Just before dawn, I ran from my hotel up Licabettus Hill (see a photo of it below). I obviously took my camera along to take this photo and the two below. Unfortunately I was using 100 speed film for the shot but trust me, it was an awesome sight. The photo is overlooking northeastern Athens.
This shot gives a view of southern Athens. In the center of the photo you can see Athens stadium (seen up close in a photo below) near the heart of the city.
The famous Acropolis is in the center of this photo of western Athens. It was pretty cool to see the sun rise over it. The larger building is called the Parthenón and can be seen close up in another photo below. Off in the distance you can make out the Aegean Sea.
This is Olympic Stadium which was originally built in the late nineteenth century to host the first of the modern Olympics in 1896. The stadium (seats up to 60,000) is still in very good condition and recently held an international competition. Greece is currently lobbying very hard to host another Olympics early in the next millennium.
Behind me is the Parthenón which was built in the 5th century BC during the Golden Age of ancient Greece. Even after 2,500 years you can still get a sense of how impressive the structure must have been.
This is a shot of Licabettus Hill which I ran up earlier in the day. It was a tough run and I didn't realize that it was so steep until I saw it from a distance. You can't make it out in this photo taken from the Acropolis, but there is a small chapel called St. George at the very top. There was also a restaurant at the top which I ate at on a later evening for a panoramic view of Athens at night.
This ruin was the Temple of Athena Nike and in the far distance near the center of the photo, you can see the representations of several female statues. Nike was the Greek goddess of victory long before it became the name of a top athletic shoe manufacturer.
About 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Athens on the coast is Cape Sounion. The structure in the photo above was the Temple of Poseidon and it was built around the same time as the Parthenón in the 5th century BC.
A bit of a hike along the cape offered up this excellent view of the temple. From this vantage point there was a great view of the Aegean Sea and several local islands.
This was a view from the other side of the cape.
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