09.01.2012 - 09.01.2012
Today we explored the Acropolis. The weather was perfect for the climb to the top, perhaps even a little warm given all of our layers of clothing! The Acropolis is truly an ancient wonder, and the centrepiece of this is the Parthenon; Pericles' grand monument to the Golden Age of Athenian society. It is no small wonder that any of it is left standing today, given the sheer weight of tumultuous history that it has suffered under. Despite only being the picked bones of its former self, it still carries a presence that is nothing short of awesome. The other ruins either on top of, or on the slopes facing the Acropolis are also very impressive, and we sat and contemplated the life of an ancient Athenian on the steps of Dionysus' theater. Munching on a chicken gyros for lunch ("chicken, alors!") we strolled down to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, with its handful of (Doric?) columns the only remnants of this once mighty temple. Kicked out at 3, we then walked down to the Panathenaic Stadium and took an audio tour. The view from the marble seats of the top row offered a beautiful view of the Acropolis and the surrounding region of Athens. Tom ran on the running track in the footsteps of champion athletes both modern and ancient. We wandered back to Plaka and had Souvlaki for our second Greek dinner in our second deserted restaurant.