A visit to Athens, Greece will take you back in time to sights like no other. The Acropolis is amazing…but one little area to see is the Temple of Zeus. It is located near the Acropolis and not much remains..but still old Greek Columns are tough to pass up!
Some info from the web: The Temple of Zeus at Olympia was an ancient Greek temple in Olympia, Greece, dedicated to the chief of the gods, Zeus. It was the very model of the fully-developed classical Greek temple of the Doric order. The temple, built between 472 and 456 BCE, stood in the most famous sanctuary of Greece. It housed the renowned statue of Zeus, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Chryselephantine statue was approximately 13 m (43 ft) high and was made by the sculptor Phidias in his workshop on the site at Olympia. He took about twelve years to complete it. On his head was a sculpted wreath of olive sprays. In his right hand he held a figure of Nike, the goddess of victory, also made from ivory and gold, and in his left hand, a scepter made with many kinds of metal, with an eagle perched on the top. His sandals were made of gold and so was his robe. His garments were carved with animals and with lilies. The throne was decorated with gold, precious stones, ebony, and ivory. The statue was the most famous artistic work in Greece.
Do you think back in the days Nike said…Just Do It!??
Its been a few years since our visit to Poros. What a wonderful little island! You can read my older posts from here….this shot was from our cruise ship leaving port. A tough place to say goodbye to! look at that blue water and blue sky!! Very surreal!! I wish I had a month to rent a boat and island hop all over the Greek Isles!! We all can have a dream!! =)
Info from the web: Poros is a small Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf, at a distance about 58 km (31 nautical miles) south from Piraeus and separated from the Peloponnese by a 200-metre wide sea channel. Its surface is about 31 square kilometres (12 square miles). The ancient name of Poros was Pogon.
Poros consists of two islands: Sphairia or Sferia, the southern part, which is of volcanic origin, where today’s city is located, and Kalaureia, also Kalavria or Calauria (meaning ‘gentle breeze’), the northern and largest part. A bridge connects the two islands over a narrow isthmus. The Municipality of Poros also includes a part of the mainland, Kyaní Aktí (pop. 231), at the easternmost point of the Peloponnese Peninsula, between the island of Poros and the island of Hydra and next to the municipalities of Troizina and Ermioni. map The total land area of the municipality is 49.582 km², and the total population is 4,348 persons.
Poros is an island with rich vegetation. Much of the northern and far eastern/western sides of the island are bushy, whereas large areas of old pine forest are found in the south and center of the island. It has a good road network and adequate tourist infrastructure, which makes it a popular resort for short holidays. Though possessing no airport, it is easily accessible from Athens via ferry or hydrofoil or from the adjacent mainland at Galatas.
While in Greece a bit ago…we traveled up to the Acropolis and my dream was to see the Parthenon. I have posted about this in the past…I was saddened by the fact it was under a ten year refurbishing project. Does 10 year really mean 10 years or will it take more time to refurbish this wonder of the world? Hmmm. At this time I could only find a few angles to shoot from as there was scaffolding all around the structure. So what is a photographer to do when his subject is lacking? Look around! Just behind the Parthenon was this pile of columns possibly under construction? I enjoyed seeing these red flowers surround them…a nice contrast. A favorite photo of mine from the trip! We will get back there again…but not until the Parthenon is ready!
During our visit to Greece we had dinner at the restaurant on Lycabettus Hill. Siting outside overlooking Greece is truly amazing. We made it up top in time for sunset and as the sun was lowering…we walked up to St. George’s Church (located on the top of the hill) and I took this sunset photo from above! I really enjoyed our visit to Greece. Athens was nice, but the Greek Islands are were it is at! Hopefully we get a chance to return.
Here is some info from the web: Lykavittos Hill (sometimes referred to as Lycabettos or Lykabettos) is the highest point in Athens, rising 910 feet above the city. Because of its height, it is a landmark visible from almost every part of the capital (ill. 7-9). Its name reflects a popular belief that the hill was inhabited by wolves. Another legend explains that Lykavittos hill appeared when Athena accidentally dropped a large rock she was going to use for the construction of the Acropolis. Despite these interesting legends, Lykavittos did not attract the attention of classical authors and historians. However, the majestic peak is an important tourist destination. A small whitewashed chapel of St. George, erected in the 19th century on the site of a Byzantine church of Prophet Elijah (ill. 1-3), crowns the top of Lykavittos. From the top one can see a panorama of the entire city (ill. 4) and the theatre, used for concerts and spectacles. To reach the top by foot, you need to prepare yourself for a long climb. The initial portion of the climb, among shrubs and small trees, is relatively easy. However, when you get to the zigzagging stairs, laid out at a low angle to make the ascent easier (but longer!), your legs are going to let you know they are not too happy about the exercise. If you don’t feel like arguing with them, choose an easier way — take the funicular from Kolonaki (ill. 5-6). After you reach the top, you may rest and have a drink in a terraced restaurant or let the wind on the observation deck cool you down.
If you have never been to Greece before, please try to add it to the top of the visit list. It is an amazing country with many many places 2 explore!! Athens itself can keep you busy for a while. Add in the Greek Islands and you can easily spend a few weeks here!!This shot is from the Temple of Zeus in Athens. We took a tour bus to this location. I enjoy looking at the Roman Columns. Hope you do as well!
