June 22, 2002 - Athens

(part 1)

Nina and I spent the morning hiking up to the Acropolis, taking lots of pictures, visiting the museum, and then hiking back down around lunchtime.  There was so much to see throughout the entire journey.  After a quick lunch we headed to the National Gardens for a leisurely stroll and then went back into the city for dining, drinking, and dancing on the wonderful Minissikleous Street.  The street is lined from top to bottom with little tavernas that have rooftop seating with excellent views of the city and the Acropolis.

The Agora (ancient city) of Athens

The Agora (ancient city) of Athens

What used to be a temple in the Agora

What used to be a temple in the Agora

Looking down at the Agora from higher up on our way to the Acropolis

Looking down at the Agora from higher up on our way to the Acropolis

The Temple of Hyphaestus and the city of Athens in the distance

The Temple of Hyphaestus and the city of Athens in the distance

The Agia Apostoli, an ancient church

The Agia Apostoli, an ancient church

Getting closer to the Acropolis

Getting closer to the Acropolis

Likavitos hill in the distance

Likavitos hill in the distance

The top of the Parthenon just peaking above the cliffs

The top of the Parthenon just peaking above the cliffs

Nina with the Parthenon in the distance...it was really, really windy this day

Nina with the Parthenon in the distance...it was really, really windy this day

Remnants of the Odeon Herodes Atticus, a theatre

Remnants of the Odeon Herodes Atticus, a theatre

More of the Odeon

More of the Odeon

Finding shade was one of my top priorities in Greece

Finding shade was one of my top priorities in Greece

Finally at the Parthenon

Finally at the Parthenon

The Parthenon

The Parthenon

Another view of the Parthenon

Another view of the Parthenon

Nina taking a break

Nina taking a break

The Erechtheion, right next to the Parthenon

The Erechtheion, right next to the Parthenon

Closer view of statues of women which hold up the roof of this small balcony

Closer view of statues of women which hold up the roof of this small balcony

Columns along the backside of the Parthenon

Columns along the backside of the Parthenon

A view of the inside of the Erechtheion

A view of the inside of the Erechtheion

Crumbling walls of the Acropolis with Likavitos hill  in the distance

Crumbling walls of the Acropolis with Likavitos hill in the distance

The backside of the Parthenon

The backside of the Parthenon

A closer view of the ancient Greek architecture

A closer view of the ancient Greek architecture

Columns on the backside of the Parthenon

Columns on the backside of the Parthenon

The Temple of Olympian Zeus

The Temple of Olympian Zeus

Looking down from the Acropolis on a rather dilapidated looking building

Looking down from the Acropolis on a rather dilapidated looking building

The outer wall of the Acropolis

The outer wall of the Acropolis