Road closures

Today, the Greek Prime Minister was in town. While I was visiting the embassy, the city closed the main boulevard, which lies between the embassy and our house and which also transects the major east-west routes through the city. This brought traffic to a crawl; I left the embassy at 1.00 pm and arrived home, 2 miles away, at 2.00 pm. At 5.15 pm, I figured that the official activities were largely over, so I drove back toward the embassy; by 6.00 pm, I had to turn around after having gone about 1 mile. This was not a good day….

Nikaia

On Friday, I went on a photo shoot to Nikaia, a former Greek settlement from 400 BC. The day was warm and sunny, the grass was full of wild flowers, and there on top of this mountain were the ruins of homes and amphitheaters. Stunning. Also, I have no idea who this kid is – she lives in the nearby village – but I think this is a great photo: