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Athens from lycabettus hill

Athens from lycabettus hill

Changing of the guards parade

Changing of the guards parade

Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion

Temple of Poseidon, Cape Sounion

Early start this morning to walk up the tallest of Athen's 7 hills, Lycabettus hill, before the heat set in for the day. It was a steep climb and by the time I reached the top I was perspiring profusely. Although it was hazy the view was worth the considerable effort. The city sprawls out in a 360 degree panorama you all the way to the Port of Pireaus. I can only imagine how great the view would be on a clear day. The trip back down was much easier.

At 11am on a Sunday the Greek guards have a changing of the guard ceremony. I made my way to Syntagma square for this and it is quite the spectacle. Much more so that the British equivalent. You do need to fight the crowd for a decent position even if you arrive early. By the time the ceremony was over the temperature was already a hot 34C. I found a nice cafe to enjoy lunch whilst sitting in the shade. I noticed that the outdoor areas were mostly empty with all the eateries full of people seeking respite from the heat.

In the afternoon I travelled to Cape Sounion to view the Temple of Poseidon which is scenically perched on a cliff overlooking the blue waters of the Aegean sea. The drive along the road overlooking the inviting blue waters of the Mediterranean was magnificent. I only wish we could have stopped for quick swim. The temple was superb with the white marble contrasting against the blue sky. I had an amusing request for assistance at the site. A French guy asked me to take his photo in front of the temple whilst he assumed an upside down lotus position. He has promised to send me the pic so will post at a later date.

I would have loved to stay for sunset but the last bus of the day leaves before that time.

Posted by adtamo 11:19 Archived in Greece

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