Αν δεν παινέσεις το σπίτι σου, θα πέσει να σε πλακώσει” – “If you do not praise your own home, it will fall on you and squash you.”

Today was supposed to be our Delphi day, but unfortunately the weather is VERY cold and snowy up in the mountain and neither of us felt completely safe going up there. Delphi will be saved for a future trip to Greece, which will happen.

So instead we are relaxing in the hotel for now, contemplating going out in the cold to return to the Plaka and check out the stores, or have an ‘in’ sort of day. I guess having an ‘in’ day when you’re in Greece seems strange, but really we’ve wandered all over Athens and know it fairly well in the few days we’ve been here. Plus, it is much colder than it was supposed to be and neither of us have dressed properly for the cold.

Besides, as I keep telling Malka it’s OUR spring break, and if we want to stay cuddled in the warmth of our little Greecian hotel room, watch Greek television, and read our novels, there’s nothing wrong with that. We have to get up very early tomorrow morning to find our way to the Port of Piraeus and hop on a boat that will deliver us to Mykonos.

Besides yesterday was a fairly big adventure. We went to the National Archaeological museum which was a beautiful museum that has one of the largest statue collections I have ever seen. The strange realness of some of these statues was over powering and  I found myself stopping at several and staring at them, scared they were about to move and look down at me any second. There was a burial marker that really caught my attention. It was of a pretty willowy woman, sitting in a chair, the description said she must have been a poetess because of the scroll and books piled up in her her chair. She had a little bird on her finger and was reaching out to hand it to a little boy staring up at her with wonder. It was beautiful and sad all at the same time.

There were also several statues of Artemis that were really beautiful, she a very powerful goddess and you can see in all her busts that she moves very quickly, arrows in her hands. Unlike say Aphrodite who is always standing still, her dress being ruffled and pulled by the wind.

That night we sought out a restaurant to eat at, and according to Frommers there was a place near our hotel “Hell’s Kitchen” which served American food. It seemed easy, we were both tired, and just wanted to sit and have some beer. Traveling through some pretty sketchy streets, we found the restaurant and it was CLOSED. And not just “it’s Tuesday we’re closed” it was abandoned. So we had to turn back around, walk to the Plaka and search for another place. I have no idea what the place we found was even called, it was your basic Greek food touristy taverna. But it was warm, the waiter was nice, and I had my first taste of Greek beer, a brand called Mythos. I finished my giant bottle and Malka’s. I also had a plate of Moussakka. I was pretty happy that night.

So tomorrow Mykonos. Where the weather is promising to be kinder, and the beaches although chilly will be amazing to explore.

 

Statues in the Museum

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