Day 9 : Athens - City Tour and Plaka
Last day of my holidays and too many things to be covered in huge Athens! I had a flight to catch to India, how reluctantly is a different matter, leaving just few hours to explore the city. Eureka moment, as I was walking by one of the main squares in Athens of Syntagma, I saw a City Sightseeing hop-on-off bus! From my previous experiences with the bus company I immediately decided to take the bus setting me back €8. In 90 minutes I was narrated with history of Athens and key spots to see in most educating and entertaining fashion. We toured around Plaka, Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, National Gradens, Panathenaic Stadium, National Library and Omonia Square. On every Sunday at 11.00 AM there is a change of Guard ceremony performed at Parliament House, interesting to see those guards changing positions in white skirts with some 400 pleats! After that I headed to Acropolis, only to find out the last entrance was closed at 12 in the afternoon on occasion of Easter! There is a small hill very close to entrance of Acropolis from where I saw the views of the mega city of Athens. Later roamed around in Plaka, actually got lost for sometime and could not find my way back to Monastriaki from where I was to catch metro to the airport. I took the direct train to airport listening to Joni Mitchell humming "I am on a lonely road and I am traveling, Traveling, traveling, traveling..... Looking for something, what can it be.........". It was movie time again with Royal Jordanian... Due Date... Accidental Husband and Morning Glory... after one stopover, two and a half movies, I was back home feeling totally blue!