day of classes in the San Jose area in northern California on Saturday, August 11. You can find all the information in the link in the sidebar of my blog. Hope to see you there!