Greece Holiday Part 8: Lesbos/Lesvos – Messa Temple, Ancient Pyrrha, Klopedi Sanctuary, Mithymna, and Eressos: Research for my Third Novel

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Finally, I am able to complete my Greece Holiday posts with Part 8. This is my most exciting post, as you may all know, I am writing a Young Adult, Historical Fiction Novel, based on the island of Lesvos during the Classical Period. Lesvos has two spellings, its modern one, and its ancient one with a b, instead of a v, depending on the pronunciation.

When I was on the island, I had all these plans to go see these amazing archaeological sites I had been doing my research on, so that I was able to create my own map of the island, and get a feel of the place and setting I was writing about. I got so many tips and outlooks of being there: from the singing cicadas, the heat from the sun, the cool, windy nights, the fresh springs, the beautiful beaches, and the ancient sites that tore at my heart, as I wanted to know more, wanted to see more of this island my grandparents were from.

The first archaeological site I will talk about is the Messon Sanctuary. The Lesvians have fixed the area, making it a commercialised place for tourists to come and visit, however, sadly, to my dismay, they had stopped selling books and pamphlets about the site – I had been collecting so many of these when I was island hopping, for my research. The place has been well preserved, and is well known throughout Lesvos.

2449246024632466I went to Ancient Pyrrha, and after my visit, I wrote a poem about my experience, which I am hoping to one day publish, when I edit it, and get the theme across. I was amazed that not a lot of the locals understood the beauty of the region, and the fact that there was an ancient city buried under the ocean! When I walked along the beach, craving to go see the acropolis of Pyrrha that was across the beach, on top of a hill, on a different side of the island, that the locals called, Red Rock, it was hard to understand if this was the actual place of the acropolis. At the beach, there was a restaurant set up for visitors that went there, but apart from that, no excavations of the area have been undertaken; Pyrrha lies under the water, her city amongst the sand of time. When my boyfriend and I hiked our way to the acropolis, and mind you, we never made it there because of the putrid waste that was dumped in one section of the beach, every step we took we were walking on artefacts of rocks and pottery. Here are a couple of pottery shards that we collected – I was so excited when we found these!

286928702878 2877 Next up, is the Klopedi Sanctuary – one of my favourite visits when I was on the island. The only way to get there is by hiking on a dirt road from Agia Pareskevi, trusting that you could read the limited signs along the way, hoping that you were heading in the right direction with little water because you didn’t realise how long the track would take on foot. When we got there, I was amazed that the locals were making it into a commercialised place for tourists to come and visit in the future, when everything was completed. One day, when I return back to Lesbos, I cannot wait to go back to the sanctuary and see how the archaeological site has developed.

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2819Lastly, are Mithymna and Eressos. When I visited Molyvos, in ancient times it was known as Mithymna, one of the daughters of King Makareus, I was astonished that there were patches of archaeological sites in different parts of the city. Here is one that we passed by, but I only went to Molyvos at night, so I was unable to see more of the area. Like I said, when I go back, I cannot wait to explore more of the island and what it has to offer me. And finally, Eressos, or now known as Skala Eressos – I only went to the beach here, but was unable to see the archaeological site, so like the other places, I will need to visit this site. It was hard to do anything on the island unless you drove your own car; but that means driving on the different side of the road – yikes!

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Oh, and I have not mentioned Arisvi – she is an unknown ancient city of Lesbos, that many of the locals do not know about because she was destroyed during the 5th century by the Mithymnaeans, and hence forth, this is where my Third Novel comes in. I wanted to visit the archaeological site, or what I have read online, traces of what is left of it, but none of the locals understood where it was, because it was not commercialised or well-known like the Messon and Klopedi Sanctuary. It is hard to understand how much research and digging in books I needed to do to find out about this place, and try and find an archaeological site map of the area; but that is another story to tell in the future. Nevertheless, one day, yes, one dear day, I will visit Arisvi, and see the fallen columns of her city.

