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My travels to Greece in 2014 – part 2

Today I was going to visit the Acropolis of Athens, a World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO.

The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.

Acropolis of Athens is a World Heritage Site.

Acropolis of Athens is a World Heritage Site.

While there is evidence that the hill was inhabited as far back as the fourth millennium BC, it was Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BC) in the fifth century BC who coordinated the construction of the site’s most important buildings including the Parthenon, the Erechtheion and the temple of Athena Nike.

I was taking in the sites.

I was taking in the sites.

It cost 12 Euros to visit all six sites of the Acropolis of Athens and the ancient Agora.

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site ticked off on my bucket list.

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site ticked off on my bucket list.

The slopes of the Acropolis has many statues and monuments.

This poor fellow lost his arms.

This poor fellow lost his arms.

The theatre of Dionysus is at the base of the Acropolis and it was used for festivals in honor of the god Dionysus. It has seating for 17,000 spectators.

The Theatre of Dionysus is an open-air theatre and one of the earliest preserved in Athens.

The Theatre of Dionysus is an open-air theatre and one of the earliest preserved in Athens.

The Parthenon is a former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron.

The Parthenon is a former temple.

The Parthenon is a former temple.

The Erechtheion is an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens in Greece which was dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon.

The Erechtheion is an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis.

The Erechtheion is an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis.

On the north side, there is another large porch with six Ionic columns, and on the south, the famous “Porch of the Maidens”, with six draped female figures (caryatids) as supporting columns.

In 1801 one of the caryatids and the north column of the east porch together with the overlying section of the entablature were removed by Lord Elgin in order to decorate his Scottish mansion, and were later sold to the British Museum (along with the pedimental and frieze sculpture taken from the Parthenon). The new Acropolis Museum holds the other five figures, which are replaced onsite by replicas.

The Erechtheion is a temple dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon.

The Erechtheion is a temple dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon.

From atop I could see all across Athens including the ancient Agora down below.

The view from the top.

The view from the top.

The ancient Agora was the central spot in ancient Athens. The Temple of Hephaestus is located at the north-west side of the Agora.

The Temple of Hephaestus is a well-preserved Greek temple.

The Temple of Hephaestus is a well-preserved Greek temple.

The ancient Agora has a small museum.

This statue was proudly showing off.

This statue was proudly showing off.

I headed to a viewpoint to look across the ancient Agora.

Looking over the ancient Agora.

Looking over the ancient Agora.

It was mid-November and warm enough for me to wear t-shirt and shorts.

Looking across the ancient Agora to the Acropolis.

Looking across the ancient Agora to the Acropolis.

Next on my sightseeing was the Panathenaic Stadium. The stadium is a multi-purpose stadium used for several events and athletics and hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Reconstructed from the remains of an ancient Greek stadium, the Panathenaic Stadium is the only major stadium in the world built entirely of white marble.

The Panathenaic Stadium hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

The Panathenaic Stadium hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

In the 2004 Olympic Games, the Panathenaic Stadium hosted the archery competition and the finish of the Marathon.

It could once seat about 80,000 spectators on fifty rows of marble steps and currently holds 45,000 spectators.

It cost 3 Euros to visit the stadium.

It cost 3 Euros to visit the stadium.

The next day, I headed to the mountains surrounding the city of Athens. I came across a wild tortoise in the forest.

A wild tortoise.

A wild tortoise.

The Kaisariani Monastery is an Eastern Orthodox monastery built on the north side of Mount Hymettus, near Athens.

The Kaisariani Monastery is just outside Athens.

The Kaisariani Monastery is just outside Athens.

The monastery was probably established in Byzantine times in ca. 1100.

It is high up in the mountains within the forest.

It is high up in the mountains within the forest.

I took the metro back to Athens city centre.

Graffiti is everywhere in Athens.

Graffiti is everywhere in Athens.

Shopping in Athens is a favorite pastime for tourists and Athenians and one of the best places to buy just about anything is the Monastiraki Flea Market.

The many stalls of Monastiraki Flea Market at Avissynias Square.

The many stalls of Monastiraki Flea Market at Avissynias Square.

After my shopping I headed to the marina on the coast.

