It has been 15 years since I first sailed into Greece on the Windstar (now THAT'S a ship!) and it was equally as magical this go around. Just imagining all of the amazing people who have cruised into this same port over 4,000 years. Kind of mind boggling. Equally mind boggling was that I was up at 6am to watch the sun rise and we had to meet everyone at 8am for our tour.
Note the horse peeping out the right side!
The world's oldest theater. I think Cher performed there for Plato.
The first modern Olympic stadium built for the 1896 games. All marble. Not too shabby!
Well hello there!
Next to this amazing pile used to be a monastery where Lord Byron was 'entertained'. Only in Greece my friends.
Now THIS was the highlight! The new Acropolis Museum opened in 2009. This is the entrance and it is built over ruins. Notice the 4th century AD mosaics under my feet.
On the top of the museum they replicated the size and scale of the Parthenon and erected all the friezes that had not been A) destroyed or B) taken back to England by Elgin. The pieces that are in England have been plaster casted and are lighter in color. Really fab.
Sadly I was not allowed to take pictures in here and I recall in 1995 when mother took a picture in the old museum and we nearly got kicked out. But tears nearly came to my eyes seeing Kouros, Korai, Caryatids and remarkable pediments all in this airy, modern, beautiful building.
I wish we had spent two hours there and one hour with the tourist masses at the real deal.
Plaka. I had dolmades like my Yaiyai used to make and we all had large Mythos beers to cool down.
Exhausted we boarded the ship, had an early dinner and headed back to the cabin, me to work, mother to do crosswords. Tomorrow we land in enemy territory- Turkey! ( well, at least according to my Yaiyai)