After visiting Rhodes and Santorini, we had three days left. Actually, it was more like 2 days and 2 half days. I wasn’t sure we’d be able to see as much as we did. But we arrived from Santorini early enough to do some sightseeing right away that afternoon. Our guidebooks said there would be a long line of tourists at the Acropolis in the afternoon. So we went to check it out, fully expecting not to visit that day. It turned out not too busy at all! The site is huge. We had a long walk up to get to the Parthenon. Luckily, even though it was hot out, there were some clouds and quite a bit of wind.
(We stopped here to listen to some musicians rehearsing for a show.)
As we approached the top, there were more and more people. I was a bit afraid that I wouldn’t see much with those crowds.
It turns out, the crowding is only at the entrance. It’s fairly narrow so you get that bottleneck effect. It’s well organized though. Good flow. Inside was quite busy but not so much that you were stuck with strangers in all your pictures.
(That temple in the distance is in the Ancient Agora.)
We took our time here as it was our only visit of the day. The next day, we had a whole list of places to see. I didn’t think we’d make it through everything but it turns out the distances between sites were much shorter than I thought they’d be. We took a taxi to the furthest one and walked from there.
We started the day off with Hadrian’s Library. It’s a smaller site but we took our time.
(What? Did you really think cats would care about not touching history?)
We then made our way to the Ancient Agora. It’s also a huge site with so much to see. We took our time but I don’t think we saw each and every thing.
Our next stop, after lunch that is, was the Roman Agora. It’s much smaller and the girls were understandably getting a little sick of the ruins.
We gave them a break afterwards and did some shopping (sandals for V and gifts for my nephew) and snacking. I always keep a list of possible ice cream and dessert spots to try out.
We slowly made our way back toward the Acropolis. There, we visited the museum of the Acropolis. (I didn’t take any pictures in there because I wasn’t sure where I was allowed to.) Before dinner, we went to visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
The girls were so done.
For our second full day, we booked a tour of Delphi. We would have preferred to go on our own but this was just easier in terms of transport to and from there. The visit felt a little rushed though. Our guide would park us in full Sun while he gave us his explanations and give us next to no time to explore and take pictures. He made no effort to make it more interesting for the girls (it was a semi private tour and there were only 8 of us total so the girls were a full 25% of the customers). Still, the setting was gorgeous.
On our last half day, we’d originally planned on going to the National Archeological Museum. But, to be completely honest, we were a little archeologied out at this point. I’d seen a lot math themed T-shirts in the shops but very little math and science history in the museums. I’m a total STEAM girl and told M that I wished there had been more on those subjects. And somehow, he found a small museum that talked about Ancient Greek inventions and even had reproductions of some of them to try out (Museum of Ancient Greek Technology). Not much on the math front but at least we got to see a different side of history. I didn’t get any pictures there either (too dark inside) but we had a great time. It was a lovely visit to end a wonderful trip.