Cruise: Athens, Greece

GREECE!

We docked in Pireus early in the morning and excitedly jumped on the tour bus to the Acropolis! We were going to see us some Parthenon baby!

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Fast forward…..

We finally pulled up to the base of the Acropolis after listening to our female Ben Stein tour guide for TWO hours driving aimlessly around downtown Athens (“We are now passing the temple of Zeus from the other side. The columns are examples of… Anyone? Anyone?… Corinthian columns, which were poplar…Anyone? Anyone?… Classical Period? Hellenistic Period? Which, anyone? Marked birth or death? …..Death of Alexander the Great. Bueller? Bueller?”)

Plus… somehow we ended up on the tour that was full of the oldest folks on the cruise ship. I’m not even exaggerating. Walking from the bus to the base of the Acropolis to get our tickets we had to stop every 50 feet to wait for them to catch up. Not that I mind old people…but we just couldn’t take it anymore so as soon as we got our entrance tickets we handed in our tourist headsets and ventured off on our own.  Best decision we made that whole day! (This is why, if we ever go on a cruise again, we will book all our port excursions through private tours like in Turkey, or just venture off on our own. Cruising lesson learned!)

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I’m surprised the Greek military doesn’t revolt right along with its citizens…

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The view of the Parthenon every tourist dreams about.

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Luckily the back side was a little less scaffolded and a bit more photogenic :)

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C² and TCSE!

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“Does anyone know what order of columns are in the Erechtheon? Anyone? Anyone? Something n-i-c columns. Ionic columns.”

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Dirty feet!

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Awwww!

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Street performers.

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After exploring the Acropolis, we wandered around through downtown Athens until we found a cafe that served the most traditional food we could find and had ourselves a veritable Greek feast! Between the four of us we ordered WAY too much food, but who knew when we’d be in Greece again so we just had to try it all! And it was worth it :)

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Saganaki, spanakopita, dolmadakita, tiganita, souvlaki, gyros, and more!

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Goodbye Greece, until we meet again!

 

NEXT STOP: Naples, Italy!

 

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  1. […] year on our cruise with TCSE we spent a port day in Athens, and we weren't too sold on it truth be told. So when Chris and […]

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