I Just Saw The Fricking Acropolis

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I had the best day ever today. This is mostly because I had 2 coffees and a Red Bull but also because I went on a tour of the Parthenon in Athens and the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion (One of the best perks of working on a cruise ship is the opportunity to volunteer to assist on tours during your free time. I love it because I get to do touristy things and its one of the few opportunities I get to speak to another human being).

For those who don’t know, Athens is the birthplace of authentic democracy (as opposed to modern-day corporate-sponsored democracy).

A brief summary of the history of Athens:

1. 431-404BC: The Golden Era.
2. 404BC-1458: Everything turns to shit for a long time.
3. 1458: The Ottomans conquered Athens.
4. 1821-1832: The Greeks fight for independence
5. 1832: Athens becomes the capital of Greece.

Basically, what this means is even though Athens has a rich history, it looks like an ironic contrast of poorly planned modern-day slums constructed amongst ancient architecturally breathtaking sites.

After being uninspired by Paris, I was certain that I was now desensitized to wonders of travel. I stand corrected – the brilliance of the Pantheon blew me away. Seeing the Pantheon was like watching a 3D movie for the very first time while enjoying a super-sized popcorn and drink combo and a chocolate ice-cream cone with nuts on top, all the while being stoned.

After gawking at the Pantheon for ages, it was time to leave for lunch. We headed to a restaurant where we were greeted with a buffet of salads, moussaka, tzatziki and wine. After eating only crew food for the last month, this was like eating a souvlaki made of fun, happiness and smiles.

Soon, it was time to head to our next stop – the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. It was an hour drive along the beautiful coast, or so I was told because I was having a post-lunch siesta. Hey, when in Greece…

The Temple of Poseidon was impressive as well. These guys really had their shit together 2500 years ago. And then they discovered Ouzo.

Have you been to Athens?


More info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acropolis_of_Athens
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sounion

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12 Comments for I Just Saw The Fricking Acropolis

Liv

Haha! I always fall asleep on buses too! Glad you enjoyed Athens Roy.
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    Roy Marvelous

    So it's not just me. Phew, I thought I had some bus-narcolepsy disease.

Melissa Rachel Black

Favorite quote ever: "Seeing the Pantheon was like watching a 3D movie for the very first time while enjoying a super-sized popcorn and drink combo and a chocolate ice-cream cone with nuts on top, all the while being stoned."

Sounds like the best day ever, indeed. I can't say I had quite the same feeling when I saw the Pantheon, but I almost cried at how beautiful the Swiss Alps were two weeks ago after 6 months without leaving Berlin (best city ever, but undeniably hideous and covered in broken glass and poop.) Sometimes you just need to see and eat and do the complete opposite of what you've been doing to appreciate the other end of the spectrum. Back to loving Berlizzle.

    Roy Marvelous

    Indeed, so true. p.s. I love Berlin too!

      Melissa Rachel Black

      There's a lot to love.

Erin

hahaha "mostly because I had 2 coffees and a Red Bull." What I put in my mouth can totally make or break my day, too. ha.
Glad you discovered that you aren't desensitized!
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    Roy Marvelous

    you me both!

Jordan

Ha! I laughed at this entire post. Although my favorite was "Athens is the birthplace of authentic democracy (as opposed to modern-day corporate-sponsored democracy)"

Unfortunately, its true.
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    Roy Marvelous

    Yes, it's sadly true.

Theresa Torres

Hi Roy,
Great blog! Great post! The very opposite of boring. I haven’t been to Athens but I’m dying to go just to experience watching a 3D movie in ancient times if that is possible.
I’ve seen the Swiss Alps though, two years ago, and that experience may be the equivalent of your best day ever.
I enjoyed my visit here. I think that’s the briefest summary of Athens I’ve read, by the way.
Have a great day!

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Marie

Hahaha "These guys really had their shit together 2500 years ago. And then they discovered Ouzo."
I have never been to Greece, but will do one day. Greek people I met whilst travelling were diverse and interesting. Before drinking ouzo, anyway.
Just discovered your blog, I'm loving it!

    Roy Marvelous

    Greece is awesome. Definitely go before they sell everything!