Greece Highlights – Athens, Kalambaka

Iceman and I went to Greece for our honeymoon and here’re some of my favourite pictures.  For the full set of photos, please check my Facebook page.  🙂

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Our flight transited in Doha.  Yup, that’s our flight no. stuck to the side of the stairs…

 

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The lift at our hotel in Athens, Kaningos 21 – it’s kind of old fashioned ‘cos you have to manually open the outer lift door… but yet the inside of the lift is so space age!

 

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Left: A toy shop along Akadimias Street

Right: Goddess Athena

According to Greek mythology, both goddess Athena and god Poisedon (aka Neptune) wanted to take Athens under their protection.  A contest was thus held whereby Athena and Poisedon had to conjure up something that all the other gods would vote to see which was the best for the people of Athens.  Athena created a olive tree while Poisedon created water.  The Greek gods voted Athena the winner.  Poisedon, in a fit of anger, cursed Athens to be always short of water (it is indeed a dry land!).  Frankly, I don’t see how “water” could lose to an “olive tree”.  I think Athena probably hiked up her skirt or something during the vote…

 

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Left: Parliament House

Right: Changing of the Guards

 

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Left: Outside some old church which I’ve forgotten the name of

Right: A really sexy newscaster – and not tabloid news mind you.  She was delivering news of the floods in Taiwan, etc.

 

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View from the roof top garden at Kaningos 21.  The lighted hill faraway is Lycabettus Hill.

 

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St George’s Church (located on the top of Lycabettus Hill)

 

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Pictures of the interior church walls & ceiling

 

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Left: Bell tower of the church of St George

Right View from the top of Lycabettus Hill

 

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Left: The sun setting over Athens

 

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Left: The bell tower at sunset

Right: Athens at night

 

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Monastery of Agia Trias

 

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Photos were not allowed to be taken inside the church halls.

 

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The monks used to store 12,000 litres of water in the barrel in the photo on the right.  At first we were thinking – “that’s a lot of beer”… but no… it was just water.

 

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In the past, folks who could not climb up the mountain to get to the monastery (see above) were hauled up using the net and rope below.

 

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It is said that the rope was replaced everytime an accident happened…

 

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Next… the nunnery of St Stephen.

 

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Much better maintained compared to the monastery!

 

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The lawns and gardens were very neat!

 

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Typical Greek food (tomato rice with feta cheese) & beer.