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Cape Sounion: Temple of Poisiden

We took public transportation and went to Sounion travel guide">Cape Sounion.  First we rode a rail system through Athens and down the coast a bit. It was a fun ride as it took us past quite a few of the Olympic venues.  They were quite large and looked deserted.  How sad that they were not being utilized. Greeks tend to look very frankly at a stranger and appraise them... (we call it staring but that term is much ruder than what the intent is)  so everyone in the car was kinda sorta observing us: We just had fun and looked out at the shops and later at the ocean scenery. At one point we went past a church and everyone crossed themselves.  David and I had our backs to the church and it was such a unusual thing to see 20 people cross themselves and not know what motivated it.  It definately made us look around...  It was so funny we thought something bad happened but instead it was a wonderful gesture of faith and devotion.

Temple .... beautiful columns...
.. I like that... 

 

We got off the train and took a bus towards where we thought Sounion was: then we were lost.  I wrote in Greek: "What bus should we take for Cape of Sounion:" ( which was a joke in it's self... one wonderful lady corrected my spelling....)  and some people directed us.  One elderly man actually walked with us about 10 blocks to get us to the correct bus stop.  He didn't speak English but told us by gestures to wait right there by the bus stop pole.  I strayed a bit looking around after he left us and we could see him up the street pointing for me to get back to the pole: I did and waved thanks to him ...  such nice people.  We stood for quite a while and I walked across the street and used their restroom.  It wasn't a public restroom so the lady walked with me to the back then we took a wooden service elevator down 2 floors then walked amongst boxes to the tiny box bathroom.

Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
  So sweet of her to take time out of her work day for me.  I bought some cherry soda and took it across the street to David.  We loved the soda so much we looked for it the whole trip.....

 

We finally got onto the correct bus: it was a local one that stopped every few blocks. Very fun seeing the people... the locals and the drivers have a relationship.  At one point they were all singing together with a song on the radio.  Every one talking talking and staring at us... but in a nice way. 

 

It came out we were on the wrong bus after all so the driver took us the the bus garage and put us onto the correct one.

Doric columns....
.. We sure don't regret the experience but... it did take a bit of time... Cape Sounion was really great but it took so darned long to get there that we could only stay for a short time....  we took lots of pictures...

 

The temple of Sounion was a walk up a bluff.... It had a panaramic view of the ocean.  There is a resemblence to the Temple of Hephaestus below the Acropolis in Athens.  It is speculated that the same architect built them both around 440 BC.   Lord Byron carved his name in the bottom portion of the temple...   he was in Athens in 1810 and 1811 (before he was famous).

Temple...
   The temple was wonderful.  I took very few pictures as we found we bought the wrong card for my camera. 

 

We went down from the bluffs and went to the little gift shop.  David bought me a great scarf that I wore the whole trip..... Wonderful smells were coming from the restaurant next to the gift shop.  We had a bus to catch and asked if we could get food to go... and from the shocked face of the head waiter we really should not have asked....  When we go back we'll make sure we can stay and eat there....  The resturant had outdoor seating and great views.  I tried to research the name but couldn't find it.  But we'll still eat there next time!!!

Caliber-A says:
it's nice to read this blog again...reminds me of my Greece's time.
Posted on: Oct 13, 2015
Dr_Seuss says:
Have seen loads of bus and taxi drivers in Greece who almost all have wee icons of saints hanging on the dashboard or from the rear view mirror. The thing about blessing yourself when passing a church I noticed was quite common in Bucharest when I was there.
Posted on: Mar 02, 2010
TravellingAuntie says:
I love the bit about crossing themselves and also the lady correcting your note. At least you tried! which is more than many tourists, I'm sure!
Posted on: Mar 01, 2010
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Cape Sounion: Temple of Poisiden
Cape Sounion: Temple of Poisiden
Temple ....  beautiful columns...
Temple .... beautiful columns...
Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
Doric columns....
Doric columns....
Temple...
Temple...
Looking down the side...
Looking down the side...
Sun hitting the ocean .... way off…
Sun hitting the ocean .... way of…
The temple as we were walking on t…
The temple as we were walking on …
view from the gift shop door
view from the gift shop door
detail of columns...
detail of columns...
Sylvia at the ruins!
Sylvia at the ruins!
Davids picture of the sun shining…
David's picture of the sun shinin…
309 km (192 miles) traveled
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