We have embraced our time in Greece by starting a literacy unit based around Greek myths.
While we were in Piraeus for 24 hours we seized the moment and got the train to Athens to visit the Acropolis.
Searing heat and three young children meant that we decided against climbing the hill to see the actual buildings, choosing instead to view them from afar by visiting the Acropolis museum.
A truly amazing experience in many ways.
From the start, the customer service we experienced was exceptional. A gentleman spotted Flossy and I in the queue for tickets – about 100 people long – and invited us to join an alternative line set aside for people with disabilities and young families (he hadn’t even see Fliss at this stage as Daddy was trying to keep her occupied near by).
Next, the security guard didn’t make us unpack the baby bag or the baby carrier rucksack and let us just pass them through the metal detector.
Having been ushered to the very short line for tickets set aside for people with exceptional circumstances we quickly paid and were directed to the left luggage counter. Here, despite not having any passports or driving licenses with us as ID (we had been warned of pick pockets) we were allowed to leave a credit card and were issued with a stroller for Felicity and were permitted to hang her baby bag on the back so we could take it with us – all without asking! Phenomenal! (Later on, we were also let back in with only three tickets – two had been misplaced – because they remembered us!)
The museum was amazing, the girls were in awe of the state of the art technology used to bring the ancient monuments to life. We had to drag them away from the reception area to the main museum as they were enraptured by the video on show.
Throughout the museum there were interactive opportunities that engaged the children and allowed them to appreciate the history of the place. The parthenon video was amazing, Felicity watched one of the resoration videos five times as she marvelled at how a ‘legless’ statue was carefully suspended for display purposes and the older girls loved the LEGO models of the Acropolis.
Finally, after a very over priced lunch (that at least had generous portions) we retreated to the book store where Freya Flossy and I spent over an hour exploring the children’s books. We finally made two, by now very informed, choices. The ‘Usborne book of Greek Myths’ and the ‘Visitors Guide to Ancient Greece’.
These have now formed the basis of our literacy unit for the week…. read more in part two.