The many ruins of Athens.
Trip Start Apr 19, 2008
141Trip End May 25, 2012
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Today I woke up, still with my sore side, but I
knew that it would get better soon. I found where breakfast was being
served, it was an ok spread, after breakfast I went back to my room
to get ready for the day. The rooms at this hotel have cards that you
stick in the wall to turn the power on, this is good when you are in
the room but when you came back from the city the room is still hot.
After leaving my room I went up to the roof to take some pictures of
the views in the day time – this was good views of the acropolis
After leaving the hotel I walked up the street
back to Syntagma square. I walked past a few churches, some shops,
but as it was still early on a Sunday, most shops were closed.
Arriving at the square, I walked around it, saw some of the ruins
left from the riots a few weeks earlier, the explored the square a
bit, seeing all the stray dogs around. I went inside the station and
had a look at the museum artefacts in the station itself. I then went
to meet up with my guide. I had booked an Athens walking tour and the
meting point was inside the Syntagma station. The guide for the walk
was Costan. There were a few Australians, a few English and the rest
Americans. After meeting up we went for a walk around the station,
then headed up to the front of the parliament building
the changing of the guard, with their funny uniforms. I got most of
it on video.
From parliament house we walked into the
national gardens, looked around the gardens for a bit, our guide
explaining as we went. We had a look at some of the buildings in the
national gardens then headed over to the area where Zeus' temple is.
We had a bit of time to explore the area of Zeus temple, walking
around it, not much of it exists today, it is ruins. We then walked
past Hadrian's arch, and into the plaka area, we walked around the
area for a bit, got some free samples of Greek yoghurt and continued
on our way. We walked past the new acropolis museum and then started
heading up to the top of the acropolis
and there were some great picture opportunities. Our guide stopped us
and talked to us about the area and what we were seeing.
At the top of the Acropolis we saw the
Parthenon, Temple of Athena nike and some of the other temples in the
area. Our guide also pointed out Mars hill, the agora and some of the
other ruins we should see if we had time to do so. The first part of
the tour ended up the top of the acropolis.
From here we had free time until meeting up at
the new acropolis museum. I then walked down from the top via the way
we did not some up, so as to walk past the theatre of Dionysus and
some more ruins
Once I got back to the Plaka area I wandered
around looking for a place that sold gyros, this was like a kebab
with various ways of making it, but I couldn't find one in the the
local area, so I had some pizza and a gelato. After lunch I went up
to the new acropolis museum to meet the guide for our walking tour of
the museum. This museum does not allow pictures, so I couldn't take
pictures of all the cool statues. Our guide showed us around the
museum, explaining about some of the statues and other artworks, then
we went up to the Parthenon room, this room is designed to line up
with the actual building on the acropolis and had all the marbles in
their correct places, if there is some missing then they have copies
and a description on where it is located
lot of them and I saw them when I was in London, but seeing then now
gave it more context. Seeing all of them made it more real. It was a
great experience and the guide was great. The tour ended here and we
went our own way.
First up I went to the museum bookshop and got
a book on the Acropolis. I then walked down to the metro, caught it
to Syntagma square where I got off. I then walked to the Byzantine
museum but I was closed, the museum of war next door was also closed,
feeling disappointed I walked around a bit and ended up at the
Panathenaic stadium. From my research this stadium was supposed to be
free but when I got there it turned out that it cost money to get in
I did not go inside but just took a picture from the outside and then
I then walked through the national gardens
again, then through the Plaka area, I got a bit lost and ended up on
another way to the Acropolis. I looked at the map, worked out where I
was and then came across the Roman Agora. I went inside this and
wandered around for a bit. Most of the ruins in Athens are included
on the Acropolis ticket, so if you have that it is essentially free.
After the Roman agora I walked over to the main Agora, this is a big
area with lots to see, I had a look at the museum of the agora, some
of the temples and had a look at the ruins. This was great and at the
end of the day there were not too many people around
around the Agora for a few hours, I left and headed back to the
hotel. Here I got my washing back, repacked my bag, used the internet
for a bit and then went out to find some dinner. I also purchased
some orange juice and sprite to have with my duty free alcohol that I
purchased. After leaving the shop I found a restaurant that I liked
and finally had Gyros, they were great. After dinner I went back to
the hotel, went to the bar and relaxed for a bit before returning to
my room to pack my bag. It was a long lot day but I saw lots of
things, the plan for Monday was to see the museums.