Sunshine in Athens

After a few days of rain and snow, we were blessed to look out at the acropolis from our hotel balcony, sitting above the city under a clear blue sky.

Sunshine in Athens

Athens. Beautiful Athens. Today we explored the Acropolis. I did not expect there to be so much construction/restoration going on. If you plan to go to ancient sites, make sure they are not being “fixed up” while you are there. This is not the only time we have come across this.

Acropolis

Above: Pantheon-Do you have a photo of it taken this year? Please post it for me!

Below: Caryatids of the Erechteion. A caryatid is a support column carved into the shape of a woman. Here, we are looking out across Athens.

Acropolis

Below is a photo of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Here we are at Mars Hill (Areopagus), which had originally been used as a court. In the Bible in Acts 17:24, Paul delivers a great speech here.

Mars Hill

We looked out into a beautiful city, dotted by old and wonderful buildings.

Temple of Hephaestus

Athens

Athens

Next to the parliament building, we were fortunate enough to watch the changing of the guards. Their marching seemed a bit silly, but the pom poms on their shoes were no joke!

Parliament Building

That evening, after a wonderfully relaxing tour of Athens, we went to a dinner show. I am pretty sure they have these in every country-there are some typical folk dances and music and some average food. The main dance in Greece is pictured below. First, the guys hold hands and skip and jump and duck, all the while shouting “Opa!” Second, one does a backbend while holding his buddy’s hand. Lastly, the guy stand back up and twirls his skirt a bit. This went on for a while and was very entertaining! Also included in the show was a big, scary, over made-up belly dancer and a cute couple doing some sort of paired dance.

Opa

OPA!

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