It's All Greek to Me!

Trip Start May 22, 2011
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Trip End Jun 03, 2011


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Flag of Greece  , Attica,
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

What a rough night we had sleeping in the airport last night. Neither security nor cleanliness were the problems but it was all the maintenance activities that occur over night that I never realized.  And the mosquitoes!  The airport is infested with mosquitoes!! Not much sleep in the Rome airport but before our plane had even taken off at 6:30 a.m. Madison and I were sound asleep for the 2 hour flight. When we woke up we were landing in Athens, Greece!

And I thought it was difficult to translate the French words - ha! At least the French and Italians use Roman letters, where the store names, monument inscriptions, etc., are all in Greek letters. My sorority requirement of learning the Greek alphabet has helped some, but that knowledge hasn't been used for 30 years!

It took us a while to get checked in to the hotel, and after a brief rest we made the executive decision to forego the 2 hour train ride to Corinth - it was just too late in the day to begin. Instead, we decided to begin our Athens sightseeing today and climbed to the top of the Acroplis (much like walking up Stone Mountain) and walked the ruins of the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Theater Dionysou, which is still used today, even though the structures date back to the 5th ceentury B.C. It's hot and humid here, but the crowds aren't as bad as in Rome.

After finishing the Acropolis we came back to the hotel, the Davini Palace Acropolis, and stopped by the gift shop. We talked at length with the shop manager, who was from NY, and she directed us to the grocery store a block away. What an experience! This is not a tourist store, but one for locals. We purchased bottled waters for 25 cents instead of the €2.50 we've been paying; Cokes are 54 cents, compared to €3; and we bought some fruit and, the main reason for shopping here - really good olive oil. All the product labels were in Greek so it took a while to decipher what I was purchasing.

Tonight Madison and I enjoyed dessert in the rooftop garden restaurant of our hotel with a grand view of the sun setting behind the Parthenon as a backdrop. It is just gorgeous with the spotlights giving the 2,600 year old fortress on the hill a warm glow.

Tomorrow is our last full day on our adventure and we plan to make the most of our final hours in Europe!
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Janice on

Hope you can get a good night's rest so you can see a lot and make lots of memories on your last full day.

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