Day 7 - Wednesday, 22 April
We docked in Athens about 6 a.m., and quickly found a taxi driver
who was happy to take two very tired people to our hotel. It was very dark
outside, and the sky was very clear. It was during this drive that we noticed
the crescent moon, with the morning star close beside. A second star was near,
and the dramatic size and color of the moon and the stars was riveting. Never
before had I seen the morning star look so large and bright. One could easily
imagine the wise men from the desert, early astronomers, eagerly following such
a star to find the Christ Child.
The taxi driver charged us $20 for the trip to the hotel.
Apparently $10 would have been more appropriate. We had failed to find out
ahead of time how much the fare should have been. We had not slept well on the
boat thus we were very tired and at the time $20 seemed not all that
Since we arrived at the hotel about before eight and wanted to
check in so we could get some sleep they charged us for a very short day - full
price. We weren't happy about that but we were too wiped out to argue.
Athens seemed an anti-climax after the intensity of our Turkey
experience. Although we walked on Mars Hill, saw the Parthenon and went to the
museum, we just weren't ready to dive too deeply into the history and mythology
of Greece. That requires and deserves another trip.