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Last Day

Riding an open-top bus.

Our last day was still a full day as our flight left really late at night. This is where our self-catering flat came in very handy. We paid extra to have it for the whole last day and it was cheap enough for this not to be a problem.

It was my husband's choice for what to do and he wanted to go along the Athenian Riviera on an open-top double decker hop on hop off bus. We disagree on these hop on hop off buses. He loves them and I don't, though having said that I did love the one in Cape Town. Anyway we got our pass and paid slightly extra to go all around Athens as well.

We started out from Syntagma Square, then changed to the Riviera route. It was a cold day and it was freezing on the top of the bus. There were just a few hardy souls up there with us. The route goes past Glyfada Beach and all the way down to Vouliagméni Bay and Vouliagméni Lake.

On the Riviera.

On the Riviera.

On the Riviera.

On the Riviera.

On top of the bus.

On top of the bus.

Church.

Church.

War Cemetery.

War Cemetery.

Stormy seas.

Stormy seas.

When the bus took us back to the Acropolis, we took a walk to Pnyx Hill. The Athenians used this hill, which has a large flat platform of eroded stone at its summit, as a gathering point from around 507 BC. They held popular assemblies here. Thus Pnyx Hill is one of the earliest and most significant sites in the creation of democracy. Among many others, Pericles, Aristides and Alcibiades all spoke here.

In addition to its historical significance, Pnyx Hill has fantastic views. This was easily the best view of the Acropolis from anywhere.

View from Pnyx Hill.

View from Pnyx Hill.

View from Pnyx Hill.

View from Pnyx Hill.

Peter, the Acropolis and the flat stone platform of Pnyx Hill.

Peter, the Acropolis and the flat stone platform of Pnyx Hill.

The Acropolis from Pnyx Hill.

The Acropolis from Pnyx Hill.

We then jumped on the hop on hop off around Athens city centre tour. Again we sat upstairs and shivered but it was quite interesting and it did take us to some places we had not got around to visiting.

Flower Market.

Flower Market.

Omonia Square.

Omonia Square.

Omonia Square.

Omonia Square.

Monastiraki Flea Market.

Monastiraki Flea Market.

Monasiraki Square.

Monasiraki Square.

Athens Central Market.

Athens Central Market.

Athens Central Market.

Athens Central Market.

Christmasy Athens.

Christmasy Athens.

Syntagma Square.

Syntagma Square.

Old Parliament Building.

Old Parliament Building.

On our second trip around Athens city centre, the skies opened and we were lashed with icy rain. It was time to go home. We bought excellent value souvlaki and kalamaki from the Pita Queen restaurant downstairs from our flat.

Dinner from Pita Queen.

Dinner from Pita Queen.

Then it was time to head for the airport and fly to Doha, Qatar. I loved the airport Christmas tree which was made up of aeroplanes.

Airport Christmas tree.

Airport Christmas tree.

Posted by irenevt 22:26 Archived in Greece Tagged athens

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Your photo of The Acropolis from Pnyx Hill is wonderful. I've never seen that angle before.

by Beausoleil

We kept viewing the Acropolis from different angles. The view from Pnyx was our favourite. Thank you for visiting my blog.

by irenevt

What a shame to visit Athens in such cold weather.

by ADAMYAMEY

Winter visits have their pros and cons: fewer tourists is good, cold weather not so good. Overall weather was OK except first and last day.

by irenevt

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