From the Acropolis we look across downtown Athens to Licabettus Hill, with the 2004 Olympic Stadium near the base. To get to the top of the very steep Licabettus hill, we started walking, tried to catch a bus and ended up with a taxi to the incline railroad. The steep rail trip is short, but dramatic, with wonderful views at sunset time. We had a long, spirited walk DOWN on our visit there. Far below, the new subway stations have unusual artifacts on display where they were unearthed during the construction.

This is the center hub of Athens, Constitution Square Government House with its Greek honor guards at the right. At the top center, just above the tall trees, stands Licabettus Hill with it's pretty churches and great views... Shops and many restaurants fill the other three sides of this square, a favorite place for Americans. We stayed a few miles away at the seaport city of Pyreas. From there we joined the day cruises to the Greek Isles that departed just a short walk away. Auto traffic was a jumble with parking allowed on the sidewalks, an added difficulty for walkers like us.
Our most spectacular train ride was through the hills of southern Greece. Most people skip this delightful narrow gage rail line from Athens to Karamata, across the Corinth Canal, and around to Patras to meet the ship to Brendisi, Italy.

An overnight at the southern tip of Greece resulted in a visit to the ruins of ancient Messina, a village mentioned in the Bible.

It has been said that in order to study Greek history you must visit Asia Minor, where the ruins are well preserved. Here we visited an ancient forum, and coliseum and a fabulous surrounding wall, complete with guard towers similar to the Great Wall in China.

This magnificent Roman Aqueduct is in a small town near Athens. Could those people build or what? By starting our journey in Cairo, the Civil Engineer in me saw the change in structural design methods, starting in Ancient Egypt, up through Asia Minor, (Greek territory before it was taken by the Turks) through Greece and into Rome itself. As a Structural Engineer, I saw more than simply stones, It was a marvelous way to trace history.
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