Trek Women
January 22, 2008

Wander _____ (fill in the blank)…

Greece_112Athens, hmmm.  What to write? I guess I could call this story “Wander-blah” or “Wander-dud.” I hate to say it, this trip was kind of boring. My apologies people of Greece -– it’s not your fault that you shut down for the holiday. You deserve a break too.

In addition to consuming our daily dose of ouzo and seeing the Acropolis from every angle, Jen and I did our best to fill time. We explored the streets and sights of Athens and took two day trips. First, to the island of Aegina, which was an hour trip away by hydrofoil (fast boat). We wandered around the port town, window shopped (cause they were closed), and dropped by an open waterfront café for lunch.  Oddly, the town blared American Christmas carols on giant loudspeakers -– kind of like M*A*S*H. Jen and I got the heck back on the hydrofoil after hearing “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” for the fourth time.

From the mainland dock, our plan was to take the Metro back to Athens. We were stopped at a station and saw tons of people going in to a stadium. On the spur of the moment, we hopped off and bought two tickets to watch an Olympiakos futbol team home game. You hear all these crazy things about European soccer and they’re true. It’s rowdy and wild and mostly men. Our seats were in the home team section and the crowd did these chants the whole time. Whenever, they thought the ref made a bad call, there’d be a huge outcry and much hand gesturing.

Our second trip was out into the Peloponnese countryside on New Year’s Eve day. Based on the recommendation of the woman who owned the apartment we were renting, and thinking it would be about 120 Euros, we hired a driver by the name of Yannis. Sure, it seemed expensive; but, it was close enough to what a bus tour would cost and we needed out. Yannis took us to see the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Then, we visited the site of Ancient Corinth, first inhabited in the Neolithic age (5000-3000 BC). Next up, Mycenae and a refresher on Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, Helen and Paris (should have brushed up on the Iliad). We ended the day at the theatre of Epidaurus, where from the center you can hear someone crumple a piece of paper perfectly 55 tiers back at the top.

When we got back to Athens, Yannis charged us 250 Euros!! Can you say stupid Americans. Jen and I were bitter, party of two. We rallied though and headed off the Syntagma Square, where we were told we'd find the NY Eve festivities. Turns out there weren’t any, just a few fireworks over the Acropolis. After that, we called it a day. Litres of ouzo and a couple of days later, we called it a trip and flew home. Sorry to report, no plate breaking or “opa”s. I think it’s one of those places you need to visit in the Spring or Summer, when you can go to the beach.

Here are some trip photos. Where you see "Notes" below the image, roll your mouse over it to read the backstory.

Comments

Nice pictures Lola!

Posted by: wayne | Jan 23, 2008 12:58:44 PM

Oh my goodness!!! At long last, THE Wayne finally posts a comment to my blog. I'm in shock. :)

Posted by: Laura | Jan 23, 2008 1:14:17 PM

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