Athens, Greece Day 171

We started our day off right today with a hearty breakfast of spanakopita and baklava! Well, Deb actually had a feta cheese pie and a baklava with chocolate cream and I had the spanakopita and a baklava type of sweet called kataifi. This bakery we found is great; it’s actually more Turkish than Greek, but that’s OK… shhh, the Turkish baklava is better.
This is a church called Kapnikarea. It was built in the 11th and 13th centuries. It was meant to be demolished in 1834 but Bavarian King Ludvig saved it from dertruction. It sits on the site of the ancient temple to Athena. The dome is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Some gorgeous mosaics!
My ear buds for my iphone finally died. Well, they’re still somewhat alive but not very pleasant to use because only one ear has sound, and I have to twist the good one around my ear to make it work, so technically they are now garbage. I bought a new pair for 3 euro here at the flea market. Clearly, you get what you pay for. My last pair cost 30 dollars which seemed really expensive, but the sound quality of them is 100 times better than this piece of crapola! I’ll use them for the duration of my travels, but after that? Bye bye!
We walked over to Kerameikos Cemetary, and let me tell you, this is the oldest graveyard we’ve ever seen. This cemetary is the final resting place for many famous and noteworthy Athenians and has artifacts dating from 11th century BC to the 2nd century AD. It also contains ruins from the 5th century BC. The ruins are part of a wall that ran from the city of Athens to the port of Piraeus.
This ghost outline was of the original paint that once adorned this statue.
The museum contained many vessels and board games (go figure) with mourners like these adorning them.
These objects were used to curse people. The lead sheet on the left is aimed at a group of people including servants, procurers, wine merchants and tent-dwellers. It states “I bind their tongue and their mind and their soul and body, as well as their acts and mind, spirit, intellect and their own mind too.”
The lead case and figure on the right contains the names of adveraries at law and the phrase “and anybody else whoever is a fellow-accused or witness in favour of them.”
If these walls could talk…
There are tortoises everywhere on the grounds. As soon as you get close to them they take off though, and for turtles, they are actually pretty darn fast! We were wondering if there were any babies when we spotted this little guy! He was only about 6 inches long, whereas most of the adults were four times that size.
This is Hadrians Library built in 132 AD by (who else?) Hadrian of course!
Two hot chicks. Yes, it was 35 degrees again today.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how annoying (and hilarious) it is every time you leave your hotel being accosted by men bearing menus. You see them coming and there’s nothing you can do to escape. There are restaurants chock a block and it’s like an obstacle course trying to get past them without having your hand kissed, questions about where you are from and offers of free drinks. Of course, being Canadian we feel the need to always be nice so we acknowledge them and say that we’ve already eaten. That doesn’t deter them. Then it’s “Have a drink then?” Then we got to the point of saying, “Already eaten and had drinks!” Last night when we said that we got the answer, “Dance then?” Oh good god… enough! After Turkey and Italy, I was pretty tired of deflecting the unwanted male attention. I’ve found a solution to that problem, bring a tall blonde with you when you’re vacation in those countries, it works like a charm! I’ve been enjoying watching the men check Deb out, its pretty awesome. I’m surprised she’s not married by now to a man named George. Ah, we still have 1 day left so who knows?
Cat of the day! Her name is Honey!

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