The Series of Unfortunate Events: Greece Chapter
Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
40Trip End May 15, 2010
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Today we landed in Greece. We had to get up at 5 and be out on the bus at 545 ready to go to the airport. The flight was nice it took a little over than hour. After arriving at the hotel we took the metro to a square close by and walked around. There was a flea market and street vendors selling everything. There was a brass band playing in the middle of the square. After walking around we stopped to warm up at a cafe for tea and crepes. After sitting and enjoying ourself Paige, Johanna, Jeff and myself broke off and walked around and found this ally lined with outdoor bars and cafes. It was a very romantic, very European place to be. We sat outside for dinner with the heat lamps looking up to a light up view of the Acropolis. We had baked feta made with tomatoes and onion and I had a Greek salad. During dinner many Gypsies came up to us either trying to beg or sell us different things
Today we went to the Athens Archaeological Museum. We learned that there were many objects made out of marble because it was the local material so they have services all these years. Most of the findings are from graves but they have no idea how they were placed in the graves. There are little violin shaped marble statures about three centimeters tall that were in fact statues of people however some of their details such as their faces and other features are painted on and due to the soft marble they have been lost. They are called stargazers because they reminded the English of people with their heads tilted back looking up at the stars. We also saw death masks the looked like someone had taken the dead's face and pushed their face in the gold leaf till it made an imprint. There were also little suits of what looked like armor for the burial of babies for the after life just like the Egyptians. We saw a ton of freskos and in order to keep the color on they used plaster with sand instead of sea salt because the sand absorbed the paint better
Next we went to the ancient ruins of the acropolis. It was very interesting to learn about how they chose that particular place (it had one entrance for protecting, had springs for water and another reason) it was very rainy and cold and they are in the process of rebuilding and restoring it so there was a ton of scaffolding up. When it was built it was constructed with no straight lines. For example the pillars are bigger at the top to give the illusion that the pillars are the same width
Today we had all intentions of getting up and going to a Greek island for the day. While the rain held off the seas were very rough. Getting to the port was an adventure in of its self. We took the metro out and were told that the two stops closest to the port were closed. So we get off the metro and hope on a very crowed bus, after driving around for a little over an hour and having missed the 11ock ferry we finally made it to the port. We went to the counter to buy tickets and the lady said the next two ferries were cancelled so it would be at 1ock but there was a chance that would be cancelled. She also noted that since the weather was getting worse, and we did make it to the island there was a strong chance that we wouldn't be coming back the same day
Over all impression of Greece:
It rained, was gray the whole time I was there and was sick so it was not enjoyable to be outside. Also we only had one tour while we were there so we had a lot of free time to explore. I loved the view of the mountains and of the blue roofed houses. The best part of the trip was seeing my family. It was the first time I saw where Yolie lived. We made cookies and watched movies and went out to dinner (Yolie lost a tooth at dinner!) It is always good to see the Whitakers and I cherished the one on one time we spent together.