Till next time,
Claire

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Greece Holiday Part 7: Lesbos/Lesvos – My Family’s Island

IMG_5499This is the second time I have visited my family’s island where three of my grandparents were born. Both my Mum’s parents were born at Lesvos in the town, Agiassos, and my Dad’s mother, was born in Agia Pareskevi. For our second visit, we stayed with my Dad’s auntie, Thia Eni, who also lives in Australia but goes back to Greece every six months. She picked us up from the Mytiline airport, and we stayed two weeks with her. She showed us the whole island, driving all three of us everywhere, as you can see on the map. The only place we were not able to visit was Plomari as my Thia told us that the road to the town was too windy and tricky. I would love to talk about the ancient sites we visited on the island that is the setting of my Third Novel – but I will leave that to my next post. Thia Eni drove us to Molyvos (Mithymna), and it literally is a mini Santorini. I was awestruck by the place, and that there were ruins right in the middle of the town life! Even the sunset that we watched, from Mithymna’s Byzantine Castle, was exactly like the Oia Sunset at Santorini, except there were no white and blue houses.

ImageI got a lot of inspiration from being at Lesvos, walking in the towns that my grandparents grew up in, and learning more about my culture and where my ancestry comes from. I will definitely be visiting Lesvos again. The beaches are beautiful, I lost track with how many we went to because every day, Thia Eni had us up on our feet doing stuff. Then we would have dinner, have our siestas, then at around 9pm, we would walk down to the chorio (village) for the night life. Everyone was out, the old men at the cafes drinking with their mates, the children playing on the streets and footpaths, and all the way down, past the old people and the cafes, were the bars and loud music. We would sit and drink, and enjoy the night. The Greeks are very laid back.

We spent nineteen days on Lesvos, but we needed more time. There is just so much to see. Thia Eni drove us everywhere, she took us to:

  • Mantamados where the Taxiarch Church is of Agios Taxiarchis
  • The Monastery of Ipsilou
  • The Panagia church at Sykamnia
  • Anaxos Beaches
  • Petra and to the church of Panagia Glykofilousa (Our Lady of the Sweet Kiss)
  • We enjoyed Greek night at Kalloni Village
  • The Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest – but did not go to the actual sites, yet.
  • Museum of Industrial Olive Oil Production on Lesvos

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2921I’m probably forgetting other places she took us to, because we went to so many, and I was really grateful; my Thia was our personal tour guide of Lesvos . By ourselves we went to Thermi and stayed there for our five last days in Greece, and went to the Agios Raphael Monastery and the prehistoric site of Thermi. However, we were unable to see Thermi’s thermal baths, as they were closed this year.

ImageI need to go back to Lesvos, it still has so much to offer me. These are a couple of books I bought while I was on the island, and I also bought a map and a DVD. I am also very lucky that my grandparents and Thia Eni contributed their memories of growing up on Lesvos to this book, Our Homeland: Lesvos, Words and Images of Australian Migrants from Lesvos by Vasilios Vasilas. It is good for grandchildren to appreciate where their family has come from, and to have this book means the world to me.

Till next time,
Claire

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Greece Holiday Part 6: Four Day Classical Tour and Meteora

ImageAfter visiting Athens and the Acropolis, then island hopping to Mykonos, Santorini and Crete, we finally went back to Athens for our 4 Day Classical Tour and Meteora. This was a Bus Tour and we had an excellent time thanks to our enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, Eleni Nikolaki, and our bus driver, Plato. We highly recommend Key Tours and her. Eleni was a passionate guide and was great to talk to every day because we learned new things about our Greek culture, even Mum was amazed with her. The archaeological sites we went to were:

  • Mycenae
  • Epidaurus
  • Olympia
  • Delphi
  • Monasteries of Meteora

IMG_5740It was awesome to be at these archaeological sites, especially Epidauros where I had written an essay on the god of healing and miracles, Asklepios for uni (I bought a small statue figurine) and Olympia, Mycenae and Delphi which I have studied at uni and high school. And I was astounded with seeing the monuments and statues up so close – I felt like a spoilt little girl 😛

We had an amazing time, met Aussies on the tour and two girls from Canada, and I was overloaded with so much research for my Third Novel and Historical Fiction in general. Cannot wait to go back to Greece again, and this time, to Italy as well – I’m dying to visit Pompeii and Herculaneum that I studied for the HSC in Year 12 at school.

This was the itinerary of our tour:

Day 1 Start: Athens

Travel to: CORINTH CANAL, MYCENAE, EPIDAURUS

End: OLYMPIA

  • Drive to Corinth Canal (short stop).
  • Continue to Epidaurus and visit the ancient theatre, world famous for its outstanding acoustics.
  • Proceed to Nafplia and through the plain of Argos arrive into Mycenae.
  • Visit the archaeological site and the tomb of Agamemnon.
  • In the afternoon drive to Olympia through the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis.
  • Overnight in Olympia.

