Well we nearly made it. Our tram which
is just parked here took us to here and the tram ain’t going no further because of that over
there. So we’re gonna get on the interwebs, find out where we are and find out
how far it is to get to where we want to go Lost in Athens! We’re leaving Kythnos us today
and we’re heading for mainland Greece Yeah it’s a big thing you can’t miss it
it’s just over there, so even with or without an auto pilot we’re bound to get
there. Yeah yeah so we’re hoping for fair winds and calm seas and off we go
yeah almost our final push north depending on what our plans are for the
winter and we have a plan that’s in motion and we’ll let you know about it
as soon as we’ve confirmed it but in the meantime we’ll see you in Greece, mainland
We will yeah. We had between 12 and 18 knots of wind
on our passage and speeds between 5.2 and 6.4 knots along the way And after just over five hours we
arrived at Sounion and anchored in sand in four metres with 36 metres of chain
out. We were finally on the Greek mainland overlooked by the Temple of
Poseidon on the cliff on the edge of the bay Monday morning just after first light I was woken up by a banging and a
clattering outside. Going up on deck what did I see but the big red monster
machine and the blokes at work building a new breakwater just off our starboard side Because we want to go to Athens to buy a
couple of things and also see the Parthenon we’ve decided that today’s a good day to
leave Sounion where we stayed overnight last night and go to Varkiza, which is
much closer to Athens and it will allow us to get public transport fairly easily.
The weather’s really nice there’s a light breeze, not too sure until we get around
the headland what we’re going to find whether it’s sailable, on the nose or what have you There’s quite a few yachts around, there’s about ten yachts within visual distance and a couple of tankers as well. It’s quite a busy area obviously coz Piraeus is just around the corner. It should
take us about three hours I think it’s about 15 and nautical miles
so we’ll see you when we get there We’ve arrived. Yes bang on time, 3 hours exactly. Yep and we did get a bit of sailing to start with didn’t we?
Yeah but then the wind when we came past the island the wind was on the nose and
sails away unfortunately. Yeah Strangely enough we looked at the forecast
this morning and this was not meant to be happening here wind wise so you just
never know what you’re gonna get really You can look at all the predictions you want but
the reality of what you see on the ground or on the sea is what you’ve got to deal
with so it’s a westerly – yeah it’s coming from the west! It’s what 20 knots? About 20 knots yeah yep so we’re in what four metres did you say that? We are in four metres of
water and it’s a sandy bottom and we’ve got thirty metres of chain out which is
eight to one, plenty. We’re not going anywhere are we? So I’m gonna dive the anchor and take
the chances with the two wind surfers yeah the wind surfers so I’ll put
something bright on Well this is it we’ve made it to mainland Greece and
today we’re gonna go back in time to the Parthenon yeah we’re gonna catch a bus
up to Athens itself yeah and then we will find a way to the
chandler we need to go visit and then we’ll find either a bus or a tram to
take us to the Acropolis where the Parthenon exists. It’s so exciting! It is. Oh gosh we moored the dinghy at the dock there and it’s the wall is really high! Yeah. Oh, that was fun getting back in’s gonna be fun as well! Well it’s easy you got gravity working with you when you get back in. That’s true yeah. Just
jump. Take all the bags off first Anyway we’ve got to catch a number 122
bus – yep – which will whisk us to our destination. Yes so excited. Yep We now have a mantus 10mm chain hook sing the praises of Mantus. In Mantus we trust So that’s part one. The next bit is to do a 15 minute walk to the tram stop and take the tram to the Parthenon in Athens, mainland Greece. Wow! Well we nearly made it. Our tram which
is just parked here took us to here and the tram ain’t goint no further because of that over there
I think they call that the end of the line So we’re gonna get on the interwebs,
find out where we are and find out how far it is to get to where we want to go.
