dimanche 13 mai 2007

Athens second day

On the second day we went to see Roman monuments. Notably, while the Greeks roped off the Greek monuments so you couldn't walk on them, they allowed everyone to traipse all over anything Roman. Eff those foreigners!

Here is Su in the Roman agora.Here are some piled up stones in the Roman agora. Apparently they aren't too worked up about reconstructing it.Here is the Palace of the Winds, which was a astronomical tower. I liked it. The carvings at the top are different Greek wind gods.Here I am standing in front of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. It was enormous! Only 15 columns remain of the original 104. The temple was completed by Hadrian, who also put an large statue of himself inside, next to one of Zeus.Athens has so many ruins that carved marble stuff was lying around everywhere. They would just rope it off and not say what it came from. Athens has many feral cats and dogs roaming around. We read that it is city policy to sterilize them rather than to kill them. The dogs were generally harmless and would be dozing in some spot of shade, while the cats tended to hang out at outdoor cafes hoping for an ear scratch or a bit of food. They were cute! Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures of them.

After the sights above, we spent the rest of the day walking around the National Archeological Museum, which had some amazing stuff, and then we hiked up to the top of Lykavittos Hill and enjoyed a great view of the city. We then watched the changing of the guard at Parliament and had dinner in the Syntagma square area, after which we fell asleep almost immediately.

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