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Day 2 Start: Olympia

End: Delphi

  • Morning visit the archaeological site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Theatre and the Olympic Stadium and Museum.
  • Proceed to Patras, cross the recently rebuilt bridge from Rio to Antarion crossing the picturesque town of Nafpaktos.
  • Arrive into Delphi.
  • In the afternoon visit the picturesque mountain village of Arachova.
  • Dinner and overnight stay. (B,D) Delphi Palace or similar

Day 3 Start: Delphi

End: Kalambaka

  • Morning visit of the famous museum of Delphi.
  • Departure to Kalambaka passing through numerous picturesque villages and typical towns of Central Greece.
  • Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka. (B,D) Divani Hotel or similar

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Day 4 Start: Kalambaka

End: Athens

  • Note: Modest dress code is required. No shorts, no sleeveless tops. Women are required to wear
  • long skirts (no pants).
  • In the morning visit Meteora, where ageless monasteries strikingly sit perched on top of huge rocks. Here you will see exquisite specimens of Byzantine Art housed inside the monasteries.
  • Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (see the Leonidas’s Monument) and Kammena Vourla.
  • Arrive in Athens early evening.

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Key Tours website of our tour: http://www.keytours.gr/tours/athens/four_day_classical_greece_tour_epidaurus_mycenae_olympia_delphi_meteora-34.html

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Greece Holiday Part 5: Crete and the Palace of Knossos

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So finally, after being in Athens for 2 days, island hopping from Mykonos to Santorini, spending 3 days on each island, we island hopped to Crete now. Man, were we tired! And we had four days ahead of us on Crete – spending 2 days in the capital, Heraklion, and then two days in Chania, on the west side of the island.

When we arrive at Crete, we had to walk all the way to our hotel – yes there were taxis, but we had not arranged any transport because apparently our hotel was nearby. Now in any other circumstance, the walk would have been easy-going, but we had luggage bags to carry (be mindful that mine had a silly metal handle and it was the smallest of them all, that was over stuffed, plus, the side handle to pick up the bag had torn while we were preparing to get off the boat – hilarious). I know for next time to use a different bag. Anyway, so we walked the way to the hotel, and we literally died. Mum was complaining her arms were sore, and my partner just kept walking along, and then we would stop, walk again, stop, walk again, okay, maybe another mini-break, and keep walking. Looking back, it was hilarious, but at the time, things started getting on our nerves.

1562ImageWe eventually made it to the hotel – after pulling the luggage bags up steep hills in the heat.  Checked in our hotel, it was great at the Lato Boutique Hotel – very modern, and we handed our laundry over to be cleaned. But what was disappointing was that we were in the hub of the city. We had been living the cosmopolitan life on beaches and holiday scenes in Mykonos and Santorini – and now we were in the city. Wasn’t the purpose of a holiday was to escape ‘the rush’ and ‘city life’? That night, we went out to eat at the hotel’s nice restaurant on the roof, but we got turned down because it was full – these little things at Crete started accumulating and getting on our nerves. So we walked to the Bay, and ate at a restaurant there, and I’m sorry to say, at this restaurant, we had the worst food in Greece. The meat and protein were fine, but the dish sides of rice and pasta – not good and undercooked.

The next day, I had planned for us to go to The Palace of Knossos. This was another archaeological site I had studied in Year 11 at school when I was learning about Thera at Santorini and her connections at the time. We caught a bus to the site, and there were a lot of tourists, and I mean a lot. We lined up and waited to go inside – they had one of those ticket machines that scans the code on the ticket and your okay to go through. The tickets were mildly expensive, and once we were through we had the option to join groups with tourist guides – but that would cost extra. We decided to explore the site ourselves, and I was amazed – seeing it for the first time.

