This is a continuation of our port day in Athens on the Jewel of the Seas Greek Isles itinerary. Find part 1 here. After leaving the changing of the guard George drove us to the Agora.
There were some interesting sights along the way like this tiny, old church between modern buildings.
I’m not sure what this place was but it had lots of people there on this Saturday.
The Agora of Athens was a gathering site in ancient times.
The site now includes a museum in addition to many structures and buildings that have been excavated. The temple of Hephaestus was one of the fewt intact buildings.
It was up on a hill with not a lot of space around it to get a better picture. There was a wonderful view from there of the Acropolis.
Most excavations at the agora were like this one below (or even less stones).
On the grounds is the Church of the Holy Apostles which was built in the 10th century.
It had a lot of old wall paintings dating from the 17th century.
Moving towards the entrance was the Museum of the Ancient Agora which is in the Stoa of Attalos which was reconstructed in the 1950s. It is quite large with lots of space and open air porticos.
There were so many wonderful artifacts on exhibit.
I wish we had more time to spend looking at all of the exhibits but we had two hours here and wanted to grab lunch as well.
I loved the Agora but again should have done more pre-trip research to get the most out of our visit (next time, right?). It was not very crowded as you can see in the photo above.
We stopped at a restaurant not far from the main Agora entrance that was on the main walkway and in in the shade.
Unfortunately I didn’t write down the name but it’s at the corner of Adrianou and Agiou Filippou. I think it’s the first restaurant on the right after you leave the Agora.
We ordered coke zero for Steve and water for me to drink. It was served with this basket of tasty bread.
I had moussaka.
Steve ordered spaghetti bolognese to continue with that kick.
We both really enjoyed our entrees. I also ordered baklava.
Although it looked good neither of us liked it. The pastry was too tough. Our meal was 26 euros for all. Not bad!
We left to meet up with the group and everyone showed up five minute early. George drove us off to our next stop.
National Archeological Museum
When setting up the tour I had decided on the National Archaeological Museum over the New Acropolis Museum.
There was a 10 euro admission fee and I was surprised not all of our group wanted to see the museum. It was amazing with exhibits dating from earliest man in Greece.
The range of artifacts included paintings, metalwork, coins, sculptures and more.
This bronze sculpture is known as the Jockey of Artemision and dates to 150 BC.
Here are a few pictures of favorite pieces on display.
This was a wonderful museum but overwhelming with the volume of pieces to view. As you can tell from a couple of the pictures it was not crowded at all and I loved how close you could get to the artwork.
Temple of Zeus
Our last stop after this was the Temple of Zeus. The entrance fee was covered by our multi-site pass we bought at the Acropolis.
We got a great view of the acropolis behind the temple ruins from one corner of the site.
Yes we were there!
I managed to even find a fountain.
After here we piled back into the minibus to head back to the ship. George would have been happy to make other stops but we were all worn out. After a little souvenir shopping at the cruise port we boarded.
After resting an hour, we got ready for dinner. All six of us were there tonight.
And the menu wasn’t bad.
I had the English pea soup which was very good. The mushroom puff pastry was not.
Steve ha his usual Caesar salad and shrimp cocktail. For his entree Steve had fried chicken.
I had striploin beef.
Both were okay. I think my enthusiasm for food was dulled by the cold. 🙁 However I did love the sugar free mousse.
And Steve liked the chocolate cake.
We were both tired and just went back to the cabin afterwards.
I missed scanning today’s daily compass but did get the shopping or destination guide (click for full PDF).
Here is the Athens port tips (click for the full PDF).
The daily offers (click for the full PDF).
If you missed the other parts of the recap the links are below.
Next Vacation: Greek Isles Cruise
Port Plans for Greek Isles Cruise
Jewel of the Seas: Pre-Cruise Travel Day
Jewel of the Seas: Italy at Last
Hotel San Giorgio
Pre-Cruise Day in Civitavecchia
Jewel of the Seas: Embarkation
Jewel of the Seas: Messina, Savoca and Castelmola
Jewel of the Seas: Taormina and Messina
Jewel of the Seas: Sea Day 1
Jewel of the Seas: Mykonos
Jewel of the Seas: Chops Grille
Jewel of the Seas: Rhodes
Jewel of the Seas: Santorini
Jewel of the Seas: Athens Acropolis, Olympic Stadium and Changing of Guard