“Grey’s Anatomy” star Sarah Drew, who has been vacationing in Greece with her family has clearly fallen in love with Athens.
“Good morning Greece. You are very pretty,” she wrote on Instagram as she opened the doors of her hotel’s roof terrace overlooking the Acropolis on her first day in the Greek capital.
Drew, who played Dr. April Kepner in the ABC medical drama series, posted several photos of her stay in Athens. She was accompanied by her husband, Peter Lanfer, a lecturer at UCLA, and her three children.
Her Instagram photos comprise a tourist guide to the Greek capital and its most visited ancient sites. Of course, a tour of the Acropolis and a photo at the Parthenon was top of the list.
Athens’ monuments inspire Sarah Drew
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus at the foot of the Acropolis also captured Drew’s imagination. The Roman theater was completed in 161 AD and then renovated in 1950.
The audience stands and the orchestra (stage) were restored using Pentelic marble in the 1950s. Since then it has been the main venue of the Athens Festival, which runs from May through October each year, featuring a variety of acclaimed Greek as well as International performances.
Drew also visited the Ancient Agora, located to the northwest of the Acropolis and bounded on the south by the hill of the Areopagus and on the west by the hill known as the Agoraios Kolonos, also called Market Hill. “Ancient Agora is pretty incredible,” Drew said.
The family of five enjoyed a meal overlooking Athens at Lycabettus Hill. Standing 277 meters (908 feet) above sea level, Lycabettus Hill (sometimes spelled Lykavitos) is the highest point of Athens.
“Amazing day exploring with the fam! It felt like we were at the edge of the world for dinner! Wow!!! I might have teared up from the beauty of it all,” Drew wrote.
The view from Lycabettus Hill is best enjoyed at sunset while waiting for the lights of the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium, and the Ancient Agora to come on. You will also be reminded that Athens is bordered by the sea, with spectacular views across the Aegean to the Peloponnese.
The family also visited the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion. “It’s so beautiful. I wish my camera could capture just how blue the water is. The beauty of this place is leaving me speechless,” Drew wrote on Instagram.
The ancient Greek temple of Poseidon, built during 444–440 BC, is one of the major monuments of the Golden Age of Athens. A Doric temple, it overlooks the sea at the end of Cape Sounion, at an elevation of almost 60 meters (200 feet).
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