Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Day In Pictures

One of many atmospheric alleys
Dinner at Taverna SemiRamis - one of the best meals we've had in Europe, complete with live, traditional music.

Beautiful Colors of Greece

An area in the Old Quarter with nicer, tourist stores

Visiting the Folklore Museum, an odd museum - I think it is just some lady's house full of things she's collected. The museum is very difficult to find as it shares it's address with a church and is hidden in the church's tucked away courtyard. Here are some traditional designs for linens and wall hangings.

It took a couple of days, but I finally ordered a Greek salad. Feta cheese that hasn't been processed, preserved, packed, and traveled across an ocean is delicious.

Some of the most interesting ruins are these, of a Minoan settlement. The Minoans are the oldest, known civilization of Western Europe. This particular set of ruins date back to 3000-2000 B.C. It's fascinating to think that these were already ancient ruins back when the Romans were just building the homes and businesses that are our local ruins back in Italy.

Some countries have ruins, Italy has Ruins, and Greece has RUINS. It's easy to see why so many of the buildings are not intact. They're built of rocks, not cut stones - just rocks, probably cleared off the same ground for the building, and then covered with plaster. This place, has ruins, I mean RUINS, everywhere.

Yes, I did go to Starbucks. I'm not a Starbucks junkie at home, but sometimes, I just want to have something familiar - and it's been seven months since a frou-frou coffee drink!

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