Ellinika

Trip Start May 24, 2006
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Trip End Aug 02, 2006


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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Athens is amazing. The history that has been preserved is so important to documentation of the world. However, I remember that my Classics teacher once said that there is too much Greek artifacts that have been restored and uncovered to this day. We know too much about them. However, it's more than we'll get from other civilizations, so perhaps more is better. It doesn't seem to be a problem yet, so alright.

The Parthenon and Acropolis were great to watch. It was especially fun to people watch because everyone was just standing taking pictures. I swear that I accidentally walked into at least ten pictures. It's just so hard to walk through that place. In some ways the preservation process has also removed some elements from their original positions and placed them into museums. For example the friezes on west and east ends have been put in the museum and have been restored. It would have been amazing to seem them in their original position. This is why I enjoyed the Haphaeston better. It was original and untouched pretty much. It's smaller and not so majestic, but it's whole.

Athens is going to take more time than I expected. There's just way too much to do here. On the downside is that there's so many tourists here. It's the first time since London when I actually hear and can converse in English without any difficulties. It's a bit odd actually. It makes me worry that tourist season is high and soon things will become packed. But it really isn't yet. So I'm glad that for the most part I'll avoid some of high season and will be in lesser traveled cities during peak season.

I might go take an excursion to one of the islands at the end of the week, I haven't decided yet. I have to see if I've saved enough up to this point.
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