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Athens

As we wake up in the morning, we can really tell, that our wild camp spot we had found last night in the dark was not very stealthy at all. Although, it was quite a distance from the main road, we could see the few cars drive by in clear sight, which meant that drivers should have been able to spot us easily as well. At least there is only little traffic going over the mountain on this Easter Monday, and the couple of drivers do not seem to care about what we are up to, nor give us a second look. We tear down our tent and take our time to make a hot cup of coffee and eat our cookies before cycling all the way to Athens.

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The acropolis towering over the city

After a nice long decent, we trade our almost deserted mountain road for a slightly busier road leading through the suburbs of Athens. Before we knew it, we were on a busy 8-lane highway leading toward the center of town and up another long climb to our campground in Athens. Luckily, all the drivers gave us plenty of room.

For the next few days we were exploring ancient Greece. We visited a couple of museums, climbed up to the Acropolis, found our way through the ancient Agora, looked at numerous temples, meandered through narrow streets and alleys, checked out the local flee market, and ate lots of yummy Gyros. We had a wonderful time hanging out with the locals on Areopagus Hill after nightfall while admiring the lit up Acropolis.  We were enjoying ourselves so much, that we missed our midnight ‘curfew’ at the campground. This is the first campground that we have stayed at, that did not have a walk-through gate, so we had to climb over the 8 foot entrance gate. Later, we found out, we should have rang some magic bell to let us back in, but where is the fun in that!?

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Changing of the guards at the Tomb of the unknown soldier near Parliament

 

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Taking a break in the Theatre of Dionysus

 

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Theatre of Dionysus

 

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The Erechtheion with the “Porch of maidens”

 

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Close up of the Erechtheion

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Checking out the Parthenon

 

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The Parthenon

 

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View of the temple of Hephaestus from the Acropolis

 

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Checking out the local fleamarket

 

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Meandering through town

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The Temple of Hephaestus

 

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Checking out the museum in Stoa of Attalos

 

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Cook wear from ancient Greece

 

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Clay toy, from around 700 B.C in the museum at Keramikos

 

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The Acropolis at night

 

 

 

4 Comments
  • Sue
    Posted at 05:23h, 26 April Reply

    Thank you for sharing your adventure with us. Have you had any problems while in Greece?

    • Ron
      Posted at 07:27h, 28 April Reply

      Hello Sue, thank you! Nope, no issues except with some dog chases up in northern Greece.

  • Randy
    Posted at 19:37h, 27 April Reply

    Very nice you two. I feel like I am there too. Great photos. Keep it up.

    • Ron
      Posted at 07:30h, 28 April Reply

      Thank you Randy. We’ll do our best. 😉

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