Acropolis and more Plaka

Trip Start May 31, 2007
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Trip End May 20, 2008


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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Last night went to an outdoor rooftop movie with a really nice aussie couple from the hostel.  We saw Away From Her about Alzheimers.  It was quite a love story depicting a level of intimacy gained over a lifetime of marriage both good and bad events woven throughout.  The lady, Fiona, played well by Julie Christie, starts to suffer from the beginning effects of memory loss and ends up going into an assisted living facility with all of the trials and triblations that go with it...actually moreso for her husband in the end.  We got snacks at the bar and watched the movie under the moonlight with the brilliantly lit Acropolis in our side view.  Afterwards, I wandered through the hilly streets of the neighborhood up towards the Acropolis and relaxed looking at the lights eating my first mint and chip ice cream cone since I left the states!

Woke up and had a really nice Greek breakfast with Greek Coffee (similar to Turkish coffee with the grounds that settle at the bottom) and then set out to see the Acropolis around 10am.  Started at the East entry gate where I bought my ticket.  Walked along and saw the Theater of Dionyssos, then the Odeon of Herod Atticus before going up some switchbacks into the main Acropolis site.  Walked through the main ancient gate, the Propylaea, which frames the view of the Parthenon. Both of which were fully covered or patially covered in scaffolding which was a bit disappointing.  My favorite was the Erechtheion which had a brilliantly designed porch area supported on the heads of six graceful maidens...most copies as the originals are either in the Acropolis Museum (closed for now) or the British Museum.

Walked down to see the Agora and some other adjacent sites for about 4 hours total.  Then wandered back through the narrow streets and stairs to my hotel.
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