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Athens Again

All this time, and we still hadn’t yet seen the most famous places in Athens. So that’s what we did on our last few days.

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Normally “indoor” plants – which couldn’t withstand a frost – were permanently left outdoors everywhere in Athens. As a plant lover, I couldn’t help but notice.

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It’s nearly 1900 years old.

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Okay then.

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The Temple of Olympian Zeus – one of the sights I didn’t get to see when I was last here in 2002. I was so glad I had the opportunity to do so this time.

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We made kitty friends here, too.

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Roman baths.

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The Temple was finally completed in the 2nd Century, 638 years after construction began.

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Another gorgeous ruin.

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A plaque about the plant which only grows on the south side of the Acropolis.

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The Theater of Dionysus, south of the Acropolis.

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According to wikipedia, “the site has been used as a theater since the 6th century BC.”

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Another view.

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One of the surviving shade umbrellas used by Pericles.

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Beautiful.

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The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, which is still in use.

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Growth on the south slope of the Acropolis rock.

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The Temple of Athena Nike, part of the entryway to the top of the Acropolis.

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Restoration work in the Propylaea.

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Looking down on the Theater of Dionysus from the Acropolis. You can also see the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

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The Parthenon, currently undergoing renovation.

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Another view.

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Another friendly kitty.

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Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

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The Erechtheion, originally built around 2400 years ago.

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An olive tree, planted in modern times, but redolent with symbolism – in ancient times, a holy olive tree was said to have sprouted here after a strike by Athena’s spear.

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Areopagos Hill. In AD 51, St. Paul delivered his first sermon here, and the convert he gained became the patron saint of Athens. Just like I did 15 years ago, I climbed to the top of the slippery rock after seeing the Acropolis. And like 15 years ago, the hill was covered with young people, playing music, smoking, talking, and hanging out. 

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It was cold that day. Our fingers froze. So after the Acropolis we retreated to the indoors for a warm lunch.

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Hadrian’s Library, built in 132 AD.

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The columns still stand.

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A pretty view of the octagonal Tower of the Winds.

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The Acropolis above.

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The Tower is located within the Roman Agora.

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Here you can see where the shop-seller stalls once were, and Lykavittos beyond.

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Through the columns, you can see the entry gate to the Agora. It was built with donations from Julius Caesar and Augustus.

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The interior of the Tower of the Winds.

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“The structure features a combination of sundials, a water clock, and a wind vane.”

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A pretty view.

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The Tower of the Winds is “considered the world’s first meteorological station.”

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A newsstand in Athens. You can buy soda, gum, and newspapers from what – a dozen countries?

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The meat market in Athens.

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An impromptu produce market on a street corner.

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Markets everywhere.

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Booth

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Hats!!

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Hats!!

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Market

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

A street market I stumbled upon in Amsterdam:

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A street market

Wondering what a Vietnamese Loempia tastes like? I could tell you:

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A street market

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Food Market

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

A glimpse at the food market in Malaga, and the lunch munchies that I bought there.

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The Malagan food market.

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Lunch munchies

Tomato and spicy chorizo sausage! Yum!

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At First

Saturday, 30 July 2011

My first full day in Paris started out well. A farmer’s market was just down the street, and the last time I was in a farmer’s market in France, I had a magical experience: the best strawberries, grapes, and mushroom that I’d ever eaten. This farmer’s market was nearly as wonderful: swarming with locals, crammed with stalls, filled with the sound of vendors hawking their wares. And samples! A tried a slice of orange – yum. I’ll have one please! Just one? oh, why bother, just take it for free.And the produce I paid fro wasn’t that much more expensive – Paris may be an expensive place to live in many ways, but not because of the price of its fresh produce. I’d say fresh fruit and vegetables are about half the price of what you pay in the United States.

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A Parisian market.

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A Parisian market.

The pears I had were blemished, bruised, and completely ripe. The flesh fell off the core, dripping, into my mouth. Why would you want pears any other way? Yum.

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Market

Saturday, 9 July 2011

This is one of the larger markets in Budapest:

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Markets are awesome.

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Markets are awesome.

Lots of food on offer, as you can see. But also real fur hats that I just could not stop touching. The rabbit fur hats are so, so nice to touch. I know PETA would hate me if I ever said so – so I’m not – but I kind of want one.

The other thing I saw there which just filled me with delight were sets of Russian dolls with the current political leaders of various countries painted on the outside. So you’ll pull a little Dmitry Medvedev off the shelf, for example. And you’ll open him up and there will be another little doll inside. Staring up at you you’ll see Vladimir Putin, until you open HIM up and find Boris Yeltsin. And etc.

You can do the same with France (Sarkozy, Chirac, Mitterand…) or Italy, or Germany, or the US, or etc. Just the sort of treat to warm the heart of a political junkie like me.

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