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageHowever, after reading a couple of the site’s maps and information stands, it bogged us down, and we wished we had the experience of a tour guide back at Delos and Santorini. So an English speaking guide saw mum and called us over – this was half way through his presentation, and mum spoke Greek to him and it was good. He had so much knowledge telling us about the site, its connections and what it meant. My partner and I wondered off a lot to take pictures away from the group, and then we would join back. At the end, the guide said to my mum, ‘I won’t charge the kids because they weren’t with us all the time.’ But, once we were leaving the site’s exit, he ran up to us and spoke to mum in Greek, trying to charge us extra, even though we joined the group half way through and we weren’t really involved. We found it to be rude, and yet understood why the guide had done it. But we had said no and left. Before we returned to our hotel, we picked up our laundry, and bam! – it had been dyed pink! Mum had bought a new beach dress and because it had not been washed before, it ruined the other clothes that were washed it. Another thing to get on our nerves. We then made our own lunch and caught a bus to a beach near Heraklion. It was beautiful, and the sand was yellow and sandy! Like Australia! Great to be reminded of home. That night, we were able to eat at the Hotel’s restaurant on the roof – and it was worth the wait, the food there was delicious and had interesting modern twists on Greek food. Thumbs up!

ImageImageImageThe next day, we caught a bus and travelled to Chania – it took 3 hours to get from the centre of the island to the west. We stayed at the Porto Del Colombo hotel that was at the Old Town – so many streets, twists and turns – the pathways were beautiful and the scenery at the port! We loved it there and did a lot of exploring of the old town – our hotel was even a traditional Venetian house, wooden floorboards, wooden furniture, wood everywhere! So different. We also walked the streets at night at the harbour – everyone comes out after 8pm, and there are so many restaurants along the harbour, and great food. We also had a Foot Spa Therapy, where you put your feet in a fish tank and all these tiny little fish come up to them and nibble off the dead skin – it tickled and it was fun!

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Overall, we had a lot of ups and downs on Crete – would we change it, I don’t think so. But perhaps next time, instead of sticking to the Sun Island Tour’s suggestion of places to go, we would also add on Agios Nikolaios on the east side of the island, which has all the gorgeous beach resorts, and that cosmopolitan beach holiday we thought we would have on Crete. 4 days was not enough for an island that big. Even at Mykonos and Santorini – 3 days on each island is not enough. I suggest for any vacationer to stay a week on each island – more weeks if you can and enjoy the atmosphere.

My next post will be on our 4 Day Classical and Meteora Tour around Athens.

Till next time,

Claire

Greece Holiday Part 4: Akrotiri and Ancient Thira

ImageImageWhile at Santorini, on the third day we went on a Notos Day Bus Tour to the excavations of Akrotiri, Red Beach, Perivolos beach, Megalochori and Pyrgos villages, and the Santo Wine winery. We had a wonderful guide, who allowed me to video record her. She had such a wealth of knowledge about the island and its history – I was hooked. We entered into a building that was built around the archaeological site to keep it safe and preserved. There were stones everywhere, covered with volcanic material! Highlighting the street network, buildings and drainage-sewerage system of the city. This was a Minoan Bronze Age settlement. It was exciting. I had studied Akrotiri, Ancient Thira and the similarities they had with the Minoan Palace of Knossos (Crete will be my next blog post), all the way back in Year 11. And here I was, at one of the archaeological sites I had studied in high school. I was once again video recording while my partner took heaps of photos for me. We later on visited the Museum of Prehistoric Thira which housed finds from the excavations at Akrotiri.

https://i0.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/27/Map_Akrotiri_1600_BC-en.pngImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageThe next day, our last day on Santorini, we visited Ancient Thira. Little did we know it was all the way up on a mountain! You heard correctly, a mountain! There was a couple of us that were being transported up there so my partner and I had to wait for a small car to come and pick us up – and thank god we were in that car and not on the bus, unlike my poor mum. Going up the mountain, it was very steep, and you followed a winding road – there was no barricades. Once we were up there, it was really windy. Our driver told us to be careful; once I stepped out of the car, the door slammed shut behind me from the wind – that’s how rough the wind was. We bought our tickets and off we went exploring by ourselves with our pamphlets like good tourists. It was amazing, to be up on this mountain, wondering how on earth the Ancient people did it and build their whole lives around this mountain. You get a sense of ease and recognition that they did so much in their lives – it’s fascinating. And one thing I always like to remind people, is that, if it wasn’t for the Ancients, we would not be here today. Later that day we visited the Museum of Prehistoric Thira and I was overwhelmed seeing all the artifacts and frescoes of these Ancient Sites.

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I’ve also been inspired to write a short story about Ancient Thira, I’ll hopefully write it soon, it’s listed down as another project for me to do, and I have so much research and pictures from visiting the site and studying it during Year 11.

