On the Acropolis in Athens

On the Acropolis in Athens.

Brandon and Kathy

"2004 Explorations"

At the library in Ephesus

At the library in Ephesus.


2004 Cruise Ports of Call


Athens - Site of the first modern Olympics

Kathy at the Acropolis

On May 8th we arrived at the port of Piraeus for our visit to Athens. We took a bus into the city, checking out the preparations for the 2004 Olympics. It seemed to us that there would be no way that the streets, rail lines and stadiums would be ready in time. Work was definitely not going on 24 x 7. However, we now know that most of the work got done.

We spent much of the morning on a walking tour of the Acropolis. It was definitely worth seeing. We explored the Parthenon (built around 440 BC), the temple honoring Athena. We also saw the amphitheater and the "Porch of the Caryatids" that features columns of maidens supporting the roof of the temple.

Parthenon Parthenon on the top of the Acropolis

Amphitheater Amphitheater

Porch of the Caryatids Porch of the Caryatids

After the Acropolis, we headed for the stadium that was the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. Since the 2004 Olympics were to be held in Athens, the Olympic Flame was on display in the courtyard in front of the stadium.

Jewelry Store 1896 Stadium

1896 Stadium 1896 Stadium

Olympic Flame Brandon at the Olympic Flame

We spent the afternoon exploring the Ancient Agora (shopping area), buying jewerly and having lunch in a local restaurant. That evening we watched the lights of the city as we sailed away.

Jewelry Store Store where we bought Kathy's ring

Open air lunch Open air lunch

Piraeus at night Port of Piraeus at night


C. Brandon Jones
email: Brandon "at" cbjones.info
updated July 2, 2005