Lemons and Bananas at Vassai

Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
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Trip End Dec 09, 2008


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Flag of Greece  , Peloponnese,
Monday, November 10, 2008

The local limestone of the Temple of Apollo Epicurous is crumbling so badly that the ancient building is protected under a big tent and propped up with scaffolding. The epithet "Epicurous" could refer to Apollo the helper of soldiers in battle, or it could refer to Apollo the healer. Indy explained that possibly the Greeks built this temple in celebration of the medical succor from the god after the end of the plague that ravaged ancient Athens.

The sun turned from silver to bright gold, and after our lecture at the temple, we were set free to frolic on the grounds of the site, carpeted in green grass and little eidelweiss-like flowers and studded with white rocks.

Two marmalade-orange stray kittens, named Lemon and Banana by Traveling Pants, made the rounds of all of us in the group for pettins' and holdins' and playins'.

I'm apt to agree with the hypothesis that Epicurous refers to the healer God, because I'm feeling wonderful at this beautiful site.
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