12-16 October, 2011
And goodbye Middle Sea!
This the 101st post will be my last. The last 6 months have been amazingly good but all things (good and bad) must come to an end. I have purchased my ticket to fly back home to Melbourne on Monday, 17 October.
Most museums and archaeological sites are closed due to strikes Wednesday and Thursday (so I will have to wait until tomorrow, Friday, to visit the Acropolis). And there is a public transport strike Thursday and Friday. This is in addition to taxi strikes which are unpredictable. I was lucky that the Metro was still running Wednesday evening when I arrived at Piraeus port from Santorini. My accommodation in Athens (Athens Backpackers & Studios) is very central (with a view of the Parthenon from the rooftop bar) so I can easily walk most places. The weather is sunny and warm (unlike Santorini which was rainy).
It was not planned that way but it is fitting that the alpha and omega of this Middle Sea journey have turned out to be Rome and Athens respectively, the capitals of the two great classical Mediterranean civilisations.
To all my family and friends, see you soon!