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Greece // Our Vacation Part 1

What a dream; Greece was unlike any place I have ever been and probably unlike any place we will ever go again. It was truly a dream come true.

So first off let me give a shout out to my INCREDIBLE husband who booked and planned basically the entire trip. He did so much research and checked so many reviews and was basically a rockstar! He totally made my dream a reality and gosh, well he is just the best.

We were gone for about 2 weeks. Jon and I stayed at at Air BnB's and other bed and Breakfasts' throughout Greece and Italy.

Athens

Day 1

Jon and I left Dayton June 29th and after about 15 hours of traveling we arrived in Athens on the afternoon of June 30th. Upon our arrival in Athens we met our taxi we had booked through Welcome Pickups Athens, and let me tell you this was the best and easiest way to get to our apartment. They met us at the airport and took us right to our Air BnB, telling us some of the best restaurants and sights in the area along the way.

After quickly dropping our luggage, changing and brushing our teeth Jon and I headed out to the Acropolis. To see the Acropolis has been a dream of mine since as long as I can remember and to be walking through Athens knowing I was about to live a dream was so surreal. Upon entering the gates to the Acropolis we walked though the Theatre of Dionysus, which is the first stone theatre ever built, cut into the southern cliff face of the Acropolis, and supposedly the birthplace of Greek tragedy. Jon and I walked in wonder through the seats just imagining the plays that had gone on here. As we walked out of the theater and walked up Acropolis hill we came upon Odeon of Herodes Atticus a beautiful stone theatre structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens. The Odeon was restored in 1950 and is now used for festivals and performances. We continued up Acropolis hill and reached the historic gateway to the Acropolis, the Propylaea. As we walked though the Propylaea, our breath was just taken away; the beauty of the architecture and the thought that this has been here for hundreds of years and the anticipation of the parthenon was unbelievable. However, when we emerged onto the other side the Propylaea we could see the dreaded scaffolding. My heart broke just a little. Scaffolding, are you serious:( But even with the scaffolding covering the front face I lost my breath when we truly came upon the Parthenon. The Parthenon is a former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. With its intricate carvings and the history it carries, Jon and I were in awe. We walked the circumference of the building just in wonder of how it could have been constructed so long ago and how it has stood for so long. After a while of me just taking picture after picture, Jon pried my eyes away and we wandered over to the Old Temple of Athena. Then with a few more glances of the Parthenon, Jon and I headed back down the hill and back though the Propylaea and took a look at Temple of Athena Nike. This temple was used as a place citizens worshipped the goddess Athena in hope of a successful outcome in the long Peloponnesian War fought on land and sea against the Spartans and their allies.

The parthenon was more magical and more beautiful them I ever imagined it could be. It was truly a dream come true for me and even despite the scaffolding it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. After coming down from acropolis hill Jon and I entered the Acropolis museum where we came face to face with many of the sculptures and art that once sat on acropolis hill. We were again in awe of the detail and time that had to have gone into sculpting and carving; it was truly remarkable.