|yup -- a random glance. There it is!|
|a beautiful walk up to the top -- this gently rising pedestrian street never felt like a climb|
|the old girl is always undergoing renovation, I guess. The palace of Athena -- the Parthenon|
|Here is one side view; there is some marble sheathing on some of the columns|
|the back side, just so magnificent|
|the other long side|
|some column details. Yeah, I was crying. Hard not to. I've dreamed of this place for decades.|
|the photo spot -- we were all taking pictures for each other.|
|such beautiful work|
|I forget which forum this was -- for Dionysus, maybe? With Athens spreading out below.|
|I look at the incredible precision of that carving and think about the|
anonymous man who carved it so many centuries ago. That's his work.
|out of my mind with happiness. Me. Athens. The Parthenon.|
|That's Athens below, and that's a huge swath of some kind of evergreen trees.|
Really such a beautiful city.
|Along the climb up/down the hill there were random ruins scattered here and there.|
A cave for Pan. A hidden spring-turned-fountain. This former home with the remnants
of a tile mosaic floor. I love to imagine living here then.
After a wee nap, we went out again to wander around; we toured the Plaka, visited some little shops, sat in this square and that, found the Metro station for our trip to the airport tomorrow, and then went out for dinner at this fantastic little restaurant in our neighborhood. Lithos is just a beautiful little place, run by (I think) two brothers who are very Greek, in different ways. And so funny; the customer sitting behind me asked how big a dish was and he quickly said, "It's big enough!" When he brought their wine, he said not to worry if they didn't like it, he'd take it inside and drink it himself -- really, don't worry. Always with a smile. We had a beautiful meal:
|Oof, delicious crusty bread with AMAZING olive tapenade. We ended up|
just eating it with a fork it was so wonderful.
|our appetizers: saganaki, really wonderful, and zucchini croquettes with|
a tangy dilled yogurt sauce. YUM.
|I ordered mussels in a white wine sauce but they came in this|
egg cream sauce -- still delicious, just not what I thought.
|Marc ordered lamb joint. When he asked about it, the waiter stepped aside|
and pointed to his knee and his upper thigh, and said, "It's this part."
It just fell off the bone, so delicious. And BOY do the Greeks
know how to roast a potato.
|then, surprise! On the house -- coconut cake with coconut ice cream.|
A very generous serving, two slices of moist cake and a gigantic scoop.
|I wanted to take a picture of the restaurant; Marc didn't know I was including|
him so he's just about to say something to me. I love that.