Friday, July 1, 2011

A day off!

The team spent its day off today exploring Athens. Thankfully, the demonstrations died down now that we are more than 24 hours after the government's controversial vote to pass economic cuts. So, with the tear gas gone, we had clear views of the Acropolis, our first stop:
Ancient theatres surround the acropolis:
The Odeon of Herod Atticus, still in use

...which is a good thing, since the guys are such comedians:
And just below the entrance, craftsmen are working to support the existing structures by creating new marble stones to fit between the ones that are already there:

Then you get to the top, and....
Well, actually, we waited in line first. Three cruise ships unloaded their passengers just ahead of us! It took 45 minutes to get in, and the line to get out took over an hour to move through. But it was worth it!
Then we made the long trek down and had a proper Greek lunch in the traditional shopping district of Plaka:

Alan and Mallory Hill. It was Mallory's birthday today!
Recharged with souvlaki, gyros, and moussaka, we took on the daunting shops of Plaka:
What are these characters looking for, I wonder?
Finishing the afternoon with gelato
Then the team returned home via the Athens Metro, which Mary Lu considers better than DC's. We arrived back at the hotel in time to relax, catch a nap, eat dinner, and have a team meeting about tomorrow's schedule. The championship match kicks off at 12:45 local time (5:45am EST), and after a day spent soaking up Greek hospitality, the guys are ready to finish their Greek vacation in golden style.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! So glad you guys were able to go! Looks like you had a fantastic time! Rest well tonight and go for the GOLD!!!