Sunday, January 25, 2009

A run in Athens, Greece

This past week, on a business trip to Greece I was able to get out for a run through the capital city of Athens. Here’s how it went:

I started out from the hotel and soon had a view of Lycabettus Hill.


I continued over to Vass Sofias and ran down that street to the Parliament.


In front of the Parliament Building guards watch over the tomb of the unknown soldier.

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I cruised through Syntagma Square and the Plaka, an area of restuarants, shops and cafes.


As I passed through the Plaka I caught my first view of the Acropolis.

I continued on to the Monument of Lysikrates (with the Acropolis in the background)

I then made my way up the hill to the Acropolis, along this awesome narrow path that switchbacks through cool houses and provides great views of the city.


I stopped off at Aeopagus hill to quickly take in the view, which was incredible.

Since it was Sunday evening, the Acropolis was closed, so I headed back down the hill through Ancient Agora-Areios park enjoying the sights along the way.
This would be a cool marathon to do…

I then ran back to the Parliament, and retraced my steps back to the hotel. Along the way I passed by the War museum.
I finished up my tour just as the sun was setting. Perfect timing and great run through the city.

3 comments:

Lauren said...

That is amazing! AND, those guards must be so tired when they leave, having to walk like that all day. We used to do exercises like that on my high school track team. Sore leg muscles the next day. Glad you're home though. We've missed you.

Marcy said...

Awwwhhh man! Looks absolutely AMAZING!

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