Mum is showing more of her photos so I will sit here and watch this mouse hole. Wake me up when she's finished.
Our next stop was Athens, the Greek capital, and of course the Acropolis. We had always thought of the famous building at the top of the hill being the Acropolis, but Acropolis in fact means city.
When we got right to the top we could look down into the Theatre of Herodes Atticus which was built in 161AD and is still used for festivals and concerts.
We could look across and see the Temple of Hephaestus which was built in 449BC. It is the best preserved Ancient Greek temple in the world.
Then we got to the Parthenon which we had always thought of as the Acropolis. It is undergoing restoration to preserve it for future generations. If you look carefully you can see parts of the pillars are lighter than the rest, particularly at the top. This is done deliberately to show what is original and what is restored.
The ancient Agora. This was a very important gathering place for justice and commerce, and also for athletic and theatrical performances.
More of the Agora.
The old Royal Palace now known as the Presidential Mansion.
The Changing of the guards is held every hour.
Very different to the Buckingham Palace changing of the guards.
The Panathinaiko Olympic stadium built for the first modern Olympic Games of 1896. It is built entirely of white marble. (Even the toilets are all marble!!)
The Running Man built entirely from sheets of glass to represent the Marathon runners.