Sunday, July 13, 2014

It was all Greek to me!

Couldn't resist.

So, we went to Greece this week.  We flew into Athens and spent about 4 hours before heading to the island of Syros.  4 hours was long enough to see the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Parthenon!  And almost die of heat exhaustion.  Geez.  Especially since it was probably about 60 degrees in Zurich when we left in the morning.  Andre was actually wearing a light jacket on the way to the airport.  We felt like we stepped off the airplane and onto the sun.  It made for some great photos though!

The Temple of Olympian Zeus
construction completed in 2nd century AD

the detail on the columns was really impressive

The Parthenon
completed in 438 BC

detail of the upper left corner
a view of the entire structure
Looking at the Temple of Olympian Zeus from the Parthenon
There is so much marble in Greece that even the walkways are marble

hey y'all!
After our whirlwind tour of Athens, we hopped on a ferry to head to the island of Syros.  For the last 10 years, the island has hosted the Festival of the Aegean which is a cultural festival that puts on various concerts and performances over a 10 day period in July.  This year, Faith's choir, the Highland Youth Ensemble, was participating in several of the concerts so of course, we had to pop down to visit.

We arrived late at night on Wed so we couldn't really see what was going on.  We woke up on Thursday morning and looked outside our window to see the gorgeous Aegean Sea.

We spent Thursday touring the island and eating delicious food.

the city of Hermoupolis
Lunch at Plakostroto with an amazing view

this guy just jumped right up on the table like he owned the place
On Friday, Andre and I spent most of the day in the water.  We bought ourselves some flippers and snorkels and went and checked out the fishies!  That evening, Faith had a concert at the St Nikolas Church which is a Greek Orthodox church from the late 1800s (I think...).

The choir performing

some after performance pics
On Saturday, Andre and I went swimming again in the morning.  How could we resist with this water???  We saw lots of colorful fishes and even saw an octopus!  We spent the rest of the day exploring the island again and eating some more!

a church in the town of Vapori
if it weren't a bajillion degrees, i would totally move here
It was a short trip and we'll definitely have to go back again! (in Dec...)