Our visit to Athens was similar to past visits where we went to downtown Athens to see the Acropolis and the surrounding area. Instead of taking the train as we have on past visits, we took a local bus to town which was right in our cruise terminal and very convenient. We went with a couple of friends to help them find their way to the Acropolis. As our friends went into the Acropolis we elected not to visit the Parthenon and surrounding ruins. Instead we took walked around the Acropolis hill and found some areas we had never visited previously. One of the pictures shows the observatory which was on a nearby hill that contained the Pnyka which was an area used for public meetings in Ancient Greece. As we continued around the Acropolis we entered the Ancient Agora and looked at the Temple of Hephaestus which you will see in one of the pictures. As we continued our walk we came upon an ancient church seen in another picture. We found a really nice hill nearby that was really a rock outcropping with a great view of the Acropolis, the observatory and a modern church (see pictures). As we finished our walk around the Acropolis, we spent some time walking in the Plaka (shopping area) below the Acropolis (see picture). We had lunch in the Plaka trying out the Greek gyros and kebabs. On our way to the bus stop to return to the port, we stopped by Hadrian’s Arch to take a picture. We also took a photo of the ruins of the Temple of Zeus which is next to the arch. That ended our visit to Athens which is always an enjoyable place to spend a day.
Greg & Sharon