Quick disclaimer: This was a year ago.
I'm a huge history nerd and I absolutely love exploring ancient sites. My mother and I took a trip to Greece and were on a tourbus.
One of our many stops were Nafplio (which was absolutely beautiful) and our tour guide said "If you climb 999 steps, you'll find the beautiful fortress of Paladimi.
The entire bus chuckled (Mainly middle aged, few elders.) But being the teenage self I am, I was determined to climb those steps.
There's a slight problem however, I was really out of shape.
I am at the beginning of the staircase up the mountain and my mom (bless her heart) offered to take my wallet and the hotel keys so it wouldn't weigh me down. Left me with just my phone.
She decided she didn't want to join me on my hike up the mountain because (understandably) she was worn out.
I begin my ascent, around 15-30 excruciatingly painful minutes later, i make it to the top. I had a sense of pride as I stepped to the entrance of the gate.
I would be able to see a part of Greece that the rest of my tour bus wasn't able to see. I would have stories to tell at the dinner table. I would have amazing pictures.
Suddenly, right at the door I see a sign.
"8 Euros for admission"
and with that, I took my walk of defeat back down the 999 steps.
I left my wallet and climbed a mountain to see a historical site, only for there to be an admission fee.