Although we arrived on Samos on a Saturday, there were only a few shops and restaurants open, the town was pretty quiet. May 16, 2015

I just thought this was a beautiful rock arrangement in front of my hotel the Proteas Blue Resort in Pythagoras and it reminded me of my good friend Bonnie Davis who is a rock lover. (Bonnie said it reminded her of St. Nectan’s Glen in Tintagel, England!)

I took the ferry from Kusadasi, Turkey to Samos, Greece…about a 90-minute boat ride…but it took close to an hour to clear customs in Samos because only one customs agent was working. It was worth the wait because Samos is a small, uncluttered and quaint town. May 16, 2015

Samos, at least while we were there, wasn’t yet over run with us tourists types. In order to meet Alice and Tammy for dinner in Samos, I had to take a cab from my hotel in Pythagoras into Samos. According to the cab drivers, unemployment is at 30% and the young people are leaving the town to make a living elsewhere. May 16, 2015

In Athens at the cemetery. May 18, 2015

After dropping my suitcase off at the hotel….in Greece, I made made my way to the Athens cemetery. Our Rick Steves tour group doesn’t get together until 6:30 to meet the group and the tour guide so that gave me an opportunity to spend the after, exploring on my own. May 18, 2015

After meeting with my Rick Steves “Athens & the Heart of Greece” tour guide and group, we all took a short stroll to our restaurant. This is a night view of the Acropolis in Athens from my table at the restaurant. Stunning! May 18, 2015

Grave of Georgics Avyeroff.
George M. Averoff (15 August 1815, Metsovo – 15 July 1899, al-Raml/Ramleh, Alexandria), alternately Georgios Averof (in Greek: Γεώργιος Αβέρωφ), was a Greek[1] businessman and philanthropist. He is one of the great national benefactors of Greece. Born in the town of Metsovo (Epirus, Greece, then Ottoman Empire) Averoff moved to Alexandria while still young. He was known through most of his life for founding numerous schools in both Egypt and Greece. May 18, 2015

The Acropolis, considered the most ancient site in the Western world, sits above the city of Athens as a testament to its ancient splendor, which dates back to the 5th Century B.C., which was considered the Golden Age. The four architectural structures, which transformed throughout the centuries as Athens transformed were the Parthenon, Erechtheion, Propylaea and the Temple of Athena. There is so much history regarding the Acropolis that it truly boggles the mind, but suffice it to say, even in ruins the structures and site of the Acropolis are everything a history geek dreams of. Heading up to the Acropolis, this is the theatre or Odeon of Herodes Atticus. It was built during the time when the Romans lay claim to the Acropolis. May 19, 2015

The ancient ruins in Athens are a part of the modern city’s landscape. Here’s the Arch of Hadrian, which can be found across a very busy street. Hadrian, a major benefactor of Athens after the Romans conquered the Greeks, built it in 132 A.D. to celebrate the completion of the Temp of Zeus, which is located behind the arch. May 19, 2015

The ruins of the Temple of Zeus in Athens. May 19, 2015

The Corinthian columns of the Temple of Zeus in Athens. May 19, 2015

While standing at the Temple of Zeus, I was still able to see the Parthenon in the Acropolis in Athens. May 19, 2015

This touristy area on Adrinou Street is called the Plaka in Athens. May 19, 2015

This beautiful bougainvillea caught my eye in the neighboring street of the Plaka shopping area in Athens. May 19, 2015