The day began with a wake-up time of 5:40 am. We had only stayed in Torre Annunziata, Itlay for two days, so that meant we were eating whatever we had left in the house. (I ended up with a banana and a few crackers.)
The train system from Naples to Sorrento, the one we took, has a record for not being the most reliable or clean train. Over the past few days, the trains have shown up late just about everytime. Thankfully, the train showed up right on time, (Fantastic for us) with not a whole lot of people. Also great. 🙂
After an hour-long ride, we made it to Naples and got into a taxi headed for the airport. Undoubtedly, we were bound for something terrible to happen after all this spectacular luck. We were 3 or 4 hours early, so they wouldn’t let us go through security until 9:00. We found a place to sit down and watched a football/soccer game.
When it was close to 9:00 we went through security and found an airport lounge which was great because there was food and most of us hadn’t eaten a decent sized breakfast. After some food, we all calmed down and set about doing whatever we felt like doing. Amanda and Brie were watching some show, (I think, not exactly sure) and I was rewatching Gilmore Girls. (For like the 10th time. OOPS!)
After an hour-long plane ride, we made it to Athens, Greece. *Alert, long layover!! Typically, 4 hours is considered a long layover, but what about a 12-hour layover? (Yah long, I know)
We put all the bags in a locker and took a bus to old town. The public transportation was much better here. The bus showed up on time! What?! (Crazy I know) Anyways we had a tour to get to, so we grabbed a quick lunch and made our way to the meeting point.
The tour guided us to the old town on top of a hill where the ruins on the temple of Athena lie. A little fun fact, when the believers of the Greek mythology started to convert to Christianity, the temple was kept, but the door was relocated to the west side of the temple, and all the Greek carvings were scraped off. Later, when the temple was no longer in use, it was used to store gun power which then led to the blowup of the temple.
Afterward, we went to a nice restaurant and gyros, which were great and how many people get to travel all the way to Greece and eat a gyro there? (Not many)
We then hopped on a bus an headed back to the airport, but of course, we still had another 3 or 4 hours until our plane left, so that gave us two options. One, sit in the uncomfortable seats the airport provides with, may I say…NO FOOD or go to a lounge? In the end, we decided with the lounge. (Surprising, I know)
After check-in and security, we headed to the lounge which, may I say, was extremely crowded 9:00 at night, but the food made up for it! (Of course) We ended up staying until it closed and we still had another hour after the many hours spent in the lounge, so (naturally) I watched yet another episode of Gilmore Girls.
Down the line, we made it to Georgia (the country, NOT the state) around 4:00 in the morning. The family and I were utterly exhausted after the 24 hour day of travel, and as soon as we got into the apartment, which had six flights of stairs to get to it (Not fun with big and heavy backpacks), we claimed beds and fell into a deep sleep. I guess that’s what travel does to you!
I do believe it’s time for another adventure!