Posted April 15th, 2004, 10:56 PM
I lived in Athens for awhile and had friends come to visit. Of course the number one thing to see is the Acropolis and the Parthanon. I went often and found the all my friends, requardless of their age, had no trouble with the climb. There are many flat spots and olive trees along the way where people can stop and rest till they are ready to move on. Not for your mother to worry...just take it a little at a time. It's well worth it.
If you are doing it on your own, I would recommend you go as early as possible thus beating all the tour buses, crowds, and the heat. Take some bottled water from the ship with you. It is usually colder than what is sold at the enterance which is a short walk from the street. Taking a taxi from the ship should take about twenty minutes and the driver can drop you right at the beginnig of the walkway leading to the enterance. The buses usually have to park farther away which makes for a longer walk.
Doing it on your own also allows you to take your time going up as well as coming down. It is really worth seeing and I know your mom will love it. Have a great time in Athens...there is so much to see and you can't do it all. And remember, the Greeks are in no hurry...ever, so enjoy!