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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:

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i came upon this:

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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.

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