Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Greece - Day 4

Day 4 - Acropolis, Museum, Pasta dinner


Another early morning. Today we were heading to the Acropolis - the stuff I *really* wanted to see. I was a history minor in college, and historical sites like this I find really interesting.

View from the entrance of the Acropolis

Heading up the hill to the Acropolis

View of the city from the Acropolis

Athens

Walking up to the Acropolis
It was about this time that we ditched our tour guide. I haven't mentioned her yet, but Marlena... wow. This woman talks REALLY slow and repeats herself. A lot. It's not that she doesn't have useful information, but she is tough to listen to.  A group of  us wandered around on our own, taking pictures and reading the signs.
I'm here!!

Parthenon

Temple dedicated to Athena
Nick, Bill, Me, Greg, Victoria, John, Jennifer, James in front
Restoring of the Parthenon
Greg, John, Victoria, me, Bill (behind us is the "Zeus thing")
Temple dedicated to Athena
Temple dedicated to Athena
All the green is the ancient Agora
Part of an amphitheater that is being restored
After spending a few hours walking around the Acropolis, we had the choice of going to the new Acropolis museum. Only had an hour to walk around, but the museum houses a lot of the relics and statues that have been found around the ancient Acropolis.

Outside the museum

Museum is built on top of ancient city
 I didn't know I wasn't supposed to take pictures inside, but I got a few anyway:



After the museum, we headed back up toward Glyfada. Later in the day we were supposed to head to one of the other hotels that the rest of our group was staying at so that we could pick up our race packets. We only had an hour or so for lunch, but we were right on the beach so I ran out to get a few quick pictures.


In front of Aegean Sea
I'd like to say that I had a really good lunch. However, after more than an hour of ordering, our food had STILL not been brought out. About 20 tables of people had come in after us and they were all eating. We talked to the waiter who kept saying "two minutes" and we finally left because we had the race orientation to attend.

Paul (organizer of the tour) and Jeff Galloway
We were to learn the meeting places before and after the race as well as specific race day details. Also, the most important thing - getting our packets!!! It took a while to get that done because each person was called up individually. After hearing a speech from Jeff Galloway, we headed back to our hotel. We had a few free hours before the pasta dinner, so I decided to get all my stuff ready for race day.

Seems like so much...  stuff
This bib was HUGE. Seriously almost a foot tall! I altered for race day cutting off everything above number

Dinner was served right away.  A few different types of noodles, meat and non meat red sauce, and some white sauce. Bread, and of course... Greek salad.


I still wanted to keep all my rituals of dessert and a beer. Jennifer and I walked a few blocks to the closest gas station and bought some Powerade, and of course my beer (bigger and half the cost of the ones in the hotel bar).

Walnut Cake
We sat in the lobby area chatting. I had half a slice of walnut cake (traditional Greek dessert) and drank my beer. I also arranged a wake up call from the front desk. Greece was having daylight savings and due to the time change, I wanted to be sure I woke up on time.

1 comment:

  1. Your post is making me hungry!!
    That bib is insane - I mean talk about a huge ad for Alpha Bank!
    So in love with your running skirt. That print is just too cha cha for words, as they say in Steel Magnolias!

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