Fun and unusual sights in Athens Greece

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks

This year my daughter Cathy and I took a trip that we had been planning for 2 years.  Of course, who knew that I would break my back and have to relearn how to walk before we left.  Getting back in shape for the already planned trip was great incentive, however.

Where did we go?  Cathy lives in Texas and I'm in California.  We both flew to Atlanta, where we met up and took off from there to Europe.  We went first to Paris, then Athens, Mykonos and Santorini.  Then back to Athens and home again.

I still haven't organized all my photos (many hundreds of them) or my videos, but I thought I'd share a couple of the ones from Athens.

                                    Guard at Greek Parliament, Athens

This is me with one of the guards at the Greek Parliament building.  Actually, he is standing guard just below the main building, at the tomb of the unknown soldier, which is noted on the wall just behind me and my guard friend. Note the pompons on the shoes. Priceless.

The guard stands completely motionless for an hour, and then there is a changing of the guard that is an amazing ritual. When he gets set in place, another soldier comes over and adjusts his pleats (there are exactly 400 pleats) and fluffs his uniform just so.  Then he is left to stand at this post.  There is another guard at the other side of this courtyard area at a second guardhouse.

As soon as I can get better organized, I will post a video of the changing of the guard.  You haven't seen anything like it!

         Dogs are everywhere in Athens.

This was taken on the steps below the Parliament, which you can see at the top of the photo.  I wanted this photo to show some of the dogs that are everywhere in Athens. 

They are stretched out asleep in parks, on sidewalks, in the underground train stations, on the stairs, and even at the Acropolis on top of the hill.  Some have collars, but most do not.  They all look well fed and happy, but we never saw a single dog on a leash or that appeared to be accompanied by a person. There are plenty of cats too, including a playful one at the Acropolis.


Cathy and me partway up to the Acropolis


Of course you can't go to Athens and not go up to the Acropolis. Despite the fact that I wasn't yet a fast or strong walker, Cathy and I walked from our hotel, the Divani Palace, all the way to the foot of the hill and then up to the top of the Acropolis.  Much of the way was steep, and walking was a little bit treacherous on uneven and slippery marble, but Cathy was patient and we made it to the top.  I'll have video of the top later, but a fellow climber took this photo of Cathy and me part of the way up.

It was a trip I'll always remember, and made very special to be sharing it with my sweet daughter. 


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Comments (15)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
Susan- I cannot wait to see more photos from your trip, especially the video of the changing of the guard. Susan, I was unaware that you broke your back and am glad to see that it has not stopped you. What a wonderful memory you and your daughter now have.
Oct 23, 2013 08:50 PM
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

How fun! Thank you for sharing your trip with us and I glad you ladies had a wonderful time :) I'll be looking forward to your other pictures


Oct 24, 2013 01:38 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

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Oct 26, 2013 10:51 AM
Des & Spiro Kouridakis
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CA Properties - Yorba Linda, CA
- North Orange County Experts

Susan,  I too was in Greece this summer!  My father is Greek so we have a lot of family that is still there.  My sister got married there in July so we were there for 3 weeks.  Glad you enjoyed  your trip there.  It's a beautiful country with such a rich history.  

PS. I can't believe that after breaking your back,  you still went up the to the top!  Way to Go!!  That is amazing:)

Oct 26, 2013 01:38 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

How cool are these pics?  It would be very odd to see dogs just roaming around everywhere.  I would probably never leave that place!

Oct 27, 2013 12:19 AM
Jay & Michelle Lieberman
Keller Williams World Class - Agoura Hills, CA
Creating Calm in the Buying and Selling Chaos

Thanks for sharing some of your photos.  Looks like a really nice time with your daughter.  I hope I have that kind of relationship later on when they get a little older.

Oct 27, 2013 04:59 AM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Thank you all for your comments and taking time to read my post.  And thanks, Kathy, for featuring me in your weekly post.  That is an honor1

Oct 27, 2013 01:31 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I still remember the time my wife and I spent a week in Athens for Christmas 1981.  Loved the place, the people and the food!

Oct 27, 2013 09:48 PM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale
Susan-Planning and anticipation for big trips can be great incentives to get things done. Happy to hear you are back.
Oct 27, 2013 10:13 PM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

So happy to read you overcame your injury to have this wonderful trip!  That sort of tenacity should show any client how hard you will work for them!

Oct 28, 2013 06:30 AM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

One of the things I loved about Athens was the people.  Everyone was so friendly and so helpful.  All we had to do was look hesitant and someone would walk up to us and say "Can I help you find something?"

One man, on his way to work carrying a briefcase, walked us for about 1/4 mile to show us to the Hop On, Hop Off bus stop. Then he had to scurry back the other way to get to work.

Oct 28, 2013 02:06 PM
Andy Chaudoir
Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas - Georgetown, TX
Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas

Hello Susan - Looks like a great trip.  I'm glad that you were able to take it with your daughter. 

Mar 20, 2014 06:53 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Susan, I am proud to feature this in Tuesday Travelogue October 7th in the group Travelers in the Rain.

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Oct 07, 2014 01:26 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


I had no idea you broke your back. I can only imagine how much more pain you felt back then, when you didn't have anything else to do but lie flat on your back. Sure, the pills help, but there's nothing that cures an aching soul more than putting plan to action. Your trip to Greece with your beautiful daughter was just the medicine you needed to help you get better all over, mind, body, and spirit.

You are a very brave lady to take those treacherous steps. Aren't daughters great - they encourage us, just like we encouraged them, when they were taking their first steps in life.

May you have more wonderful trips together as you journey through life seeing, feeling, tasting, touching, and experiencing life to the fullest AND on your own two feet too! Oh the things we mortal humans take for granted.

I'm glad you were standing in all these pictures!

Oct 07, 2014 03:45 AM
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Susan, So cool and fun. I would love to go to Greece. That is one area of Europe I have not made it to yet.

I love the palace guard shot. I try to grab those shots also when ever I run into a Palace guard.

Oct 08, 2014 12:19 AM

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