a musical night out in Athens! 🙂
back to Athens after leaving the islands…
Saturday, September 9: After checking back in to the Acropolis View Hotel, I venture again out into the heat of Athens to explore the rest of the historical route. After having an iced coffee at an appealing little cafe along the road, I go by metro to Syntagma Square, where I see the funny guards at the Parliament.
Greece’s Parliament was built between 1836 and 1842, after being designed by a Bavarian architect. Originally it was the royal palace, and from its balcony the constitution (syntagma) was declared on September 3, 1843. In 1935 the palace became the seat of the Greek parliament. When the monarchy was abolished in 1974, the royal family moved to a new palace, renamed the presidential palace.
The war memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, sits in front of the Parliament, and is guarded by the city’s presidential guards…
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A long and lurching ferry ride in angry seas!
Saturday, September 8: I reluctantly head to the new port in Santorini, where I turn in my rental car and climb the ramp of this ferry, thinking it is the SuperJet Sea Jets ferry to Piraeus. However, I’m turned away on the ramp when I show my ticket. I’m told to join the hordes of people lined up inside a l0w-slung building at the opposite end of the port. This ferry, shown in the picture below, is similar to the one I took from Crete to Santorini. It is apparently the SLOW ferry. I’m to take the FAST ferry tonight. FAST being 5 hours from Santorini to Piraeus.
At about 6:30 p.m., the SuperJets ferry comes speeding into the dock like Superman on steroids. Within moments of its arrival, hundreds of us are lined up and boarding, tossing our suitcases into the hold and taking our seats. It has…
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