Most architecture here looks classical.
of Athena decorate
Academy built less than 150 years ago making it modern by Greek
The Greek food and drink
we had were
outstanding. The owner of this restaurant was showing several
us examples of what we could have for lunch. Pick anything
offered, add a small pitcher of wine and you won't be disappointed.
When we got away from
the cities and
off the superhighways we often saw sheep in the fields. Even
no fences these were staying out of the vineyard and off the
road. We would occasionally see shepherds but we didn't see
near this flock.
Along both minor and
even some major
roads you would see these little structures. People build
where there was an accident. Sometimes to honor someone who
their life or to give thanks that no one did.
Car" seems to be a
popular urban car. It is tiny, about 4 feet wide and 8 feet
With high gas prices, narrow streets and limited parking it fits right
This fellow was
wandering through a
park in downtown Athens. He wasn't an exhibit, just looking
shady spot with tender green grass.
display of a Roman
style bath was along a major road in downtown
was discovered when an air shaft for the subway was being built prior
to the Olympics. Since then it has been carefully
and a roof built to protect it from the elements. The columns
held a raised floor that allowed heat from fires to pass underneath and
up through channels in the walls. Signs in English, Greek and
other languages explained the various rooms. The tepidarium would have
been pleasantly warm and the caldarium would have been quite hot.
This small chapel was
along a back
road north of Athens. It is quit a bit smaller than you would
guess. The door was only about 4 feet high.
A visitor to this page explained why the small door.
said The reason
that the entrance door are very
low in the Greek and Russian orthodox churches build
Middle Ages, it was that the believers as they were entering
churches had to "Compulsory
respect to the
sacred place of God".
I was surprised to see
get out of the pickup truck. I don't know for sure but he is
probably a Greek Orthodox priest.
Shopping is another
and not just for the foreign tourists. You could
nearly anything you could think of in one of the
shops. This display shows just a few of the hundreds of kinds
colors of glass beads that one had for sale. Rugs like these
another common item.
We would often see men
of these amber, metal, glass, or semiprecious stone beads working them
through their fingers. While often called "worry beads" we
told that a better translation would be thinking or contemplation
These Evzones, honor
guards for the Greek unknown soldier, wear their traditional
garb. The first two have on winter uniforms and the other one
saw when we returned to Athens later is dressed for summer.
We had a very pleasant
private ferry ride to the island of Evias.
Olive trees are
They are all severely pruned so only the trunk gets very
The the first one is nearly two feet in diameter and the second is more than 3.
that in some cases these trees will survive for more than 400 years.
These kids were playing
(soccer) and just hanging out.
This cable stayed bridge
Rion and Antirion across the gulf of Corinth. It was an engineering
challenge if there ever was one. More than 1.5 miles long with
challenges to be considered including a deep soft sea bottom, high
winds, and ship traffic. Tectonic activity makes the
between its ends increase by more than 1 inch per year. That
doesn't sound like much until you realize what that means in terms of
the potential tsunamis and earthquakes.
The Corinth canal is 80
with rock walls up to 260 feet high.
The bridge over the
canal provides an
excellent spot for this sport. There were folks lined up that
seemed anxious to try it.
Our bus tour had to move
on so we had
to miss the experience --- Darn it!!
We saw this tapestry in
Folk Art Museum that was an easy walk from our hotel. Articles like
this are still being made in some areas.
We were in a small town
independence day celebration. There was a parade through town with the
kids from each class of each school dressed in traditional
clothing. This was followed by speeches by the town's
and then music and dancing.
A couple of pictures of
folks on our
tour, I had challenged these kids with a rope
was more than a little frustrated when she thought she had the solution
only to discover that it didn't work out the way she thought it
would. The fellow looking on is a music teacher from Hungary
living in New Jersey. The last picture is our whole tour
Two of the folks, front row 7 and 8 from the left, have particularly
big smiles. That evening they were to get their
had been lost as they left the US 5 days before.
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