I was invited by the Qatar’s former Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani to have dinner on board his supersize yacht (that was probably paid for by taxes and corruption). At dinner we discuss FIFA 2022 World Cup bribery and rigging. We decided that Germany will win the cup in 2022. The Al Mirqab yacht is one of the largest motor yachts ever built at a length of 133 metres. The yacht is normally moored at the Faliro coastal area of Athens.

The Al Mirqab yacht belongs to former Qatar's Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.

The Al Mirqab yacht belongs to former Qatar’s Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani.

It was time to head back to Britain and to put up my Xmas decorations.

The sun sets over Athens.

The sun sets over Athens.

– The End –

For more information about Greece please visit:

www.visitgreece.gr

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My travels to Greece in 2014 – part 1

After a hard few months drilling my troops on the parade square, the Colonel has given me a weeks leave. My Auntie decided that we should go to Greece for some winter sun.

I arrived in Athens, the capital of Greece. Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its history spanning around 3,400 years. It was a somewhat hot day with temperatures of 21 degrees and blue skies so I was looking forward to stripping down to my speedos when we hit the beach phwwooaarr…. I made sure that I had my speedos packed as I wanted to flash my assets to the greek gals.

The flag of Greece.

The flag of Greece.

My first tourist attraction was the Parliament building just off Syntagma Square and to inspect the soldiers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The guards stand in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

These guards stood motionless even after I had farted!

These guards stood motionless even after I had farted!

The elite Evzones light infantry unit, provide a 24-hour honor guard, with an hourly guard change.

Not even a blink!

Not even a blink!

The Changing the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in particular has become a tourist attraction, with many people marvelling at the guards, who stand motionless during their one hour shifts.

They change the guards on the hour.

They change the guards on the hour.

On the way back to my hotel, I stopped by one of the many sex shops that are in Athens.

I stocked up my porn DVD collection.

I stocked up my porn DVD collection.

The next day my Auntie took me island hoping and the chance to enjoy some winter sun. We took the ferry to the island of Aegina 17 miles (27 km) from Athens. It was a really hot day and definitely a day for sunbathing and sexy gals.

The sea was so calm, definitely a day for swimming.

The sea was so calm, definitely a day for swimming.

From the ferry I could see the Temple of Apollo.

From the ferry I could see the Temple of Apollo.

Coming into port.

Coming into port.

Aegina is a small island and it is the nearest island to Athens and so it is popular vacation place for the Greeks especially in the summer.

Old fishing boats in Aegina harbour.

Old fishing boats in Aegina harbour.

Aegina town has many side streets for a pleasant walk.

The cathedral of Saint Nectarios of Aegina.

The cathedral of Saint Nectarios of Aegina.

Olives growing on trees.

Olives growing on trees.

Aegina is famous for it pistachio nuts. A 500g bag of nuts cost 6 Euros.

A pistachio nuts stall.

A pistachio nuts stall.

Before we headed to the beach, my Auntie wanted us to see the Temple of Apollo.

The ruins of the ancient settlement.

The ruins of the ancient settlement.

This temple is only a short walk from the port.

I was taking in the sights.

I was taking in the sights.

It cost only 2 Euros to visit the ruins.

This temple is dated from 600 B.C.

This temple is dated from 600 B.C.

It was built in the 6th century B.C. and only one pillar is left from the temple.

Only one pillar remains in the ancient sanctuary.

Only one pillar remains in the ancient sanctuary.

I could not believe how hot it was and so off to the beach we went….

What a beautiful day it was.

What a beautiful day it was.

….and the beach was quiet too!

The beach was quiet and we had it all to ourselves.

The beach was quiet and we had it all to ourselves.

I slapped on some suncream and eager waited for my Auntie to strip to her bikini…. Then disappointment – she had forgotten her bikini. Oh well naked sunbathing was in order. Then more disappointment grrrr…. nude sunbathing is illegal in Greece. Boo hoo….

It was great to strip off on the beach.

It was great to strip off on the beach.

We headed back to the ferry port just after sunset for our trip back to Athens.

Sunset over Aegina Town.

Sunset over Aegina Town.

Tomorrow I was going to visit the Acropolis of Athens, a World Heritage Site.

To be continued….

For more information about Greece please visit:

www.visitgreece.gr