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Chandra looks short


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I wish I were a column


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Another angle


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Columns still standing


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Hadrian's Arch with Acropolis in background


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Acropolis view from Hadrian's Arch


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Fun poster we found in the Plaka


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View of Lykavittos Hill from Acropolis


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No stonemasons were involved in the construction of these stairs.


It was a whitewashed maze.


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Anafiotika quarter is also covered with some pretty fancy grafitti


Family-oriented grafitti


Happy Father's Day?


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Columns of Roman Agora


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Roman Agora in front of the Plaka, with the Acropolis in the background


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Entrance to Roman Agora (commercial center of an ancient city)


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Origial fresco in Church of the Holy Apostles


Temple of Hephaestus (also in Ancient Agora)


Ruins of Ancient Agora with the Temple of Hephaestus in the background


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Reconstructed Stoa of Attalos, two stories high with two aisles to house expensive shops


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Ancient Agora with the restored Stoa of Attalos in the background


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Temple of Hephaestus up closer


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Temple of Hephaestus up close


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Church of the Holy Apostles, where St Paul spread gospel


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Up close


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Monument of Agrippa and Propylaia


New pieces of Pentelic marble are being fashioned and secured by new titanium clamps.


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More Parthenon


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Parthenon


Theatre of Dionysos (also on the Acropolis)


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Me too


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Temple of Olympian Zeus (photographed from the Acropolis)


More Athens from Acropolis (temple of Zeus there, too)


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Major restoration taking place


Because all these colors should line up. Previous restoration didn't get all the puzzle pieces in the right place.


Columns being restored


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Not just new pieces, but new marble added to existing pieces. All are dated and numbered.


Erechtheion (also on Acropolis). Pronounce at your own risk.


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Other side of Acropolis (from Areopagus Hill) left to right: Monument of Agrippa, Propylaia, Temple of Athena Nike (removed and restored a year ago)


Church of the Holy Apostles and Stoa of Attalos


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Site of Ancient Agora, the focal point of administrative, commercial, policial, and social activity in Athens. Socrates spent a lot of time here expounding his philosophy.


Monastiraki Flea Market


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We were greeted by a cow in traditional Greek garb.


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Graves


When Syntagma Staion was being built, they found stuff.


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The former royal palace, now the Parliament building.


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Hotel Grand Bretagne, Nazi headquarters during WWII and site of attemped assassination of Churchill on Christmas Eve, 1944


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More graves and aqueduct (on right)


Changing of the Evzones (presidential guards) in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


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The water came up through these urns


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Digging for the ventilation shafts uncovered Roman baths


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But Sam looks shorter!


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Anafiotika quarter, a picturesque maze of little whitewashed houses, the legacy of the stonemasons from the island of Anafi (on the way down from the Acropolis)


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Church of the Holy Apostles


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Old grafitti?


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We were dog tired at the end of our walking tour.


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What the Parthenon really looks like with construction.


Caryatids supporting the southern portico of the Erechtheion, where Poseidon struck the ground with his trident and Athena produced the olive tree.


Us in front of Parthenon


It was a very hot day. Every trashcan was full of water bottles.


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We hung out here and ate cherries (3 euro/kg = $1.70/lb).


A store selling only fire extinguishers


Another store selling only fire extinguishers, a block away from the first. For a city of marble and stone...


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Fountain in the Zappeio Gardens (part of the National Gardens)


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Aigli outdoor cinema, the oldest in Athens (also in Zappeio Gardens)


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Same fountain, after wasting two hours on “The Break-Up”


Who can figure out what these fancy tiles are for?


They are everywhere. Figured it out yet? Answer coming next.


The grooved tiles lead to bumped intersections and stops, so the blind can navigate Athens.


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Port of Piraeus (now encompassed by Athens' urban sprawl)


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Bye mainland Greece


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Pretty uninhabited Greek island on our way to the Cyclades


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