A relative of mine wanted to see contrast. He currently lives in the UK, thus wanted to see some good (or better) weather that what he usually faces (no offence to our British readers) over the Xmas period.
Having started to look late, there was not much choice left until I came across availability both in terms of lodging and transport at a überdestination that would be in the reachable south, Athens.
Would it be übercrowded? Would the weather deliver?
After a quick round on the internet, the forecast looked promising, the room offering seemed to indicate that we would be able to get around reasonably peacefully, away from the monumental summer crowds. And having available contrast was not something I was afraid as a junior DS contributor.
Athens evidently promised to also deliver on sights and this was the first contrast we were confronted with.
But also the new, with the recent Stavros Niarchos Cultural center which among other things houses the Athens opera and a library.
We could not but visit Syntagma square where quite a few demonstrations took place. We were fortunate to be there right on the hour when the famous Evzones soldiers are relieved.
It was fun to see them walking around with their special costumes.
Since the weather was getting somewhat bad in Athens, we thought we should move around. First day trip was to Mycenae and took a shot of the famous Lion’s door. Just one tourist bus.
And we stopped at a special cape called Heraion Perahora on the way back, just in time for sunset. Just one family, I could take some pictures, change lenses etc. at leisure.
Back in Athens, we went to the most visited sight, the Acropolis, which demonstrated that you can visit this überdestination in acceptable weather without übercrowds.
And the night shot was taken from a special restaurant located at the foot of the Acropolis.
The second day trip was amazing.
Weather was due to be foul in Athens with rain the whole day whereas up North it would be good. We thus rented a car to go up to Delphi and possibly get first hand information about 2020 from the oracle ;-).
The trip, normally two and a half hour long, was very tiring. We encountered rain, hail and snow….until thirty minutes before reaching our destination.
Contrast number three.
The skies opened and we had beautiful sun awaiting us (if cold and windy though) but most definitely better than what we had left in Athens. The drive back was just as painful, but we had been fortunate with the site visit.
As you will see (or rather not see), there are very few people around to take pictures. One lady with her bright red anorak would not get out of the way. Capture one took take of that one pronto.
This exemplifies both the good weather we enjoyed but more importantly the colossal amount of work that was accomplished to build this site, twenty-five centuries ago.
So yes this trip was full of contrast. We expected good weather, and we got some, but not only.
We thought we would see some old stones, we did, but not only.
And we hoped not to have to elbow our way through during our visits and that again was proven true. This was not insignificant as I decided to lug around quite a number of lenses, which I eventually all used, and there is nothing more painful than changing lenses with people pressing around.
Food for thought for some DS readers?
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