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January 25th, 2013
A Quick Visit to Athens

The Acropolis towers over Athens, an amazing place to visit with so much history.

Acropolis, Athens, Greece

This time we didn’t queue with all the crowds, since we’d visited before. Instead we made a stop at the New Acropolis Museum. This was a modern building with lots of glass, and it holds some incredible treasures. During the excavation to build the museum, they found ruins. They’ve incorporated the ruins into the design by using glass for all the floors and allowing visitors to view them. This photo is part of the ruins that are inside and therefore not protected with glass. Just as an aside, if you ever visit, don’t wear a skirt. With the glass floors, you can look upward and see the people on the floor above…and whatever they’re wearing or not.

Museum, Athens

While wandering around Athens, the amount of graffiti surprised us.

Grafiti

It’s a real shame to see this while wandering around the city.

Evil Eyes

These are evil eyes and they’re on sale as souvenirs for tourists. The evil eyes have been around for thousands of years and are used as a talisman to ward off evil.

And this is my car… Snazzy, isn’t it? I couldn’t resist a photo.

Shells Car 

What sort of car would you like if money was no object?

17 comments to “A Quick Visit to Athens”

  1. Evil eyes… at first I thought they were peacock feathers. lol

    Love the car.

    If I could have any car at all…I think I would get something big and bold, like a large 4 door truck.


  2. The color of the evil eyes snared my attention. I love that color blue.


  3. Ewww…I want an evil eye. haha.


  4. LOL I wanted one too.


  5. Love the car! Love Athens too. Again some great photos.


  6. It was a very snazzy car :)


  7. I’d love to visit the new museum. Great photos, as always.


  8. The new museum was amazing. They even left a gap for the missing Elgin marbles.


  9. Thanks for the heads up about the “no skirt”. Wouldn’t want someone getting an eyeful of “scary” lol!

    But seriously, this is wonderful getting a peek at this wonderful town via your gorgeous-as-always photos. The graffiti isn’t all that lovely, but I do like that music note.


  10. I was glad we were warned. It was weird looking up and seeing feet.


  11. Gorgeous! and not just the car :)

    I don’t know what car I’d have. But I’d love a segway. You know, one of those stand up on two wheels things that Adam zips around on in Mythbusters?


  12. Those Segways look like fun. I drive one on the Wii. Does that count?


  13. Hi Shelley!

    Thanks for taking me to Athens through your photos!

    Love your car.


  14. Glad you enjoyed the photos, Nas. We had a really enjoyable day in Athens.


  15. Cool concept for the museum, though I don’t know that I’d like the glass floors.


  16. I’m not too good with glass floors. I know they’re very strong but if I can see through them my brain tells me it will break if I step on it.


  17. Hey Shelley, I’m way behind in my blog reading. I’d love to see the New Acropolis Museum. It wasn’t open when I was last in Greece.

    Oh, btw – the ‘eye’ is not evil per se – it protects the wearer from negative energy or those who indadvertedly take energy away with a compliment. :) That’s why you see Greeks do the ‘spit’. to not affect someone with the eye. If you’ve seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding you’ll know what I mean.