We left the port terminal quite early to be met with the usual line of taxis. Peter asked how much, the taxi controller was only really selling taxi tours of 5 hrs, so he directed us to the bus. We found our way to the bus stop, and one of the guys waiting helped us identify the 049 to Omonia. The bus arrived; we followed everyone else by getting on the bus and then sitting down. No paying for a ticket?
It takes 30 minutes to get to Omonia, and in that time, we worked out that there was no money changing hands, but some people seemed to have tickets when they got on board though not everyone. We worked out that what we should have done was buy the ticket before getting on the bus. There was probably a booth near the stop. As it happens we got off in Athens, and (I’m whispering now), we didn’t pay. We couldn’t see how to be honest. Peter, like the true Yorkshireman he isn’t, but should be, was delighted. I felt a bit guilty though.
We had a bit of a potter through Athens on the way to our target and came across the most amazing meat market ever. Definitely the place to get your roast, or chops or offal. I have never seen so many butchers in my life, never mind all in one place. Their stalls lined a massive rectangle, the inside of which was an equally abundant fish market. Absolutely astounding. We really couldn’t believe what we were seeing.
On the way up the hill to the Acropolis entrance, we looked down on the amazing Theatre of Dionysus, heavily restored as can be seen by the white marble, but the backdrop to the stage is the original setting. Awesome.
Propylaea – the entrance to the area of temples.
The Church of the Holy Apostles and Stoa Ol Attalos. The Stoa has been rebuilt with as per the original, and houses many statues, reliefs, pottery and artefacts from Athens’ history; we just had to show our Acropolis tickets to go inside the museum part.
We got back to the ship with an hour to spare which we spent taking advantage of the free wi-fi in the port terminal booking my flights back to England etc.
As I’m typing this, I want to do it all again. It was a brilliant day, and I would recommend it to anyone, especially if they ever finish putting the Parthenon back together again and get rid of that scaffolding.
We’ve a sea day tomorrow, but it’s going to be much more interesting than usual because we will be travelling first through the Dardanelles Straight in the morning, and then past Istanbul through the Bosphorus into the Black Sea early evening. I’m really looking forward to it.