Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Location: Athens, Greece
Address: Athens 105, 58
Date: July 2000
The Acropolis sits on a flat rock overlooking the city of Athens. Acropolis means highest point and there has been some form of monument or structure up on the hill since at least 600 BC. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since it is a great architectural achievement and a place filled with history. Thousands of tourists brave the heat of the mid-day sun to climb up the hill and explore the site.
In 447 BC the Athenian Empire started construction of the Parthenon. It is the most visible structure standing today.
The temple was attacked in 1687 by the Venetians and the structure was heavily damaged. Restoration attempts continue to this day. When you visit the site you will see scaffolding and equipment as workers painstakingly restore the Parthenon to its former glory.
We toured the site and could see how many of the columns had been put back together. This one column above appeared to not quite be a perfect fit.
As the repair continues, new marble is used to match the existing pieces. You can see in the photo above how the new white marble stands out. Someone will have to match the new stone to the old stone by hand.
The Parthenon is an impressive site as its columns stand tall reaching up towards the sky.
On the north side of the Acropolis stands the Erechtheion. It contains several caryatids which are female figures used as the columns which hold up the building.
On one side of the Acropolis sits the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. This is an open air theatre that was built in 161 AD. In the 1950s it was restored and in 1957 the famous Greek opera singer Maria Callas peformed there. Since then many performers have taken the opportunity to play this unique stage. Sting, Foo Fighters, Placido Domingo, Frank Sinatra, Florence & The Machine and Elton John are just a few of these performers.
Standing up at the Acropolis you can see Athens sprawling out around you.
From the Acropolis you can also see Lycabettus Hill. Lycabettus Hill is actually the highest point in Athens.
After a day spent soaking in history up on the Acropolis you should enjoy a drink and a nice meal in one of the endless restaurants located back down in the city below. Sit back and relax and let the sun set. Next, the Acropolis will wow you once more as the Parthenon is lit up against the night sky.
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Acropolis Of Athens
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Monday, 20 April 2020
Location: Mavrovouni, Greece
Address: Mavrovouni 232 00
Date: Aug 2015
Mavrovouni is a small Greek village located in the South Pelopponese. The name Mavrovouni means Black Mountain. The village sits on the top of the mountain above.
A short distance from Mavrovouni is the larger fishing town of Gytheio. You can see the homes of Gytheio and Cranae Island as you look across the water.
As you work your way to the top of the mountain you go past the homes with their terracotta rooftops and white painted walls. We made this climb several times in the heat of the mid-day sun.
At the very top of the village stands the church The Three Holy Hierarchs.
On land next to the church sits Goulades Castle. This castle was built in the late 1700s.
The view from the hills spreads out revealing the beautiful scenery.
As the sun begins to set, you get an even more spectacular view as you look towards the Mediterranen Sea.
The sun sets behind the rows of olive trees. The sky, sea and land come together as one to reveal shades of blue, orange, pink and yellow. A typical end to another day in a small village beside the sea.
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Friday, 20 December 2019
Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Address: 6 Picton Street
Date: December 2019
The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake is a beautiful place all year round. One of the most magical times is during the winter season. We have visited a few times during the ice wine festival as well as to see the Christmas lights.
One store located on Queen street celebrates Christmas all year round. Just Christmas has everything you could need for holiday decorating. Even a C3-P0 wearing a scarf to keep him warm.
Right next door to Just Christmas is the court house and in the middle of the street stands the memorial clock tower. They both look nice all lit up during the night.
Out front of the court house stands a mailbox marked Letters for Santa. You can put your Christmas wishes inside.
Two toy soldiers stand guard outside of the court house keeping a watchful eye on everyone. You had better not be naughty while mailing your letter to Santa.
On the next block stands the Prince of Wales hotel. The Victorian hotel has seen many winters since it was built in 1864. It looks lovely in a small blanket of snow.
As you enter the Prince of Wales to warm up you are greeted by another toy soldier. This one is most likely a member of the royal guard.
The lobby of the Prince of Wales is always inviting. At Christmas time the sculptures and stained glass are joined by poinsettias, wreaths and decorations.
Looking out the window across the street at snow covered Simcoe Park makes us feel like we have entered a warm, fuzzy Christmas movie.
Out front of the hotel a trolley arrived to keep guests warm while they travel around town.
Around town you can visit the gazebo that sits beside Lake Ontario.
Enjoy the solitude of an empty road surrounded by snow covered trees.
And of course warm up a bit while you enjoy some ice wine at one of the many wineries found in the region. Niagara-on-the-Lake truly is a winter wonderland.
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Tuesday, 20 August 2019
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Address: Zakim Bridge I-93
Date: September 2010
The Big Dig was an ambitious project in Boston. It took the elevated roadways that ran through the city and moved them underground. It cost billions of dollars and ran well over budget. Construction started in 1991 and finally finished about 10 years later than anticipated in 2007. Still, it was an example of long term thinking that changed the face of Boston forever. We think for the better.
As part of the project, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge was built over the Charles River and the Rose Kennedy Greenway (above) was built where the old highway once stood. Both projects were named after prominent figures from Boston. Leonard Zakim was a civil rights activist and Rose Kennedy was the mother of president John F Kennedy along with 8 other Kennedy children.
The Zakim Bridge has become a recognizable Boston landmark. It was the widest cable stayed bridge in the world at one point. In the movie Zookeeper, Kevin James climbs the bridge on the back of his gorilla friend Bernie. They are trying to find the taxi Rosario Dawson is taking to the airport and stop her. Thanks to the Zakim Bridge and the Big Dig getting to the airport in Boston is easier than ever.
We have stayed at the Marriot Residence Inn in Charlestown on more than one occasion and had a view of the Zakim Bridge from our room. The closest bridge is North Washington Street Bridge and the Zakim Bridge is behind it.
We often took a shortcut through the Charles River locks to get from our hotel to the subway. It was also more fun, especially when a boat was passing through.
You can also get a nice close-up view of the bridge by day.
And by night.
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Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge , Charles River Locks
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Post # 260
Saturday, 10 August 2019
Location: Campbellford, Ontario
Address: Ferris Provincial Park
Date: Aug 2019
On the August long weekend we took a road trip to Bancroft, Ontario. We went up in search of precious gems. The Rockhound Gemboree was being held in Bancroft that weekend and we hoped to find something special. We didn't find exactly what we were looking for but also didn't leave empty-handed. We managed to get a few gifts from the show.
The Gemboree is the biggest gem and minerals show in Canada and Bancroft is often called the "Mineral Capital of Canada". The Bancroft community centre, curling rink and hockey rink were filled with vendors. A lot of the sparkling rocks had come from nearby areas.
After attending the show we headed across the York River and stopped at The Granite for lunch. We both had wraps and shared some truffle root fries which were delicious covered in parmesan cheese. In a town known for minerals the restaurant was aptly named.
Our journey continued south west towards Ferris Provincial Park. Ranney Gorge suspension bridge is located on the western side of Ferris Provincial Park and offers some great views over the Trent River.
To the south you can see the river cutting through the gorge. To the north is a small waterfall.
The metal bridge hangs 30 feet over the river and is 300 feet long. As people walk on the bridge you can feel it moving beneath you.
After making it safely across the bridge we noticed several large birds circling above. Closer inspection revealed the markings of an osprey. The brown face mark that goes across their eyes and then curves up onto the back of their necks is the most obvious identifier. Osprey love to fish so the nearby river passing through the gorge is a great place to spot one.
We crossed back over the bridge once more to continue our trip home. We had tried our luck hunting for precious minerals, enjoyed a nice meal and swung over a gorge. All in all it was a beautiful day.
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Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge
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