Lost in Athens We are currently strolling through the back streets of
Athens and we’ve come across something and we want to know which of our viewers can
tell us what they are. We do know what they are – do you know what they are? Leave your answers in the comment
section down below. Yeah I think we’ve found it Crikey, all that scaffolding, they’re
probably still building it. They’ve been working on it for 30 years – restoration – yeah – and they reckon they’ve go another 30 years worth of work. Wow Onwards and upwards then I’m not sure what time it is, probably about
two o’clock – maybe a bit more but we’ve finally arrived and we’ve got to
climb up some more steps Right let’s get in there, it’s not as
busy as we thought it was gonna be I guess it’s coming to the end of the
summer season. I mean when you look at all the ticket booths that are around
you can see that they’re set up for thousands of people. Yeah Yeah and I think we’re fortunate we’ve come when we have. Yep. I’ve a feeling we’re not allowed to drink drinks inside. So it’s 20 Euros per ticket to see the Acropolis and
there are several other sites around. If you buy a 30 euro ticket then you can go
to all the other sites and that ticket is valid for five days, but really we
just want to see the Acropolis not the other things. Well contrary to what we read on the website you can come in here with backpacks on I think what you’re
not allowed to do is bring suitcases and large holdalls. But backpacks of our
size are certainly okay. Another thing the polished marble on the path is really
slippery so just be aware that when you choose your footwear So you can see where they’re reconstructing these parts Just before we left boat this morning I
was having a conversation in the chat section underneath one of our videos
with Murray who is a longtime subscriber and patron and he was telling me that
they built this with very good advanced mathematics and one of the things they
used to figure out how everything was going to be put together was the
Fibonacci sequence Go figure. No pun intended there of
course. Now I don’t know if you can see but up there I heard rumours that this is the
inspiration that the creators of Lego got their idea for Lego making. It’s not
true by the wa,y it’s not true, I’m just joking Here’s what these Lego pieces
look like close up. You can see they’ve also got a slight angle to them so if this was if
this block was actually flat horizontal and they would be slightly angled. Clever people, very clever people. I don’t know if you can see but all the way up there is a horse’s head and it looks
perfectly like a horse’s head and the roofline used to go up to a V into a
point and there was a freize across the top of there but a Pommy bloke called Elgin came along and stole them all
Hmm less said about that the better Just look at the detail here in this carving These columns were made in the Doric
fashion which means that they’ve got very plain tops and they also don’t have
any base stone at the bottom Doric temples were built to look very
much like the original wooden temples Here’s an example of an Ionic building
with the scrolls at the top and the columns sitting on a base, so this
building is slightly newer than the Parthenon In order to make the columns
look straight they are actually very finely tapered because it gives an
optical illusion of straight columns when you look from the distance and
apparently every single column is made uniquely see even though they’re made
with individual parts you couldn’t sort of swap a couple of parts from one
column with another one because they’re all unique to each particular column, isn’t that amazing? Clever people very clever people What we’re looking at here are actually
copies of the Caryatids I believe that’s what they’re called the columns carved
like women that are holding up the roof of this little temple and originally in
the 19th century Lord Elgin carried off the third from the West and also the
column of the northeast corner. They’ve been replaced by copies, in fact I
believe all of them are now copies so the others are in safekeeping but Lord Elgin
took those columns and he also took a lot of the freize from the Parthenon back
to the UK where they are now situated in the British Museum and there’s some
contention as to whether the British Museum will send them back to Greece
because Greece wants them back We’ll see what happens Now that looks interesting There’s no plaque here to tell us what
that is, there is a plaque just up ahead on the path here, maybe that tells us
what that is but it’s er fascinating The only problem here is the ground is so
uneven and you’re trying to look up at things but you’ve got to keep an eye on where you’re walking We’ve been enlightened. St. Mary of the
Cave. Unfortunately we can’t go in there which is a shame because
looking at this picture or sketch it would be fascinating Time to go? I think so. It’s been huge hasn’t it? Yeah It’s well worth the money and you know that you’re paying towards the restoration We came, we saw, we walked Now we got to get back to the boat. Yeah More walking. More walking! And trying to find the right tram and the
right bus. Yeah before it gets dark. Yeah What an adventure Baz. It is Join us next
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