Friday, 23 August 2013

The Fire Jumpers





"1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."

Monday, 20 May 2013

A Traditonal Greek Easter & Lord Byron's Heart

I know what you're saying, "How can you bring Lord Byron's Heart to the Greek Easter Table?" It's quite easy if you're having Greek Orthodox Easter in the countryside not far from the village of Agrinio, which just so happens to be near to Messolonghi where it is said Lord Byron's heart is buried under his monument in the "Garden of the Heroes" (Κηπος Ηρωων). So how did this all come about? My wife and I were up in the air about what we should do for the Easter Holiday and nearly decided to stay at home in Athens till our neighbor friends invited us to spend the Easter holiday with them in the village of Agrinio. It just so happened that they owned a modestly sized farm that was about a 40 minute drive from the center of Agrinio. Although I couldn't really find a strong ancient Greek history tied into Agrinio I did know that it was near Messolonghi where the famous poet Lord Byron died of a fever, and that his heart was buried there. So, that was something I put on my mental list of "Things to Do". Looking at a map Agrinio was only about 30 minutes from Messolonghi, a perfect day trip for me and my son and an excellent opportunity to give my wife a break from the little one.

Just 20 minutes from Agrinio one can whittle away the hot days of summer under a canopy of large maple trees. We sat here for food and a few nice afternoon drinks. Near-by is a playground where the kids can play. Although we saw many non-venomous snakes swimming in the lake we never saw any on land. Local fishermen never mentioned anything about the snakes but claimed fish weighing up to 5 kilos (11 pounds) could be caught in the lake. A fisherman's story? Who knows, but I'd sure like to find out for myself. 
The magical lake of Trichonida where one can sit under the shade of large maple trees and soak in the peaceful serenity of the lake.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Lost Cities of Greece Part VI: Vravrona & The Dancing Bears

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Labelled plan of the Sanctuary of Artemis
J.M. Harrington, self-made image

About 45 minutes away from the center of Athens lies a site that goes relatively unnoticed. The place that I'm referring to is called Brauron, or in the modern Greek, Vravrona. Vravrona was probably first inhabited during the Neolithic era, around 2000 BCE. But the remains that visitors will see today date around the 5th & 4th cen. BCE (respectfully).

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Lost Cities of Greece Part V: Frachthi Cave

Disclaimer: O.K., for all my nerds out there I know that Franchthi is a settlement and not necessarily a city, but after visiting it I just had to include it here. Hope you enjoy!

Mike strolled in one morning with that familiar grin on his face and took his normal seat in the office. "Guess whose got 2 tickets to see The Rhime of the Ancient Mariner preformed by Fiona Shaw at the ancient theater of Epidaurus? Are you game?"
I looked up at Mike and began to laugh. "Am I game," I asked, "of course. Name the day and time and I'm there."

The day of the show just so happened to correspond with some down time at the office so going to the performance didn't seem to be a problem. I fact, I had a few days following the day of the performance where not much was happening at the office so Mike and I decided to turn it into a 2 day road trip.
"You know," I said to Mike, "I don't think he's much into performances but Lil' Martin, the English photographer, might want to come along. It'd be fun to bring him along and I'm sure he'd be able to take some amazing pictures along the way."