Sunday, May 10th, 2015
After visiting the site, we went to the museum of the Acropolis. It is built over an archaeological dig area and provides shelter to the dig site and allows people to see into the dig site through the use of glass panels on the floor. There were many great artifacts and historical information in the museum. It is incredible how they built the giant buildings from large chunks of marble and other materials without the modern construction equipment.
We headed down the street and went to the temple of Olympian Zeus, and saw more large columns and headers built from stone. Again the size of the structures was incredible.
We headed up to grab a bite to eat and went to place one of my friends from the neighborhood in Burnsville where we grew up had recommended (he had been in Athens a couple of weeks before). It was a little off the beaten path, which was nice, and yet very busy in the late afternoon. Everything from groups just enjoying a fancy coffee to sitting down for dinner. It stretched in 3 directions along the road from its door.
We went across the street the National Garden and walked through there enjoying the shade and all the different vegetation. There was a pond that was enclosed and had hundreds of turtles in it, most of them sunning themselves on the rocks
After the National Garden, we went to the National Archaeological Museum. It was filled with historical findings from all over Greece, including some of the original wall art from Akrotiri. Items ranged from tiny ½” carvings to massive 15’ sculptures. There was a large area that showcased some of the gold items which have been found, and they are all in such good shape, they look like they were made very recently.
We waited to dark and then look for a good location to take some night time photos of the Parthenon. It is nicely lit up at night, and is visible from a lot of locations.
Having walked so much, we decided to take a cab home. This was our first and only really bad experience. The cabby took the hotel card and knew where it was, headed out, chatted us up about his upcoming trip to the states, told us there were 14,000 cabs in Athens, dropped us at the corner our hotel was on (rather than at the hotel entrance), and showed us the meter read 2015 (€20.15), which was high for a 10 minute cab ride. Figuring it out later, he never started the meter and then showed us the year set in his meter for the total due rather than a true Euro value. Dropping us at the corner kept us from being able to question the fare with the help of the hotel staff. Checking later, the fare should have been around €5. A sad experience, but not enough to forget all the wonderful memories of the trip.