Amazing Acropolis, Athens

We are back in Athens, and are glad that we just missed the euro crisis.  The demonstrations were just starting the evening before we left Greece!

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Who could be a better tour guide then Anna, who toured us around Delphi.

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Why are people looking at the floor? Read on…..

This time in Athens, we decided to go to the Acropolis. Before we went into the museum, we walked over to watch the changing of guards.

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They change every hour, on the hour.  You can see the metal on the bottom of their shoes.

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Anna, and her daughter Katerina, brought us to the Acropolis Museum, which held many ancient artifacts from the Acropolis itself.

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Anna’s daughter, Katerina

The Acropolis is an ancient temple for the wisdom Goddess, Athena, who is the patron god of Athens.

You can see some of the ancient ruins below the museum floor 1 that’s why everyone was looking at the ground outside of the museum!

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There were 1000 year old vases, statues, and pillars, all even cooler than the last.

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The museum is fantastic, and was built to get ready for the summer Olympics in Athens.

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After that, we went to the actual Acropolis itself.

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The ruins were marvelous – I love all the pillars!

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Look at how tall they are!

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It was awesome!!!

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An ancient amphitheater, which they still use today – you can see all the black speakers around in the seats.

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Afterwards, we climbed down along hill which held the Acropolis. We said our goodbyes to Anna and Katerina.

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We sincerely wish them the best of luck through the Greek and euro crisis.  We had discussed this with them earlier in the afternoon and understood better from the Greeks’ point of view.

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We wish them luck through everything and then strolled through some of the streets, and caught a taxi back to our hotel.

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See the Acropolis up high? How did they get all those building materials up there with our machines?

The taxi was quite delayed through the Parliament area because the demonstrations were just beginning, and the protesters and police were out in full force.

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The Parliament Building, and the plaza were the site of the demonstrations many of you probably saw on TV.

Tomorrow we head out for our next country, an exciting destination, Italy!  We’ll be flying into Rome.

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Sensational Santorini Island, Greece

We are by the Mediterranean Sea, for sure!

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Another Sailing Adventure

Yes, we are still in Greece, but now we are heading outside of Athens towards Santorini Island.

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We took a super-cool ferry that had at least 8 levels, 10 restaurants, 2500 passengers, over 200 cars, and even dog kennels (which of course, I visited!)

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I have never been on a boat this big! It took us 8 hours to get there on this huge ferry, with two port stops along the way!  Look at this short video where I describe the boat!

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Who knew that there are over 7,000 islands in Greece?  Wow!  Look at the approach to Santorini Island:

Have you ever seen the postcards with blue and white structures that are stunning and picturesque?

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Well, that’s where we were for five days! On the way to the beach house that we were staying in, I met a girl named Agnes on the airport shuttle. She and her family are from Sweden. We met Agnes and her family the next day for swimming, and we had a blast!

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Something really cool about their beaches is that the sand is black! Yep, you read it correctly! On Santorini Island, just like the big Island of Hawaii, there are black, green, red,  and white sand beaches.

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The next day I met with Agnes and we had more fun in the water. That night we had a wonderful dinner at a small restaurant, and guess what? I met another friend, named Claire!

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She is from Portland, and we both share a huge liking for the Percy Jackson series, which is about the Greek Gods and Godesses, and is one of the reasons we came to Greece.

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While our parents chattered away, we had lots of fun running around the streets and counting cats.

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…and dogs!

The day after, Claire and I met up at the beach to swim, and, the day after that, our families all went on a very scenic, tiring, and trying hike to a small town called Oia.

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The hike is along the Caldera from Fira to Oia. The hike is 12K long, plus another 2K getting to the end of Oia.  The hike passes through the two villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli, with some of the most beautiful scenery across the Aegean Sea.

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We timed it right to see in amazing sunset, and we all had dinner at a rooftop restaurant with amazing views.

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As you will see, Claire and I were giddy after the long hike and ice cream for dessert!

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We took a bus to our cars/hotel and totally crashed for the evening.

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Our last day on Santorini Island was spectacular, too.  We returned to Oia, to take more photos and take in some refreshments, along with the sunset. It was lovely and the views were amazing…… ……even the milkshake was amazing!

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This is the place where amateur and professional photographers come from all over the world to take photos — including my parents — pictures of the buildings, the sea, and yes, the sunsets.

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You can see how popular the sunset is — it gets really crowded!

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Santorini Island is so picturesque, that I thought you might like to see some more amazing photos —- Enjoy!

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This dog was on top of a monastery — her Mom (a nun) was leaving.

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Their grape vines are so old and ground water so high that they can grow on the ground.

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Nice view from the swimming pool!

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We sure did not want to leave Santorini Island, like so many places, but we know you want to learn more and follow my exciting adventures elsewhere.

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We flew out early the next morning too, of course, more amazing views, on our short trip back to Athens and our hotel.

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Reminiscent of Phuket because of the water and islands, but very different because of the building structures, and of course, the culture

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Later in the afternoon, we are meeting our friend and guide Anna, and her daughter Katarina. We’ll be taking an-up-close-and-personal tour of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.

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Delphi Day, Greece

Passengers, prepare for landing in Greece!

We had a very long plane ride from South Africa, but it was awesome! We flew on Emirates, the number one airline in the world!

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Emirates has the youngest fleet of jumbo jets in in the airline industry

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I have never seen these types of lounging chairs in any airport!

Once we got to the hotel from the airport, we all totally crashed – no surprise, after sightseeing in Kruger for a half a day, driving 5 hours to Jo-burg airport, and traveling 24 hours…..but it was totally worth it!  Although we did venture out for some greek salads and gyros – Yummy!

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Just amazing and breath-taking!

The next day, we took an excursion to the ruins of Delphi.

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The bow and arrow is one of Apollo’s symbols.

We went to Delphi because Apollo, my favorite Greek God, the God of music, creativity, the sun, health, poetry, and prophecy, is the patron God of Delphi.

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Did you notice my T-shirt? It is from Percy Jackson’s Halfbloods

In Delphi, it was believed that there was a woman who shared part of Apollo’s Spirit, and could tell prophecies to people who needed advice. IMG_6299

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A closer look at the details of this beautiful building

It was here that we met Anna, our tour guide.  I was so excited that she knew so much about Greek mythology.  She could answer all my questions!

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Anna wa a fabulous and very knowledgable guide

There was also a theater with grass sprouting through the seat because of its age.

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The theater could seat many hundreds of people!

In a certain spot in the center of the amphitheater, you can say something and the sound will reverberate from all of the seats back into your ears.  It was used to hear over the loud audience and make it easier for the performers to stay in tune. IMG_6342   IMG_6296

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FYI — 🙂

After the ruins, we went to the Museum of Delphi.  Anna explained many of the great highlights in the place. IMG_6334 It held ancient artifacts from statues to war helmets.

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These are some of the Greek master pieces of the time period – many were found buried under ground after earthquakes.

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A model of Delphi, based on what is left of structures and historic recordings that are written in some of the walls

IMG_6337 Once we tore our eyes away from this awesome place, we had lunch at a local family’s restaurant up in the hills about an hour and a half outside of Athens. IMG_6345 IMG_6340 It had beautiful views, and I had a great steak! IMG_6349 On the way back to Athens, we stopped in a town built into the side of a mountain for a quick break. IMG_6347 IMG_6344 And then, we drove back to the hotel on our tour bus after a very full itinerary — yes, we had more salads and gyros.  BTW, the Greeks put their french fries in their gyros! IMG_6284 Boy, what a day we had! IMG_1569

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