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Cycladic jug with bird 600 BC

David and I ate at the Oscar Motel buffet and watched an incredibly mature and well manner girls team of soccer players eat.  They were polite and quiet as they ate.   They were actually better mannered than many of the adults in the room.  We were very impressed.   The buffet had a huge range of food  (cereal, yogurt, cheese, breads, fruit, coffee, tea, milk, muffins....) and we left feeling full and ready for our day.

The Oscar Motel is directly across the street  from the train station and metro station.  We ducked into the stairwell that ran under the street and found the metro line that would take us to the National Archeological Museum.   We were very excited to go again as the last visit was very hurried and unsatisfactory.

Bull leaping on bottom and Chariot processional on top 14-13th BC Tiryns
 

When we got to the Museum there was a small line.  We bought our tickets and went in.  We started to the left and toured for about 3 hours.  We took pictures and tried to learn and remember as much as we could.  David really liked the bronze age things.... I love the old pottery and wall paintings.  We loved that we were seeing artifacts from places we had been and were going...  We knew we were going to visit Santorini and Mykonos ... but we didn't know where else as we hadn't planned that far in advance... (that's how we traveled this time.... :)   Finally, in the early afternoon we took a break in the basement cafeteria.  It was nice to sit for an hour and chat about the wonders we had been looking at.

Fisherman vases 16th century BC: ha ha... their eyes are huge!! (the men and the fish!)
  We had coffee and went back to the museum.  We had gotten through about 40% and had lots of rooms to go. 

We  went to the second floor.  One of the larger doors was closed.  It was the room of vases.... We were told by the guard that it would  be open later but not this week.   I always hate missing anything!   Especially pottery!!  One of my favorite things is the black figure vases.  They were locked behind the doors... Oh well, next time! 

I loved the Sanotirini / thira Frescos.  the boys boxing and the fisherboys.   Also the Minoan wall frescos were wonderful.  I was fascinated to see the high position women had in the society. They were part of the religious ceremonies and processionals.   The entire museum has 56 rooms.... A full day.  We spent the entire day until they shushed us out at 5.  We called Stratos as we stood on the steps outside.  We were finally going to meet him!!! 

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Stratis, Kanaris, David and I

HOORAY!   David and I had a mini-meetup with Stratis.    We called and agreed to meet at 7 PM.....  We met at the Monestraki metro station on Athena Street.   David and I got there at 6:30:.....  David stood while I paced up and down hoping to spot Stratis before he saw me....   About 10 before 7: David and I looked up at the street signs and realized although it was a street that started with an "A" we didn't have Athena street.  Yikes:  David could see another metro exit across a construction area.   We hurried over and got there just around 7:   I  walked to the corner and missed the moment when Stratis arrived.

Kanaris & Stratis... Great guys who are now our friends... Thanks to Travbuddy!
   Dang!   I ran up and shook his hand ....  I was so excited!  Stratis brought a friend with him....  He was  Kanaris....  The two of them were so fun....   

We went to a nice area and sat to have coffee.   It was too early for Stratis and Kanaris to eat.  We were starving from being at the Archeological museum all day.....  We had a little food with beer and they had coffee. 

While we were talking the "sunshine express" went by.... david and I started laughing and told Kararis and Stratis how funny and
embarassing it was to ride it.....  

It was so fun to sit and talk about our travels and experiences.   It was a really rich time for us.   We travel different but the bottom line is we enjoy traveling and learning about different places and cultures..  Stratis has met quite a few travbuddies.... He's my second to meet.   We both agreed it's easy to meet one on one....  A group meet is a little intimidating....    .

