Athens Day 3
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Today was our day to sleep in and spend some time admiring the city. Most of our clothes were now dry, so we packed them up and got ready to leave the hotel. The tour package was for 2 nights at a hotel, but we wanted to spend 3 full days in Athens. We checked out and headed down the street to the hostel we'd be staying at for the night. It was a cute little place, kind of quiet but in a good location in the Plaka.
Once we'd dropped off our things, we headed over the Parliament building because we were told by a local that there's a special changing of the guard ceremony on Sundays at 11AM. We got there at about 10:40 but there were already some people there.
When the ceremony was over, we took the metro for the first time out to the new Olympic Stadium (from the 2004 games). There had been a Madonna concert there the night before, so the place was still a mess when we got there. We walked the grounds, hoping to see something of interest from the previous games, but almost everything was closed off.
Our stomachs told us what we needed to do next - get something to eat! There was a mall near the Olympic Stadium, so we walked over there and went inside, to see what food they had to offer and to kill a little time. The mall itself was open, but all the stores were closed. The place was still full of people though! We debated eating there, where the locals would eat, but decided instead to take the metro back towards central Athens. It was going into late afternoon by this point though, so we hopped off the metro when we could see some small cafes from the train, and although many were closed, we found a small take away place that made us some great sandwiches.
After returning to Athens, we did go back to the Acropolis. We were happy to see that the crowds were gone and the site was now quite empty. I could even hear myself think as I imagined what life would have been like on this spot over 2000 years ago, and all the things that had happened there.
Our evening found us walking through an interesting part of town in search of a good Indian restaurant to eat at. We had seen some signs the other days we were here, so off we went. While our search began quietly, it soon turned to complete chaos as the roads we walked were FULL of people. These Middle Easterners were all busy doing one thing or another, and there was almost no room to walk through them. I could tell Cathy was getting scared, and our search for food had only brought us to two outcomes - really expensive, or a hole in the wall with no menu. Both were unappetizing. Some may say these are the best places to eat at, but I assure you - not this time.
We left that area and walked to a Far Eastern restaurant that we had seen earlier. We had to wait a bit, but we both got Thai dishes and it was good food, for a decent price. Our time in Athens was all but over, and it was a great experience for both of us.