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"Under Construction, Buyer Beware" Greece Tourist Trap Tip by adambomb805

Greece Tourist Traps: 89 reviews and 46 photos

  one of the many cranes in the background
by adambomb805

when most people are in athens, they will of course want to see the acropolis. you pay you 8 euro and start walking up all the steps under the intense greek sun that is only intensified by the air pollution. sweating profusely and feeling overwhelmed by all the tourists that you just weaved your way through, you look up to catch your first glimpse of the parthenon. the huge structure i impossible to miss, and so is all the scaffolding and construction equiptment all over the site. you feel cheated and angry that the one chance you get to see the famous architecture all you can think about is how obtrusive all this construction material is. why didn't they let you know before you bought your ticket that it would not be the same as for quite some time.

Unique Suggestions: if you are in athens, you will no doubtedly go and see the acropolis even after what i have just described to you. you will have a much better experience if you are prepared beforehand to pay 8 euro to see a construction sight. i would have still gone, it would have just been nice to know. all over europe this is taking place: the collisium in rome is under constuction, bone have been taken out of some catecombs in rome, the Sagrada Familia being added on to in barcelona, the stairs are closed halfway up the effel tower in paris, and many more parks, cathedrals and monuments have been altered in some way. I just wish they would let the natural process of deterioration take place. But then again, i wouldn't ever want to see the statue of liberty fall to the ground so maybe we will have to just deal with the inconvienience

Fun Alternatives: don't let the construction deter you, because you cannot escape it. just be happy that you had the chance to see such a historic sight, and then head to a beach, because they are rarely fixed in any way.

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  • Written Mar 11, 2004
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