ATHENS

Athens, Greece.  A bucket list locale that did not disappoint.  A photo essay seems in order given the hundreds of pictures we took while there.

These first two photos were taken from the rooftop restaurant where we stayed while in Athens.  This was our view at breakfast, and during cocktail hour.  Dave found this hotel for us.  Well done, big bro!

The hole in one side of the Parthenon was created when ammunition that was being stored there in the 19th century exploded.

The Parthenon and the Erechtion.  The Erecthion was built on the most sacred site on the Acropolis, where Poseidon struck the ground with his trident, and where Athena produced the olive tree.  Or so the story goes.

The Caryatids, larger-than-life maiden columns, on the southern portico of the Erechtion, are plaster casts.  Five of the originals are in the new Acropolis Museum, while the sixth is in the British Museum, thanks to the philphering of Lord Elgin.

The whiter marble is restored.  Many of the sculptures on the pediment are in the Acropolis Museum, while others are in London.  GIVE BACK THE MARBLES!

The columns of The Parthenon are slightly narrower at the top than the bottom.  And as you all know from your high school study of ancient Greece, the columns are Ionic in style.

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, built in AD 161 by a wealthy Roman.  This theatre was excavated in the mid 19th century and restored in the 20th.  It is the smaller of the two theatres built into the side of the Acropolis.  (Not the theatre of Dionysos as I say in the video.)

Below the Acropolis is the ancient Agora, the center of ancient Athens and where the likes of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato held court.

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