The date was Friday, May 25, 2001. The port was Piraeus, Greece. The destination was Athens.
The tour today was listed as a difficult walk because we were climbing all the way up the Acropolis and this involved many steps (about 150 total with the lower steps being modern and less steep and the upper steps being original and higher risers). Fortunately, we were much younger then and we had no problem. Believe me, it was worth the climb.
My pictures will start at the top and work down to the bottom looking back up. This is the order that they were taken, and I hope it makes for an interesting post. I have 29 pictures in all, and they were scanned at 300 dpi from my 6×4 inch prints.
We will start with the Parthenon:
Now let’s look down from the Acropolis to the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Construction on the temple started in the 6th century BC but was not completed for 638 years.
Now we will see some pictures of the Erechtheion, on the north side of the Acropolis and dedicated to Athena and Poseidon. I concentrated on the statures on the Caryatid Porch.
Next we have pictures of the Propylaea, which is the main western entrance to the Acropolis.
Here is a picture of the Beulé Gate. I have a Thursday Doors post that explains when and why this gate was built. Just click on Thursday Doors above to read the description.
Next we have a picture of the Herodes Atticus Theatre where concerts are still performed today.
To finish the Acropolis pictures, I have several views from our descent.
After our tour of the Acropolis, we were transported to the first modern Olympic stadium in Athens from the late 19th century. That track was oval, but not like today’s Olympic tracks. The oval was quite elongated and the turns were tight.
Here you can see the list of modern Olympic Games posted up through 1996 at Atlanta.
Finally a picture of yours truly showing the structure of the track and the different styles of men’s wear from 2001.
We ended our tour at the waterfront with a stop to see the Olympias. From Wikipedia I copied the following information:
“Olympias is a reconstruction of an ancient Athenian trireme and an important example of experimental archaeology. It is also a commissioned ship in the Greek Navy, the only commissioned vessel of its kind in any of the world’s navies.”
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Here are my pictures of the Olympias and a more modern Greek warship docked alongside.
Next stop in the very near future is Kusadasi, Turkey.
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