Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Athens Gets a Bad Wrap
Okay so I don't actually have any pictures of Athens uploaded yet. I even had to steal the pictures here from Mr. W's file because I haven't saved mine onto his laptop. So the picture above was taken on Naxos—which we loved. We rented a scooter and drove all over the island Monday. Above you can see a marble quarry in the mountains there. The mountainous area was beautiful—green, rolling hills and olive trees.
Here's Apollo's Sanctuary, also on Naxos. Now that I'm in Athens, sitting in the rooftop bar, looking over Zeus's Temple to be exact, I'm even more aware how amazing it is that all of these ruins are still intact. Here in Athens, you walk around the city and randomly interspersed with concrete and modern architecture are the remnants of things from like 12th century B.C. Unbelievable.
Here's me looking like a dork along the southwest shore of Naxos. The water was exactly what I'd expect of Greece—crystal clear and stunningly blue. Although Athens doesn't have the same tropical charm of the islands, it's still a pretty cool city. Parts of it remind me of Paris, other parts New York. And the Acropolis looks incredible all lit up tonight. So far, Mr. W and I are really enjoying it. But we leave tomorrow afternoon for Venice.
Here's a shot from sunset on Santorini. That island was definitely my favorite. Last night we were in Paros, which is probably fine during the summer, but it was so dead we had to eat Cliff bars for dinner and spend the night in our room reading. I think tonight is making up for it. Although we're exhausted from our 4-hour ferry ride here and will likely be turning early.
Sadly, the ferry ride was quite rough and we spent much of the trip staring blankly at the horizon trying to keep our equilibriums intact. Mr. W made it almost the whole way here...until he offered to go get some Dramamine for me from reception. Walking to the back of the boat was too much and when he came back, he tossed his cookies into a to-go bag. My poor, sweet boy. We're both still a little wobbly from our the rough seas, but he's feeling much better.
Looking forward to hiking up to the Acropolis tomorrow. Kali spera.