Ah, Athens

Trip Start Apr 06, 2009
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Trip End May 11, 2009


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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Day 2
Athens, Greece
4/7/09



WOW!!!!!, Athens is amazing. We first woke up and had a chocolate chip muffin and orange juice from a bakery from down the street (yum). I walked out the door and, boom, the Parthenon was right there in all its majestic beauty. We walked up there, bought our tickets and walked up to the actual Acropolis. Once we got there, there were cranes and workmen, on the Parthenon. Why? They were restoring it so you could go in it without being scared of having 1,000 tons of marble crushing you. They had been working on this since the 1980's. After seeing the Parthenon we went to see the famous Erctheion. The Erctheion is stone women with flowing robes all carved out of stone. We had lunch at a very touristy restaurant, and I had chicken souvlaki, which is basically chicken kabobs (also our waiter came out and gave us something to sample. One was some sort of cake and the other was a shot of whiskey, pineapple, peach, apple weird mix but it was go-od). After that we walked to the Plaka, which is a square that is full of shops and restaurants. It is also full of men and women selling useless items. We went to a place called the Agora that is the ruins where Plato and Socrates walked. It is also were the old Greek flea market was (and is now a museum of small statues that were found in the Agora) held. After this we went shopping, nothing interesting just American stores. After that we went to Monastiraki Square. We bought ripe strawberries from a strawberry peddler (what else do I call him?) we went through a bazaar full of Greek shoes, dresses, statues, jewelry and food. We later found out that night that the subway was under the square where the strawberries are. So, when it was being excavated ruins, pots, and buildings were destroyed because they did not know they were there. After that we went to see the Evzones on Syntogma Square. They are the guards for the Parliament of Greece. They have tasseled hats and wear tights and dresses. Also they wore shoes with pom poms on them. I got in trouble for saluting in a picture (who knows?) we also fed pigeons and I got scratches galore while feeding them. That night we went to Passover (a Jewish holiday that celebrates our freedom from Egypt) we sang songs and I, and my little brother, a kid my age, and the rabbi's son) sang the Four Questions. I was shaking so hard because I was singing in front of the whole Athens Jewish community. The rabbi's 7 yr old kid sang every song at the top of his lungs out of tune. It was cute and interesting. And that's Day 2.



Esther

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