August 3, 2011

From Gerald R. Lucas


Our first day in Athens had to be spent at and around the heart of the city: the ancient Acropolis was pretty awesome. The million people we shared it with would probably agree.

Yes, it was crowded, but really only during the first part of our visit. Once we got up top to the Parthenon, the crowd didn’t seem to be as big, and frankly it didn’t seem to matter anyway. We were in the midst of the beginnings of Western civilization and culture, a place to just experience. Restoration continues on all of the Acropolis’ structures, but that didn’t detract much from our visit. As the photos show, it was also a beautiful, sunny day—the perfect beginning to our four days in Athens.

After the Acropolis, we had lunch in the Plaka and checked out Hadrian’s Library and the Ancient Agora. My favorite part of both was the Temple of Hephaestus on the western edge of the agora.

Canon Camera Information
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel XT1, Canon EOS 30D, Canon EOS 5D, or Canon EOS 6D • Prime Lenses: Sigma 10mm f/2.8 EX DC Fisheye HSM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, or Canon EF f/1.2 85mm L USM • Zoom Lenses: Canon EF f/2.8 16–35mm L, Canon EF 24–70mm L, Canon EF 70–200mm L IS USM, Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX 12-24mm f/4 • Processed with Apple Aperture.