Day 7 - Athens to Amsterdam to Detroit to Denver
We optimistically thought we could arrange an island tour, but that never materialized. We got to sleep in a bit, and after breakfast we got on the bus to head back to the ancient part of the city - the "Ancient Agora" - an archaeological site.
|Statues inside Ancient Agora|
|Temple of Hephaistos|
|Temple of Hephaistos - Looks like the stone was burned|
|Me, Bill, John outside the Temple of Hephaistos|
|Hard to believe this was once a "city"|
|View of Temple of Hephaistos from Ancient Agora|
|This looked like an alien!|
|11th Century Church|
|Bill - causing trouble|
|Amazing detailed stone carvings!|
|Original painting inside the church|
|floor inside church|
|Right in the middle of a neighborhood!|
|More Ancient Agora|
|An example of the graffiti that is literally everywhere|
|Museum of Greek Folk Art|
|Me, Will, John|
|View of Acropolis from the roof of Greg's parents' hotel|
I got to the hotel, packed and got to bed at 12:30. My alarm went off at 3:10 because the bus was to depart at 3:30 am. I was one of the last people on the bus at 3:27. Long drive to the airport and all sorts of complications checking in. Most of the people had traveled with more than one roller bag, and in Athens they were making people check the one that had previously been carry on!
Got on the plane with no major complications (I packed light) and I fell asleep almost immediately. Woke up long enough to have breakfast (a sandwich?) - then fell asleep again.
We were supposed to have a two hour connection in Amsterdam. Plane landed on time but we were in the next to last row and it took forever to get off. At least a half dozen of us were on the same flight, and since Alex knew the airport he walked us in the right direction. We split ways since they had a much longer connection. It took 45 minutes to get through "passport control" since there were no corrals of any kind. It reminded me of the swarm that occurs when you are leaving a concert or something. Totally disorganized. Once we got through there, we only had about 10-15 minutes to get something to eat or shop before getting back on the plane.
The plane was mostly full, so I was VERY happy to find that I was on an aisle seat in the center row and there wasn't anyone sitting by me. SCORE!! I couldn't sleep, so on the flight I watched two movies ("Salt" and "Just Wright") and read a few books.
Arrived in Detroit, had to go through customs again - but it was a LOT easier than in Amsterdam. Landed a bit early in Denver around 4:30 in the afternoon. Since it was rush hour I didn't get picked up until about 5:30.
Another super SUPER long day of travel.
The trip to Greece was a complete success. I had a lot of fun, I met some really cool people, and I had an unforgettable first marathon. Thanks again to everyone who helped make this happen for me!