Standing before the Parthenon fulfilled a lifetime dream and exceeded all expectations!
After watching different guides with groups of 20 to 50 people straining to hear as they walked about The Acropolis, we opted for the intimacy and insights of a private guide. It was not much more expensive than a "herd" tour and infinitely more enjoyable. Maria I. Skiniti brought the Parthenon to life for us. Her knowledge of history and events and the way she related the impacts of those events and designs to us today was nothing short of masterful. I am enclosing her contact information as one whom I highly recommend to anyone traveling to Greece. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org; +30 (694) 4350 913)
Handcrafted and fitted with care while you wait, Melissino's was incredible. I join Sophia Loren, Jackie O., John Lennon, Barbara Streisand and others in proclaiming this quaint little shop a true treasure. Above, Pantellis is personally making my sandals. http://www.melissinos-art.com/
A view of the Parthenon from my balcony at the Hilton Athens. This marvelous hotel is truly fit for a Queen. Queen Sofie of Spain, with Greek origins, stayed on the floor above me throughout my visit.
Reverse view- the Hilton Athens from the Parthenon.