Colder weather always has me thinking back to past summer travel. Last summer, I started off a wonderful trip to Greece with a short stay in Athens. I ended up liking it so much, I can't wait to return for a longer visit. With only a brief bit of time there before boarding a cruise, we made sure to prioritize visits to the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.
While the house (actually a compound of several houses from around Thailand and rebuilt on site) was interesting, to me, the most outstanding features of the museum were the garden rooms you pass through between the buildings. There were water gardens, tropical flowers, and gorgeously composed niches throughout the complex.
When you visit the museum, you must take a guided tour. The tour was not long, but informative and a worthwhile addition to your itinerary.
Google Translate is available offline as well as when you are on wifi or a data plan. You can download the languages of your choosing, now without taking up so much space on your phone. This is a great feature when faced with a menu full of unfamiliar choices...or when attempting public transportation in a foreign language.
Museum apps are a great tool when you are visiting a new museum, or revisiting a favorite. This article in the NYTimes reminded me how great the museum produced apps can be. Many of them do not require wifi if you download them before visiting, or the museum may even have wifi available for their app. Check museum websites as you are planning your trip! The Louvre, the British Museum and the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) are among the museums offering an app.
Keep your devices charged! I use an Anker charger that is big enough to charge both an iPhone and my iPad, but the small ones that will give your phone a full charge are well worth the small cost in case you have an emergency. Here are a few examples-
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