Far from the madding crowd…

I wasn’t working this Sunday.

How did I spend my day off? I went up to the Acropolis as I do almost every day, only this time it was early and I was alone.

The Acropolis I found was different from the one I see every day.

There were no endless lines at the entrance and the ticket office.

footpaths to the Acropolis

There was no heat, no noise.

There were no crowds milling about and looking for a good spot to take pictures.

lone tourist next to the Parthenon

There was plenty of shade.

The view to the monuments was unobstructed.

Parthenon from the Northeast

I didn’t have to look at my watch and worry about the time.

I left, promising myself to do it again…

… to be alone with the Caryatids …

Erechtheum from the Southeast

…and Dionysus.

Parthenon, Eastern Pediment, Dionysus and chariot of the Sun

Take my advice: if you can make your own schedule and want to really enjoy the Acropolis, choose to go either very early in the morning or late in the afternoon, so as to avoid the heat and crowds.

Opening hours in the summer are 8 am to 8 pm every day.

One comment on “Far from the madding crowd…

  1. Pingback: The Acropolis is open again; guess what I did first thing in the morning | Aristotle, Greek tourist guide

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