Oct.22.2010, Athens

ancient toilets, Roman Agora

0830 somewhat cloudy, looks like possible showers, 21 C.  Down to mezzanine floor for breakfast.  Good bed, good food, good start.  1000 On the internet, no word from Chrystal but Anne & Frank’s note suggests today is the girl’s final travel day.  Yes, looked at itinerary, they are travelling London to Vancouver today.  Richard and Kathy are on the plane back to Vancouver now.  1030 Out on the street, looks like a long way to Syntagma,  thinking about the walk to the square to catch the X95 bus at 0230 in the morning  in a couple of days as it will be too early for the metro.  The Amalia Hotel is a possible alternate as it is just around the corner from the bus.  Checked with Plaka Hotel front desk.  They told us that the area from the hotel to Syntagma square is safe in the middle of the night.  So we decide to stay here.

We walked up to Syntagma and boarded the little red tour train.  We waited about 40 min.  During that time a woman got on the train in the seat immediately in front of us.  Her name is Deborah.  She has a doctorate in diabetes and works in a clinic for First Nations and others in Seattle.  So both Debbie and I had things we could discuss with her.

Sunny, 23 C, windy enough to be cool.  We followed a different route on this train – it took us up behind the presidential palace before going into Plaka.  We hopped off the train at Hadrian’s Library and had 10 minutes to get to Monastiraki square to grab a gyro for a snack.  Back on the train and then around to the Acropolis where we got off.  Deborah got off as well so we invited her to join us.  Up to the Acropolis – mistakenly bought the 12E multi site ticket even though we really only wanted to visit the Acropolis today.  Toured the upper Acropolis and Parthenon then down the side hill to the Dionysius theatre.  I walked over to look at the Sacred Virgin of the Rocks chapel reconstruction.  Out the lower exit and then across the street and showed Deborah the entrance to the New Acropolis Museum.  Deborah decided to continue with us.  So we walked through Plaka and went in the Roman Agora to get a look at the Tower of Winds.  From there, north to Hadrian’s Library and went inside (multi site ticket from the Acropolis allows us entry to all of these sites).  Then we walked west to the entrance to the Stoa of Attalos and the Temple of Hephaistos.  Deborah elected to accompany us to the Irish pub and bought Debbie a Magnar’s cider and me a Mythos beer.

Then we went restaurant hunting on Mitropleus street near Monastiraki.  We found one place that served spaghetti.  I forgot the name of the dish I had, quite good – beef and onions and rice.  After supper we walked Deborah up Ermou street to Syntagma station where she caught the metro towards her hotel which is quite a ways from this part of town.  Back down Ermou to our hotel and up to our room.  I went down to the internet station but no messages from anyone at all so back to the room.  Journalling until 2120 then a little TV and a little reading and an early night.

Observation:  the unseen network of street shop vendors, they all know each other on their street or at least the ones close at hand.  They talk to each other, interact with each other on a daily basis.  They run off and buy each other cappucino fredos.  But still, selling on Adrianou street is repetitive, day after day.  Sometimes a visitor should stop and talk just because the seller has been avoided by tourists all day long.

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