by Melissa Brunner
Welcome to Athens!
A nearly 11 hour flight from Atlanta has our group tired but excited when we arrived in Greece. And it seemed luck was on our side. Once we landed, the local guide told us we were fortunate to have landed early in the day. Public workers planned a four-hour striked for the afternoon, meaning no air traffic controllers - meaning no planes would be getting in or out! We're told such demonstrations are common in Athens these days and most are peaceful. Case in point - our hotel is a block from the Parliament building, and we had to park a couple blocks away when we got there because the streets in front was closed off due to a big demonstration.
Our time so has been sent checking out the sights around Athens. Those include the first stadium where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. It's the place where they still traditionally end marathon races. There's also the Temple of Zeus, with its columns soaring into the sky. Across the street from our hotel is the National Gardens, a sprawling place with wandering paths perfect for a walk or jog. A couple blocks away is the Plaka, the old part of the city with lots of cafes and shops for souvenirs. We've also climbed the Acropolis to walk among the ruins, a classic Greek experience! And, I admit, I had lunch at McDonalds, a taste of America in Greece!
Enjoy a few photos!
The stadium for the first modern Olympics.
View from the hotel balcony - the highest point in Athens over my shoulder!
Our group at the Temple of Zeus
Where's Waldo? Getting up close and personal with a sculpture in the National Garden!