Sunday was spent at the camp site so as to avoid the Macedonia protest taking place in Syntagma Square. Predictions beforehand were that a million or more protesters would converge on the capital, but the police estimates suggest that the number who actually turned up was more like 150,000. There wasn’t any violence reported, unlike at the previous demonstration, but we’re still glad we gave it a miss. Instead we went for a coffee locally, and spent the rest of the day chilling out.
We’d planned to spend yesterday at the National Archaeological Museum, but when we arrived we found that we’d turned up too early as it didn’t open until 1pm, so we decided to finish off our Athens sightseeing instead, and return to the museum today. After a(nother) gyros lunch we went to visit Hadrian’s Library, Roman Agora and the Panathinaiko Stadium, where the 1896 Olympics were held.
Afterwards we went back into the centre and mooched around, before going for dinner in a nice restaurant with live Greek music, which was good fun. The lamb chops were lush!
Today we returned to the National Archaeological Museum and spent around three hours viewing the exhibits. Here are some of my favourites:
Today was our last day in Athens. We’d originally planned to stay for three or four nights, but extended that to seven after we cancelled plans to go to Delphi and Meteora because snow was forecast up in the mountains. We’ve had a great time here and had some lovely meals out, but we feel that we’ve ‘done’ the city now and so probably won’t be coming back for a long time.
Tomorrow we have a long drive of some 550 km/330 miles to Thessaloniki. We’ll be taking the toll roads, so hopefully I’ll be able to put the van in cruise control and coast along while listening to podcasts and munching some Percy Pigs.