January 11th, 2016

Today we’re exploring ancient Greece, or mainly what’s left of it in modern day Athens. We grabbed breakfast at a local bakery that our host had recommended. It was cheap and delicious; taking our breakfast with us we ate on our walk over to the Acropolis.

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After getting slightly lost we managed to locate the ticket office. We purchased our tickets and headed into the Acropolis. There was a small climb to get up to the Acropolis which over looks the city. Again, great Everest practice for us! Then we set our sights on taking in the beauty and history…

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For those interested in the history of the Acropolis, here’s a short overview from our dear friend Wikipedia…” The Acropolis of Athens (Ancient Greek: Ἀκρόπολις;[1] Modern Greek: Ακρόπολη Αθηνών Akrópoli Athinón) is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon… While there is evidence that the hill was inhabited as far back as the fourth millennium BC, it was Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BC) in the fifth century BC who coordinated the construction of the site’s most important buildings including the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike.[3][4] The Parthenon and the other buildings were seriously damaged during the 1687 siege by the Venetians in the Morean War when the Parthenon was being used for gunpowder storage and was hit by a cannonball.[5]“

After we hiked down from the Acropolis it was over to the Agora. Along the way we managed to find Socrates’ Prison. During World War II it was used to protect several historical ancient Greek artifacts. A leisurely stroll later and we made it to the Agora. Per Wikipedia, “The agora was the center of athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city.”

Here’s a look at Socrates’ Prison & the Agora…

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After we finished exploring for the day we set our sights on a traditional Greek lunch. One of Brooke’s TAs from this past semester worked in Greece and was able to provide a great lunch place recommendation. The restaurant was a small mom and pop set-up and was a little difficult to find but we’re happy we spent the time to find it. We ordered traditional souvlaki, more commonly known as gyros. They were delicious…

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After lunch it was time to head back to our Airbnb to plan. We leave for India in three days and we really want to plan Thailand and China before we get there. The two months before we go to Nepal are fast paced and packed, which means we’re needing to plan a considerable amount of our trip in advance to make sure we don’t miss anything.

Happy Travels,

Brooke, Ryan & Melissa