We laughed and talked for a couple of hours.   Stratis had to leave as he had a 1.5 hour ride to get home....    It was really nice of him to come to meet us.   This has been the highlight of our trip .....  :)   :)   ...........  

reikunboy says:
sounds like a nice time I love meeting TB's too. In a months time about 5 tb's and I will hike Mount fuji together. I'm really looking forward to that.
Posted on: Jun 06, 2009
shirlan says:
I agree. We met Glennis (glennisnz) & her husband Erle while we were in New Zealand this year. We weren't heading for their hometown this time but decided to go there just to have a mini meetup.
Posted on: Nov 15, 2008
amore1212 says:
That is awesome:) sounds like a great time!!!
Posted on: Nov 14, 2008
Athens Archeological Museum
David and I spent 6 hours at the National Archeological Museum....   We photographed and looked to our heart's content.  We took a quick coffee break and split a  cheese pie....   (Greek fast food....  a feta type pie with flaky  crust...)   The museum has all of the different items listed by what they represent.   They have rooms of vases, Cemetary markers, Kouri, Naxos, Mycenean, Delos, Santorini (Thira) to name a few.

One thing that really impressed me was the Grave markers for women who died.   They were often pictured with servents holding their box of jewelry.  Some featured the deceased shaking hands with someone ....  (500 BC)  Several featured a newborn baby held by a servent reaching for the mother (Phylonoe 4th century BC)   They mentioned grieving husbands and parents (Polyxene 4th century BC).  It was sad even after thousands of years...

We have hundreds of pictures to load....  No way to do it so far.....  I have notes on many so I have managed to take a time consuming thing and make it even more time consuming.....  That's an art if you ask me!!!





sylviandavid says:
We were in Mykonos 3 days & did get to Delos... It is an amazing site.... Now in Santorini and we are thinking about the next place.....

WE completly loved meeting you... BUT... the mickey mouse policeman on my lapel... I meant to give it to you... and I forgot.... Do you think we could leave it anywhere in Athens so you can get it later? Sylvia
Posted on: Oct 31, 2008
strategos says:
wow sylvia... wow david! thank u very much!
it was a great pleasure to be with u! so nice so kind as everytime we 'talk' through this site!! i really really had a great time! ive been waiting for this meetings since i got active in TB! :DD

