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... is experienced through the senses, a communing with the divine. I stood in awe. Color everywhere -- almost blinding the eyes. Massive royal red rugs blanketed the floors with the double-headed eagle emblem too big to fit within the lens of my cell-phone camera. Billowing clouds of lilac incense infiltrated the nostrils while byzantine chanting (12 chanters on the right & 12 on the left) melodiously breached the ears.
The second Sunday of ...
... I was very grateful,
it meant that we would be experiencing the actual culture, not a replicated
parody. Upstairs was our table, tucked away in the corner where we could still
hear one another over the music. I ordered myself a drink. Now my Greek is not
only sufficient enough to order without flaw, it has started to pick up native
habits. For example, in English you might say “What’s up?” That wouldn’t make
sense to anyone who ...
... mislaid our way from the Metro station to the Railway Station, which isn't at all obvious.
We made it in front of the Departures board at 15.15, just in time for the platform to be announced and about twenty people scrambled down the stairs to Platform three, and we followed along. We had made a compulsory seat reservation, which included a coach number, but there was no indication on any of the graffiti-painted coaches which number they were. ...
... most of the group heading toward the bus as a clue. Dumb Babooshka and Chrome Dome buy ice cream and had to eat it outside the bus. Think group, dorks! The group went from 0 of 16 smokers to 1 of 17 smokers with George. Did not realize that Daniela smoked; bad girl.
Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece. It was the second most important city in the Byzantine Empire. Our last stop was at the Church of St Demetrios, the city's patron saint. He ...
... and then headed to Vergina to visit the tumulus. This is the underground tombs of Phillip II and Alexander IV. The tumulus started as just a tomb for Philip then evolved to a bigger burial site. In the tomb, every precious possession was buried with the dead, even their houses. We saw some really precious golden armor, crown and jewelry that was found in the tombs. It was great to see the actually outside entrance of the ...