Today is my last day in Athens – for perhaps a year. I confirmed this morning that I saw, or will have by the end of today, everything that was on my list. Of course, by the time I return, I’ll have a bigger list. For this visit, I just wanted to get around the city, visit a few attractions and lay plans for another visit at a later date.
Today, I planned to visit the Acropolis Museum and Plaka. The Acropolis Museum holds many historical items from the Parthenon and other artifacts from the Acropolis. Rather than walk, I took the Metro and was downtown, by the Acropolis, in two stops.
Found a Starbucks, one of 10 in Athens. I guess with so many established coffee shops, may be difficult for Starbucks to get a good hold in the city.
After a 15 minute walk, I was at the Museum. It always takes me a few minutes to orient myself after arriving at a museum. Generally my approach is to do a quick walk-through then go around again and take time with the things that interest me. Seems to have worked so far.
It became apparent that I should have visited this museum early in my stay in Athens. So much of the historical aspects of Athens is based around the Acropolis, especially the Parthenon. My host had told me that much of the Parthenon (other than the big pillars) is at this museum. He was right.
The entry into the museum, and within the museum’s transparent floors, so you can see the ruins from the early years. See the pictures below.
I also took pictures of the Acropolis from several angles – just because it is interesting to see various perspectives of this multifaceted hill.
The best part of the museum was how the remains from the Parthenon were displayed. On the top floor, you can see much of the restored or refurbished elements from the Parthenon displayed as they would have appeared originally on the building. The Parthenon had a rough life over the last two thousand years. On the ground floor of the museum, you can see how the Acropolis developed over the last 3 thousand years.
3rd Floor Gallery:
My recommendation would be to visit the Acropolis twice. Once, to get oriented with the Acropolis in relation to the city and have an overview of the elements from the site – then visit the Acropolis museum, and then return for another visit to the Acropolis site.
After leaving the museum, I next wanted to wander around Plaka, an old area of the city near the Acropolis. Many shops and homes in the area. Also wanted to find a place to get a bite to eat.
Found a decent enough restaurant and had a salad, bread and coffee for dessert. I watched the local cats wandering around the outside part of the restaurant where I was eating. Also a good time to edit the pictures that I had taken.
After eating, I decided to visit Syntagma Square again. I took a picture of the square at dusk last week and posted it. Today I got a picture of the old royal palace that is now used, since 1934, as the Parliament House, where I visited yesterday.
I kept seeing a poster on buildings as I walked back to the flat that reminded me of what I posted yesterday. Though I’d include in today’s update.
Getting ready to pack tomorrow morning and clean the flat. Tonight I’m making dinner and watching TNG before heading to bed. The taxi will be here at 6:00 a.m. so I figure I should be up by 4:00 so I’m ready.
My flight to Budapest is direct so I’ll be in my flat by noon for sure. I still need to meet with the customs folks in Budapest to confirm how long I can stay. One step at a time…