Day 58-60: Athens, Greece
After our wonderful stay in Nafplio, we headed to Athens for a few days before spending our last 5 days on the islands. Athens is a sprawling city dotted with ruins, and it was HOT!
We arrived at the bus station and got a taxi to our little hotel. From our room we got our first glimpse of the Acropolis, a majestic ruin on top of a hill that the entire city sprawls around. An impressive sight. A visit to the actual ruins though is somewhat disappointing, with a lot of scaffolding and reconstructed ruins to make it appear as it once was.
The Temple of Olympian Zeus on the other hand was truly worth a visit. We were practically the only ones there, a nice change from other tourist attractions, and the sight was awe inspiring. The columns tower over you and your imagination is left to envisage what it once could have been like.
We also paid a visit to the Ancient Agora, where Socrates spent most of his time expounding his philosophy.
Continuing our success in eating in Greece, we found excellent souvlaki and went back multiple times for more. We also ate out in Plaka a few times, in trendy outdoor restaurants situated on cobbled streets on the hill of the Acropolis. Quite an experience.
One curious site was Tom’s Recycled Garden. Apparently, Tom is an Irishman who has a penchant for making political statements out of bits of junk.