Well…..not exactly. One of the negatives (and in my mind, there are few) of cruising is that, although you do get to see a lot of the world, it tends to be a “Twitter- like view of the world. Small “sound bites.”
I am certain that there is a lot more to Athens than what we saw in what seemed to us, a very long day. Places like the Acropolis, the Changing of the Guard, and the Temple of Zeuss, seem like “must do” destinations – at least for first time visitors. But as the image of the city from the Acropolis, and the panoramic view of the city from the highest vantage point show, Athens is a very large metropolitan city.
There is also clearly a large student population in the city.
Konstantinos, our able and enthusiastic guide, also took us into the old city of Athens, where we drove around and had an opportunity to have lunch at an authentic, local restaurant. Really, there is more to the story and perhaps we will return one day and spend more time getting to know the more intimate details of Athens.
We completed our day in Athens with a visit to Panaethenic Stadium, the location of the first Olympic Games. Our guide noted that these games, which included only men in those times, were done completely in the nude. This may explain the apparent penchant for sculptors of the day to include no-holds-barred states including male genitalia.
I will be taking advantage of some time off during the Christmas holidays. When I return in 2014, I will follow up with our visits to Turkey, Mykonos, Amalfi and Rome. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all my friend and readers!