April 14, 2011
We went to Athens by train. It takes almost 6 hours from Thessaloniki and it is a beautiful journey, especially in the spring. Greece has an interesting landscape, with high mountains and large fields.
Large tunnels cut through the mountains and obscure the view at times, but there are a few places, in between the tunnels, where the view is breathtaking.
Πήγαμε στην Αθήνα με τρένο και η διαδρομή είναι πολύ όμορφη, ειδικά τώρα την άνοιξη. Τα ψηλά βουνά και οι πεδιάδες είναι πραγματικά εντυπωσιακά.
We went out for a coffee with Maria, it was so much fun!
Πήγαμε για καφέ με τη Μαρία, ήταν τέλεια!
I got a few random pictures from the bus...
The Greek Parliament
We were lucky to see the guards changing in front of the Parliament. I've been to Athens many times, but I think this is the first time I saw it.
The inscription on the upper left is from Thucydides and reads in Greek "Ανδρών επιφανών πάσα γη τάφος". The translation is "For distinguished men the whole earth is their grave". It's from Pericles' Funeral Oration and I found this lovely translation from Wikipedia, which includes the rest of the passage: "The whole earth is the sepulchre of famous men; they are honoured not only by columns and inscriptions in their own land, but in foreign nations on memorials graven not on stone but in the hearts and minds of men."
The Acropolis looks beautiful at night!
We had a wonderful time and I can't wait to go back!
Περάσαμε υπέροχα και ανυπομονώ πολύ να ξαναπάμε!