Έχει ο καιρός γυρίσματα, κι ο χρόνος εβδομάδες. – Time has turns, and the year has weeks.

We touched down in Greece in the afternoon, although according to our fatigued minds it was early morning. Stumbling through security, and the passport check point, we found our way to the train station and then got utterly lost. We were in some suburb of Athens, but not Athens itself. Thanks to a couple of sweet Greek women, and our miming capabilities we found the right train and arrived at the correct train station. Too tired to walk and navigate any longer we found a taxi driver, a patient Greek man who only spoke Greek. Insert more miming, and groggy laughter (mostly on our part) . Finally at our hotel, a quiet, near empty place in a not so beautiful neighborhood in Athens (the people in the hotel are sweet though and make up for the weird crowd after 9 pm).

We ate dinner in the hotel, my first introduction to the absurd amount of olive oil, and the amazingness that is a Spiced Latte (it’s a basic latte made even better with the addition of vanilla, Cinnamon, and honey).

The next morning we woke up early to venture to the Acropolis, two miles by foot from out hotel, but we enjoyed the walk. Stumbled into the Roman and Ancient Agora, which were strange to see sitting in the middle of tavernas, and houses. It was even a little haunting.

Then we began the climb up to the Acropolis. The views from the top of the mountain are breathtaking to say the least. Athens looks absolutely bitty when you stand at the top of the mountain. The Parthenon was beautiful, although there was heavy construction going on so you had to work very hard to ignore the giant cranes off to the side.

 

Athens below us.

A part of the Pathenon - without the crane.

But the most amazing part about the Acropolis was the Theatre of Dionysus (both of them – it was rebuilt near by, made larger) . The birthplace of my profession. Absolutely amazing. The beautiful seats are still there where the grandees sat and the throne of the Priest of Dionysus. Malka and I just sat and stared down at the stage wondering what it must have been like to watch plays on a hot afternoon.

 

Theatre of Dionysus

As luck would have it Malka and I didn’t pay a dime for seeing any of this! It was Clean Monday, the last day of carnival here in Greece so museums were shut down, and the Acropolis was free. It was lovely to say the least.

 

Although it’s been chillier in Greece than we expected it to be, the weather can’t put a damper on the ruins. We’re still in Greece, still adventuring, and still having a once in a lifetime experience.

Today we are relaxing, walked to the National Archaelogical Museum, and are now having a small lunch in our hotel with , yup, Spiced Lattes. We’ll venture out later now that the rain has stopped and the sun is peeing. Maybe check out the Plaka, that was mostly closed yesterday.

Tomorrow we go to Delphi! Another crazy adventure since we’re bussing it without a guide.

Pottery forgotten in the grass.

An interesting view from one of the side paths.

A blooming tree at the top of the Acropolis.

 

 

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