Friday, February 4, 2011

The Odyssey: Part 1 Athens

The Parthenon

In 2000, The Greek and I decided to go to Greece. We wanted to visit his YaYa (Grandma) because the Greek hadn't seen her in a few years and I had never met her. YaYa was in her early nineties at that time.

After a long flight, we walked around Athens for a while and ate dinner at a little cafe. Then we crashed, from jet lag, at our hotel. We stayed at the Marriott, which I liked a lot. It was very nice and had a great breakfast buffet. When we awoke in the morning, The Greek opened the curtains and what we saw was amazing. The Parthenon stood high atop the Acropolis hill framed by our window. I'll never forget that sight.

We spent the day exploring the Acropolis and the Plaka. The Acropolis is a flat topped rock that sits 490 feet above sea level in the middle of Athens. The buildings on it are thousands of years old. The Parthenon is the largest building there and is constantly under repair because it is so very ancient. It is an amazing site when you stand next to a building that is so large and old and still standing.

The Greek in Greece

There are several other structures on the Acropolis. One of them is the Theater of Dionysus. We think Yanni performed a concert there once or twice in the 1990's. Many of the ancient temples there are not recognizable any more. I also found out that there are ruins underneath the buildings that are still standing. You can see some evidence of this walking around the perimeter of the Acropolis.

Theater of Dionysus

The view of Athens is absolutely amazing from the Acropolis as you can see many other sites in the city from there, like the ancient market place the Agora.

Not the Agora, but a view of Athens from atop the Acropolis

We ate lunch in the Plaka at a little restaurant. I wish I could remember what it was called, but hey it's been 11 years. We had the BEST lamb and potatoes I've EVER had anywhere! The Greek and I still fondly reminisce about that meal. I also remember the group of teenage soccer players sitting next to us. They were British, I think, and so funny.

Well, that's about it for Athens. The next day we got the heck out of there. It's a very crowded city and we were anxious to get to YaYa. Let me just tell you now it is very difficult to drive in Athens, especially getting out of Athens. But because The Greek knows Greek and is a crazy (emphasis on crazy) good driver, we made it. To be continued...


Lisa R.D. said...

You got some beautiful pictures! Someday I will go to Greece... until then it's great to see it through your eyes!

Ria's Random Thoughts said...

You should go. It is an amazing place. It is really ancient and you can feel the history. The food is so yummy too!