Today we are going to Muse about our time in Athens and the Acropolis. If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.
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In 1959 my family flew into Athens from Beirut on our way to Morocco, which was our home for the next several years. I really do not remember much of our brief visit to Athens, other than my sister got sick in the lounge. Not a pretty sight!
So, now our trip was bringing us to this ancient city and I was looking forward to exploring what was possible in a day. We decided to spend our time at the Acropolis of course. The area of the city from the harbor to the Acropolis is tired. The economic pressures of recent time have taken their toll. But, the Acropolis was booming. People everywhere, in tight packed groups or solo.
My knowledge of Greek history is sketchy and my focus on the Acropolis centered on the Parthenon. I did not realize the extensive nature of the Acropolis or how much it dominated the area. It is a pretty good climb to get to the top. That posed a problem. So many people have climbed those paths and areas of steps that the stone on the ground has been polished smooth. And everywhere there is stone, treacherous to walk upon — an understatement!
As we neared the top, Jeanette looked at the steep incline and, being worried about coming down as much as going up, said “I think I will wait for your here.” “No,” I replied, “If you don’t go the rest of the way up you will regret it forever. I’ll help you”. And we gingerly worked our way up. That was scary because people were coming down and going up on the same narrow slick path which had no guard rails.
All it would have taken was for some person to collide with another and a dramatic fall would have been likely. That we did not enjoy.
Once we reached the upper surface we were in more crowds, making it difficult to move about especially with the stone worn smooth.
Notice the stone behind and to the left of Jeanette. Smooth. I wouldn’t like to be there on a misty day.
But enough of that. The Parthenon was impressive.
as was the Temple of Athena Nike.
We spent an hour exploring the ruins. Eventually we decided to make our way down. I had noticed what looked like an alternate way down which was less steep and less trafficked. The path offered some stunning views. One was the Theatre of Dionysus Eleutherius, a major open-air theatre and one of the earliest preserved in Athens.
As we made our way down we passed many other areas being worked upon and areas storing artifacts.
Eventually we were at street level and on our way to the new Acropolis Museum located nearby. That is the museum seen in the mid distance in the middle.
This is quite a modern museum displaying exclusively sculptures, friezes, and reliefs recovered from the Acropolis. Here you can see one of the main galleries.
I would have shown you more photos but, when I took this, a museum guard yelled, “No pictures!” That is her in the dark uniform right in the middle of the floor. Humph! I was surprised. Normally pictures are forbidden because the flash will affect the color of the paint. That did not seem to be an issue here.
After this Jeanette and I packed up our bag and met our friends for Lunch.
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