All Around Athens

During our run-up to the Authentic Athens Marathon, we’ve been exploring this ancient city and preparing for the race. Steve will do the marathon’s 26.2 miles and I’m registered for the 10K.

Entrance to the Athens Marathon Expo

Both races finish in the Panathenaic Stadium, the site of the first modern Olympics in 1898 and the finish of the Olympic Marathon in 2004.

Panathenaic Stadium

The all-marble stadium is a key landmark in Athens, so we are excited to finish our races there.

Yesterday we navigated the Athens bus system to get to the Filaro area of town to attend the Marathon Expo. We picked up our race numbers and checked out all of the running-related exhibits at the site.

You never know who you’ll meet at the Expo

This is a traditional step for any Marathon and it’s fun to see the various vendors and try out new products.

Athens Marathon Expo

The first few days here we were on our own but now we are part of Marathon Tours, a travel group dedicated to supporting traveling runners. Our package includes a city tour, welcome cocktail reception and pre-race pasta dinner, as well as other race support.

As part of the group we visited the Acropolis. We’d been here with Mom and Dad almost 20 years ago and boy have things changed!

Parthenon

The site has seen extensive restoration which makes it easier to imagine what it looked like 2500 years ago when it was built.

The Parthenon 🏛 originally housed a 40 foot gold statue of Athena and was a temple honoring the goddess.

Parthenon

In the 2500 years since it has suffered the damages of war and transformations into a Roman palace, Turkish harem, and a World War II sentry. This place has seen history. Now it is being carefully restored.

Besides the Parthenon, various other temples have been restored upon the Acropolis. The Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, flanked by the beautiful Caryatid Porch, are my favorite parts.

Caryatids of the Erechtheion

Another highlight of our trip so far has been the Greek cooking class we took. Our small group of four learned to make seven traditional dishes including dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and spanokopita (spinach pie).

Steve the dolmade expert

We got the recipes, so be prepared for Greek food coming out of our Prescott kitchen.

Greek Salad

After a final stroll through Athen’s Central Market and the Plaka, we are preparing for tomorrow’s run. More to come!

Olives in the Central Market

View from our room of the Parthenon

Sailboats in the harbor

Parthenon

Happy at the Parthenon

Athens and the Panathenaic Stadium in the distance

Erechthion

Beautiful day on the Acropolis

The Parthenon looms

Theater of Dionysius

Original stadium seats

Athens Central Market

Athens Central Market sausages

Egg delivery in Athens

Ruins in the Athens subway station

Athens subway is clean, safe, and well organized

One thought on “All Around Athens

  1. Enjoying your pictures. What an interesting place. Glad to hear you are getting your pasta boost before your marathons! Can’t wait for the Greek food!! Any Yanni sightings?

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