The Birthplace of Western Civilization in Athens Greece

Standing before the Parthenon fulfilled a lifetime dream and exceeded all expectations.
Fast facts about the Parthenon

The Propylaea, built in the time of Pericles by the architect Mnesikles, is the monumental entrance to The Sacred Rock -The Acropolis and the Trilogy of Temples: The Temple of the Virgins The Parthenon, The Temple of Policies-The Erectheon, and The Temple of Victories-The Temple of Athena-Nike. Many buildings, sites and traditions in the US were influenced by the works at the Acropolis. The Philadelphia Museum and its massive staircase (remember the Rocky movie) are replicas of the Propylaea. The Greek Macedonian Star (which means information) can be found in the CIA Headquarters, Grand Central Station, Marriott Hotels and Caesars Palace, to name a few. What a fascinating place.

Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens

Hadrian’s Library, Athens
Fast facts about the Temple of Hephaestus

Melissinos, The Best Leather Sandals in Greece

Handcrafted and fitted with care while you wait, Melissino’s was incredible. I join Sophia, Jackie O., John Lennon, Barbara Streisand and others in proclaiming this quaint little shop a true treasure. Above, Pantellis is personally making Chuck’s sandals.