Museums are usually closed on Monday
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On Monday, all the museums are normally closed in Athens but the city is a large beautiful museum on its own. .You can always visit the sites of the Agora (the ancient marketplace, the Acropolis and Parthenon (with its temples overlooking the city)and the Palka (the current marketplace which is close to heaven if you are a souvenir-hunter). All of these were places we wanted to see and we’d even heard that the wonderful Archaeological Museum would be open in the afternoon. Great cafes for lunch or a Mythos beer and some snacks are always available too. We walked from one to another and then on to the next all day before we finally gave up in exhaustion and took a taxi back to the ship. My husband says we walked 20 miles today but he has been known to exaggerate. I bet it was close to 15 though.
By the way, if you approach the Acropolis from the Plaka by using side streets to go up the hill, you will pass through a lovely area of small whitewashed houses and gardens of flowers that look like they belong on a small Greek isle, not what you would expect in the middle of a large city. Athens is like that for me; sudden surprises around every corner. It can be large city or small village, modern and graffiti-covered or ancient and beautifully preserved.
The air pollution is much less than it was 20 years ago but the people seemed more tense. The Greek government’s debt problems are causing visible concern.