Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Greece Pictures: Part 1

Since I have close to a thousand pictures of Greece, I've decided to split my trip up into parts. So there will probably be around 10 or so posts with Greece pictures.

Anyways, this set of pictures is from the first two days. (By the way, you can click on most of these to enlarge them.) We flew to Athens, walked around the area for an hour or so, and shopped in the plaka, which is the Athenian marketplace.

I took this picture on the plane. It was nice to see the coastline from so high up.

We had a layover at Madrid. Doesn't the airport look amazing? Those colored v-shaped structures went down the middle of the whole airport. Plus, if you go farther down, the structures change color gradually until they display the full color spectrum.


No matter where you go, you'll always find references to American pop culture. This was on a random building wall in the streets of Athens:

The subway station:

A (blurry) view of the lit-up Parthenon at night:

The plaka:

Greece has so many lovely scarves!

This was an amazing art gallery that we passed. All of these are painted, but they look so realistic:

Tons of Greek curios, statues, magnets, and more:


In addition to all the cats in Greece, which you saw in one of my photos at the beginning of this post (in fact, there are so many cats in Greece that there are tourist shirts with cartoon sketches of "all the cats of Greece") ... anyways, there are tons of stray dogs too. The dogs are big. Huge. They look like wolves, not dogs. And we got into a scary encounter with them.

After we finished shopping in the plaka, we were waiting for taxis. A bunch of dogs were roaming around us, sniffing at our bags and weaving around our legs. (We ignored them.) Then, two of the jumped at each other (growling ferociously) and attacked each other savagely. We all screamed and ran, but luckily the dog fight broke up soon. :-)

Anywho, here's a picture of one of the dogs:

And that's all for Part 1! That was a lot of pictures... hopefully you enjoyed looking through them! I'll try posting up Part 2 (the Parthenon and more!) later this week, but these posts take a lot of time... either way, we'll be through all the pics by the end of July, hopefully.


Danielle said...

exciting! you're so lucky to have gone! :)

Beth S. said...

Bring on the rest! I love Greece so much!

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

Sounds like a fascinating trip (except for the dogs ... they would have freaked me out). Love the photos ... and I agree with Beth S. Can't wait to see the rest!

Bookworm said...

Awwww... the dogs (and cats) are so cute.

LM Preston said...

I would so love to go to Greece. It's my dream vacation.