Time for a last look at the Temple of Poseidon before moving on to Athens and the Acropolis:
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On April 26 M.S. Prinsendam made port of Pireaus, Greece, which serves as the port for nearby Athens. The city of Pireaus lies some 5.3 miles/8.5 kilometers west southwest of Athens, and 29 miles/46.4 kilometers northwest of Cape Sounion, at the tip of the Attic Peninsula. Driving distance, however, runs about 42 miles/68 kilometers, and takes about an hour and a half.
From the parking lot you still have a 760-foot/230-meter hike to get to today’s destination. Along the way you’ll see some photographic opportunities as you trek high above the rugged Aegean coast.
Near the top of the hill you get your first glimpse of what awaits you:
And upon reaching the apex of the hill this is the sight that rewards your journey here:
The Temple of Poseidon was built between 444 and 440 B.C. It was one of four major monuments started by Pericles, who led the Greek city-state of Athens for a period of time during the Greek Golden in the 5th century B.C. Other Pericles monuments include the Parthenon and the Temple of Hephaestus.
We’ll spend Wednesday and this week’s Fun Photo Friday wandering around the temple. Until then, here’s a preview:
Ursula and I found ourselves on this little excursion because of a couple of good friends whom we met aboard M.S. Prinsendam. Marilyn Anderson, the Taco Bell Queen of Farmington, New Mexico, and her mother Margaret. When we weren’t sightseeing together, we were playing bridge or sharing a table in the main dining room aboard M.S. Prinsendam. You meet some really neat people aboard these cruises, and if you’re lucky you make some lifelong friends as well.
With a good telephoto you can snap an image of the Sounion Beach:
But it’s the jagged cliffs to the in the opposite direction, to the east, that for me gave the better photographic opportunity:
But after taking a quick look around the summit, it’s time to get back to the 2,400-year-old Temple of Poseidon, which doesn’t look half bad for its age: