The Acropolis was our big to do for the day today. We woke up early and ate some cereal and headed out. We are still 'map-less' but you can see The Acropolis from about anywhere, so we just started walking towards it. The weather was simply stunning. It was sunny, a slight breeze, and in the high 60's/low 70's. I honestly was not expecting it to be this warm so it was a nice surprise!
We reached The Acropolis, scurrying past a few huge tour groups to buy tickets before they clogged up the entrance. The tickets were about $14 USD and it got us into 7 different locations, quite a deal! Although, I'm sure most people only use it for The Acropolis. While we're on the topic; The Acropolis and The Parthenon are NOT interchangeable. 'The Acropolis is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and containing the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.' (Wikipedia)
For some reason I decided flip flops were the most appropriate choice of shoes for climbing around on ancient ruins. So I basically spent the entire day slipping and sliding around while tour groups of little kids laughed at me for almost falling. While I'm not that 'into' history, I did enjoy my time at The Acropolis. I'm not actually quite sure how many parts of the buildings are original, they've been restoring those buildings for hundreds of years! There is probably little left that is original. Either way, I was still blown away at how precise everything was for the time period that it was built in. Also the fact that they built these things with basically NO machinery, especially to help them lift these massive pieces of marble! I don't want to go on and on about The Acropolis, I'll let my pictures do the talking.
After The Acropolis it was only fitting to head down the The Acropolis Museum. On our way there we listened to a few different older gentlemen playing music on the sidewalk, it was a nice touch to the afternoon. Again, we are not 'museum goers', but we had a good time looking at things that WERE actually in their original state from 400 some odd years B.C.
Since BHW was still not 100% we headed back to the apartment for a little rest. On our way back someone was trying to sell us something and just yelled at BHW, 'HEY! Barbarossa!' which means red beard. His beard is just the center of attention no matter what country we're in! During our time back at the apartment our host swung by to show us where the washer and dryer were and how to use them. Little did I know that the washer and dryer were ONE machine! How nuts is that?! Why don't we all have something like that?
After a short rest we wandered around the rest of the day to the other 6 locations that our Acropolis ticket got us into for free. Of course, they were all closed for the day. The weather was still nice and everything is fairly close so we weren't too terribly bummed. But, go figures, right? We came back to the apartment before dinner to plan out tomorrow and rest our little piggies. On our way back to the apartment another guy trying to get us to eat in his restaurant looked at BHW and said, 'Tell me you're Irish, you've got to be Irish!' The beard does magical things folks, now he's never going to get rid of it. SIGH.
We had dinner reservations at Kuzina where BHW and I both had a wonderful 3 course meal. It was a cozy little place and the food was tasty! Tomorrow we have a few fun things planned, like going to a thermal lake to swim right outside of town! Yay!
At our wedding we had the guests vote on where they thought we should go for our honeymoon, and they voted Greece! So, 11 months later, we are finally making the journey! Turkey and Greece, here we come!