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Sunday, 17 February 2008

Ascending the Acropolis

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Here's what you do:  You take the Athens metro to the Monastiraki station (at night, if possible).  When you exit, the Acropolis is to your right and will take your breath away.  The enormity of it, the glimpses of the Parthenon on top, the sheer ancient impact, can't be conveyed by photos.
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From Monastiraki, you can get overpriced souvlaki at a number of tavernas, do some tourist shopping, see some cool things (Hadrian's Library, the Temple of the Winds).  I don't recommend entering the Acropolis site via the Monastiraki side, however: I like the tempo of ascending the other side and exiting through the Agora.  Also, on Sundays there will be a scam artist there trying to get you to give him money to enter.

So either get back on the metro, walk the couple kilometers through the Plaka, or come back another day, and use the entrance near the Akropoli metro stop.  There are cool displays in the metro station, and you'll be able to keep using the stroller for quite a while.

I've done the Acropolis ascent while 7 months pregnant, while carrying a 10-month-old on my back, and while towing a toddler.  It's doable all ways, but my vertigo always kicks in near the top, where the steps are steep and worn.  You'll have to leave the stroller at the coat check building, but that's no biggie.

Keep an eye on the kids, and be sure to check out the museum on top.

Descend the opposite side, into the Ancient Agora.  Kids who are train-obsessed can end the day watching the tracks.
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