Sunday, September 5, 2004

The Acropolis and Cape Sounion

Believe it or not, we actually woke up early on a weekend morning. The consummate Athens site, the Acropolis, is best viewed in the early hours when the sun is not yet high enough to bake bread on the rocks. So we were up and out by 8:00am, and the Acropolis was ready for us.
Pictures and words can simply not do justice to the magnificence and grandeur of the Parthenon. But here's a try anyway: Photos
The first word to describe the Parthenon perched atop the Acropolis (a giant rock in the middle of this sprawling city) is: windy. The second word is blustery. The third word is...OK you get the idea. We were literally nearly blown over at times. But it was worth it - the site is beautiful, and the views of Athens from this high point are equally striking. We will be posting all our pictures when we get home, what is above is just a sample.

After a small lunch we hopped a bus and headed for another ruined temple site - Cape Sounion, the southernmost point of mainland Greece and home to the ancient Temple of Poseidon. More wind, more tourists, but equally as beautiful as the Parthenon. Perhaps more so, because we stuck around for what many people regard as one of the most beautiful sunset views in all of Europe. Here are some pictures that give just a vague hint of what it was like.

All in all, a busy day and we are both pooped as we sit in an all-night Internet "cafe" typing this log. Our prayers are with our friends and family back home in Florida after seeing some news and pictures online about what hurricane Frances is doing to our home state. We will try to make a couple of short phone calls tomorrow to find out if everything and everyone is OK.

Prayers and love, enjoying the spotless weather half way around the world,

Eric & Jazmine

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