August 6, 2009
Since my mom and dad had already done this Mediterranean cruise they volunteered to stay with Jack on the days we did exclusive tours - which were all day tours. Like ten or eleven hours. Athens was one of those days that it was just "us kids."
We had a short bus ride from the pier to our destinations. We had a little fun on the ride there.
(Me and Jason)
(James and Lauren)
(Buff Becca)(and a relaxed me)
The bus ride into Athens was actually very fascinating. We drove by The Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, Constitution Square, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, the Olympic Stadium (used in the first Olympics), and the Academy.
This is the Academy and University Library. It was one of the very first universities in the world. After our short drive through the city we were taken to the Benaki Museum where we were able to see ancient Grecian pottery, painting, dress and household items darting back to 300 years before Christ. It took so much effort to wrap my brain around all the information we were give there.
After the museum we went to the Acropolis. You know - the place where they worshiped Greek gods. It was amazing and so surreal that we were actually standing in a place that was thousands and thousands of years old.
After our visit at the Acropolis/Parthenon we had lunch at Dionysus Restaurant for an authentic four course Greek meal. If you ever go to Athens - Dionysus is the place to eat. It faces the Acropolis and has amazing food. Trust me. AMAZING.