A DAY OUT AT THE MUSEUM
My parents visited us for
Easter in Aegina and rather than repeat the annual pattern of
socialising, I decided to take them to the mainland for a change
Once in Piraeus,we made our
way to the bus stop in Odos Lambraki. Here the 040 bus can be
taken to Syntagma Square. We were lucky to find seats, one of
them a window seat and were able to watch the streets change in
Syntagma square, a pro
community place which brings together many people for all sorts
of events. That particular day, there were no organized events
but the square was as usual teeming with people; tourists and
Athenians going about their business, street hawkers, illegal
immigrants and us in search of our coffee therapy. Never a fan
of fast food outlets, I refused to have coffee in such a place
and went off the beaten track to find a place that was charming
and served excellent coffee; we found one in a little side
street off Ermou. However, when we went to the metro, we
discovered that there is indeed a lovely coffee outlet tucked
behind some trees in Syntagma square.
From Syntagama, we took the
metro on the red line towards Agios Dimitrios but our stop,
Akropolis, was actually the next one. Akropolis station is a
beautifully constructed building which provides a taste of what
can be seen at the museum. There are antiquities displayed
behind large windows and the colours are the muted tones of
years gone by.
The walk from the station
towards the museum is pure, refined pleasure. Cobbled streets
and elegant classical buildings patch worked with stretches of
grass and old olive trees.
The museum is incredibly well
designed..A marriage of engineering and architectural design
which celebrates the old and introduces the new. Archeological
relics are seen below thick glass which forms part of the
footpath and the colours of the past and present all engage
The entrance fee is 5 Euro per
person but my parents were allowed a discount as they are both
above 65 years of age.
The exhibition was succinctly
but well described in Greek and English languages and there were
many archeologists on duty to answer questions and clarify
The first floor exhibition
showed how life was in the ancient city of Athens and how this
related to the gods and philosophers of ancient years. My mother
took out her notebook and sketched designs seen on pottery and
carved into stone and marble. We spent an hour and a half on
that floor then made our way up to the second where we found the
Minimalist in décor and
calming in ambience, we sat at a back wooden table and waited to
be served. Within seconds we were brought large glasses of water
and menus. We selected moussaka and a simple salad with tomatoes,
olives and capers. The basket of bread contained mini loaves,
white and brown and some with grains. The portions of moussaka
were generous and the ingredients fine. The whole meal was
perfect and we felt pampered and special. Three people ate well
for thirty five euro. We explored the restaurant balcony and
took in the panoramic view of the Acropolis.
On the third floor, we enjoyed
seeing the Parthenon exhibition which was supported by a film in
the viewing gallery. The exhibition was marred of course by the
absence of those marbles which are still kept in the British
museum….give them back!!! They don’t belong there and they will
be so well cared for at the new Acropolis museum!
We had a great day and it was
so stimulating to be treated to such beauty. I recommend
everyone visiting Greece takes time to visit the museum!
WHERE IS THE MUSEUM?
15 Dionysiou Areopagitou.
Tel: (0030) 210 9000 900
Nearest metro: Akropolis on
the red line towards Agios Dimitrios
Open daily except Mondays, 8am to 8 pm