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Crossing the Corinth Canal & Acropolis, Athens

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2013 at 5:23 am

Being fortunate enough to be on night shift during our one time stop in Athens, I went on a tour, and was so thrilled about it.  Our guide (Ioana I believe) was wonderful. She talked the entire time without being obnoxious. She had so many interesting facts and answered every question posed to her. The bus also got a big A+ for being extra comfortable, lots of leg room and fabulously cozy seats. First stop was the acropolis for an hour and a half, which was of course super stunning. The tour moved at a slower pace, which was perfect for the older folks who needed to go slowly. For those of us leaping around the ruins like a forest animal on crack (aka. ME) we were able to break off from the group and join again at the end. The Acropolis is really something amazing. When I was there it was under quite a bit of repair work, which I guess they have to do, or it will fall apart even more, but it seems odd somehow to see people repairing ruins. Then we moved on to a quick stop (15 mins) where we could take pictures of the Corinth Canal from a bridge (which we later sailed under!!) and pick up some souvenirs. After that we moved to lunch along the canal. As a lactose intolerant celiac who is also allergic to shellfish, I generally cringe at the thought of pre-arranged lunches and was totally prepared to snack on pocket lint and a random protein bar from my purse. I was pleasantly surprised!! They had a very gluteney lunch for everyone else, and for me, a completely gluten free AND delicious lunch. There was also a massive greek salad that would have pleased even the pickiest of vegetarians. They even provided a bottle of water and wine at each table. Then off to the boat we went where we sailed right through the Corinth Canal, which was breathtaking. The canal is in fact, man made, which blew my mind completely.  The boat had a little bar inside, where I had some Ouzo (of course) and where the staff were welcoming and very friendly. I couldn’t have asked for more in a tour. And I slept the whole way home in my super comfy bus seat!!

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