Friday, August 22, 2014

THIRD BLOG ABOUT MY VISIT TO ATHENS GREECE AUGUST 2014

MY VISIT TO ATHENS GREECE HAS LEFT ME WITH FASCINATING MEMORIES THAT I WILL HOLD FOR AS LONG AS I LIVE.


Another interesting spot was the Acropolis museum. The museum is located by the southeastern slope of the Acropolis hill. It is set only 280 meters from the Parthenon. It is a huge gorgeous building with three levels of collections and amazing exhibits, with a fourth level used as the museum shop, cafe and the offices.





On the first floor the exhibits are from the findings of the slopes of the Akropolis, as well as the artifacts and sculputures from the Akropolis buildings like Erechtheum, the Temple of Athena, and Parthenon. 



Below is the second level and some of the beautiful exhibits



The third floor is amazing. The exhibits are fabulous and the views unbelievable. This is what you see from the windows that face the city of Athens. 


And this is what you see when you look out of the floor to celling windows facing the Akropolis



Angel Sefer and I chose this side of the building and took some photos with our books :) facing the beautiful Monument of Akropolis



Later on we walked through the beautiful pebbled streets of Plaka and visited some of the shops.
What a great shock to find our books in one of the local bookstores !!!!!!! We asked permission from the owner if we could take some photos in front of our books and he agreed. We were soooooo happy about that. WOW!! WHAT!!! but here they were. My fourth book is missing lol!!! what happened? the proprietor said it was out of stock at the moment lol!!!


That was pretty pretty cool !!!! 


I am just so excited to see my books on the shelf of a bookstore 5,483 miles away from US !!!


So was Angel Sefer !!!! amazing!!!



On the way back, we took the Metro to get to where we parked the car. This Metro station did not look like any other I had ever seen. From the photo below you would think what's the big deal? 



The big deal is that the station looked just like a museum. The walls were covered in glass protecting artifacts found while digging to build the Metro. The marble floors are beautiful!!!!









This was utterly unbelievable!!!!!
What a vacation!! and what a fascinating place.



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ANOTHER AMAZING SPOT VISIT FROM MY FANTASTIC TRIP TO ATHENS GREECE IN AUGUST OF 2014

My amazing trip to Acropolis, the formally proclaimed as the preeminent monument on the European Cultural Heritage.
What a sight!!!!!!!!





The Acropolis is located on a flat-topped hill that rises 150m above sea level in the city of Athens. A temple of Athena was erected around 570 -550 BC. It is absolutely amazing. A massive wall was built 760 meters long, up to 10 meters high, and ranging from 3.5 to 6 meters thick. This wall they say was to protect Acropolis until the 5th century BC. All the monuments on that hill are universal symbols that represent a stunning civilization. They are architectural miracles artistically complex and fascinating. Acropolis is considered to be a sacred hill. I am so happy that I took the time to visit and admire like millions have to this day such a wonder. It left me breathless, filled with pure respect and appreciation for the ability of the Greeks to erect monuments that are beautiful powerful and endure the changes through the centuries.



The next stop for Angel Sefer and I was Acropolis. WOW!!!! WOW!!!
There are no words to describe the magic of this place.


From the hill you can see the city of Athens and the Agean Sea. A breathtaking sight. What was so amazing to me was the quiet around me. There were hundreds of people but they looked speechless. They were just staring at the view and taking tons of pictures. Pure and utter beauty. 



 The building below is called the Erechtheion and was the last temple that was build on that hill. The six famous ladies are called Kariatithes. The originals figures are in a museum because the air pollution would destroy them, so they were removed and replaced by copies. They are dated back to the 6th century BC. I can't even think that far back. How amazing is that?







The heat was unbelievable. We decided to purchase some t-shirts to keep cool. Even with a t-shirt and hair pulled back I still felt like I was going to have a heat stroke :)  But I would not trade that day with anything in the world. It was amazing!!!!!




Akropolis is under constant construction, the air pollution and the passage of centuries are destroying the original beauty of the temple. 





On the south slope of the Akropolis is a fabulous amphitheater that is dated back to fourth century BC. This was the theater of Dionysys Eleuthereus the God of wine and the patron of drama.



It could seat 17,000 spectators. OMG!!!





A happy wonderful day on the sacred hill of Akropolis in the heart of Athens!!!!!!! 





Thursday, August 21, 2014

MY FANTASTIC AUGUST 2014 VISIT TO ATHENS GREECE

This was an awesome trip to Athens Greece. I spent time with a  Bestselling author Angel Sefer. 
First Visit was to a fantastic spot called Sounion




The locations shown above and below are BREATHTAKING!!! The ruins hold a lot of history and mystery. The scenery around the temple is majestic. The cliffs are extraordinary. 
The temple is located strategically at the tip of the Attica peninsula. This is the last point the Greek soldiers that were going to battle could see as the left Greek soil, and the first when they were coming back. The Athenians waited for the warriors to come back and if the ship sails were white, they prepared Athens for a huge celebration. If they were black, they prepared for funerals. It is said that King Aegeus leapt to his death off of the cliff, because his son forgot to raise the white sails and his father thought that he had been killed. His name was given to the Aegean Sea. 


The view from the Temple




You have to experience the sensational sunsets like the one shown in the photo below to understand the fascination that surounds this location. I fell in love with the magic the mystery and history. 



Angel Sefer and I had a lot of fun on this trip. You can see Sounion in the background of this photo. The waters of the Aegean sea are so blue, so warm and so beautiful!!!!!



The photo below is on the top of Sounion at the point where the Athenians stood to wait for the ships coming in from battle. How amazing is that??? I was mesmerized knowing that amazing warriors and kings stood at the same spot in 700 BC, WOW!!!!!!


We decided to take a couple more photos with our books on this great spot for posterity and to also look at them and smile remembering what an unbelievable time we both had in this majestic place!!!.




I was sad to leave Greece by my heart and thoughts remained there, and I am sure that I am going back as soon as I can arrange another visit.