I’ll start with a linguistic fact today. The origin of the word marble comes from – you guessed it – Greek; marmaros (μαρμαρος) means ‘shining stone’.
It’s quite fitting, then, that I should be writing about Athens today. I was at somewhat of a loss for content ideas last night, so I asked on Facebook what I should write about today. One of my roommates from the Athens trip, Becca, suggested, and I quote, “GREECE!”
This post is for my friends from the 2011 Athens trip, as well as Diane (our professor), and anyone who has ever been to or wanted to go to Greece.
One of several such signs on the Acropolis
The Parliament Building in Syntagma square
The Zappion, as seen on the walk outside the gardens from Syntagma to our apartments
Cute dogger sleeping in the shade of the Propylaea (entrance) to the Acropolis
The Bell Statue atop Lycabettus (Licka-vettus) Hill
The church atop Lycabettus Hill
Arch of Hadrian, looking northwest towards the Acropolis
Remaining columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus
A close-up of the columns on the Temple of Olympian Zeus
Some of our group walking around the Temple of Olympian Zeus
View of the Stoa from the floor
Becca, looking at a statue of Nike, in the Stoa
A slightly photo-shopped version of the Erechtheion on the Acropolis
Eileen and Ryan looking at the Parthenon and its scaffolding
Inscriptions on marble, scattered around the Acropolis
Athena’s olive tree on the west side of the Erechtheion
The roof overhang of the north porch of the Erechtheion
Construction on the inside of the Erechtheion, looking west
Our first visit to the Acropolis – a good example of tourism mobs
Looking at marble column drums on the Acropolis
To read more about my trip to Athens last year, click here or here!