Pantheon and Changing of the Guards

Trip Start Mar 12, 2010
Trip End Sep 17, 2010

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Hotel Adonis

Flag of Greece  , Attica,
Friday, July 2, 2010

We took public transport - the train, from the airport after returning the hire car. We arrived at the Hotel and found it to be in a great location thought the bathrooms were a little nasty and the morning breakfast average, the coffee could have killed you, but I had my trusty coffee sachets and after the first morning just asked for a pot of boiling water and made my ow much to the ladies disgust! I was certainly satisfied.
We were able to walk to all the main tourist destinations - some a bit further than others and tiring by the end of the day.  We went to the Pathenon late in the afternnon, about 5pm.  It was still very hot and the rock retained all the heat up there.  We saw a lady in pointy high heels.  Why, I don't know as the rock is marble and is very slippery.  I couldn't believe she could stay upright in them!  From there it is a short walk to Mars Hill where the apostle Paul gave counsel to the peoplle, it is marble type rock and is very slippery even dry with sneakers on but a great place to take pics. of the Pathenon.
We also went to the Parliament house where there is changing of the guards every hour.  They guard an unknown soldier's tomb out the front.  They wear the funny looking uniforms which must be so hot as they wear thick white stockings under them so when they kick their legs up, you can't see there bits!  The shoes are to die for with pom poms on the end of them.  Very interesting to watch and on Sundays they wear a traditional dress uniform which is different again.
You hear many bad things about Athens, however we treated it like any other country and made sure we watched our luggage whilst travelling public transport and then around the shops and tourist destinations we had our Pacsafe handbag and backpack and never had a problem.  There seem to be a number of police around the tourist areas so maybe they are addressing the problem of bag snatching.  One of the biggest inconveniences is the distinct lack of public toilets! There are none, if you wish to use the bathroom you need to walk into a coffee shop or bar and use theres apparently.  I was told this after commenting on it to a local shop owner.  He said that if they had toilets the Greeks would go behind them and not use them anyway.  My comment was that maybe they need them for tourists!
The museum is worthwhile and has heaps of interesting statues and historical pieces.  It is also nice and cool and a good way to stay cool out of the sun.  We had coffee there as well and they had great toilets - the best in Greece!  I must say that in areas they have glass floors which isn't bad on the first floor but up on the third floor you better have worn your nice knickers!  The men couldn't help but ogle once they reliased this to be the case.  It was funny just watching them come to this realization and keep looking up - some discreet and some not.
Lots of tourist shops on the way to the Acropolis in the old part of town which are interesting to look in, there are also many jewellery stores as everyone needs some greek styled jewellery!
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