September 2, 2014

all roams lead to rhodes

Filed under: greece — Tags: — cohn17 @ 7:13 pm

this probably will be the most objectionable pun i put on this blog.

this past weekend, a group of us went to rhodes. some initial impressions first; tomorrow, i’ll provide the details.

we enter the medieval old town, a unesco world heritage site. while the city has a history stretching back 2500 years, parts of the old town date back more than 700 years.
looking up at the ramparts of the castle of the knights of the order of st. john, who came to the island in 1307 a.d. – just imagine the battles these walls have seen!
through the walls into the old town, into the bazaar of the old ottoman quarter.
the bazaar today.
maybe better just to keep looking up. the clock tower, built 1852.
let’s look for romance instead.   through dimly-lit alleys that are nearly
  unchanged from 500 years ago …
… and back to more tourist tat.
a quick meal after sight-seeing.
more tomorrow!

August 19, 2014

live at the apollo (part 1)

Filed under: antiquities, greece — Tags: — cohn17 @ 5:50 pm

imagewe were on aegina island (which is itself a story for another time), and saw this pillar sticking up over the trees while we were at lunch. so, off to investigate.

the temple of apollo at aegina, with its sole remaining column pointing to the sky, was built in the 6th century b.c. it was excavated at the turn of the 20th century.

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i’m sure there will be many more temples of apollo to photograph in the next three years.

let’s go to the market with a 20mm lens

Filed under: greece, photography — Tags: , — cohn17 @ 4:13 pm

this is the public market in athens between monastiraki and omonoia square, for those of you who know the area.

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you can buy olives here … … or here. at the cheaper end of the spectrum.

not everyone sells olives, of course.

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at the meat market.

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some butchers are busy others, not so much. you can’t get as much of the goat as you could get in india, but some things are the same.

August 17, 2014

paul strand in athens

Filed under: greece, photography — cohn17 @ 5:53 pm

if only … getting the hyper focal distance right is tricky on this camera. either the x100s does not measure distances correctly, or i don’t – one or the other (or both).




August 14, 2014

οι άνεργες

Filed under: street photography — Tags: — cohn17 @ 1:57 am


August 12, 2014

supermoon over the acropolis

Filed under: antiquities, greece — Tags: , , , — cohn17 @ 5:45 pm
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we enjoyed the supermoon from the top of an enormous rock across from the acropolis.

August 5, 2014

walking the holy road (a preview)

Filed under: greece, idiotic musings — cohn17 @ 9:28 pm

i just cleaned up the previous post. formatting posts on an iphone is for the birds, so i’m sitting in a café with good wifi, and typing.

i was prepared to do a long post on the national archaeological museum, but i realized that the photos i’d taken on my iphone (again, why don’t i carry my camera everywhere i go?) turned out to be pretty bad. i will do a post on the museum soon-ish, since the museum is pretty amazing. in the meantime, though, i got the idea of taking the metro to the end of one of the lines, and then walking back into town and photographing what i saw. i chose to get off at agia marina (άγια μαρίνα), which i first translated as the agia marina – i.e., where they dock the boats – but then realized it means “saint marina.”

so up i popped at saint marina station, and i found myself on ιερά όδος, the holy road. “this oughta be good,” i said to myself. not so much. so the question is, can i walk down the holy road and find photos worth taking, or is this going to be three years to taking pictures just of ancient ruins and islands?

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the guy in the middle asked me why i was taking this photo, and i really couldn’t come up with a good reason except that i liked the dog.

the photos i did take, for the most part, were pretty awful, but when it cools down a bit, i’m going to go back and try again.

however, just past this exurban blight:



i came upon this:


which is the base of a once five-arched bridge over the kifissios river. the river used to run through an olive grove that flanked the sacred way (holy road), and it provided the water for plato’s academy, which was active in the fourth century b.c. archaeologists found these bases while the city was excavating the area for the metro station.

so, basically, it doesn’t matter how awful a neighborhood you’re in, something interesting was there about 2500 years ago.

August 1, 2014

when we think of athens …

Filed under: greece, idiotic musings — cohn17 @ 8:25 pm

apparently, i can upload photos and compose posts from my phone. poorly, and expensively. so, a quick post:

this is athens …

but so is this …

… and this. more on this theme later.

July 27, 2014

ας μάθουμε λίγα ελληνικά! (part 2)

Filed under: greece, idiotic musings — cohn17 @ 11:55 pm

at the end of our second weekend in the greece, we now have a small wi-fi transmitter hooked up to my computer, and local cell phone service. however, it still is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for us to load a webpage anywhere in the apartment, so i am sitting at the local café, using their wi-fi to post some non-visual impressions about the greece. we read that greece has some of the slowest internet speeds in europe anyway, but given our housing situation, it may be another two months before i have sufficient bandwidth to post a single photo (apart from iphone straight to facebook).

apart from internet deprivation, however, we are enjoying athens. delicious food, friendly people, and a wonderfully relaxed attitude toward life (which, admittedly, also extends to rules about smoking and parking). people appreciate that we speak greek, and it’s fun to try. also humbling to realize how little a 3+/3+ language test score gets you in the real world. and with that, it’s again time to μαθαίνουμε λίγα ελληνικά!

today, we’ll look at spelling. greek has five different ways of spelling the sound “ee.”there is the iota, or ι; the eta, or η; the upsilon, or υ; the epsilon iota, or ει; and the omicron iota, or οι. there also are two o’s, the omicron, or ο, and the omega, or ω. this mattered today because i was taking down a street name, “virinos” in transliteration, and i wanted to spell it in greek. so, is it “βιρινος,” or “βιρηνος,” or “βυρινως,” or “βειροινος,” or … there are, as i calculate it, 50 possible spellings of this word. even more than before, i understand why non-english speakers find our language so difficult to learn.

next: who knows?

July 24, 2014

we’re here …

Filed under: greece — cohn17 @ 7:42 pm

… but have no internet access at home, so it’ll be a while before i post anything interesting.

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