Walking through the Acropolis has been on both of our bucket lists for some time now. We learned that only a few decades ago people were able to walk through the ruins, now we are only able to view them from the perimeter. Stories like this validate our “better now than later” approach to touring the world. In a few decades who knows, people may not be allowed to see the perimeter at all.
Going from Turkey to Greece was also interesting. The differences in perspective between how history happened, and the somewhat friendly rivalry between the two countries, are noted in the stories as well and even the coffee. Just try asking for Turkish coffee in Greece and the waiters response may say it all.
Home of the first Olympic Games in 1896, the Panathenaic Stadium is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, and was reconstructed from the remains of an ancient Greek stadium. There wasn’t much to do here, or see here really, but the fact that an old stadium is still in use is neat.
Touring the Streets
We had a lot of fun touring through the back streets and shopping districts of Athens. Most restaurants serve pretty much the same food and the quality didn’t vary terribly from place to place so unless you are looking for fine dining don’t waste your time on finding a perfect menu. Just get a good view and seat and enjoy.