Friday, December 29, 2023
Tuesday, December 19, 2023
THE FERRY RIDE FROM HELL
Boy, was I wrong! Turned out, it was a stomach-churning experience, leaving me clinging to the railing for dear life!
Boarding the Seajets ferry was anything but fun. First, you have to wait for hours in the scorching Greek sun, and then it's a mad stampede to get on and off! Never mind the seasickness!
It was like a refugee scramble—no clear instructions, everyone jostling and dragging their luggage to get on board. The cacophony—the roar of the ferry's engine, the chatter of excited voices, and the clatter of rolling suitcases—amplified the pandemonium.
Finding my sea legs on the swaying deck amidst the intoxicating diesel fumes and battling the urge to keep my breakfast down was a daunting challenge.
The ride certainly is not for the faint of heart! The first part of the journey was relatively smooth, and we did enjoy the magnificent views of the Greek coastline. However, as the ferry moved farther into the open waters of the Aegean, the adventure took a dramatic turn. The wind picked up, and the sea became choppy. The vessel started to rock, and passengers were gripping their seats or the nearest railing. It felt like a never-ending series of peaks and troughs. The hubs and Son #2, who weren't prone to motion sickness, were green in the face!
What an ordeal! And we had to relive the nightmare a second time, from Mykonos to Santorini. Despite the allure of the beautiful Cyclades, I never want to endure that ferry ride again. I'd rather swim!
Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Day 8—ACROPOLIS and PLAKA
Our last day in Greece.
ACROPOLISimage source - smarthistory.org
The Parthenon's age surpasses 2,460 years. Historical records indicate its construction began around 447 BC.
The Parthenon has served as a temple, a church, and a mosque over time. Initially devoted to the Greek goddess Athena, it underwent transformations as various religions claimed ownership. Christians converted it into a church, and later, the Turks transformed it into a mosque, adding a minaret atop the structure.
The Parthenon suffered destruction when explosives stored within its walls detonated during the late 1600s amid the conflict between the Venetians and Turks vying for control over Athens. This occurred as the Acropolis, due to its elevated position, served as a strategic military site during the conflict.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
It was originally a steep-sloped theatre with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof made of expensive cedar of Lebanon timber. It was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000.
image source - wikimedia
Entrance leading to Propylaea
Exiting the Beulé Gate.
Sculpture of Menander (Meandros)—one of the most important dramatists of the ancient world.
Ancient finds near the Theater of Dionysus
The statue of Ioannis Makriyiannis guards the entrance to the Plaka neighbourhood.
Cats graced us with their presence everywhere we went! I have a whole lot of photos of moggies we encountered in Greece, which I will share in a future post.
Our last meal in Greece before heading for our flight home. A Chinese lunch!
Final glimpses of Greece en route to the airport.
—Panathenaic Stadium, traditionally costumed evzones (presidential guards) standing by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Syntagma Square