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Mason Goes to Greece

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    Debby and I went to Greece for a belated honeymoon. Several people have asked to see pictures, so here are a few of them from our time in Athens and on Santorini in the Greek Isles. Hope you enjoy.
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    The ceiling at the 10th century Church of the Holy Apostles, in the Ancient Agora in Athens (near the Acropolis and Parthenon).
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    Guarding the President's house. They also have a changing of the guard ceremony in front of Parliament.
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    An ancient stadium rebuilt in marble to host the Olympic Games a century ago. This stadium was also the finish line for the marathon in 2004.
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    Debby gets a good seat at the stadium.
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    Did we mention the food was really good?
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    The Arch of Hadrian was built in about AD 131 to commemorate the complete of the nearby Temple of Zeus Olympia.
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    A nighttime view of Parliament from our hotel balcony. Nice hotel, stayed on points! Yay!
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    One of the must-see attractions in Athens is the Acropolis Museum, opened in 2009. The architecture of the building alone makes it worth the stop.
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    Odeon of Herodes Atticus, just below the Parthenon.
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    Odeon of Herodes Atticus
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    Acropolis
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    Acropolis
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    Acropolis
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    A big Greek flag above the city at the Acropolis
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    View from the top at the Acropolis
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    Acropolis
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    Theater of Dionysus
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    Odeon of Herodes Atticus
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    Bretto's is a cool, cramped bar in the Plaka neighborhood (the main tourist area). They make their own brandy, liqeurs, and the Greek ouzo -- for over 100 years.
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    A rule in Athens was that sometimes the empty restaurant was the best. We found this "taverna" on Trip Advisor. It had great reviews and great food, but it was empty when we arrived.
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    The Parliament Building at night. There have been a lot of protests in the past year in this area, due to high unemployment (approaching 60% among youth), but it was quiet during our visit.
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    Olives were served as an appetizer with many meals.
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    On Santorini, the star is the caldera of an ancient volcano that exploded a few thousand years ago. It's nearly impossible to take a bad picture here.
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    Santorini.
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    Santorini
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    We got to eat on the balcony at our hotel. The problem was wind for a couple of days. One day, the winds were gusting to 41mph. We stayed inside.
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    Santorini
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    Gotta try a selfie, right?
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    In Oia, on Santorini. It's pronounced EE-uh.
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    Ammoudi harbor is below Oia, and it's home to many good seaside tavernas.
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    In Oia
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    Santorini is famous for its sunsets.
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    Fira, Santorini sunset
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    Fira, Santorini sunset
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    Fira, Santorini sunset
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    Fira, Santorini sunset
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    Fira, Santorini sunset
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    Yes, we really liked the food.
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    From before the volcanic eruption that decimated Santorini, the city of Akrotiri was a happening place. Everyone appears to have left safely. This fresco was well-preserved.
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    The archeological dig at Akrotiri has a canopy over it, to protect it from the elements. They started excavating in 1967. The city was abandoned about 1600BC.
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    Debby enjoys the view near Akrotiri, Santorini.
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    Pretty views are everywhere.
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    Our hotel room was fairly typical for our side of the island. This is Aigialos in Fira, Santorini.
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    A view of Fira, on top of the caldera.
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    Church in Fira
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    We stopped by the grocery store and had to pick this up. It's a water bottle of white wine (very good, by the way). Cost was just $5 or so for the equivalent of two bottles of wine.
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    We loved the sunsets
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    Sunset
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    Fira at Sunset
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    The other side of Santorini is where you go to the beach. This black sand beach is at Kamari.
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    Fira
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    At the Ancient Agora in Athens
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    At the ancient Olympic Stadium in Athens, you walk through a tunnel and come out at a little museum. Those torches on the wall are Olympic flames.
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    Debby and I stopped for another excellent meal in the Plaka neighborhood.
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    No idea why I'm standing like that, but the Parthenon is in the background.
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    Food... again.
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    Our hotel in Athens has a dog.
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    Donkeys take people up the hill, but I think most travelers felt guilty about it (we did) and couldn't ride 'em.
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    Debby and I are in Oia, Santorini for this photo op.
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    View of the caldera near sunset
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    This was actually our hotel in Santorini, called Aigialos.
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    Another sunset view
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    Fira, Santorini
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    Kamari, Santorini
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    Kamari