Once again in the Greek capital
Trip Start Sep 11, 2008
38Trip End Dec 12, 2008
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Well, the Stoa of Attalos, originally constructed around 158 B.C., was completely rebuilt in the 1950s and is, aside from its lack of colour, entirely faithful to the original
On Monday, I took another bus ride, this time to Cape Sounio to visit the Temple of Poseidon. Cape Sounio is about 70 km from the centre of Athens on the southern tip of Attica. The coastal drive was beautiful - the sun's rays shone on the clear blue water, making the Mediterranean Sea sparkle as if millions of diamonds floated on its surface. The site was small but incredibly peaceful. After walking around the Temple, I sat on a rock and read my book for a few hours.
Although I had eaten dinner with some people from the hostel the last two nights, I had spent my days alone. the solitude was actually nice and calming. However, I was now in the mood to talk to people, but wasn't sure who I would meet in the hostel. It turns out a group of us were in the hostel at the same time, so we went out for dinner and then had a few beers on the hostel's rooftop terrace, which looks upon the Acropolis! Yesterday, a bunch of us walked around the city lazily as it was a national holiday and most shops were closed
This morning, I went to the National Archeological Museum, which was the last place on my to-do list. The museum has a remarkable collection of Greek remains, and does an excellent job of demonstrating the evolution of art and sculpture in ancient Greece, as it relates to the development of the civilization.
I'm now taking advantage of a little down time to update this blog (which is much overdue), and I will soon be making my way to the airport to catch a flight to Milan. Jack, my mom's fiance, was meant to be in Milan at the same time as me, but it now seems that he won't make it there until tomorrow at the earliest. However, he took it upon himself to find book me into a hotel room and have someone pick me up from the airport, so I get to have a night of luxury! I'm really looking forward to it :)
I'm staying in Milan for one night, and will take an overnight train to Zagreb tomorrow. Goran, my cousin's husband's cousin (confusing?) lives in Zagreb, and although we've never met, he's taking the weekend to show me around the city and surrounding areas
I'm waiting to get to Croatia to find out about a few potential excursions and day trips, and will plan the rest of my trip from there. I can't believe half my trip is already over - I feel like the second half will fly by even faster!
So now you're all updated - I promise to be better about updating this blog more regularly :)
(Nov. 11 - Update: new photos!)