Hotel Nea Metropolis
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... the crowd to be attentive. The Bishop (Metropolitan) dressed in gold capped by a diamond miter sparkled like stars while he sat on the throne to the left reminding the crowd that St. Gregory Palamas had right of honor, as his predecessor, to sit at the throne on the right side. He spoke as though the saint was sitting across from him --- as he was. At least 18 priests stood in the midst of it all - cloaked in the finest cloth.
I was ...
... to miss that,
so I immediately jumped out of bed and ran to the lobby. There I found the rest
of the class and my two teachers who were now the leaders of the group. These
teachers were Brady, quirky as usual, and Eleni Koutsafi, my studio professor.
The two of them had done their research and found a happening restaurant in the
heart of the city. Not only was this place overflowing with music and people,
it seemed that not a single tourist had found it. ...
... downstairs, some local wine and beers from the amazing bottle shop (the guy thought I had a dutch accent since they don't get many NZers and he knew it wasn't Australia), and chilled our last night in the city.
The next day our train to the next destination was leaving around midday so we didn't have time to really go anywhere else but we felt like we had seen everything we needed to and was glad we booked the extra night. Great Greek introduction - onwards to Meteora!
... ruined the chances to photograph the rape of Helen by Theseus mosaic. The totality of what has been found was impressive, from jugs, cemetery artefacts, votive offerings, coins, mosaics, etc. I was really tired today and not in the mood to be dragged around like sheep. The museum had quality over quantity. I thought Vena's comments at Pella were better than those at Vergina. Most took the extra time as a cue to wait outside in the heat. We were off at 1050 for ...
... to my apartment. A large bottle of wine. That was only 4.5 euro. As my pictures show, we didn't make it back to our apartment with the wine. Laws in Greece are different. You are able to walk around with open alcohol. So there were four of us walking around, drinking straight out of a bottle of wine. We walked along the boardwalk and some of the alleyways between the apartment buildings.
Three things to note about this city.
There is graffiti everywhere. It ...