I made a selection of our favourite selfies Michael took last year during our sabbatical.
Visiting the Akropolis reminded me very much of our first trip to Lebanon in 2008 which was also our first trip to the Middle East. Especially, our excursion to Baalbek in the Beqaa Valley located between Beirut and Damascus in Syria (the latter we visited in 2009 on our second trip to the Middle East – but that is another story). The area of the valley has continuously been inhabited for more than 8000 years
On Sunday all the historic sites were open to the public free of charge. So we joined the masses climbing up the Akropolis. People had settled already about 5000 years ago on this hill, however, its current remains have been built in the 5th century BC by Perikles. the most famous site is the Parthenon, a former temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Whilst the Greek and Romans maintained the building well, under Byzantine rule
The night was long, the drinks were strong, we sang along, it did not feel wrong… Hungover we strolled aimlessly through Monastiraki the next day and managed to hop from one café to another. In the evening we met Nikos for dinner in Psiri before heading together to the Gazi nightlife again.
After having enjoyed a long night of sleep and an extensive breakfast buffet in the hotel we started walking. The first stop was the Hellenic Parliament located in the Old Royal Palace at the Syntagma square. After a quick stop at a local barber shop and with fashionable hair and impeccable beards we started climbing up Mount Lycabettus passing through a gorgeous residential neighbourhood with the same name. On top of Mount Lycabettus you suddenly realize