Mum and Dad in Athens
This was much harder than I’d thought it would be! I’ve been trawling through about 5 years’ worth of stuff in my iPhoto library and struggled to find anything I’d taken that was interesting in some way.
Here’s a pretty recent one though, people protesting about Greece’s economic situation at the Parthenon in Athens 3 weeks ago.
This past week me, my Mum and Dad and Rob went to Athens so I thought I’d post a picture and tell you a bit about what we saw.
We got over there late on Sunday evening but still had time to get some really nice food from the restaurant around the corner from the hotel. I had goat in greaseproof paper with tomato, cheese and onion in too, it was absolutely delicious! I’ve never had goat before, it tastes just like lamb. we also walked up to the end of the road where we got our first glimpse of the Acropolis. I didn’t know that Acropolis was the name of the mountain and there’s more than just the Parthenon up there, but more on that later.
On Monday we went on a very long explore, firstly around the old town Plaka where we were staying and then on to Hadrian’s Library and the flea market before stopping for a hot chocolate at one of the cafes on one of Athens’ many hills. After that we went and explored the Agora which had all sorts of temples and statues with lots of helpful signs to show you how things would have looked 2000 years ago when it was first built. We had a look round the museum in there before climbing up a hillside to the place where St Paul told Athens about Christianity. Two highlights of the trip here: Mum’s face when she got to the top of the jaggedy hillside climb to find steps on the other side and the Canadian God Squad who instead of saying “Cheese” said “Jesus loves you”. The picture at the top of this post is from there. After that, we carried on up another hill with even better views out over the Acropolis and Athens and were guided back down again by one of Athens thousands of stray dogs who we named Socrates (pronounced So-crates like in Bill and Ted). That was all the exploring then for that day as we were knackered, we just about managed to get out for dinner!
On Tuesday we went on a big tour of the inner city starting with the Temple of Olympian Zeus, heading on through to the 1896 Olympic Stadium and a bit of the National gardens. We got to Syntagma Square where we got some cold Costa drinks and watched the guards outside the parliament building do their crazy marching. We then got the tube to the bottom of a much higher mountain so we could take the teleferic to the top of it, not realising you had to climb up most of the mountain to get there! We had time for a quick drink beofre going up to enjoy the spectacular views all over Athens. When we came back down, we went back to the hotel for a bit before going round the Acropolis Museum which had see through floors so you could see all the bits they’re still excavating. We had dinner in the town again and headed to bed fairly early as we had to be picked up at 7.30 for our trip to Delphi the following morning.
The weather was pretty grim on Wednesday compared to the heat of the day before but we had a nice 3 hour coach journey to hide from it. Our tour guide told us lots of stories about the Gods and Greek history which was really interesting and showed us around the whole area at Delphi where the Greek City States had their own version of the UN back 2000 and odd years ago and showed us where people came to ask the Oracle their most important questions. he also gave us a quick tour of the museum there before taking us for lunch at a nearby hotel and then back to Athens through a massive thunderstorm.
The weather had cleared up by the final morning. We were a bit worried though because the guide had told us that it was a national holiday and we figured that the Acropolis, the only major attraction we hadn’t visited might be closed. Luckily it wasn’t and even better, it was free to get in! We walked up through the theatres and temples on the side of the mountain to the top where we finally got to see the Parthenon up close. I thought it wouldn’t be as good as seeing it from far away, but it was awesome. I couldn’t believe they could have built something like that so long ago. After a long explore, we came back down and went for hot chocolate again by the Agora before visiting the Roman Agora where we were guided by another dog we called Plato. We had a bit of time for a read at the hotel before starting our journey home.
I love that kind of city break where you actually do and learn stuff. One of my favourite holidays!