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Travel Blogs from Kifissia
... to see Hawaii, Brazil, France, Japan, and now Greece together in addition to some other places Chris has been by himself. Although I get to see more because I have the days free, we usually always try to get some time in before or after the conference for Chris to enjoy what's available. It's a great benefit of being an astronomer, and a great testament to their intelligence that they plan conferences in such wonderful places. Even better than that, they remember to bring their wives. ...
After a 10-hour flight from Dulles to Istanbul, a 3-hour layover there, and a 1-hour hop thence to Athens, we arrived via 45-minute cab at our downtown airbnb lodging—a studio apartment a 5 to 7-minute bus ride from the Acropolis, last night. The owner met us at the door, let us into the apartment, and we were on our own.
To say that today has been full would be putting it mildly. We started at the Syntagma Square, ...
The Agora Museum is small but amazing, especially as it is housed in the completely restored Stoa of Attalos. A rectangular building in the Agora beside the Panathenaic Way, the road for civic ceremonies and the every four year athletic contests that passes through the Agora as it winds its way to the Parthenon, the Stoa is double colonnaded on its long, fronted side. This stoa was restored in the 1950's by the American School of Classical Studies funded ...
... office under the hospitalarius called custo elemenosine or elemosinarious who was responsible for looking after the indigent. In 1182 A.D., specific measures to relieve the suffering of the poor were specified. Would anyone care to venture a translation of elemosinarius to a more modern term associated with the church today? [Yes, that's my blog bonus point question.]
But, are the Knights all there is to see on Rhodes? An ...
... even, outside of the Parthenon--it's unbelievable.
When we got back down to the foot of the Acropolis, we found ourselves at the bottom of the hill/rocky outcropping that Saint Paul, I think, preached to Athens from. Of course we clambered up to the top on an old staircase with stairs of varying heights and materials in lieu of using the modern metal stairs--something that never would have been allowed in the US. There are so many ...
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