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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 character.

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 harmoniously.

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 points.

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 restaurant.

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.

Athens 11742

Tel: (0030) 210 9000 900

Email: info@theacropolismuseum.gr

Nearest metro: Akropolis  on the red line towards Agios Dimitrios

Open daily except Mondays, 8am to 8 pm


Alison Lorentzos                                                               copyright 2011



 

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