06.02.2013 - 06.02.2013 16 °C
Today was a travel day, but we didn't have to drive long. Because it was only a two hour drive to Athens we decided to take some stops along the way. One of them was the site we were going to see a couple of days back but were too tired from our flight. It's called Corinth, and it is a historical site of Greek ruins. Before we went to see the ruins we stopped in at the small museum they had. There were old statues and lots of everyday tools that had been found and preserved. These included helmets, rings, pottery and children's toys. We noticed that most of the statues' heads were gone, and the ones that still had heads rarely had much of a nose. My dad said that this was because of when they were invaded, because it was the easiest way to destroy a piece of art of that kind. At the site we saw stones that outlined where shops used to be, as well as the houses of important figures. Most of the time we were there my mom was frantically trying to find the ruins of the bathroom, because she said that the last time she visited they were her favourite part. In the end we found everything we wanted to see and were on the road to our next stop
The next place we stopped was the Corinth Canal, which I really enjoyed. The canal itself is very deep and thin, even though the water is only eight metres deep. Hannah and I each took a turn throwing a coin over the edge and watched it hit the water on the way down. We walked around the area for a while and bought a fridge magnet before we stopped at a small place for lunch. We all ordered a pita gyros (surprise, surprise!) and we all thought that it rivaled the ones we had tried before. But soon we were on our way to the Athens airport to drop off our car and take the metro to the hotel that we would be staying at for a couple of days.
When we got to the airport the returning of our car was simple, but soon we found out that almost all the public transit was on strike. We would have to wait two hours before we could catch a bus that would take us into town, and then we would still have to take a metro trip. We decided to spend the thirty-five Euros on a taxi, and enjoyed a much more comfortable and relaxing trip. I slept most of the way and I was pleased to find us right in front of the door to the Lion Hotel when I woke up. We paid and thanked him and then went to the reception of the hotel. The lady there was very friendly and spoke fluent English. It looked as though we were the only ones at the apartment, and were given a room on floor six, which had a private wrap around balcony for a view of the city. I personally really like the place (especially because my parents said that they would take the hide-a-bed while Hannah and I got the bedroom) but my parents continue to find things to complain about.
That evening my parents and I went out to the small grocery store around the corner and picked up some food for dinner that night and breakfast the next morning. It was a successful trip, but we noticed that the prices for items were very high. When we got back to our room we had a pasta dinner with veggies and later my parents and Hannah went for a walk. To finish our evening we watched a third of the "euromaxx clipmania" videos before going to bed.