Acropolis now

Trip Start Jul 27, 2013
Trip End Aug 22, 2013

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Flag of Greece  , Attica,
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

We said goodbye to Amsterdam under a cloak of darkness with an unfriendly 4am wake up call and walk to Mudeirpoort station to catch the 5.31am train to Schiphol and then onto our 3hr flight to Athens. We most likely pissed off a whole bunch of people sleeping as we rolled our suitcases over the cobble stone streets at this ungodly hour in the morning.

We arrived at Athens and walked out of the airport to a beautiful 33 degree day with a lovely breeze. We were transferred to our hotel by a swanky air conditioned mini van with icy cold water on hand. Our driver showed us the original Olympics stadium, parliament and many other sights along the way to our hotel. The drivers are crazy just like in Bali, not sure if road rules even exist here. The cobble streets are sooooo narrow our driver had to ask a taxi to move over more to get past.

After checking in we walked in the direction of the Acropolis and found a beautiful outdoor restaurant under market umbrellas and luscious trees with water fans giving us some relief from the heat. Our waiter picked we were from Perth straight away. Salads and sangria went down a treat then upon requesting the bill we realised that watermelon and mini shots of moscato came after every meal..... love the hospitality!

The trip up to the acropolis was an adventure. We were definitely on the road less travelled, but we did manage to make our way up thru some beautiful winding little alleyways.
The usual throng of tourists disappears by late afternoon, so we had an easy job getting into the acropolis to have a look around. It's eerie to feel the place has been there since 450bc. Unfortunately the cranes and scaffolding all over the Parthenon and other statues does detract from the site. The placard says they started renovations in 1990, and now 23 years later they have barely made a dent in it, and I don't think Greece will have much cash to carry on with the reconstruction any time soon.

Leaving the acropolis we were impressed all the same and all the sweat and steps seem worth it. So all we want to do now is head back to the hotel to refresh with a nice cool shower. Does anyone know how to get back to the hotel....? Apparently not. No map, no phones, no idea where to go, we start blindly stumbling in the homeward direction. J manages to hook into some free wifi on the street to send us in the right direction, thank god!

After resting and freshening up, we head to our rooftop bar for a cocktail as we gaze over the acropolis at night. Quite a spectacular way to end this rather long day.
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