Athens Day 3

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Soldiers doing their thing

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.

Changing of the guard parade
  Similar to London fashion, around 11:00 they had a big parade with music and marching and the whole 9 yards.  The police officers did a good job of herding us around and then standing in the way when we wanted to see what was going on.  :)  The other big difference from the London changing of the guard were the stray dogs that found their way into the parade.  Although unintentional, it was cute to see the dogs marching along too.

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.

2004 Olympic Stadium
  We caught a glimpse of some swimming pools and could see the track building, but that was as close as we could go.

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.

The Parthenon

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.

aiohdmg says:
Love The gaurd parade , it was so nice and cute.

Wow u ate Thai food at Athens. Great!
So, Welcome to Thailand in advance..
Posted on: Mar 27, 2009
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Soldiers doing their thing
Soldiers doing their thing
Changing of the guard parade
Changing of the guard parade
2004 Olympic Stadium
2004 Olympic Stadium
The Parthenon
The Parthenon
2004 Olympic swimming pool
2004 Olympic swimming pool
2004 Olympic Stadium
2004 Olympic Stadium
2004 Olympic Stadium
2004 Olympic Stadium
2004 Olympic Stadium
2004 Olympic Stadium
The Roman Agora in Athens
The Roman Agora in Athens
The Roman Agora in Athens
The Roman Agora in Athens
The Roman Agora in Athens
The Roman Agora in Athens
A special Athenian guard - the mos…
A special Athenian guard - the mo…
The Parthenon
The Parthenon
The Parthenon
The Parthenon
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Soldiers doing their thing
Soldiers doing their thing
Changing of the guard parade (with…
Changing of the guard parade (wit…
Changing of the guard parade
Changing of the guard parade
Changing of the guard
Changing of the guard
Changing of the guard parade
Changing of the guard parade
The Herodeion
The Herodeion
Entrance to the Acropolis
Entrance to the Acropolis
The Herodeion
The Herodeion
Church near the Ancient Agora
Church near the Ancient Agora
The Ancient Agora
The Ancient Agora
One of the metro stations
One of the metro stations
Proof there was a Madonna concert
Proof there was a Madonna concert
Athens
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