|Ruined Erechtheion temple, Acropolis.|
The Hotel Fresh was excellent. It's Four-Star and therefore a bit pricy, and is in a grotty area of town. However, it's clean, the rooftop bar and restaurant are very good, breakfast is marvellous and extremely comprehensive, and there's free wireless internet all over the building. It's also a short walk to the tourist area and ancient sites, and to the Metro.
|This Is Athens. Not Sparta.|
Tuesday: "Acropolis" is more-or-less Greek for "Uptown."
|Erectheion by night.|
|Front row of caryatids at the Erectheion. These are copies. |
Five of the originals are in the Acropolis Museum in Athens;
the sixth is in the British Museum in London.
|The Parthenon. Nearest to the camera is the southeast corner.|
|Kilted photographer at the Theatre of Dionysos.|
|Kilted photographer was allowed to take pictures without flash, |
except in the Acropolis Museum where all photography was forbidden.
|Acropolis Museum main entrance. |
Below is part of ancient Athens.
The museum very much takes the attitude that the twirly-moustachioed villain Lord Elgin took advantage, and stole the Marbles for his own purposes. They’re in the
|The friezes are on display on the top floor.|
|The Odeon of Herodes Atticus used to have a roof.|
|A busker, recordering in front of Roman Agora.|
|The octopus motif appeared again and again.|
|Some mythological deal being made over at Pan's house.|
|First century BC bronze racehorse.|
|Here we have Aphrodite, accompanied by Eros, beating off Pan.|
You can see she's having at the satyr with her shoe.
Why, what did you think I meant?
|“Zoomorphic vase” or “piggy bank”?|
|Zeus, King of the Gods. |
It looks like the thunderbolt he's throwing has been lost in the mists of time.
|Funerary monument to a fallen Greek warrior.|
Thursday: Markets and Old Town
|The meat market. There's absolutely no doubt what this guy is selling.|
|Spices for sale. Beloved Wife bought some "Award-winning" olive oil, |
but we have no idea what it's like.
|Waiting for the rain to stop.|
|The Temple of Hephaestus is surrounded by greenery.|
|South west corner of the Temple.|
|Ancient Agora and the Acropolis, as seen from the Temple of Hephaestus.|
|The Cup Bearer. Carved from marble about 5000 years ago.|
Friday: Funicular fun
|The green patch represents most of Ancient Athens.|
|Elijah ascends to Heaven aboard a fiery chariot.|
|Fourteenth-century centaur, from an equally old church.|
|Changing of the Guard. They do this on the hour, every hour.|
|The new guard makes the most of his time in the shade.|
Saturday: Back to reality