In his last day in Athens, US President Barack Obama is visiting Acropolis, one of his childhood dreams, as he recently said.
Security measures are draconian, policemen stand in a 5-meter distance from each other, snipers have taken position on buildings roofs.
However, the security measures could not hinder Athenians and tourists to flock to the area and catch a glance at the US President – or just his convoy.
video Obama convoy in Syggrou Avenue, nearing the Acropolis area
People in their balconies waiting for the convoy
I have the feeling that security measures are a bit relaxed today…
The archaeological site of Acropolis is closed for the public today.
A group of Chinese tourists managed to come quite close to Acropolis but was deeply disappointed to see that they could not go further. They said, they knew that Obama was in Athens and they were hoping to take a picture with him.
Live streaming via state broadcaster ERT TV – Unfortunately for ΄security reasons’ there is no live coverage of Obama’s visit to Acropolis – but stay tuned for ERT will broadcast footage as soon as it comes in from international media.
First pictures of Obama in Acropolis with the director of Archeological sites
Pictures uploaded on Twitter by the US Embassy in Athens
After a sightseeing tour in acropolis, Obama will visit the new Acropolis Museum.
video: Boama in Acropolis raw footage
Later he will head to Stavros Niarchos Foundation in Faliron Delta in the south of the Greek capital in order to deliver his speech and address to the Greek nation.
The Air Force One is scheduled to take off from Athens airport Eleftherios Venizelos at 15:30. Next stop is Berlin.
PS then the life for millions of Athenians will return to normal – almost. In fact they will have to be patient for one more day as the huge commemoration march for the Polytechnic Students’ Uprising on November 17th 1973 will move through the downtown.