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A Postcard From Athens: A Day Trip to the Olympics, Greece - 19th August 2004

Nick C from work has air miles burning a hole in his pocket and so decides to arrange a day trip to Athens to catch a bit of the 2004 Olympic Games. We leave the UK at 2300 Wednesday, get to Athens at 0430 Thursday after a 3.5hr flight, trundle around town for the day, see some sights, catch some of the games and hang out in tavernas before getting an 0530 Friday-morning flight back to the UK. No luggage and no accomodation to worry about makes for a great trip. Also, because we're so early, it means being able to get up the Acropolis before all the other tourists do, so it's possible to get photos without tons of other people swarming around.

next album: Paul's Stag Night, Brome, Scole and Bressingham, Norfolk and Suffolk - Friday 20th August 2004
previous album: A BSCC Splinter Group Camping Trip, Shottisham, Suffolk - 13th August 2004

2004 On the train into Athens from the airport, at around 0530

On the train into Athens from the airport, at around 0530

2004 Athens Airport train station

Athens Airport train station

2004 Hanging around the square outside the parliament building

Hanging around the square outside the parliament building

2004 Nick finds an open bakery and stocks up on breakfast

Nick finds an open bakery and stocks up on breakfast

2004 Heading up to the Acropolis

Heading up to the Acropolis

2004 Nick looks around

Nick looks around

2004 The empty streets of Athens - it's still only around 7am

The empty streets of Athens - it's still only around 7am

2004 A feral cat feeds its kitten

A feral cat feeds its kitten

2004 The sun rises on the back of the acropolis

The sun rises on the back of the acropolis

2004 Sunrise in Athens

Sunrise in Athens

2004 The Theatre of Herod Atticus

The Theatre of Herod Atticus

2004 Another sunrise view of the Theatre of Herod Atticus

Another sunrise view of the Theatre of Herod Atticus

2004 The Propylaia - the entrance temple to the Acropolis

The Propylaia - the entrance temple to the Acropolis

2004 The Erechtheion

The Erechtheion

2004 Another angle at the Erechtheion

Another angle at the Erechtheion

2004 Nosher swaps photos with another tourist in front of the Parthenon

Nosher swaps photos with another tourist in front of the Parthenon

2004 A view over Athens

A view over Athens

2004 The Parthenon's columns

The Parthenon's columns

2004 It's all Greek

It's all Greek

2004 Nosher sits on a wall

Nosher sits on a wall

2004 The back of the Parthenon

The back of the Parthenon

2004 The ancient Agora - an active part of the city in the 2nd Century

The ancient Agora - an active part of the city in the 2nd Century

2004 An ancient road

An ancient road

2004 The church of Ayioi Apostoloi, built around 1000AD

The church of Ayioi Apostoloi, built around 1000AD

2004 An icon - in the true meaning of the word

An icon - in the true meaning of the word

2004 The dome inside the Ayioi Apostoloi

The dome inside the Ayioi Apostoloi

2004 The remains of the Middle Stoa - Greek for a covered walk or collonade

The remains of the Middle Stoa - Greek for a covered walk or collonade

2004 The Temple of Hephaistos (5th c. BC)

The Temple of Hephaistos (5th c. BC)

2004 A tortoise crosses the path to visit the temple

A tortoise crosses the path to visit the temple

2004 The Stoa of Attalos (159-138 BC), reconstructed by the American School (1953-1956)

The Stoa of Attalos (159-138 BC), reconstructed by the American School (1953-1956)

2004 More Stoa of Attalos

More Stoa of Attalos

2004 Back in Athens, a woman tries to sell some lace to passing tourists

Back in Athens, a woman tries to sell some lace to passing tourists

2004 Athens street scene

Athens street scene

2004 Everywhere there are ancient columns and ruins

Everywhere there are ancient columns and ruins

2004 More street life

More street life

2004 Walking along Mitropoleos towards Monastiraki

Walking along Mitropoleos towards Monastiraki

2004 In some sort of square in Monastiraki

In some sort of square in Monastiraki

2004 A covered street

A covered street

2004 Some Pierrots or mimes practice in the heat

Some Pierrots or mimes practice in the heat

2004 Flags of the world

Flags of the world

2004 More flags

More flags

2004 Another souvenir street

Another souvenir street

2004 The mimes are still going

The mimes are still going

2004 Nosher meets up with Nick again

Nosher meets up with Nick again

2004 Time for a kebab

Time for a kebab

2004 At the entrance to the Olympic badminton event

At the entrance to the Olympic badminton event

2004 It's the badminton finals

It's the badminton finals

2004 Outside, the Romanian team pose for a photo

Outside, the Romanian team pose for a photo

2004 Olympic flags

Olympic flags

2004 We're back in Monastiraki, where there's a load of singing

We're back in Monastiraki, where there's a load of singing

2004 A bouzouki player

A bouzouki player

2004 The Mexican hat dance

The Mexican hat dance

2004 There's all sorts of celebrations going on

There's all sorts of celebrations going on

2004 Flag waving

Flag waving

2004 More flags

More flags

2004 Nick holds up a beer as we eat some olives and feta

Nick holds up a beer as we eat some olives and feta

2004 Some dudes grill meat on a stick

Some dudes grill meat on a stick

2004 The smoke is intense in the kebab shop

The smoke is intense in the kebab shop

2004 Nick has a kip back in the airline lounge

Nick has a kip back in the airline lounge

2004 Fluffy clouds over London at about 8am on the Friday

Fluffy clouds over London at about 8am on the Friday

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On the train into Athens from the airport, at around 0530

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