Revisiting Athens: TBEX 2014

I last visited Greece in 2003. The country was busy preparing for the Olympics and I was often disappointed to find sites closed, with a sign that they were renovating and would be reopening the following year. And I only managed a day in Athens, the standard tourist...

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Photo Gallery: La Rotonda, Vicenza

Standing on a hill just outside Vicenza, La Rotonda (sometimes also known as "Villa Capra") is one of the architect Andrea Palladio’s best known designs. Built in the 16th century as a villa for a retired priest, the house blends perfectly with the surrounding...

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Photo Gallery: The Acropolis at Sunrise

I'm lucky enough to be staying in a hotel with fabulous views of the Acropolis, standing proud on a hill in the centre of Athens with the city spread out below it and a backdrop of sea and mountains. The Acropolis at sunrise The variable weather this week means I have...

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Photo Gallery: Teatro Olimpico, Vicenza

Vicenza is unique: a town full of buildings by Andrea Palladio, the architect whose designs influenced the whole of the western world. But one of the most spectacular buildings is the Teatro Olimpico, Palladio's last design, completed after his death by Vincenzo...

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Photo Gallery: Ancient Tiryns, Greece

Looking through my pictures of Greece before setting off for Athens tomorrow, I found this one of Ancient Tiryns, a UNESCO recognised site on the Peloponnese. The East Casemates of Ancient Tiryns Less visited than some other sites on the Peloponnese, Ancient Tiryns...

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