Greece_ where i learned what relaxing means

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, meP1110256

sunset from the rooftop lounge, a dream in realityacropolis sunset

the new acropolis museum, very near to our apt for 5, not open at the time, but it is nowP1110297

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the acropolis from a nearby mound of slippery marbleP1110311

most complete temple standingP1110329

changing of the guardP1110345

turtles!  elegant turtlesP1110351

stadium for the first ‘modern’ olympics in the late 1800’sP1110354

Most recent Olympic campus, Athens 2004, designed by Spanish architect Santiago CalatravaP1110369

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Lindsey calatrava running

Lindsey and calatrava no water

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main stadium had retractable glass roofLindsey and calatrava stadium

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neglected rosesP1110462

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our visit to the Parthenon and other architecture meccas of the acropolisP1110495

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Athens from the acropolis, a part at least, the new museum can be seen, and right on the other side was our aptP1110510

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ancient greek carvings P1110571

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 marchP1110577

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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).P1110616

a rebuilt to original plans stoaP1110617

the most complete temple P1110634

and its edgesP1110654

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visiting the temple of Poseidon south of Athens by an hour bus ridelindsey on rock

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return bus ride with the timeless islands P1110778

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