My final stop while I was in Greece was the city of Athens. Once the group disembarked the ship, we made our way by bus to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon. When most people hear the word Acropolis, they think of the Acropolis in Athens that has the great Parthenon at the top. But did you know that there are many Acropolises in Greece? The word Acropolis actually means “a citadel or fortified part of an ancient Greek city, typically built on a hill”. There are lots of hills with buildings at the top in Greece. However, it is with good reason that most people imagine the one in Athens because it is amazing.
As cliché and corny as this sounds, the pictures you may have seen of this ruin does it no justice whatsoever. You will see in some of my pictures that there is scaffolding all around the front of the building as they are doing some preservation work to the structure, but it doesn’t detract from the grandness of it. It really is something to see. Once you are up there, you will have access to fantastic views of the city as well.
After a long tour of the Acropolis and Parthenon, we had some time to wander around to check things out on our own. After slowly making my way down the Acropolis and carefully I might add, there was a very welcoming shack where they were making lemonade. The line up was about a dozen people long. While waiting in the hot midday sun and chatting with one of my tour mates I noticed some pigeons around us, not an uncommon site in any major city. But what happened next was uncommon…and terrifying I might add, was the attack I faced from one of these winged rats. That’s right, they are rats with wings, as if rats weren’t horrible enough. I don’t know what brought it on. I didn’t even have my lemonade yet nor did I have any food. All I know was, the pigeon’s wing clipped my head!!! Clipped my head, lol. It was one of the most stressful things and terrifying things that I have ever experienced, and it brought my dislike for birds in general to a whole new level.
After I calmed down and had some delicious and refreshing lemonade, I was able to enjoy the rest of my day. At that time, the group moved on to the Acropolis museum. I won’t spend too much time on the museum experience but I will say, it is a stunning building. I would recommend a visit but if you aren’t a museum type person, I would skip any escorted tour arrangement.
My final thoughts on Greece…it is a beautiful country with great food, amazing wine and friendly people for the most part. I enjoyed the islands more than I did Athens. I found the pace to be nicer as well as the people in general. If you have not travelled to Greece before, it is worth it to spend a couple days in Athens to visit the Acropolis and museum and maybe an afternoon at the Plaka…for all you shoppers.