Day four was our first day at sea. I’ll spare you the recap of our lazy day at the pool followed by a fancy dinner. Day five we woke up in Athens, Greece.
My new husband and I booked a tour for the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Booking the tour was the first mistake of the day. We soon realized our tour guide was clueless so we separated from the group. The day was incredibly hot and the Acropolis was terribly crowded. It was one of those times when the wait far exceeded the actual time spent at the attraction. We were also shocked to see that the Parthenon was under full construction. Scaffolding and machinery were everywhere! Not only did this create an awful eyesore, but it also meant we were a considerable distance from the ruins. You would think that would be mentioned by the booking agent but of course, they just wanted our money. I’ve always been intrigued by ancient Greek culture, so I’m glad I had this opportunity to get a peek at history, but sadly, I can’t say that I would return. We did have a chance to pop into town, but the suffering economy was evident everywhere we passed. I hate to be such a downer but this was my least favorite stop on our trip.
All in all, it’s a piece of history that can’t be missed if you’re in the region. However, I would highly suggest doing some research beforehand to see the state of the construction. I believe this would have been a more enjoyable experience during the low season as well. Plan wisely!