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Heading into Central Athens

Buses and trains oh my...

sunny 84 °F

My dear friend Athina lives in the most amazing spot... It is the suburbs of athens, but feels like you are already on a greek island. She lives 100 yards literally from the ( thalasa) sea. We have spent the first few days letting the jet lag wear off and relaxing on the beach drinking freddocino cafes, swimming in the sea, and taking epic naps on the beach. Yesterday Athina comes home from her class and declares that she heard on the radio that today is national free museum day in Greece... I had not really planned to head into the city yet and quite frankly I didn't really feel ready yet... When I lived here 8 years ago I spoke pretty good greek and could run my business and do most things without having to speak english... I have been pretty good at turning that back on, however I really need more practice for it all to come back... Anyway, after she said that we decided to hurry up pack some snacks and set off to check out the Acropolis and the amazing sites of downtown Athens.
That isn't as simple as it sounds as like I said before, she is deep in the suburbs. ( its way more like countryside) SO Athina tells me the basic downloads of how to get there and how to get home... I didn't realize it would be an almost 2 hour journey each way... So we leave about 2pm... WE get dropped off at the bus stop and wait for the portokali ( orange) bus to appear... Anyway, the bus pulls up and everyone starts trying to give us their seats becasuse we have 2 little ones... how kind and thoughtful! We have to transfer onto the train and then switch onto 3 different trains... It seems easy but remember that everything is in greek... ok I can read greek but mostly i do't know what i am reading as i have a pretty basic vocabulary...
We get to the acropolis stop without any hiccups and we proceed to head into the Acropolis.
Have you ever seen Acropolis? ITs un real, The Acropolis of Athens is the rocky remains of an ancient Greek city, located at the top of a hill overlooking the current city of Athens, Greece. Although it is believed that its location was inhabited in the 4th millennium BC, construction of its buildings began circa 460 - 429 BC. The whole place is made of marble and stone. The scale is massive and it is so impressive. The whole time my four year old is saying to me, "mommy, where is the museum you said we were going to, are there toys at this museum?" He has never seen any sort of anicent ruins and the only sort of museums he has been to was on the mainland in Chicago at some childrens interactive museum. This was all quite new for him...After a long stroll through all the ruins we decide to hit up the new acropolis museum since all the museums were free... By the way we missed out on the 30 euro a piece entry cause my friend dropped us a hint about the free museum day... again impeccable timing! After a very long day of checkin the ruins we decide to eat at a taverna and head back before dark.... Again the journey home was long, lots of trains and buses and we didn't get back till after 10pm... It was a lot easier getting home though!

Posted by OhanaNomads 15:11 Archived in Greece Tagged athens acropolis

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