hope u'll have a great time to ur rest of ur trip & am looking forward for pics! the name of my friend is kanaris! :)
Posted on: Oct 28, 2008
Cycladic jug with bird 600 BC
Cycladic jug with bird 600 BC
Bull leaping on bottom and Chariot…
Bull leaping on bottom and Chario…
Fisherman vases 16th century BC: h…
Fisherman vases 16th century BC: …
Stratis, Kanaris, David and I
Stratis, Kanaris, David and I
Kanaris & Stratis... Great guys wh…
Kanaris & Stratis... Great guys w…
Athens Archeological Museum
Athens Archeological Museum
Outside of museum
Outside of museum
Even meeting new friend David did …
Even meeting new friend David did…
David,Sylvia,Kanaris & Stratis
David,Sylvia,Kanaris & Stratis
This dog was at the next table...
This dog was at the next table...
Ha Ha.... the Sunshine Express wen…
Ha Ha.... the Sunshine Express we…
Burial urn  760-750 BC
Burial urn 760-750 BC
close up of burial urn... showing …
close up of burial urn... showing…
funeral urn the top: the greek sym…
funeral urn the top: the greek sy…
funeral urn handles with paintings
funeral urn handles with paintings
from Keramelkos Cemetary
from Keramelkos Cemetary
funeral vase
funeral vase
funeral vase
funeral vase
funeral vase... very little of the…
funeral vase... very little of th…
vase
vase
vase
vase
Kouri: 600 BC
Kouri: 600 BC
Kouri 600 BC
Kouri 600 BC
Frying pan 2800 to 2300 BC
Frying pan 2800 to 2300 BC
clay pitcher 3rd century BC from B…
clay pitcher 3rd century BC from …
Thinker: 4500 to 3000 BC  
from T…
Thinker: 4500 to 3000 BC from …
Paros  3200 to 2800 BC
Paros 3200 to 2800 BC
Melos  1600 to 1100 BC
Melos 1600 to 1100 BC
Naxos: 3200 to 2300 BC
Naxos: 3200 to 2300 BC
3200 to 2300 BC
3200 to 2300 BC
3200 to 2300 bc   Naxos
3200 to 2300 bc Naxos
museum
museum
museum
museum
pitcher
pitcher
wine vessels
wine vessels
Bath 16th century
Bath 16th century
Bath 16th century bc
Bath 16th century bc
frying pan vessels 2800 to 2300 bc
frying pan vessels 2800 to 2300 bc
Kersos syros culture
Kersos syros culture
Melos 1600 bc
Melos 1600 bc
vessels
vessels
vases 16th century BC
vases 16th century BC
pottery
pottery
pottery detail...
pottery detail...
Fisherman Vases 16th century BC
Fisherman Vases 16th century BC
Paros  3200 to 2800 BC
Paros 3200 to 2800 BC
Candle Holder 2300-2000 BC
Candle Holder 2300-2000 BC
Kernos 2300 to 2000 BC candle hold…
Kernos 2300 to 2000 BC candle hol…
Gold Mycenean 16th Century BC
Gold Mycenean 16th Century BC
Room 4 Mycenaean Hall :
Room 4 Mycenaean Hall :
Mycenaean death mask of gold
Mycenaean death mask of gold
Gold handle on sword - famous for …
Gold handle on sword - famous for…
Gold necklace -
Gold necklace -
from Minoan Crete workshops
from Minoan Crete workshops
Gold recovered from Mycenea
Gold recovered from Mycenea
gold from mycenea
gold from mycenea
gold and bronze weapons
gold and bronze weapons
Ostrich egg Rhyla Minoan
Ostrich egg Rhyla Minoan
Mycenean gold: Mask of Agamemnon .…
Mycenean gold: Mask of Agamemnon …
16th century BC Mycenae gold
16th century BC Mycenae gold
Mycenean
Mycenean
Vessels
Vessels
gold vessels.. the top left cup is…
gold vessels.. the top left cup i…
gold vessel
gold vessel
Mycenean
Mycenean
Mycenean
Mycenean
gold mycenean
gold mycenean
vase
vase
gold jewelry
gold jewelry
vases with minoan influence
vases with minoan influence
gold
gold
pottery shards...
pottery shards...
pottery shards
pottery shards
pottery
pottery
pottery
pottery
Tyrins: Woman at window: wall pain…
Tyrins: Woman at window: wall pai…
wall paintings Tiryns 14-13th C BC
wall paintings Tiryns 14-13th C BC
Tiryns wall paintings.. 14-13th ce…
Tiryns wall paintings.. 14-13th c…
Religous ceremony... processional
Religous ceremony... processional
bull Leaping: from Tiryns: showing…
bull Leaping: from Tiryns: showin…
vases / bowls
vases / bowls
pottery
pottery
pottery showing Ibis
pottery showing Ibis
pottery
pottery
gold and bronze
gold and bronze
Gold Signant ring from Tiryns: 15t…
Gold Signant ring from Tiryns: 15…
15th Century BC gold ring
15th Century BC gold ring
16th Century Bc  pan stand
16th Century Bc pan stand
pan stand
pan stand
vessels of bronze
vessels of bronze
vessels: showing minoan influence
vessels: showing minoan influence
Octopus vase: 15th C BC from Mycen…
Octopus vase: 15th C BC from Myce…