Till next time,

Claire

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Greece Holiday Part 3: Santorini – Kamari Beach and Oia Sunset

ImageWe arrived at Santorini by a high speed ferry, and it sure was a bumpy ride. However, we arrived after 6pm, and did not have a full day to look around; but we did enjoy the view from our hotel in the capital of Fira (in the middle of the island), called The El Greco Hotel, and there, right in front of us, was the volcano!

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The next day we went to Kamari Beach, thinking that we would be going to Ancient Thira that day – and I had forgotten that all archaeological sites and museums were closed on Mondays! Luckily, Plan B after visiting the site (if we had gone) was to enjoy the black beach of Kamari. Little tiny black pebbles were the carpet you walked on, even when you entered the sea, but there were bigger rocks – not sharp, just bigger. There were richly colourful and decorated shops reflecting Santorini’s Minoan Bronze age from the frescoes found at Akrotiri, which I will talk about in my next blog post. There were restaurants everywhere along the boardwalk, selling seafood, take away, ice cream, clothes, jewellery, books, souvenirs – everything!

ImageImageImageImageImageImageThat night, we went to the north part of Santorini, to Oia (pronounced eye-a) by a bus – you could either walk the long way there, I’ve heard that it’s beautiful, but you need to start heading out early because the sunset starts at 8:40pm on the dot. Unlike in Australia, the sun is already going down when it’s only a couple of minutes past 5! That was one of the things I missed about Greece, the late sunsets.

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So at Oia, there were marble built houses and pathways crowded with tourists, and bombarded with so many fascinating shops – there was just so much to look at!

ImageImageImageFinally, you follow people to the main spot where everyone takes those famous Santorini photos and purchase paintings of Oia’s sunset – very well known for honeymooners and couples. But I will also reveal, you can watch the same sunset on any Greek island, you just don’t get the beautiful blue and white washed houses. I saw the same sunset on my family’s island, Lesvos at the Molyvos castle – I will show this in another post.

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The sun goes down, and these gorgeous red and orange colours are spread throughout the sky with smears of yellow. As the sun goes down, it is engulfed into these beautiful colours and turns a shade of pinky-red – it is hard to capture the changing moments of the sun, and I recommend to anyone, you have to be there to see it, the camera does not do it justice.

ImageImageImageImageImageAfter the sunset, you’re in a mass of tourists leaving, and you walk along the marble pathways and head to the huge marble broadway where shops and restaurants are spread along, giving walker-bys the beautiful view of the island and its active volcano.

Image784ImagePerhaps the reason why Santorini captured my heart was the romanticised setting, but also the richness and history of the island – the sun’s brightness is so different there. Or maybe it was because I studied the island’s history all the way back in year 11 (it was one of the first case studies we did in class) and I was there, finally, experiencing what I had studied, taking the vast view of what the ancient world had seen. Or perhaps it was the fact, that the island had undergone such a massive volcanic eruption in ancient times, and yet it was still here, still luxurious, still prosperous, still waiting to be studied and visited from the outside world.

I will talk more about the archaeological sites I visited in my next post – for now, enjoy the pictures.

Cheers,

Claire

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Greece Holiday Part 2: Mykonos – Delos

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To start my holiday in Greece we were at Athens until we started our island hopping tour to Mykonos. We took a 6hr ferry from the Piraeus port in Athens to Mykonos. I advise anyone, if you are sitting in the economy class, go up to the top deck and go outside to look at the view when you are passing Greek islands and stopping at some. The water is beautiful and the atmosphere very relaxing when you are outside.

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We got to Mykonos pretty early in the morning and stayed at the Mykonian K Hotel at Chora (the main white/blue-washed capital) for 3 days. We went to Paradise, Super Paradise and Pranga beach by AV quad bikes – driving sensibly of course because we were driving on the other side of the road compared to Australia. All of the beaches were beautiful as you can see, just be aware that at Mykonos you get charged for using their chairs and umbrellas that are set up at the beach. Because the island is so commercialized, they get a lot of money from tourist attraction and to use their equipment it was 12 euros! A massive rip-off compared to when we went to Santorini and it was 6 euro, and then Lesvos where it was nothing, but you were obligated to buy a frappe drink, which was fine. Because like the Greeks say, you’re living the cosmopolitan life, sitting on the beach chairs, enjoying the view

.ImageImage Anyway, we learnt the hard way about being charged for using the beaches equipment and learnt next time to just sit on the sand – at different beaches it is either sandy, pebble-like or even stony for the surface that you walk on. Very different to Australian beaches. We went down to the Chora a couple of times, eating at the restaurants and walking through the towns shopping market – such beautiful pictures can be taken and you do a lot of walking. We went to the famous Windmills.

