Athens, Greece: Day Three

December 19, 2011

Posted by Kanga.

metro train station sign for Victoria station

Our outing began at the Victoria metro train station.

the Acropolis hill from below

We were headed to the Temple of Hephaestus, but this turned out to be our real destination – the Acropolis and Parthenon.

hillside ancient ruins, churches in background

On our way up the hill, we passed the Sanctuary of Zeus, thought to be the oldest site of Zeus worship. One of those buildings is the Chapel of St. Marina.

stone walkway uphill with Parthenon in the distance

We were getting closer. It is quite a climb and we were going up the easy way (we came down the hard way). Any devout ancient Greek that made it up this hill to worship has my respect for their athleticism.

ancient wall with arched doorways

We came to the Odeum of Herodes Atticus, an amphitheater.

amphitheater seating

One bad aspect of being an off-season tourist is that some things are locked up tight.

the amphitheater from above

This is the view looking back down at the other side of the Odeum.

sign stating do not touch the marble

This sign makes you want to reach out and touch the marble, doesn’t it?

the Parthenon - colonnaded ruined building

Victory! We made it with only a little groaning, grunting and cussing from me. It was raining lightly which makes marble steps slick and dangerous. Not the best day to do this hike.

my face with the Erechtheion building in the background

Proof that I was there. The building in the background is the Erechtheion – a temple to Athena and Poseidon/Erechtheus.

my husband standing in front of the Parthenon

Proof that DaddyBird was there, too. The Erechtheion is to the right and the Parthenon in the background.

small cup, small pitcher of coffee

The Acropolis closed at 2:30 pm and it went from raining lightly to raining in earnest and we took a different route down off the hill. It was less than fun – steep, wet, slick – but we managed. Soaking wet, we stopped at a coffee shop for a snack and coffee. DaddyBird had Greek coffee (pictured above)

For the rest of the pictures of Day 3, click here.



  1. Nice, but I don’t like the weather!!! And the biscuit sandwich next to Paul’s coffee looks interesting! Enjoy your trip 🙂

  2. You expect sympathy from your cat-sitter for the difficulties encountered whilst you holiday? 😉

  3. Rupert is cat-sitting? LOL love your photos Karla – enjoying my vicarious holiday in Athens!

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