We joined a free walking tour this morning, which took us all over the city and allowed us to see every major site and was really interesting. When the tour was over, we picnicked in the National Gardens, and then did a little shopping in the market area, before heading home to rest for a while. We also did a sunset hike this evening up Lycabettus Hill, where we experienced breathtaking views of the entire city.
It means "top city," and it is where The Parthenon (Athena's Temple)
is located. There are also several other lesser temples on top up there,
which is what you can see on the right hand side of the picture.
|The Roman Agora|
This was the marketplace of Athens during the time of the Roman Empire.
|Temple of Hephaestus|
This temple has been the best preserved and sits next to the Ancient Agora.
This arch divided the "old city," where The Acropolis is
(and which you can just see peeking through the arch),
from the "new city," where the Temple of Zeus could be found.
|The Olympic Stadium|
Weston, our lover of all sports, was so excited to see the Olympic Stadium,
which was built for the first modern olympics in 1896.
|The Parliament Building|
This was formerly the royal palace and is now the seat of government.
|The changing of the guard at the parliament building|
These are Evzone Soldiers, dressed in the traditional uniform,
which is now purely ceremonial. Supposedly, the black pom-poms
on the shoes hide a blade, which was once used in close range fighting.
We had a lovely picnic and some gigantic fun playing on the humongous trees.
|Fruit Street Vendor|
The kids were so excited to each get to pick out a kilo of fruit
from one of the beautifully arrayed carts on the street.
|Sunset hike up Lycabettus Hill|
Our tour guide mentioned this was the best place in town to see the sunset,
so we couldn't resist adding this evening hike to our agenda.
The Parthenon sits on the left hand side of the picture,
while some of the lesser temples are on the right.
You can see the Saronic Gulf in the background.
|The Glowing Acropolis|
All of the temples are lit up when the sun goes down,
and it is absolutely stunning!