Friday, August 22, 2008

Oia by the Sea-a

This is what I thought/hoped/dreamed that Greece would be like. I loved Athens, but when I got to the city of Oia (Ee-a) on the Island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea, my hopes for the vacation were realized. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. I've put them in a series, let me know what you think.

(photo inspired by my SistA)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Baby Dimitri in the town of Larissa

From Athens my seven traveling companions and I took the train up to the city of Larissa, where we attended a wedding and christening. It was a two-for-one; my cousin got married and her 6-month old baby boy got christened all in one two-hour ceremony.

The countryside, from the train

Larissa was a great little town, with much of its charm coming from the fact that no one there spoke English and we had to use the small amount of Greek that we had already picked up (most of our vocab had to to with food, so we got by).


Here's my little cousin, Dimitri. He's just about the cutest little guy you've ever seen, so happy all of the time. Except when he was covered in olive oil and being dunked in water. Not so happy then.

Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the wedding. Why, you ask? Because at that point I was already so fed up with people in my traveling party taking photos of every single second of the vacation, that I rebelled. Poor timing on my part. But don't worry, I picked the camera back up soon after that, and there will be more photos to come.

The church where it all happened, the night before.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Athens Graffiti

The graffiti in Athens was awesome. I took lots of photos, and through a little web research I've found some of the artists' names.

This one is my favorite by far

alexandros-vasmoulakis, 10/4/06

This artist promises that "the next will be better." I had to take a photo because of what the monster guy is saying.

a close up of the photo above

My dad argues that an artist who uses public property as his/her canvas cannot be respected (or at least, that was his attitude). It's defacement, not art. I could not disagree more. Graffiti like this adds a new level to my experience in a city. It's a form of beautification and I will take the crappy scrawling along with the inspired pieces any day. Free art rocks.

Dreyk the Pirate? (far left)

The Krah, 2/21/06

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Original Home of the Olympics!

We began and ended our trip in Athens, a city that completely charmed me. I could definitely see myself living there with a balcony full of plants, eating souvlaki and Greek salad in an outdoor taverna every night. We spent our time in Athens doing typical touristy things. We visited the Parthenon and other temples on the Acropolis, went to Delphi to see the temple of Apollo and hear the story of the Oracle, and shopped and ate expensive dinners. It was a good city to bookend the trip.

Athens during the day, from the Acropolis

The Temple of Athena Nike, on the Acropolis

Propylaea, gate or entryway to the temples on the Acropolis

Athens nightlife in the Plaka district

The Temple of Apollo, at Delphi

Part of a state treasury, at Delphi

Miscellaneous "antiquities," at Delphi

Bronze statues in The Delphi Archaeological Museum

Athens at dusk, from Lycabettus Hill

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Greece teaser

I'm home from Greece and trying to sort through everything. Here are a few pics, just to wet your whistle.

The Temple of Athena Nike, on the Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Latchi Harbour, Cyprus

Larissa, Greece