Ok! so this march break I went to Greece, Which was a s*** load of fun! >w<
SO I guess I will start with the first day in Greece....
So on Sunday March 9th (was that right?) we (my friends and myself) landed in Athens Greece, at 9 pm Greece time after 9 and a half hours on a plane from Canada to Rome, and then another 2 hour flight from Rome to Greece. After having a seven hour time change and being on a plane for 11 and a half hours we were pretty much out of it and conked out on the bus on the way to the hotel.
The Hotel we stayed at was nice (it was a four star) and the service was good and the staff were patient with us, so that was good. But even with all that I was still paranoid and made my roommate put all of her valuables into the safe and put everything else she wasn't using into her suitcase as well, of course I followed suit. Linnea, my roommate, did no take kindly to my coddling and soon told me off... so I gave up trying to protect her things and just focused on my own.
The next day... so monday, we explored athens and saw the Parthenon, which I have to say, even with the restorations that have been going on since the 70's is quite beautiful. We also saw the Erechtheion which is another magnificent temple north of the Parthenon. The Erechtheion is a temple dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon, which is kinda weird since the Parthenon is also dedicated to Athena... but whatever. My group then explored more of the city of Athens or as the Greeks call it "Athina". Now Athens is one of the most rustic and charming cities I've ever seen. Seeing the city you can tell that it was once a shining, gleaming city, with its twisting cobbled streets and crumbling victorian style houses that range from 2 to 7 stories. Most of the buildings in Athens are no taller then 7 stories, and almost none are shorter then 2; you see Athens has this law that no building can exceed the height of the acropolis, on which lies the Parthenon and Erechtheion, with the exception of one building which is 27 stories in height. Because of this law, Athens seems like a low lying city at first glance, but that is because unlike my dear Toronto, it doesn't have many skyscrapers to or low buildings like bungalows to give the effect of a "height" to the city. Athens has a population of 4 million people while Greece as a total has 11 million!
The next day, Tuesday, we went to the Agora, for those that are familiar with Rome or Have taken Latin, the Agora is the Forums counterpart, and for those that are not familiar with either, it is the old market place of ancient Athens. In the Agora we saw a Byzantine Church that dates bake to the 11 century C.E., the Temple of Hephaestus, the theatre of Dionysus, the old Stadium, and much more, but I can't quite remember at the drop of a hat, so lets wait till I do
. OH! another thing, on every block there is at least 2 to 3 abandoned buildings in Athens! Its crazy! but somehow instead of being repulsive, they are quite charming, and add even more character to this ancient city; showing you the history, hardships and struggles that the Athenians have gone through.
On tuesday we also visited 3 museums out of the 30 that Athens has (yes Athens has 30 museums... no joke) and I sat for a while and sketched the Parthenon from inside the museum of the Parthenon. we also visited the modern "agora" and did some shopping, I got mango flavoured gelato
. I think that that is all we did in Athens... in the evening we took a coach north to Delphi and tucked in at our hotel in the town up there.
We spent the next day exploring the ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi and in the museum, or exploring the tiny little town atop the mountain... well to me a Torontonian, it was a mountain, but the Greeks merely consider them as HILLS! apparently 80% of Greece is "mountainous" and it is extremely beautiful.
ANYWHO~ I discovered, much to my joy, that the Greek counterpart of our "Magnum" ice cream bars are called "Magic" bars and are just as delicious if not more so! AND that the Cadbury chocolate bars counterpart are called "ION Break" which I like a lot better then Cadbury and I wish that I didn't go through the chocolate so fast...
I got LOADS of pictures of flowers and ruins and stuff... hmmm... this is getting long... well, you will have to wait till my next Journal Entry.... "GREECE TRIP part 2" lol XD thanks for reading!
If you have any questions please ask! I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible!