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Athens; Again

Athens, Greece Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Athens, Greece
Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Athens was one of the cities we saw “all of” on our 2013 Cruise. Our guide, Constantinos, enthusiastically provided us with a very long day of sights, including the Acropolis, the Olympic Pan Hellenic Stadium, a panoramic view of the city of Athens, The Changing of the Guard, the Agora, Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Zeuss, and some wonderful old churches. He also took us into the old city to a restaurant for lunch that was locally owned and authentic.  There was enough to see that I covered it in two posts, “Where it all Started: Athens,” and “Athens; The Rest of the Story,” in 2013.  The old city has narrow streets and Mediterranean architecture, with pastel buildings.  It is “gated” by Hadrian’s Arch, the 100’s of year old archway named after Roman Emperor, Hadrian.  You can see it in the background of my image of the old city street taken on our return to the city on the 2015 cruise.

Old City, Athens, Greece Copyright Andy Richards 2012

Old City, Athens, Greece
Copyright Andy Richards 2012

So we went again, knowing that much of what we saw would be a “repeat” performance. We saw very little “new” this trip, but I did find some more intimate details of some of the places.

Detail The Agora; Athens, Greece Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Detail
The Agora; Athens, Greece
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Unlike our 2013 visit, this trip began with the Acropolis. This meant that we would have much nicer light on this visit, and I tried to take advantage of it. I was much happier with my shot of the theater in the Acropolis. I also was able to get some nice long view landscape shots of the city and the Mediterranean in the distance.

The Theatre in The Acropolis Copyright Andy Richards 2015

The Theatre in The Acropolis
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Flag Detail The Acropolis Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Flag Detail
The Acropolis
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The Acropolis Copyright Andy Richards 2015

The Acropolis
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The Acropolis Copyright Andy Richards 2015

The Acropolis
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On the first visit, we did essentially “drive by” of the Agora. This time, we stopped there for a couple hours, had lunch and an opportunity to walk around the old commercial shopping area (no shops there now – just ruins).

The Hall at the Agora Copyright Andy Richards 2015

The Hall at the Agora
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I really enjoyed photographically “working” the small old cathedral in the Agora. From the large hall, we were able to view another temple in the distance.

Church; The Agora Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Church; The Agora
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Temple on the Hill above the Agora Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Temple on the Hill above the Agora
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We finished up our day in the late afternoon in the old city. While the ladies walked the shops, my buddy and I found a shady outdoor bar and sampled some of the local beer. It was a nice day and a nice finish to our cruise. We all enjoyed our time and each other and vowed that we would do this again in the near future.

Old City, Athens Copyright Andy Richards 2015

Old City, Athens
Copyright Andy Richards 2015

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