We already had been impressed with Greece from our visit to the island of Crete. Our next stop was at Athens, Greece. Although, I still feel the same…that I would love to go back to Greece, the visit to Athens and specifically the Athenian Acropolis, had some problems. The first problem was the crowds of people made it difficult to view the antiquities. There were three cruise ships docked. Thus adding at least 6,000 people to the area. With the Acropolis being the major attraction of the area, I am sure they were all there. Secondly there were so many scaffolds erected for re -construction being done on the Parthenon, that it was hard to get an unobstructed view. Third, it was extremely hard to hear our guide. We had the earphones and transmitters, but we also kept getting interfering signals, and voices from other tour guides.
If I were going back on a land trip, I would find out what day the cruise ships are going to be docking, and avoid visiting the Acropolis on that day.
That being said, this is a little of what I learned. The Athenian Acropolis sits at the flat top of a high citadel, right in the midst of the city. There are several temples at the Acropolis. The Parthenon is the most famous. When the temples were built in the 5th century A.D., foundations of previous builds were discovered.
When you buy the ticket for the Acropolis, it is also good for seven other historical sites and museums, and is good for three days. Of course you would have to be able to spend more time to be able to view these. The ticket that covers all of this is 12 Euros. A really good value if you have the time.
In Athens there are also many places that have just been built around archaeological ruins. As shown in this picture.
Here is a place that is not a ruins. Good ole Kentucky Fried Chicken!
Globe Trottin Granny
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