Athens, the final day

We got up early so we could get an early start at the Acropolis and I was glad that we did–we managed to avoid most of the tour groups that mob the Parthenon and we basically had the ancient Agora all to ourselves.  An added bonus was that the weather was pretty cool.  Afterwards, we walked over to the Numismatic Museum of Athens, a converted mansion which houses an impressive coin collection.  We then went to the Benaki Museum which housed an impressive collection of archaeological artifacts and artwork, followed by the Museum of Contemporary Art which had a number of video installations.  We then had lunch at this place where we dined on yummy yogurt pie and I had a tasty pork dish.  We went to the Byzantine and Christian Museum which had a nice collection of Byzantine art and then ended up at a restaurant featuring Cretan food.  Everything on the menu sounded tempting but, unfortunately, the food was disappointing.  Despite the disappointing last meal, we were very happy with our experiences in Greece–like Italy, it’s a country that would be hard for anyone to not like!

View of Athens from the Acropolis

Another nice view of Athens

The famed Parthenon

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