Sept. 21- I have been traveling for more than a day, more than 24 hours. I spent 3 hours on my first flight, 4 1/2 hours in an Atlanta airport, and 10 HOURS on a flight to Athens, where I got the last seat in the last row on the plane. It was just a long flight and not very comfortable.
Sept. 22-I'm still drinking coffee- I had a coffee with steamed milk today that I liked better.
The Parthenon, Acropolis, Athens (and Me!)In the Acropolis, I saw an old amphitheatre (Theatre of Dionysus) that has been renovated somewhat and is now used for concerts. Another old amphitheatre was on the property- it's said that Sophocles, Euripedes, and other famous Greek dramatists performed their plays here in approx. 500 B.C. Since I was a theatre minor in college and have been involved in theatre for 15 + yrs, I've had theatre history and read all the Greek tragedies. These plays were really the beginning of drama. It was cool to see a theatre that's been around that long. The Parthenon and the buildings surrounding it were really interesting to see. Some are under renovation, but it's still interesting to see buildings that are so old and have so much history.
We also went to Ancient Agora, the ancient marketplace and city of Athens next to the Acropolis. It's mostly ruins, but diagrams and illustrations show what it may have looked like in 6th or 7th Century B.C. Very interesting. One temple is pretty intact, and still had some of the frescoes and roof.
Ancient Agora (Marketplace), AthensThe next day, we took a mini-bus tour to the ancient city of Corinth. It was a fairly large archaeological site. Again, it's mostly ruins and stones, but one can imagine what it may have been like around A.D. 50 or so. We could see where the city baths had been, the church, the city council, the temples, etc. Corinithian columns, which are the style that have leaves towards the top, were originally built here, and some were still standing.
We also toured the National Archeaological Museum in Athens. It had some amazing artifacts- jewelry, vases, and gold masks from the 15th Century B.C. Wow! Sculptures from the 7th Century B.C. All very interesting.
We've also had some good food- pork souvlaki, Greek salad, Greek wine, gyros, etc. Every restaurant in the Plaka in Athens wanted us to eat there- the host/manager would tell us to come in, that they have so much good food and everything we could possibly want to eat. There's so many restauarants around there, and there's a lot of competition between restaurants.
I've been taking many photos. I haven't had much trouble with jet lag, but my friend has been extra tired. The weather has been decent, but tonight we got caught in the rain as we were going around Athens. I'm hoping it clears up tomorrow. Tomorrow, we're off to Delphi and Olympia. I'm looking forward to it!