Here is some info from the web: The Temple of Zeus at Olympia, built in 470-456 BC, was the ancient Greek temple in Olympia, Greece, dedicated to the chief of the gods,Zeus. It was the very model of the fully-developed classical Greek temple of the Doric order.The temple stood in the most famous sanctuary of Greece, which had been dedicated to local and Pan-Hellenic deities and had probably been established towards the end of the Mycenaean period. The Altis, the enclosure with its sacred grove, open-air altars and the tumulus of Pelops, was first formed during the tenth and ninth centuries BCE, when the cult of Zeus joined the established cult of Hera.
One old Temple indeed! Another reason to visit Greece…history alone can keep your mind going on and on!
Athens, Greece is a wonderful place to visit! If you have an evening free for dinner…please visit Lycabettus Cafe for a good meal and some incredible views!
Here is some info fro the web: Athens has a couple of vantage points besides the Acropolis, from which you can get superb views of the city. Lycabettus Hill is really a limestone rock reaching almost 1,000 feet into the once-crystalline Athenian sky. In the evening, the top half is floodlit, and from the Acropolis it looks something like a giant souffle. By day, it’s a green-and-white hill toppoed by a tiny, flaringly white church, Agios Georgios. It’s a nagging challenge, and sooner or later you’re to want to climb it. Don’t try to walk up (pilgrims used to, but it’s an Everest for the faithless), and don’t try to take a cab, because it only goes half-way and you still have quite a hike to get to the top. Take the two-minute funicular up the southeast flank. To get there, follow the “telepherique” signs to the corner of Kleomenous and Ploutarchou Streets, between Kolonaki Square and the Athens Hilton. The panorama from the top is priceless – all the way to Mount Parnes in the north, west to Piraeus and the Saronic Gulf, with the Acropolis siiting like a ruminative lion half way to the sea.
This shot was taken near sunset atop the hill. I spot I will never forget!
During our visit to Greece, we stayed a few days in Athens. It was a dream of mine to visit the Parthenon, Sadly due to the 10 year refurbishing project, I was a little disappinted. Scafolding is everywhere. I did get the one semi-decent picture with minimal equipement around. I am not sure when it will be complete…but I would like to go back when its completed.
Visiting the Acropolis is a wonderful experience, The history and sights were fantastic! If you visit Greece spend a day or so seeing the local sights then spendyour next days on the islands!! To me Greece has the most beautiful islands in the world! Lots of islands to see and visit…some on top of my list are Santorini and Crete.
The Parthenon is a temple of the Greek goddess Athena. Whom the people of Athens considered their protector. It was built in 5th century BC. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of acient Greece and Athenian democracy, and one of the world greatest cultural monuments. Hope you have a monumental day!
I’ll take a break on the pics from my last trip and share one of my favorite shots and Places 2 Explore! Greece! We took a trip last May to Europe for 18 days. The first 3 days were in Greece. The first day we recovered from jet lag and relaxed as we arrived into Athens late in the day. The next day we took a guided tour of Athens. A dream of mine was to visit the Parthenon…so I was excited. The tour was fun…about 5 hours. We saw all the sights and got to get off the bus and enjoyed taking pictures. When we arrived at the Acropolis…anticipation grew for me to see one of the great wonders of the world. It was amazing…but the only downfall is that its on a 10(?) year refurbishing plan. Scafolding and workers are there while you visit. So if you plan to visit…check when it will be complete.
At nite we took a taxi to Lycabettis Hill….you take a tram up to the top and there is a nice restaurant on top with a small church. From here you can view all of Athens and enjoy the sunset while eating outside….the food was decent and the sights are amazing! On our taxi rides, it seemed as though all the taxi drivers at one time lived in New York! They all spoke great English and we very fun to talk to!
We then had one last day in Greece before leaving for Bulgaria. My wife had suggested a 10 hour day cruise that we saw advertised at the hotel. …so we went for it! The bus picks you up at the hotel and bring syou to the service center to buy tickets and then onto the port of departure. The cruise lasted 10 hours. We were to visit Poros, Aegina and Hydra. We arrived at the port and was amazed at how many people were on the boat…estimated 400? It was a beautiful day as well!
I can go on and on about this day…as it was unforgetable and amazing! …but I will keep it short. Each island had its own specialties. As we docked we only had about 45 minutes at each stop. So we had a chance to take a short walk around window shop. Just a perfect amount of time. Then we would depart to the next island. Just sitting on the deck in the sun and watching the tranquil blue water travel by was very sureal. A permanant smile were on our faces the whole day! If you have traveled to any Greek islands…then you know well!
One of our favorite stops on the trip was a little island called Poros. It was very cute and small. We walked down some alleys and took pictures and stopped for some souveniers. When we retruend to the boat we grabbed a seat on the outside back deck. The boat took off slowly as we pulled away from the island. I stood up to get a bunch of pictures of Poros. This picture is the view we had! Fantastic! A perfect postcard for a wonderful day! I used the railing to brace my arm and took it hand held. After 10 hours..of course you are tired and ready to go back to the hotel. After this day…I am eager to go back to Greece to see more islands!! If you enjoy traveling…Greece is a must visit!
I am not sure when we will go back…but we will make it back again one day! The big islands suchs as Santorini, Crete, Mykonos…are on the list!