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And finally, we went to Delos. I’ve always wanted to go here, especially when I was learning about the island when I was doing an Alexander and the Hellenistic World subject at uni. It took us 30 mins to get to the island from Mykonos, and as soon as you reach the port, there are ruins everywhere! I’m amazed that throughout history the island was a prosperous, cosmopolitan marketplace and trading port. It fascinates me to know that the ruins are still intact.

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageI took my Panasonic video recorder and started filming immediately. I had my boyfriend taking pictures for me of the area, and as soon as our English tour guide started speaking, she asked me, ‘Are you recording this, you are not allowed,’ in her heavy Greek accent. I couldn’t believe what she had said. It disheartened me and I stopped taping her, even though she was telling these interesting, elaborate stories about the island. I then started recording again, but this time being smart and not having the camera face the tour guide, but her voice and stories still being heard. It had to be done.

ImageImageImageImageImageImageI recommend to anyone, if you go to Mykonos you must go to Delos and see the archaeological site and museum.

Overall, I had an interesting experience at Mykonos, but Santorini was my favourite island, it won my heart, and I will tell you more about it in my next post.

Cheers,

Claire

Greece Holiday Part 1: Athens – The Acropolis

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Well, it has been a long time; I think nearly over 10 weeks now since my last post. My holiday to Greece was amazing – seeing all the archaeological sites, family, the people, seeing the villages again my grandparents grew up in, the food, the ongoing bread appetizers with olive oil and vinegar, and finally, the beaches and the laid-back attitude of the Greeks.

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In Athens, it was hot and humid. The hotel we stayed at was about 15-20 minutes away from the Acropolis by walking distance. We passed a Starbucks, patisseries that were open up at 6:30am in the morning. The Flea market of Monastiraki was closed at this time of the morning – we went through a walkway, passing all these shops that would be open later on in the day. We walked passed Hadrian’s Library, taking heaps of photos and then made our way to the Acropolis with a dog as our guide. He led us all the way up to the Acropolis, it was unreal; but we kept following him for over 10 minutes – he was a smart dog.

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Finally at the Acropolis entrance we bought our tickets and hiked the steep walkways up the mountain – this was the second time I have done this in my life. Everything was made of marble which always astounds me because you wonder how any ancient individual was able to get this heavy material up a mountain – even at Ancient Thira on Santorini – but that’s for another post.

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Anyway, once we were up there we took all our panoramic shots, like good tourists do, seeing some stray cats about which is typical in Greece. They had heaps of ancient column bases stacked up on each other. We also went to the two theatres surrounding the Acropolis (the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the Theatre of Dionysos) and other little mini sites around the area (the Sanctuary of Pan) – there’s just so much history everywhere! The only one thing we didn’t do during the two days at Athens was go to the new museum that a lot of people afterwards that we met on our holiday talked about. We also hadn’t realized that the tickets that we had purchased had 5 tickets on them, allowing us to gain access into the museum – so we will definitely be doing this next time.

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With my creative writing, I took so many pictures of the Ancient relics, land, pottery and the great treasures sold inside the Flea markets. It’s a great collection of pictures to inspire me to write a story about Ancient Athens; but I believe Athens is the most referred to and written about city-state of Ancient Greece. Other cities on the Aegean Islands and Cycladic Islands are not commonly written about and not as well-known which is what I like to write, to make people more aware of the variety of Ancient Cities and their histories. But who knows, perhaps one day I will write a short story based in Ancient Athens, there’s a whole lot of research of the place!

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What did other people who have visited Athens like or dislike about the area?

My next post I will be writing about Mykonos and Delos.

Cheers,

Claire

Going to Greece Today!

The Mykonian K Hotels Thalasso Spa Centre, Mykonos Town Hotels

Well, it’s official, I’m travelling to Greece today. I cannot wait to come back with so much research and photos from Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Athens and Lesvos for my creative writing! I’ve been looking forward to this trip since 2005, such a long time ago! I will come back on the 30th of July with heaps to blog about, and it will be mid-week of the 1st Week of Second Semester at Uni.

It will be difficult for me to blog over there, hopefully I can tweet my progress at different hotels from the wifi connections.

Yasas everyone!

Claire  

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North entrance at the Palace of Knossos