Sadly, we did have to leave Italy, but not necessarily Europe. Plans for spring break had originated for Greece, but due to social unrest that had been happening since around Christmas, we went to London and Paris instead. note: I LOVE LONDON. So it was good in that way. Plus, really, this semester, the study abroad one, was one of the best, but ranks in the top three of hardest in my four years of education.
This is part 1, Athens. As an overview, I’ve included a bit about both posts, but because of how many incredible sites we visited, 2 posts will be best.
Plans_ ATHENS, MYKONOS
Highlights_ ruins, feta, tomatoes and cucumbers, dust, swimming, octopus, jellyfish bodies, sunset over the acropolis, drinks on the beach, greek beer, ferries, busses, metro, our walking tour guide, turtles sunning themselves in a fountain, relaxing in the sun
travelers_ josh, jim, lindsay, me
sunset from the rooftop lounge, a dream in reality
the new acropolis museum, very near to our apt for 5, not open at the time, but it is now
the acropolis from a nearby mound of slippery marble
most complete temple standing
changing of the guard
turtles! elegant turtles
stadium for the first ‘modern’ olympics in the late 1800’s
Most recent Olympic campus, Athens 2004, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava
main stadium had retractable glass roof
our visit to the Parthenon and other architecture meccas of the acropolis
Athens from the acropolis, a part at least, the new museum can be seen, and right on the other side was our apt
ancient greek carvings
Erechtheum and the ladies of it, the “new” one is the second from the left, the real sculpture of her is in London where I paid her homage in march
the new way of restoring, by replacing structure with obviously new pieces. I actually quite liked it, gives a much better sense of formed space than ruble on the ground (which was the fault of the italians, turks, and other occupiers, Greece is a very new country).
a rebuilt to original plans stoa
the most complete temple
and its edges
visiting the temple of Poseidon south of Athens by an hour bus ride
return bus ride with the timeless islands