We were greeted by a cow in traditional Greek garb.

We began our walking tour at Syntagma Station. When it was being built, they found lots of stuff...


More graves and aqueduct (on right)

Digging for the ventilation shafts uncovered Roman baths

The water came up through these urns

The former royal palace, now the Parliament building.

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

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

Temple of Olympian Zeus (photographed from the Acropolis)

Chandra looks short

But Sam looks shorter!

Another angle

Columns still standing

I wish I were a column

Me too

Hadrian's Arch with Acropolis in background

Acropolis view from Hadrian's Arch

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

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

Monument of Agrippa and Propylaia


More Parthenon

Us in front of Parthenon

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

What the Parthenon really looks like with construction.

Columns being restored

Major restoration taking place

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

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

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

Theatre of Dionysos (also on the Acropolis)

Up close

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

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

View of Lykavittos Hill from Acropolis

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

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)

It was a whitewashed maze.

No stonemasons were involved in the construction of these stairs.

Anafiotika quarter is also covered with some pretty fancy grafitti

Family-oriented grafitti

Happy Father's Day?

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

Columns of Roman Agora

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

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.

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

Old grafitti?

Ancient Agora with the restored Stoa of Attalos in the background

Church of the Holy Apostles and Stoa of Attalos

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

Church of the Holy Apostles, where St Paul spread gospel

Church of the Holy Apostles

Origial fresco in Church of the Holy Apostles

Temple of Hephaestus (also in Ancient Agora)

Temple of Hephaestus up close

Temple of Hephaestus up closer

Monastiraki Flea Market

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

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...

Fun poster we found in the Plaka

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

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

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.

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

Bye mainland Greece

Pretty uninhabited Greek island on our way to the Cyclades