Friday, July 29, 2016

Greece Trip, Thurs. 7/21/16

We spent most of the day on a bus between Delphi and Athens. On our way down Mt. Parnassus, where Delphi is located, we stopped at a ski resort, the one closest to Athens, for a summertime photo-stop.

View of Mt. Parnassus in Greece
Don and I enjoy a summertime photo-stop at a ski-resort on Mt. Parnassus in Greece
After we arrived in Athens we had a couple of hours for lunch and free time. Don and I returned to the Acropolis Museum. Our earlier visit seemed too short, plus we knew it was air-conditioned.We took some time along the way to admire the street art/graffiti.

Street Art or Graffiti in Athens near the Acropolis Museum

The late afternoon and evening was spent on yet another bus tour along an area near Athens known as the "Greek Cote d'Azur" for its clear and colorful waters. It's popular with swimmers and divers. There we visited the archaeological site of Cape Sounion with its Temple of Poseidon.

Temple of Poseidon at Sounion

Don takes pictures of the beautiful views near the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion

In the evening, most of our tour group rested and dined at our hotel, but a few of us rode by taxi and funicular train up Mt. Lycabettus to a beautiful restaurant called Orizontes (Horizons in English). The mountain is so tall the views were spectacular. We had the odd experience of actually looking down at the Acropolis and the Parthenon. The reason this higher mountain never became Athens' citadel was due to a lack of water. The restaurant was a little pricey, and we returned to the hotel after midnight and very tired, but the food was great, the service excellent, and the view itself made the whole experience well worth our time and money.

I am organizing a tour of Italy in July of 2018.

A daytime view looking down at Athens' Acropolis and the Parthenon

A breathtaking night view of the city of Athens from Mt. Lycabettus

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