11.01.2012 - 11.01.2012
Truly miserable weather today but atleast not particularly cold. We began the day with a longer than expected walk down to the Lioson St bus station in the rain to buy our tickets to go to Delphi tomorrow. A perfect day for museum-ing, we went first to the Hellenic War Museum. Kirstie brimmed with Greek pride at the praise heaped on the Greek fighters of WWII, Hitler in particular praising their tenacity and selflessness. The museum had a good collection of exhibits ranging from ancient Greece and the last stand of King Leonidas through to the War of Independence from the Turks in the 1840's, as well as both World Wars. On the advice of tripadvisor we then made a stop at the Bernaki Museum, which had a verz good collection of prehistoric, ancient, byzantine and modern greek objects, including a large section on the dress and culture of Greece in the years immediately preceeding the Greek war of independence. If the archaeological museum's collection of ancient and prehistoric jewelry was good, the Bernaki's was even better, with a lot of amazing and intricate jewellry that was over 3000 years old, and definitely fashionable even by today's standards. Exploring Plaka in the rain once again, we were enticed into a restaurant with a warm fire and a friendly owner. The meal was nothing short of amazing. Zucchini balls that melted when they were touched, homemade tzatziki, Greek salad and mousaka... Yum!