Ό ΠΑΡΘΕΝΩΝΑΣ

Well, today was the day!  I got up early today to get to the Acropolis, and good thing too, because most of the sites around the city closed at 3 pm, forcing me to change my itinerary.  My original plan for the day had been to visit each site on my ticket, but let me back up and explain.  The 12 Euro ticket is actually 6 tickets, which are good for 6 different sites (duh).  My goal had been to go to each one today, but I was only able to make it to the Acropolis and the Keramikos (ancient cemetery).  Therefore, the rest are on my itinerary for tomorrow and perhaps the day after (Hadrian’s Library, the Ancient Agora, the Roman Agora, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus).  My itinerary for the day thus went like this: I left the hostel at 9:30, making it to the Acropolis a little after 10.  I stayed there until around 11, or maybe past, I can’t remember exactly.  I quickly poked my head in the Jewelry Museum across from the Acropolis, which was interesting.  It was almost entirely based on 2 collections: that of a woman’s thimble collection (don’t ask me how it fits in with “jewelry”) and a guy who is a contemporary jeweler, taking inspiration from ancient designs.

Following this, I meandered around toward the Keramikos, taking the scenic route through the beautiful hills where the sites of Philopappos Monument  and the Pnyx are located (saw the Pnyx, the Monument, the Deme of Miletus, and the Theatre for Greek Dances).  On my way to the Keramikos after leaving the Pnyx, I grabbed an orange fresh from one of the orange trees growing in the city.  That was lunch (a little tart since it wasn’t quite ripe yet, but still good).  By that time, it was getting close to 3, so I tried to hurry to the Ancient agora, and got into the main park area in front, but the other was already closed, and the gate to the park was locked behind me, so a Greek guy and me had to wait for a guy to fetch the keys and let us out.  Afterward, I attempted to go to a few museums close by (both of which were closed). I did manage to get into the Church of the Metamorphasis, which was stunning.  Then, I just wandered around for a little while, taking random turns.  I ended up about an hour later back where I had begun; at the flea market where I had wandered on my way to the agora, but only after first finding the other agora, Hadrian’s library, and a couple other sites (all closed) :/

By this time, I’d decided to start working my way back to the hostel, with just one stop on the way…the Acropolis Museum (I’m glad now that I hadn’t decided to go earlier, since it was the only museum I’d come across that was still open).  It was really well-developed, I have to say; I especially like how the top floor is constructed with the same orientation and dimensions as the actual Parthenon for displaying the friezes, metopes, and pediments (both actual and casts-the latter being for those that the Greek government does not have). Some of the pieces are missing entirely, thanks in part to Lord Elgin, but also to the Venetians for blowing it up, and the Christians and the Turks for stripping away the “heathen artwork.”

Finally, I returned home to the hostel, very tired, but true to my word I am now updating you all.  The first round of photos are ALL from the Acropolis, so enjoy!

(BTW: the reason why I took a picture of the water bottle was because, unfortunately, it was sparkling water. I was just too thirsty to care, so I drank it, and then refilled it at the various water fountains throughout the city).

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