Saturday, June 15, 2013

Athens, the rest of the day...

After our time at the Acropolis, seeing the Parthenon, Dionysus' Theater and Mars Hill, we headed out towards some of the other highlights in Athens.

We stopped at Zeus's Temple and saw Hadrian's Arch.  16 columns remain at the temple--15 standing and one on its side. Lucy tried to count all 16, but could never quite see them all at one counting!

We went to see the Olympic Stadium that was the sight of the first Olympics when they were restarted in 1896.

Handstands Around the World--Athens

We also watched the Changing of the Guard at Greece's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Ask the kids the symbolism of the different parts of their uniform.  Dimitris, our guide, explained everything to us.
Each shoe weighs approximately 5 kg (11 pounds).  The kids were all impressed--Ted was not.

You could stand next to them when they were at the guardhouse, but you couldn't touch them.  One tourist did, and the guard banged his gun loudly on the ground to signal another soldier who was in charge of crowd control.

The new guards arriving for the Changing of the Guard

We then went to Plaka, which is an eating and shopping area--we did both.

Then, instead of heading to the Museum, which would have been interesting but boring for the kids, we asked our guide where we might find some good baklava, and he did not disappoint.

These were simply divine.

After we returned to the boat, we spied the Acropolis with the Parthenon in the hazy distance.  Can you spy it?

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