Athens!

Now we have moved on from Rome to Athens. We missed our train to the Rome Airport, caught the next one, waited in  a really long line, and finally got on the plane. We’re a bit tired from jet-lag, but we’ll be okay. I’m hoping we get to see the Parthenon today, a huge temple dedicated to Athena, Athens patron goddess. It once had a 30 foot statue of Athena that mysteriously disappeared. The temple was built on top of a large hill; the slaves back then had to carry up the huge columns.

The Parthenon is a temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the maiden goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron. Its construction began in 447 BC when the Athenian Empire was at the height of its power.

The Parthenon in Nashville’s Centennial Park is a full-scale copy of the original Greek Parthenon

The Flight from Rome to Athens

When we got our luggage we dragged our bags to the train station platform #25 because that was what their website said. We waited there for about ten minutes then figured out that we had to be at platform #24 we scurried down to the readied train doors that had just closed and we had to wait 16 minutes for another train to arrive. We got on the train as a man in a green jumpsuit gathered gross trash. I read on the 30-minute train ride, as we got off people shoved and pushed to get in the airport and I just stood there and finally clambered into the giant room.

We pulled our suitcases up the escalator to the check in and drop off we waited in that line for about 40 minutes and moved on to the next place: THE SECURITY. Surprisingly the line wasn’t long and took about 5 minutes. we finally got to the boarding area and read for 10 minutes then boarded and sat for 10 minutes then drove for 10 minutes while reading and then 10 minutes later we turned off our kindles and took off and then read for 2 hours. Whew.  We got off at 9:30pm, took a 20 minute taxi ride than got us to our destination. That probably all took 131 minutes. Now we are in Athens.

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Sailing trip

Hi! Just before leaving Athens for Turkey, we went on a sailboat trip. On Tuesday, two people took us on their sailboat to see a bunch of islands off the coast of Greece. The boat was quite comfortable. We relaxed for a while the boat sailed. We passed very close to some dolphins and a huge container ship.

The first stop we made was on an uninhabited island that they said was very busy in the summer because it’s a great place to swim. We anchored the boat and Willem and I snorkeled around in a cove.

The guide gave us some bread that we gave to a huge flock of wild peacocks, who went crazy over the bread. We played with the friendly peacocks for a long time until two small deer came down to greet me. Willem had gone back to the boat because he was bored. The deer didn’t run from me, and ate the last piece of bread from my hand. I followed them through the forest, until they trotted away from me.

Then, we sailed around a large island to a town that was completely deserted. It was pretty creepy because it was a normal town, but there wasn’t any noise. We are in the off season for these places, so all of the tourists are gone. My dad and I walked up a very uneven, very long and curvy road. Some dog followed my dad and I all the way up. Willem got too hot, and I can’t blame him. It was blazing. The dog was drooping his head and panting like crazy. Willem and mom went back down to the boat. At the top of a tall hill, was a large temple dedicated to a sea nymph.

After that, we drove the long way home. On the way, we were served lunch. I was entertained by the view, and I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series for the third time. When the sun set, I got some great pictures. I can’t believe this was the off-season, because it’s hot enough here, and the sunsets we’ve seen are beautiful. The sky and water were golden and red.

Soon we arrived home, and the sailing adventure was over.

 

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