Athens, Greece : The Greco-Roman Speed Trip. 10 Oct 2017.

Ticket prices : SGD 640.80 for return tickets to Athens via Scoot on a 787 Dreamliner.

Why not? So we got it.

We topped up for seats 40A and 40C and the total came to about SGD1900 for two people. Just nice as I did not want to be bothered to move for others to go to the restroom or bother others when I needed to go to the restroom.

Singapore Departure. 10 October 2017 @ 2am.

Athens departure. 19 October 2017 @ 11am.

A few months later, they emailed us and said the Thursday flight was cancelled but we can choose a Saturday flight as replacement. 21 October 2017.

Extra days, why not. Then we sat and thought, 12 days in Athens is a lot.

What’s the nearest country we can head to? Italy. So this became a Greco-Roman trip that will see us spend about 1.5 days average in each city over 12 days, lots of train rides and flights.

Here’s Day 1 getting into Athens from Singapore.

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Looking down and realizing how small man is.

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Our route took us over Cairo and the captain announced, ” On your left, the pyramids of Egypt.”

Can you spot it?

From the center of the photo, go in the 11am direction. You will see 2.

Passport stamped. Athens passes bought and into the city we went. It would take 40 minutes to go into Syntagma Square, where we stayed.

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Time for a meal. It was around 10am but for us, with our biological clock jetlagging, it was close to tea time. _MG_8422 -wp.jpg

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A magnificient wrap.

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This was the Gyro portion which was fit for two people. We over ordered.

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Mousakka.

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Free sweet cake.

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So we decided to explore the city and walked around.

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Just above Syntagma square, The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier.  The timing was right where they started to have a Change of Guards procession.

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Then it was a walk into The National Garden just a hop away.

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We found ourselves at Aristotle’s Lyceum.

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Then off we went.

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The Panathenaic Stadium was next. This was a stadium made entirely of marble. _MG_8531 -wp.jpg

Our walk continues.

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We stumbled on this building and it was Zappeion. We curiously went in.

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It was peaceful. No wonder there are so many philosophers. So much peace and time to think.

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Next stop was Temple of Olympian Zeus where we bought our Euro30 pass that allows skipping ticketing lines at 6 main attractions in Athens. Get this.

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This is the remains of The Temple of Olympian Zeus.

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Imagine how large this temple is. The scale of it.

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Just outside the Temple of Olympian Zeus is Hadrian’s Arch.

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Our walk took us to the south side of Acropolis near the South Hill entrance and this is the fringes of Plaka.

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You can see the Acropolis towering.

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This is the back of Odeon of Herodus Atticus.

We’ll see in tomorrow.

We weren’t going into The Acropolis today.

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We climbed Areopagus Hill a.k.a Mars Hill.
This was where Paul preached Christianity to Athenians.

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Majestic views here of Athens and The Acropolis.

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Just watch your steps. It’s marble thru out and slippery.

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We wandered the perimeter of The Acropolis and you’ll find alleyways heading down to Monastiraki.

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We found ourselves at the Roman Agora. It was closed and it’s a nice view. _MG_8729 -wp.jpg

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This is the entrance to The Roman Agora. Beware the scammers with friendship bands saying Hakuna-matata. Just avoid them.

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Further down, it is Hadrian’s Library. _MG_8751 -wp.jpg

Monastiraki is a bustling square.

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The tourist trap.

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At night, we walked Ermou, which was just a road away from Arethusa Hotel, where we stayed.

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We went up to the top floor of our hotel and you get this majestic view of The Acropolis.

Tomorrow is another day walking and actually going into most of the places we previewed today.

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