Like poor weather conditions on the slopes of Everest, a strike also kept us from climbing the Acropolis on our first attempt. Athens' most popular historic site closed early the day of our arrival because some protests had gotten violent. For us, it turned out just as well: the first day of a trip to Europe is always marked by late-day exhaustion as you battle jet lag trying to stay awake through the evening. With our body clocks seven hours behind, we weren't in the best frame of mind to appreciate the Parthenon.
A peaceful moment outside the Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles at the Ancient Agora, Athens.
We did see the more manageable Ancient Agora that first day, where everywhere you look there's a sublime site from one millennium or another.
And we would have another chance at the Acropolis. Click here for Part 2.