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Ugly bear goes to Athens

Ugly bear is so-called, not because he's actually ugly, but because when he belonged to Miss A, one of Miss B's school friends, that's what she named him (I think she was trying to call him "Cuddly" but toddlers have a hard time with consonants sometimes.) We got Ugly when Miss A gave him to the teddy tombola at the school fete, won him back, and then gave him to Miss B.

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Here we are in Heathrow (again)

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Ugly was very impressed with the giant Harrod's teddy, and wants to be just like him when he grows up

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We looked for some books for the flight.

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And watched the bags get loaded onto the plane.

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Waitin to board the plane.

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Ugly was a bit nervous about flying, but was very good about reading the safety information and paying attention to the safety briefing. He made careful note of our closest emergency exits!

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He was very tired when we got to our hotel, but soon settled in!

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Our hotel was a bit of a walk away from the meeting venue, and we walked past a pet shop on the way. They had a load of animals in cages out on the street, like these baby bunnies (so fluffy!)

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And birds.

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Ducklings

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And even chickens!

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The meeting venue had a lovely courtyard outside, where we had our breaks. The weather was glorious!

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The building was the original building for the National University of Athens. We got a tour of the museum. The photo above is a view of Athens back in 1862. It looks a lot different now!

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There was an exhibition of optical illusions

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And some optician's equipment, to check people's eyesight.

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I'm not sure what this doll was doing, but Ugly was happy to meet her.

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Sitting on an xray machine.

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And looking at an old book of anatomy. (I had to explain that no, his insides didn't look like that)

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Some old school dentists' equipment

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Admiring the view of the Acropolis from the museum roof.

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The Acropolis

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View over the city

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And another view!

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We went for a walk around Plaka, wandering around the narrow streets.

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Ugly loved the colour of these flowers.

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There's lots of graffiti in Athens. Much of it is very artistic.

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We stopped in a restaurant for a drink - pressed strawberry juice! Yummy!

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Athens has a lot of cats around the place.

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Here's Monastiraki square, with lots of tourist shops.

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There was loads of stuff for sale - antiques and gifts and all sorts.

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The meeting then moved to the Acropolis museum. We had our breaks in a nice large room, that had some artifacts just stored there, some still in their packing case.

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We were given a proper tour of the Acropolis museum, Here's Ugly with some ancient Greek toys.

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And a few more ancient toys.

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This lady is one of the Caryatids from the Parthenon. She has lots of hair because it helped support her head.

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The Caryatids needed strong necks because they were balancing the roof on their heads!

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Looking out at the Parthenon from the Acropolis museum,

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Underneath the museum is the ruins of houses and other buildings from ancient times.

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The conference dinner was on top of Lykavittos Hill. The views were amazing!

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You could see for miles!

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And miles!

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Some more of the artefacts in the conference room.

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These statues were of young women, and they were given as offerings to Athena, the goddes of Athens.

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Here's a model of the area around the Acropolis museum.

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Peeking out from my handbag during the conference talks.

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The view from my hotel balcony.

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One of the nights I was really tired, so myself and Ugly had a hotel picnic.

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He really wanted to eat that cake!

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This trip was unusual in that I got a bit of time to do some sightseeing. Here's Monastiraki square.

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And the Agora (I think)

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The Parthenon from below.

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Some ruins at the base of the Acropolis.

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And some more!

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There were lots of performers busking at the base of the Acopolis.

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Ugly was very happy to meet this puppet.

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The tower of the winds. (It wasn't very windy!)


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We had a very nice lunch in Monastiraki, sitting outside. It was hot out though!

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And that was lunch, a cross between mousaka and lasagne. It was really yummy!

And that's all my photos of Athens, as the only thing that happened after that was me catching a flight home. Ugly said he had a lovely time!

Comments

custard_mite
Sep. 27th, 2014 12:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, looks amazing. Very jealous!