Our 7.30am pickup became 8.00am after a couple of phone calls - blamed on traffic but I had my doubts, not a lot around and probably just on 'Athen time'! Did the now usual whizz around by bus - here's this, here's that etc. Have now decided that a 'Hop On Hop Off' bus visit around any city is probably better value than an organised city tour which does not seem to stop at all the places you want to. Anyway on we went and got off at the 1 year old Museum which houses only the icons and works uncovered from around the Acropolis region. It was a magnificent new museum and our thoughts were that it was a museum that wouldn't go astray in Cairo in Egypt where a new museum is so badly needed.
However the talk of the morning was whether the Acropolis was even open as there were strikes by the workers, for reasons unknown and although our tour guided thought it might only be the morning, as time went on, it was determined that the are would be closed for the whole day. Not such a bother to Kemm and I as we have another full day in Athens after the Islands so will visit then. (Actually saw on TV that it was closed the next day as well!).
Kemm and I left the tour group as the tour guide was not quite sure what she was going to do with 40 people for the next 2 hours!! We wandered off to 'Plaka' an area of Athens full of restaurants, shops, alleyways etc. Had a delightful lunch (another - BOY HAVE I PUT SOME WEIGHT ON!!!). Used our map carefully and made our way back to the hotel. The street name are all in Greek and the map in English and streets and alleys so small that it was a little trickly finding our way back but we did! Spent some more time up on the hotel rooftop cahtting to a group of American people on holiday and once again wandered down the street for yet another meal - ho hum!!