Sunday, December 29, 2013

Athens, Greece

 Port number two was Athens, Greece!  We were all very excited to stop here!!!  We took a bus from the port and stopped off at the Acropolis!  We wanted to see this amazing site as soon as possible!  
 The boys are standing at Mars Hill where Paul spoke to the Athenians in Acts 17.  
Acts 17: 22-23  So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. 23 For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you
 The Acropolis is under major construction.  There was so much scaffolding.  
 Looking down at Mars Hill from the Acropolis. 

 We downloaded Rick Steve's free Acropolis audio guide.  
This is part of the Parthenon with no scaffolding.  
 The panels above the columns are in the British Museum.  We are definitely going back to the British Museum to get a better appreciation for this spectacular site.  
 Theater under the Acropolis.  
 Temple of Olympian Zeus.  
 The Acropolis and Arch of Hadrian.  
 Syntagma Square is Greece's Parliament area.  This place was filthy and full of pick pockets.  We zipped through here to get to the subway station.  
 Athens worked on their subway for the 2004 Olympics and found layers and layers of history.  Inside the subway station, they displayed some of the history.  It was really cool.  
They even found tombs.  
 We stopped at a recommended restaurant for the most wonderful Greek lunch.  
The salad was fantastic.
 But this was the BEST!  I have been craving it ever since.   
 These cute girls came by and serenaded us during lunch.  
 Our last stop for the day was the ancient agora (market place).  We had another free audio guide.  
This place was the where all the action was during ancient times.  Socrates and Plate walked these streets.   It dates back to the 6th century BC.  We were all overwhelmed by the history of this city.  

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