Athens, Greece - October 2005

Athens is home to 4 million people (40% of Greece's population) so it has all the problems of an old large city. But Athens prides itself on being home to the 2,500 year old Temple of Athena, the Parthenon, the Acropolis as well as a superb museum..
Our lodging in Athens was the Grande Bretagne Hotel . Anyone who has taken a Tauck Discovery Tour knows that the accommodations and food are always top of the line. The Grande Bretagne was no exception. It offered impeccable service, huge rooms, Internet connections and a roof top garden which afforded a panoramic view of Athens including the Acropolis at night.
The highlights of our walking tour included the Acropolis and the Archaeological Museum. I can't describe my feeling of awe as we took our time discovering these ancient ruins. In the mid-5th century BC, Athens began building what has come to represent the political and cutural achievements of Greece. This work transformed the Acropolis with three contrasting temples and a monumental gateway. In my photos (below) you'll see the Porch of the Caryatids, Temple of Athena Nike, the Parthenon, Theater of Herodes Atticus and the Propylaia. If you're interesteed in more detail, here's a short history with some good photos.
The National Archaeological Museum opened in 1891, bringing together a collection that had been stored all over the city. The high points of the museum include unique finds from from the grave circle at Mycenae (gold burial mask of Agamemnon on the left) as well as an unrivaled collection of statues, the bronze Horse with Little Jockey, the famous bronze statue of Poseidon, a vast array of vases from the 6th and 5th centuries BC. Click here for Yahoo Travel links and reviews.
The link below will take you to the slideshow of my photos from Athens. These are full are size images and you may need to use your scroll bar to view them top to bottom. Clicking the small image will take you to the larger one. Click out of the slideshow box when you finish viewing. What you'll see besides The Acropolis and Archaeological Museum:

Athens Famous Flea Market including yard sales where junk dealers arrive with pieces of furniture and other odds and ends . Stalls are filled with antiques, books, rugs, leather, tools and more. On Sunday, when most stores were closed, we found this area flourishing.

A farewell dinner and reception for the 43 members of our Tauck Aegean Tour group was held in the lovely Grande Bretagne Hotel. Some photos are included in this slide show.

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