Today we have been so frustrated by the rubbish Wifi in our Athens hotel. We are connected with full bars but the little icon spins and spins around. You go have a SSS, that’s shower, shave and you know what, then come back and it will still be spinning. A few more minutes floss teeth and then it will open up, this frustrated all of us in particular Summer. We can’t get anything done and so we packed in our morning school session and left for the Olympic Stadium.
Lucky for us the weather was awesome. The first thing you realise when you enter is that this is the second incarnation of the ancient stadium which was left derelict for some time before the first modern Olympics in 1896.
We got our free audio guide, it is a worthwhile tool, then walked around the spectator seating area as per the guide. You hear a full run down of the stadium in ancient and modern times. I started to zone out the family and really got into this audio. Ok, I had to take a few photos of them, cause they got in the way.
The back ground noise during the audio made it feel like you were there back in the day. Or maybe it is because you can picture it from movies like Gladiator were the combatants enter the arena or modern sports comps when the athletes enter the Stadium to cheers. After the spectator area the audio guides you to the entrance for the competitors, the gladiator inside of me was coming out.
Walked around to the top of the bend and then the audio recommends you go to the top take some photos and return to the chairs for the King and Queen. This would totally be a thumbs up or down chair, (look closely at Autumn in the above picture, she gets it).
We enter the tunnel up the competitors entrance. This used to bethe Gladiator area or modern day change room but it is now a museum.
How cool, all the Olympic Torches from previous Olympics are kept here. Then you read the Olympic creed. I was fired up ready to enter the arena now.
I pushed number 9 on the audio and it starts with a pumping heart in the back ground as you walk down the tunnel and just to the entrance. Someone give me a sword or a football, I really felt like a combatant now as I was ready to enter the Stadium. I pushed 10 on the audio, sadly it said look left to 2 of the original blocks from the ancient stadium. I peaked too early. I thought I was going to run on with cheers from the crowd.
The guide then points out that the stadium is full marble, the only one in the world and has a slight curve so that all spectators have a view of the sports. Look at the feature image of this post, you can see the curve along what appears to be the straight seating.
I climbed to the top and got some good photos over to the Parthenon. We finished the tour and then had our photo taken on the medal podium.
I of course was in first place.
Left the Olympic Stadium and made our way over to the sections of the Acropolis we didn’t see. Spent a couple of hours here and at the lookout point, then walked to the Old town to check it out. This was definitely the tourist area and up market end of town.
Saw a restaurant with plate smashing, which got us all excited so we went in for some dinner.
It was our last night in Athens so we lashed out, had a nice dinner live Greek music and got to smash some plates at the end of dinner. OOPA.