Athens, birthplace of democracy, cradle of Western Civilization, I actually love you. Even your modern incarnate. However, I don’t love you when it’s 40 degrees Celsius outside. To those of you in the US, Bahamas, Belize and Cayman Islands, that’s 104 Fahrenheit. And that was the high we were treated to for only two days in the city. To say that we were hot would be an understatement.
So how do you deal with traveling in such heat? Especially when traveling with a fair skinned child who has more experience bundling up for snow than attempting to stay cool in the face of such brutal temperatures?
1. Get up and get out early, before the worst of the heat sets in.
Of course, that is easier said than done. Especially when you have a small child who is already worn out from a week of fun in London. Unfortunately for the Vachette, she has a mother who can crack the proverbial whip. The Mad Cow Family had made plans to see the Parthenon, and dammit, we were going to still see the Parthenon. We weren’t the only ones with that attitude, as seen in the picture below, but we made it, and we did it with some smiles, or at least I smiled.
2. Keep your head covered, and keep yourself hydrated.
As the mother of a fair-skinned child, I was already on top of the whole hat business. I have put the fear of Zeus in her when it comes to sunburn, so that part was easily managed. And the Greeks made the second part really easy too. Greece may not be known for its functionality, but its capital provides drinking water at the archaeological sights. Some of these fountains are really beautiful, as you can see below. On a brutally hot day, they are their own work of practical art.
Even if you do the above, you can still count on having a whining child. It takes an extreme effort for an adult to maintain a positive attitude in such heat. Forget about an almost five year old. But we saw the Parthenon, dammit, and that’s what counts.