Day nineteen started with the ship docking in the busy port town of Piraeus, Greece. From there it’s a 30 minute bus ride to the Acropolis in Athens. We have all seen the photos showing the lovely ancient building on the hill and longed to visit the site. This was that day. What you don’t imagine or see in the photos are all the people that are also there with you. Essentially it’s you and 5,000 other people visiting the Acropolis at the same time. The first image in the post shows the stairway leading into and out of the buildings.

The crush of people viewing the siteThere were ships coming and going all day long in the port of Piraeus.

Cruise ships and ferrys pass through the port all day long

You always want to know where you parked the boat in case you get lost. The red arrow on this Google map shows where are cruise ship was parked just outside the cruise terminal.

Google map showing the port area and routes ships use.

When ever I’m in Greece, I always make a point of stopping at Vanos Ship supplies to see the new merchandise. OK, I’ve never been to the place, just liked how the reflections in the glass looking on their building.

Vanos ship supplies in Piraeus GreeceView of the Acropolis without all the other folks that are visiting the site at the same time.

The AcropolisClouds and the Acropolis

When in town, don’t forget to visit the Just Coffee store located at Leof. Andrea Siggrou 338, Kallithea 176 73, Greece.

The sign says they sell just coffee

Helmets, we don’t need no stinking helmets. But they did seem friendly.

Safety laws are somewhat different in Greece than in America

Agios Nikolaos church in Piraeus.

Exterior of the Agios Nikolaos church in Piraeus, Greece

The  Agios Nikolaos church was not on any tour, it just stood out from every 6 or 7 story square building that was the port city of Piraeus and neighboring Athens.  After returning from the Acropolis, I decided to walk a couple blocks over from the terminal area and view the church up close.

Interior of the Agios Nikolaos church in Piraeus, GreeceInterior of the Agios Nikolaos church in Piraeus, Greece

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