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Today, pictures from valued commenter otmar.

Two weeks after my trip to Oslo I flew in the opposite direction from my home base in Vienna, to Athens (not Georgia, but the original one in Greece).

This was a business trip, too, and again I managed to fit in a few sight-seeing walks into the schedule.

Here are pictures from the first evening: a stroll around the Acropolis.

North tip of the Acropolis. We’re continuing on the west side in counter-clock direction.

A view towards Mount Lycabettus

It’s getting dark, but the temple of Hephaistos is lit up.

I was far from the only tourist at Areopagus hill that night. No wonder: the view towards the lit Acropolis is very nice.

We then walked to Monument Philopappos, SW of the Acropolis, now we can finally see the Parthenon.

(sorry about the quality of the picture, but this is just a hand-held smartphone)

Passing the Acropolis on the east side, we’re close to the Parthenon.

This is Hadrian’s Gate, next to the Olympieion, the site of the historic Olympic Games.


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10 replies
  1. 1
    rikyrah says:

    Beautiful pictures 😄
    Always wanted to go there.

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    debbie says:

    Awesome photos! I like that a city can be dense without being vertically over-imposing.

  3. 3
    stinger says:

    What rikyrah said. Also debbie.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    They’re all gorgeous as always, the smartphone photo too. I’ve been to Athens but have no memories of it; after my father gained his radiologist qualification in Britain, he and my mother toured Europe with my kindergarten-age sister and my two-year-old self before returning to Malaysia. (It was still Malaya when we left in 1961.) Athens was on the itinerary, but I was too young then to remember anything. I’d love to visit again, and see it all with an adult’s appreciation of the history.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    A lot of it has been there since thousands of years before skyscrapers. That helps keep them off the landscape, I reckon.

  6. 6
    debbie says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Along with better sensibilities than American builders!

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    MomSense says:

    I need to get back there! For decades, Athens has been my retirement plan and now it would be a good escape from the US plan – except things are so bad there right now. Aaarrrgh. I love it so. I’m dreaming of being at the Acropolis in summer during the full moon. They open it free during the summer so people can experience it with the full moon. It’s unforgettable.

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    raven says:

    Sweet! GO DAWGS!

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    otmar says:

    Alain, did you miss my third set of pictures from Oslo? Or are pictures from Vigeland park not safe for work?

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    Barbara says:

    @stinger: My husband and I went to Athens last year and I was mildly surprised at how much I liked it. Walking up to the Acropolis and entering the final hilltop site through the steps was really exciting. Obviously, they built it so that as you walk through that final gateway you are met by a glorious view, and even as mostly ruins I felt that. We spent nearly four hours walking up to and around the site. Our hotel was on the same street, just up the block from Hadrian’s gate. I just didn’t expect to feel the pull of all that history the way I did. After the Acropolis, we went to the museum of the Acropolis and spent another three hours there. We were so knackered by that point we didn’t do a whole lot else for the rest of the day. Next day we made it to the old and the new Agoras and some other sites. We didn’t make it to Potter’s Field, which as I found out, was the original cemetery for Athens and its name has wound its way down through history as a place where unidentified or poor people are buried without fanfare. I didn’t know that.

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