If a bird has the flu, does it sneeze?
Trip Start Feb 10, 2006
21Trip End Mar 07, 2006
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We took the Metro out to Kerameikos. It is an old Greek cemetery. There is a museum full of Greek Artifacts. We stopped by there first before exploring the rest of the area. The original memorial stones are kept inside the museum to preserve them. The copies stand in the the original locations. The area is fenced in and the cemetery is located near the museum. Further on down is the remains of an old Greek village. In the confines of the foundation stones there are turtles everywhere. I can't get over the number of turtles living in this small fenced in area. We were almost completely alone in Kerameikos. It was so quiet and pleasant.
Our next stop was the National Archaeological Museum. This is a beautiful museum holds some of the finest Greek and Mycenaean artifacts in the world. One of the most recognizable is the death masks from Mycenae. We studied this mask as part of our art history courses in college. We are planning on visiting Mycenae later this week so the museum is a nice introduction to that time period.
I think that the most amazing art from this period of time is the pottery. There is so much detail put into the painting on the earthenware.
Of course you can't visit the National Archaeological Museum without being drawn into the sculpture of the period leading from ancient Greek to ancient Rome. I was totally amused at 4 french ladies that had found a bench, eye level with the buttocks of a Greek statue, and sat there discussing the view for quite a while.
Poor Paulie is so exhausted. He fell asleep in the museum after only sitting down for a moment. We decided to give him some crap and tried to sneak off while he was sleeping. He woke up in time to catch us tip toeing half way across the museum.
We picked up a little rum and fanta for the evening. Walking back from the liquor store we passed a shop where there were two men dancing to greek music dotted occasionally with their exclamations of Opa!!!!! All that was missing was the dishes being broken. Feeling brazen I ducked into the shop and danced with them for a few moments and then left without a word. It really was pretty funny. I can only imagine the conversation those two had about the strange tourist that hijacked their dance.
Well I guess that it is time to hit the sack. It has been a very long day!