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  • Day2

    Acropolis of Athens

    September 4, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Our first and only full day in Athens starts quite late. Ludo is still working on his application and, to be honest, it's way too hot to dare go sightseeing before 5pm.
    While waiting for him to be ready, I venture outside aiming to find a supermarket (not the 5-star boutique of last night) where to buy something decent for tonight. My best friend Google Maps leads me to a so-called "Bazaar". I am expecting an oriental mini-market but I instead find myself in front of my well-known Aldi chain! They just rebranded it for the Greek market! We are haunted by German food... 👻🤦‍♀️

    After buying the ingredients for a nice home-made dinner, I head back to the apartment to pick up Ludo and finally go discover Athens! We follow Google Maps instructions through Plaka up to the hill where we dined yesterday, but - to our dismay - the is no gate! A high fence surrounds the top of the hill where the Acropolis lies... but there seems to be no way through it. A French couple seem to be just as confused: they probably also fell victim to Google Maps.

    We start walking alongside the fence hoping to reach a gate sooner or later, while enjoying a stunning view of the city of Athens. Unfortunately, the perimeter of the Acropolis is much longer than we expected and we soon realise it will take over an hour to check it all. Thanks god, a street musician has pity of us and shows us the way to the closest gate as well as dedicates us a Greek version of "Bella ciao"! Thank you, my friend! 🙏🏻

    So, a bit later than expected, here we are at the gate of the Acropolis archaeological site. Before climbing up to the upper section (i.e. the Parthenon), we get to explore the ruins of what used to lie at the feet of the Acropolis. And it would be already enough to fill a museum...
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