Monday, April 10, 2006
I take the Metro from Omonia Square to the Acropolis. Unfortunately I don't arrive until 9:45am (it opens at 8am), so I get to join the crush of the crowds of bus tours and Greek school children who are swarming over the Parthenon, the Propylaia, and the Temple of Athena Nike. The crowds weren't quite as bad around the Erechtheion (Old Temple). Once I take a few photos and leave the summit of the Acropolis, the crowds are gone and the noise level diminishes. In fact, it is downright tranquil as I walk down the Panathenic Way to the Agora and the Temple of Hephaistos. I'll return to the Acropolis either at the 8am opening time, or late afternoon when the crowds are less. I still have to see the South Slope, where the two theatres of Herodes Atticus and Dionysos are located. I also still have to see the Acropolis Museum.