I feel like we’ve already been in Athens for several days instead of just three, which is probably due to the fact that we have been running around the city constantly the past two days. We decided to do a tourist bus pass that lets you hop on/hop off the bus at specific sites in the city. We normally stay away from overly touristy things like this, but we decided with things unknown in Athens with the vote/banking issues (which have been fine, as others told us before we got here, it doesn’t seem to be impacting tourists a lot), and to get a better feel for the city, we’d go ahead and do a sightseeing bus. Then, because Z insists on getting the most out of everything so it has “the best value,” we’ve been hitting up everything you could do in the past few days.
Yesterday we rode the bus/listened to the history and info on the recorded guide, then decided to catch the free photography tour they offer from one of the stops. Z, D, and I were the only ones on the tour, which made it personalized and fun. We also got to talk to our guide quite a bit about how things were impacting her life, and how she felt about current events. We saw Hadrian’s library, views of the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, and a neighborhood where the Athens flea market is.
Today we grabbed the bus again, and this time saw the Acropolis, Parthenon, walked to Ancient Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus, had lunch, grabbed the bus, saw Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Gate, grabbed the bus and came home. The size of that sentence should tell you how tiring that was. As tired as my feet are, it was amazing to see so many incredible sites, all of which are within the main city of Athens. We did blow through what was going to be a second day’s worth of activities, but that’s ok.
We enjoyed a nice dinner of sandwiches, local cherries, and paprika Pringles on our 5th floor balcony today, overlooking Athens. D enjoyed playing with some Italian kids on the bus today, and got us to the front of a long entry line at the Acropolis since one of the workers said it was too hot to wait in line with a baby. D does come in handy sometimes. He also was real handy at losing his hat today (he’s perfected ripping it off, so it was only a matter of time), so tomorrow we will have to hunt for a new one. Maybe I’ll look up the word for ‘trouble’ in Greek and try to find it on a hat.