Archaeological sites in Athens are closed due to a 48hr Cultural Ministry strike (Photo: Petros Giannakouris / AP)
Strikes have returned to Athens. To protest upcoming austerity measures, the municipal workers including metro employees and trash collectors are on a 48hr strike (Oct 13-14). This time however, the Cultural Ministry has joined the strike causing the shut-down of major tourist attractions in Athens.
Athens metro on 48-hour strike in protest of coming austerity measures (Photo: Thanassis Stavrakis / AP)
While in Greece in early September, I only encountered a metro strike the day we arrived which meant we took a taxi ride into Athens – not a huge burden. But air traffic controller strikes and the shut-down of essential tourist locations will make travel to Greece very inconvenient for visitors.
My sense of the Greek economy is that these cut-backs are essential and are long due. I hope these issues can be resolved and the measures adopted without continued social unrest.
The Acropolis at night as viewed from above Monastiraki Square
On the flight back from Greece, I was getting excited to post about my trip but I have been a lazy girl since I got back. Normally I get jet-lag for a day at the most, but I have been out by 8pm almost all week! I’m finally feeling back to normal and am now sorting through my 600 photos. Greece was so much fun. It was one of those 10 day vacations which is so relaxing and so filled with sights that it feels like you were gone a month! (Maybe that’s why it took so long to adjust when I returned…)
In the meantime, here is a Acropolis view taken our first night in Athens from a sixth floor bar on Monastiraki Square. The view was well worth my 9 Euro Metaxa-sangria (which itself was good too)!