Where it all [or, at least most of it] began……Athens – Part Two

The second day brought more heat and more history.  We spent most of the day at Athens’ main archeological and historical site, the Acropolis, and then spent the night looking at it from nearby Mars and Philopappos Hills.  The Acropolis is located on a flat-topped rock that rises 150 m (490 ft) above the city of Athens.  The complex atop the hill contains the remains of several important ancient buildings, the most famous being the Parthenon.  The Parthenon was constructed in 447 BC and since 1983, the structure has been under heavy restoration.  Nowadays, we are incredibly luckily to even get to view the ancient temples on their original sites, as the Acropolis has been set fire to, bombed, looted, and defaced over thousands of years.  … [Read More]

Where it all [or, at least most of it] began……Athens – Part One

Changing of the guard - marching back to get in line after the switch

Athens is considered one of the oldest cities in the world, with a history of over 3400 years.  It is where some of the first temples were built and where the first Olympic Games were held.  However, we are visiting Athens at a very interesting time; new history is about to be made.  Greece held national elections today and we just read that the Conservative Party won, which means that Greece will most likely be staying in the Euro Zone and the Greek people will suffer from the stiff austerity measures.  We are not sure if tomorrow will bring another peaceful day or a day of riots (like those of a month ago).  As for now, we are executing our duties as tourists and seeing the sites around this ancient city…. [Read More]