The pilot will come aboard to guide our exit from Piraeus
Tomorrow is a full day at sea and then we will reach our last port call... "Venice"
The harbor pilot joined us as Athens appeared in the distance
Athen's port is in the town of Piraeus... And we were told that there were to be ...
... 9 cruise ships in port today (the Pacific Princess is in the foreground)@
Correction... 9 ships plus one rowboat!
Some locals welcoming the Royal Princess
A Greek Navy patrol boat
We are tying up next to the Costa Magica
We got in earlier than expected and have time for a leisurely breakfast before going ashore
Will be touring Athens in a cab with another couple ... hope the driver is outside waiting for us
He's there .... "Yes... I'm Michael!"
On the road from Piraeus to Athens ... we are heading to do the Acropolis first
"Stakis?" ... giving us directions on where to get the tickets and where to meet him after we tour
With many cruise ships in port it will be hard to beat the crowds today
Tickets purchased... we climb the hill to reach the Acropolis
First view of the "Erechtheum" ... Built in 406 BC
One of its four porches supported by huge female figures called Caryatids
Under siege by the Venetians in 1687, gunpowder stored in the Parthenon exploded and caused massive damage
Later we'll climb that distant hill (tallest within the city) for a view back to the Acropolis
We'll also visit the Arch of Hadrian and site of the Temple of Zeus (below) later
There are hundreds of churches and monasteries throughout the city
Roofs of today's "Plaka" (built on top of the ancient town of Athens)
Begun in 1975 ... is an ongoing effort to stop and repair damage to the Parthenon caused by pollution and tourism
Most of the Parthenon's Frieze is in the British Museum in London ... as part of the "Elgin Marbles". Greece wants it back!