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a 16th-century monastery. We finished our tour by sampling a highly recommended rich, creamy chocolate pie at a seaside promenade. We spent our anniversary on the island of Crete, exploring crumbling ruins of an ancient Minoan site and walking the beach at a picturesque seaside village. John strolled out on a cross-shaped jetty to a small white, blue-domed chapel perched on the sea, and then we v isited another chapel nearby to view the icons of Jesus and Mary, a peaceful, spiritual, candlelit retreat. Last we shopped for gifts in the old market in Chania Town at the harbor. By the time we docked in Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities on mainland Greece, we were on ancient ruin overload. But, after the strenuous 200-step climb up the 100-foot-high limestone cliff to the Acropolis plateau, we had an attitude adjustment. With sensational views of the city and beyond, the Acropolis is a universal symbol of classical Greek civilization and ac h ie vement . A s c u lpte d gate way leads to three monumental temples, including, at the highest point, the white-marbled, multicolumned Parthenon (c. 450-400 BC), a beautif ul, serene temple honoring Athena. We also contemplated magnificent statuar y, sculptures, pediments, tools, pottery and temple artifacts recovered from the Parthenon and other buildings on the

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