March 21 – 22, 2017 —
Since we needed to change planes in Athens it was a perfect time to stay a day and see the highlights. The metro from Athens airport is a quick way to reach the center city where we were staying. Our hotel, Central Hotel on Apollonis, was centrally located, clean and not expensive. We arrived as it was getting dark and were awed by the view of the Acropolis from our roof deck, all lit up high above the city.
Only having one day we used the Hop-on/Hop-off bus as a combination audio guide and taxi. The Acropolis and Parthenon were amazing as we expected. A brief walk through the National Gardens was nice and will be even better later in the season when more flowers are in bloom. Our last stop was the Acropolis Museum, which houses the original statues from the Acropolis. Many of the ones currently seen by tourists at the Acropolis are copies, placed there over the course of renovations.
At the end of the day we took the overnight ferry from Athens back to Kos and Quintessa. Before leaving form Barcelona we had purchased a very large, cheap roller bag to get us through the trip and bring back some things we needed that we could not get in Kos. The trip to Barcelona was fine; the trip back saw the bag slowly disintegrate. At Athens airport baggage claim, the bag slid down the belt with the side slit open. It was salvageable since the tear did not go completely through and the items inside would remain there, at least for a while, but as Bob walked the bag off the ferry when we arrived in Kos, the wheels fell off. The lock was also broken and the bag was declared officially dead. It had done its job.
After almost three months away Quintesa was a welcome sight and everything was just as we had left it.