25 Apr Athens
As we wake up in the morning, we can really tell, that our wild camp spot we had found last night in the dark was not very stealthy at all. Although, it was quite a distance from the main road, we could see the few cars drive by in clear sight, which meant that drivers should have been able to spot us easily as well. At least there is only little traffic going over the mountain on this Easter Monday, and the couple of drivers do not seem to care about what we are up to, nor give us a second look. We tear down our tent and take our time to make a hot cup of coffee and eat our cookies before cycling all the way to Athens.
After a nice long decent, we trade our almost deserted mountain road for a slightly busier road leading through the suburbs of Athens. Before we knew it, we were on a busy 8-lane highway leading toward the center of town and up another long climb to our campground in Athens. Luckily, all the drivers gave us plenty of room.
For the next few days we were exploring ancient Greece. We visited a couple of museums, climbed up to the Acropolis, found our way through the ancient Agora, looked at numerous temples, meandered through narrow streets and alleys, checked out the local flee market, and ate lots of yummy Gyros. We had a wonderful time hanging out with the locals on Areopagus Hill after nightfall while admiring the lit up Acropolis. We were enjoying ourselves so much, that we missed our midnight ‘curfew’ at the campground. This is the first campground that we have stayed at, that did not have a walk-through gate, so we had to climb over the 8 foot entrance gate. Later, we found out, we should have rang some magic bell to let us back in, but where is the fun in that!?