To The Parthenon and beyond....

Trip Start Aug 31, 2012
Trip End Oct 13, 2012

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Flag of Greece  , Attica,
Thursday, September 6, 2012

Early start saw Dean out of bed at 7am and on the bus around 8.00am.
We were determined to beat the anticipated heat of the middle of the day at the Acropolis.
After a short walk around The Temple of Zues, followed by breakfast at a local cafe,we trudged up the cobbled road to Acropolis and The Parthenon, 438BC.
Along the road, although an obviously modern addition, I couldn't help pondering the steps of the Athenians, making their way to their greatest temple of worship to Athina. How proud and in awe of their own ability to display their prowess as one of the most significant civilizations ever to populate the face of the planet. It must have been an incredible sight !
Imagine, this magnificent structure had only taken 9 years to build (a further 5 to finish the marble carvings to adorn the temple). This fact alone, even by today's standards is truly amazing.
Pericles, 1st citizen of Athens at the time, oversaw the construction and is attributed with introducing TQM (Total Quality Management) to society. The marble for the structure had been rough carved from a mountain some 20 miles to the north and transported by cart to the site by slaves and peasants. His concept of keeping the tradesmen and artisans at the temple site to complete the carving and installation made the time frame possible. The guy knew his sh#t... :)

Christianity has a lot to answer for when it comes to the degradation of the Parthenon. Around 50AD, the church decided it didn't like most of the carvings on the Parthenon and set about removing them as they wished to use it as a Christian church....
In the 1801, the Earl of Elgin, Thomas Bruce, the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire of the time, systematically stripped it of the remaining sculptures and transported them to England. To date, the British refuse to return the stolen artifacts....

How do I know all this I hear you ask.....
We were harangued by a very persistent guide at the base of The Parthenon. She managed to string 4 of us together and we split her charge of 100 euro.. In the end, she was very informative and worth the investment...

From there we spent an hour at the Acropolis Museum. Very impressive, one of those places you could spend hours, and still not see everything...

Lunch at "Gods cafe" was delicious. Greek cuisine certainly agrees with Dean, sampling generous helpings of Souvlaki and moussakous while we're here. Haven't been able to get him to try Dolmades' as yet... :)

For the trip home, we practiced the art of fare avoidance on the public transport system...
Apparently it is "the Greek way"...

Stayed home and for the afternoon, put our feet up and watched a movie..

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Katrina Dougherty on

Dean out of bed at 7am now THAT'S impressive! Loving the updates & pics, keep them coming!! xx

Rob Carson on

Mate! Love the gallery slides to Bitter Sweet Symphony! Brilliant!
Brings Back some good memories!
The Parthenon was surrounded in scaffold when I was there and you couldn't go inside,

dadndean2012 on

Thanks guys, can you imagine the impact this sort of history has on a 14 year old mind..... Priceless !!!

Rob on

Make sure you go to Pompeii and the Colosseum, that will really blow his mind!

Jo on

Love the information and the retention for a man your age.......:)
Go the Dolmades Dean!

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