Drifting Around in Athens

At the start of May, the BF and I got packed and headed out to Athens for a couple of weeks. I used to spend a not-insignificant amount of time out there working and researching for my degrees. I hadn’t been out since 2009, and the BF since 2008. It was definitely time for a revisit.

And it was well worth it. As it turned out my memory was pretty good – as long as I didn’t think too hard about where I was heading (the one time I tried to think where we needed to go, I got confused) I could quite happily get us exactly where we needed to be. My Greek came back too. In the taxi on the way in I was chatting to the driver in Greek. The BF commented later that I was a bit hesistant at first and my accent was off, then a switch flipped and everything came back… Which surprised said taxi driver a bit.

We ate too much, wandered excessively everywhere, spent time in the libraries at the British and American Archaeological schools, played darts, caught up with old friends and colleagues, and a lot of time just relaxing watching the world go by, in the sun obviously.

And no, I didn’t have any knitting with me…


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Photographs: Acropolis Museum – Parthenon Galleries, Kerameikos Cemetery, Acropolis, Lion Tomb Monument, Unguentaria (Perfume Vessels), Temple of Hephaistos in the Agora, Lysikrates Monument, Tower of the Winds & Roman Agora, Brettos Bar in the Plaka, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Wooden Door Detail in the Islamic Museum, Tiles in the Islamic Museum, Grafitti in Thiseio (2), To Kafeneio Restaurant in the Plaka, View from the top of Lykavittos, Carving of Medusa in the Byzantine Museum, Tinakia, Herb Shop in the Plaka, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Theatre of Dionysus



In a name…

I have a long-standing love affair with Greece. I’ve studied the history and culture of the country, I’ve travelled around it, I’ve worked out there.

So this goes a long way at explaining why this blog (and I) have a Greek deity as a title and username. Aphaia, or Ἀφαία in the Greek (pronounced Aff-fie-ur), is one of those slightly odd Greek deities who only ever seemed to be worshipped at one location on the island of Aegina in the Saronic Gulf.

The sanctuary dedicated to her lies in the hills, with spectacular views out over the Saronic Gulf and across to Attica and Athens to the north, the isthmus of Corinth to the west, and the mountainous terrain of the Peloponnese in the south. Beautiful indeed.