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Today was very similar to yesterday - both in terms of the weather as well as the nature of the site that I visited. Under another grey, overcast sky, I boarded a bus from Thessaloniki this morning bound for the Greek city of Giannitsa, which made a stop along the way to drop me off at the ancient archaeological site of Pella, the capital of the Macedonian kingdom (after it was relocated from Vergina/Aigai at the end of the 5th century BC) and the birthplace of Alexander the ...
... there are no pictures allowed in the museum, so I had to confine myself to photographing views of the exterior of the mound.
My favorite part of the museum, however, is seeing the facades of each tomb as you approach them through the tunnels and stairs. It's so rare to be able to walk under a tumulus like that and be face-to-face with the entrance of each tomb the way that mourners and family members would have been when preparing ...
... to chuck it in my back pocket and take the little guy home but I did the next best thing and helped it live another day.
In the afternoon Global Vision International (GVI) had organised something for the volunteers. The group I was with was treated to a tour of the local town. GVI had even organised a traditional lunch by the beach for us, to show the appreciation for giving them a helping hand. It ...
... after though, was absolutely divine.
Going up, we went into the next spring. This one was a bit warmer and nicer than the last. One cool difference about this one, is that there was a small waterfall stemming from some rocks, and the rocks made a small pool for a few people to sit in. Not entirely the most comfortable spot, but it was relaxing sitting under a warm waterfall rather than the freezing cold one.
After we hit up the springs, it ...
... they were discovered, however, two of them were untouched. There were all kinds of weapons and bowls put in the tombs. Many of the weapons had to be pieced back together, along with the friezes on the backs of the couches found within. Pictured is one of the swords that has been pieced back together.
Any pictures I took, I had to sneak as taking pictures was not allowed. And there were grumpy men at every corner waiting to yell at you. Plus I looked suspicious with a camera ...