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Greece Part 1: Athens

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As you probably all know by now, I spend the last weeks of August and the start of September in Greece on a sort of study trip: an archaeology and topography undergraduate course hosted by the BSA (British School at Athens). I was super excited when I found out I’d managed to get a place on it, especially because there were nearly 3 applicants per place and I’d thought I wouldn’t get on! But I did, and now you have to hear alllll about it!! I’ve managed to condense nearly 2000 photos into 6 posts each with around 10 photos =) And I’ll explain a little bit of what each is.
So we started the trip in Athens where we spent 10 days in the BSA itself where I shared a room with a girl called Otone (you’ll spot her in the photos somewhere!) and we shared 2 showers between about 20 of us =S The photo above is from our first day out on a site, the Acropolis, and behind the girls (Nicola, Laura, Becca-Jane and Becky) you can see the Parthenon, which we were actually allowed inside!! The general public aren’t allowed in but we were!! It was really a once in a lifetime experience, and here is a picture from the inside to prove we were in there:

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Above is another photo on the Acropolis, of the Caryatids (columns in the form of women) on the Erechthion. These are actually reconstructions, but we got to see the real ones, along with many other things in the Acropolis museum that we did another day. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed cameras inside there =( The other museums allowed them without flash, except for certain rooms where there were unpublished items and a guard would shout “NO PHOTO!!” – scary!!
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I have so many photos of the Acropolis from various angles!! The above photos are from over several days (we did about 3 sites a day but very very thoroughly, looking at almost everything and having lectures around the sites where we tried desperately to get in the shade!). The first two are from the Agora and walking to the Pynx, I believe, the third is from the Roman Agora and the fourth is from the Temple of Olympian Zeus with the Arch of Hadrian in the background.
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First picture: Otone and I at the Temple of Olympian Zeus which I think I’m blocking with my hat!! We were advised very strongly to wear our hats every day (Nicola!!) in case our brains boiled, I took this very seriously because I don’t want a boiled brain!! We were also warned to drink a lot of water, which meant carrying round 1.5 litre bottles of water everywhere and filling them as much as possible; some days I even drank about 5 litres of water!! You can also spot the other very important thing we needed on the trip, our book; basically all we needed was hat, suncream, water and book and we were set.
Second picture: a very important time of the day: lunch and ice cream time!! This day we found a Gelataria, yuuummmms!!
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These are from the BSA Director’s BBQ we had part way into our first week there. It was supposed to be on the first night but the Director was away, so it was put off for a few days. My hair actually cooperated really well that night and went nicely wavy!!
So this has taken us about half way into the first week – next installment of Greece includes Delphi, jumping photos and really pretty places =)

Love,

4 Comments

  1. September 21, 2011 / 7:01 pm

    These photos are gorgeous! What a wonderful opportunity…congrats on being chosen!

  2. September 22, 2011 / 6:25 am

    so beautiful, i want to go away again

  3. September 22, 2011 / 2:59 pm

    Oh, lucky you getting IN to the Parthenon! The history geek in me envies you. Great photos, I really need to visit Greece someday. Or anywhere not-Canada, for that matter. Darn Canada, being so huge and impossible to get out of due to its hugeness. I cross several countries worth of land just to go visit my parents in the same province hah. I can’t wait to see more photos 😀

  4. September 22, 2011 / 10:56 pm

    Isn’t acropolis a magnificent place? I think I ve been more than 7 times and I love sitting there just taking in the view, the blue sky… and I cannot believe you visited Delphi!I am actually from this area!unbelievable!

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