Grecian stuff

Trip Start Jul 14, 2009
Trip End Feb 18, 2010

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Flag of Greece  , Attica,
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

So we were really happy to arrive in Athens (read: leave Crete).  It was so easy catching the bus and finding where we were staying quickly!  Very happy!  Plus we were totally stoked with our hotel!  It is very cool.  It is Grecian decorated with high ceilings, crisp white bed linen, cloud-like pillows and a decent mattress - Aahhh...  Bliss at last. :-)

Athens is just buzzing!  Our hotel is situated in such a good location in the Plaka area, it is close to all the touristy sites (you can sit on the balcony day or night and see a great view of the Acropolis), and has a plethora of cafes and restaurants to choose from.   There are also heaps of shops nearby in a walking mall (mum, you would have had a conniption, we saw at least 5 boot shops IN A ROW!).  There are so many people around as well.

Today is the 28th October, which happens to be a national public holiday.  This is great news for us, as everyone is in a good mood, the cafes and restaurants are humming nicely, we saw the special parade, and best of all, all the tourist sites were free entry!  Boo-yah!  The public holiday is called Ochi Day. It commemorates the Greek resistance and refusal to open its borders to Mussolini’s Italian troops in 1940. “Ochi!” means “no” in Greek.

We visited all the really cool sites:
- Panathenaic Stadium - hosted the first modern day Olympic games of 1896 and the current stadium was constructed on the site of the original stadium, which was built almost 2,300 years ago.
- Agora - a grand, ruined Roman building that was funded by Roman emperors
- the Temple of Zeus - built around 1,500 years ago for the worship of the Greek God Zeus
- Hadrian's Arch - originally the city gate linking the Roman quarters with original town of Athens
- Dionysos Theatre - the world's oldest theatre where many great plays have been performed over the years
- Parthenon built on the Acropolis around 2,500 years ago

We were a little disappointed that the structures on the Acropolis are surrounded by scaffolding, and Mark is adamant that restoration shouldn't happen, because over a span of a few years the whole structure will be replaced and none of it will be authentic.  I think he may have even mentioned that it might be a good idea to just knock it all down and build apartments??  Hmm... 

The view from the Acropolis was breathtaking.  Will try and upload a video we took, but I am sure it won't do the view justice.  It is just unforgettable.

Overall, we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, it is a great place to visit, especially if you get a brilliant hotel as we did.

Tomorrow we are off to Budapest!  Until next time...
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