Pireas might not be a gateway to Athens - day 34
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Since we've been in Athens before, even though it was almost 20 years ago, we thought we could navigate our way from Pireas into Athenswithout using an organized tour. We were wrong. It took us over an hour of steady walking to realize that we'd gone by two perfectly good Metro stations which was strange since we were trying to go to a Metro station. After backtracking to the station we wanted and getting on the train, we settled in for a comfy ride into the heart of Athens. Wrong again. A man stood in the middle of the train and either gave instructions on what was going to happen next in the journey or made an impassioned plea for support for the demonstrations which would take place later in the day.
By the way, we did later watch demonstrations along the dock from our veranda on board. I heard (again the "or so I was told" caveat that the cruise lines were required to use a certain percentage of union dock hands and that another cruise line in port hadn't. Supposedly those passengers were blocked from reentering their ship by the demonstration. Sounds unlikely, but we did see several protest marches during our day here and the Greek Government is imposing wage cuts to deal with the debt crisis so anything is possible. The mood on the street varied between cranky and surly.
I found out later there were riots in the streets starting the next day and someone was killed in a downtown Athens branch of the Bank of Greece.