|October 11, 2006|
Today the weather left a bit to be desired, as it was cloudy, drizzly at times, and very windy. But none the less we had a great day exploring the city. The ship docked in Piraeus, which is the major port of Athens, and then wisely we chose a tour called "Athens on Your Own", which essentially meant that we got a bus from the boat, and it dropped us off in an area of Athens called Plaka, which is a shopping district right down the hill from the Acropolis. We thought for sure that we would be overwhelmed in such a big sprawling city, but we had a great time. We found our way up to the Acropolis, saw the Parthenon, explored a bit, the headed back down into the city. While up in the area of the Acropolis, in addition to the Parthenon, we saw the temple of Nike Athena, the Roman Agora, Hadrian's Arch, and the Theater of Dionysus. Back down in the Plaka, we had a great time shopping, haggling and negotiating prices. We had some food and cappuchino, wandered some more, saw the Parliament and the changing of the guard, and caught a large rally on the street, with probably thousands of people -- it was teachers and public educators who were dissatisfied with their 1000 Euro pay. All in all, for such a large and chaotic city, we had a great time.