So I didn't have much of a turkey coma this year. But I did just get home from five wondrous days in Greece. I can hardly begin to describe the place and my complete obsession/fascination with it. But here is my ode and a few favorite photos:
relics, ruins, oh so pleasing
tossing waves and winds a'teasing
boat rides leave me nauseous, cautious
autumn winds leave locals freezing
wanting, wishing, nothing more
than time upon Aegina's shore
sunshine shines on coastal boulders
kisses lips and toes and shoulders
temples touch a foreign sky
I dream -
I gaze -
I wonder -
O, marble city on a hill
where Paul once taught and people still
find solitude in Pagan cries
of earth and sea and sand and skies
Here I am with never-ending Athens. It really seemed to go on in all directions forever.
There were beautiful orange trees lining most streets. They were just so appealing, I had to pick one. With one bite I discovered why they were still on the trees - it was the most bitter sour citrus experience of my life.The Plaka stayed alive after sunset. There were plenty of Greek sales people trying to lure us in to buy their cheap mini parthenons. We only succumbed to one sympathetic shoemaker from whom we each bought a pair of sandals.Here I am with the Temple of Zeus. See how tiny I am? That's just how big the thing is. It is still blowing my mind.First modern Olympics: 1896. Yessss.
This dear little woman tends the church at the top of Lykavittos Hill. She was so quintessentially Greek, I just had to do a discreet photo shoot of her.
And here is the church with the bright blue sky. When we arrived, a storm threatened and the scene was completely black and white.
On our way down from Philopappou Hill after sunset.Jackie and me on Aegina. It was so so sunny and warm. We were pretty happy about that.We saw a pretty amazing sunset from an unassuming dock in the fishing village of Perdika.
There are all kinds of intimate little churches around the coast line of Aegina. On Sunday morning we rode bicycles around the coast and rang the bells of all the churches hoping to fill the tiny chapels. It didn't work.We left the islands and the seagulls in the sunset.
Ok, so I realize that this blog barely skims the surface of my 800+ photos from my Greek experience. Here's a video so you can experience everything I did. Well, kind of.