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Greece

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Published by Paul Schnell
1990's Travels of Paul & Donna Schnell
1990's Travels of Paul & Donna Schnell

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GREECE
This wall painting of Boxing Children was foundin the ruins of the Late Minoan (Bronze Age)city of
Akrotiri
on the island of
Santorini
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 A
fter what seemed like a flight long enough totake us half way around the world, we landed in
Athens
at night and were soon whisked off to thehotel
Electra
located just off
Syntagma Square
-the center of modern Athens. After checking in,we went for a late night walk and suddenly cameupon the startling sight of the brightly illuminated
Acropolis
off in the distance, eerily floating as if inmidair. We could barely wait to visit this theBIRTHPLACE OF DEMOCRACY, the glory thatwas Greece in the Golden Age of 400 BC thatproduced an unparalleled succession of geniusessuch as statesman
Pericles,
dramatists
Sophocles
 
and
 
Euripides
as well as philoso-phers
Socrates, Plato
and
Aristotle
whoseteachings have not ceased to influence Westernthought and civilization to this day. After wanderinthrough the quaint
Plaka
quarter with its maze ofnarrow winding streets and lively tavernas, weapproached the crown of Greek culture high on arock above Athens.Paul and Donna in front of the Parthenon onthe ancient site of the Acropolis in AthensThe Acropolis from Philopappos HillFor more than 2000 years the Acropolis hasdominated the city with the majestic ruins of the
 
Parthenon,
a temple that Pericles had built honor-ing the goddess
 
Athena,
 
the patron goddess ofAthens. We tried to imagine this place in the mid-dle of the 5th century BC and tried out the hardstone seats in the
Theater of Dionysus
wherethe dramas of Sophocles were first performed. Onwe went exploring the city’s other landmarks ofantiquity such as the
Agora
, the main market placeof ancient Athens where leaders, philosophersand common people gathered to discuss currentevents and metaphysics. We walked through the
Monastiraki
Flea Market area and further on gazedat length at the
Temple of the Olympian Zeus,
the
Arch of Hadrian
and the original Olympic Stadium,site of the ancient
Panathenian Stadium
and thefirst modern games in 1896. We scaled the mighty
Mount Lycabettus
rising sheer above the city andwalked forever (passing
Heinrich Schliemann’s
Mansion) to visit the
National ArchaeologicalMuseum
- one of the world’s greatest museumshousing 2,500 years of ancient Greek civilization.
October 1992trip to Greece
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Donna at the Temple of Apolloin the Sanctuary of Delphi
 
Delphi and the Island of Hydra
N
o trip to Greece is complete without a visit to
Delphi,
so off we went one day by bus, 105 milesfrom Athens. Rising from the heart of the mountainou
Parnassus
region, Delphi is the home of the mostcelebrated
oracle
of all time, awe-inspiring in itsbeauty and austerity. No wonder the ancient Greeksregarded this place as the
“navel of the earth”.
Atthe center of Delphi stands the sanctuary of
Apollo
 and from there the narrow
Sacred Way
 
zigzags up tthe ruins of the
Doric Temple of Apollo
.
After beingpurified with water from the nearby Castalian spring,the priestess, dressed in full ceremonial robes, woulutter her prophecies. The nearby
Delphi Museum
is,even though small, nevertheless one of greatimportance. The highlight of the collection here is thbronze statue of the
Charioteer
,
dating from 478BC. After booking flights to the Aegean islands of
Mykonos
and
Santorini
at the American Expressin Athens we decided to pay a one day visit to thenearby island of
Hydra
by boat from the harbor of
Piraeus.
 
We arrived to find the island devoid ofmotorized transport, mules being used as
the 
beastof all burdens. Most of the town and handsome villaswith thick white walls and brightly colored doorwaysonly approachable up ankle breaking flights of steps.Near the top we found a very sexy house underconstruction and fantasized about owning it with itsbeautiful view of the ocean and little town below. Badown in the harbor we spent the afternoon sippingwine under the giant awning of one of the numeroussidewalk tavernas and watched the fishing vesselscreate a cheerful atmosphere of activity. Hydra HarborHydra street
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