vase
vase
vase Minoan
vase Minoan
gold daisy necklace: 15-14th BC
gold daisy necklace: 15-14th BC
jewelry 15th C BC
jewelry 15th C BC
Gold from Mycenea
Gold from Mycenea
pottery
pottery
pottery
pottery
Delos Vase 640 BC
Delos Vase 640 BC
Delos Vase - welcomed by Artimis
Delos Vase - welcomed by Artimis
640 BC vase . delos
640 BC vase . delos
delos vase
delos vase
sphinx 570 BC
sphinx 570 BC
Sphinx 570 BC
Sphinx 570 BC
550 BC Grave marker
550 BC Grave marker
570 Bc Sphinx
570 Bc Sphinx
black figure vase
black figure vase
black figure vase
black figure vase
black figure vase
black figure vase
details of grave marker 550 BC
details of grave marker 550 BC
grave marker  550 BC
grave marker 550 BC
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
500 BC grave marker... showing a c…
500 BC grave marker... showing a …
grave marker...
grave marker...
grave marker
grave marker
Temple of Aegina 500-480 BC
Temple of Aegina 500-480 BC
person feeding dog: grey Boetan ma…
person feeding dog: grey Boetan m…
Person feeding dog: Boetima 490 BC
Person feeding dog: Boetima 490 BC
Lion and Bull  500 BC
Lion and Bull 500 BC
460 BC
460 BC
Sonion 460 BC:
Sonion 460 BC:
430 BC grave marker
430 BC grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
poiseidon-bronze-found off coast o…
poiseidon-bronze-found off coast …
430 BC: women were considered high…
430 BC: women were considered hig…
440 BC from Larissa area
440 BC from Larissa area
440 BC from Larissa Area
440 BC from Larissa Area
440 BC from Larissa Area
440 BC from Larissa Area
grave stone
grave stone
grave stone
grave stone
Gravestone of family: Piraes 400 BC
Gravestone of family: Piraes 400 BC
Piraes 400 BC
Piraes 400 BC
Iron 3-4 AD
Iron 3-4 AD
Bronze Vase 350 to 300 BC
Bronze Vase 350 to 300 BC
350-300 BC
350-300 BC
350-300 BC
350-300 BC
Bronze vase
Bronze vase
Bronze vase
Bronze vase
Bronze vase
Bronze vase
bronze vase
bronze vase
mirror
mirror
jewelr
jewelr
bronze head
bronze head
Bronze Griffin 7-8 century: decora…
Bronze Griffin 7-8 century: decor…
Bronze
Bronze
Bronze
Bronze
Bronze
Bronze
770 BC
770 BC
terra cotta vase
terra cotta vase
Terra cotta vase
Terra cotta vase
gold belt 2nd century BC
gold belt 2nd century BC
second century BC
second century BC
necklace 5th century BC
necklace 5th century BC
Headpiece; 3rd century BC
Headpiece; 3rd century BC
egyptian
egyptian
egyptian
egyptian
egyptian
egyptian
egyptian
egyptian
Egyptian
Egyptian
egyptian
egyptian
egyptian
egyptian
these look roman...
these look roman...
250 BC
250 BC
250 BC
250 BC
250 BC
250 BC
250 BC
250 BC
250 BC
250 BC
250 B C
250 B C
250 BC
250 BC
380 BC .. men shaking hands
380 BC .. men shaking hands
grave markers
grave markers
4th century BC
4th century BC
museum
museum
museum.. with my favorite relic: D…
museum.. with my favorite relic: …
museum
museum
roman marble copy of lost bronze b…
roman marble copy of lost bronze …
athlete /
athlete /
Roman copy of Bronze
Roman copy of Bronze
grave marker
grave marker
Grave marker
Grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
4th century BC: baby reaching for …
4th century BC: baby reaching for…
4th Century BC; grave marker
4th Century BC; grave marker
4th Century BC: Polyxene died leav…
4th Century BC: Polyxene died lea…
4th century bc: grave marker
4th century bc: grave marker
425 BC woman with servant holding …
425 BC woman with servant holding…
425 BC. grave marker woman with se…
425 BC. grave marker woman with s…
museum
museum
Horse and jockey of Artemison
Horse and jockey of Artemison
jockey of Artemison
jockey of Artemison
Greek life painting...
Greek life painting...
minoan pots
minoan pots
minoan pot
minoan pot
vase
vase
minoan vessel
minoan vessel
details of vase
details of vase
conical cups / funnels - mykonos 1…
conical cups / funnels - mykonos …
minoan style vase
minoan style vase
vase with grape pattern
vase with grape pattern
flat vessel... minoan
flat vessel... minoan
minoan style vase
minoan style vase
minoan vase
minoan vase
vessels
vessels
pitcher
pitcher
pitcher
pitcher
snail shells....
snail shells....
minoan vase
minoan vase
vase
vase
minoan
minoan
minoan
minoan
minoan influenced
minoan influenced
16th century: Thira spring
16th century: Thira spring
16th century: Thira / island destr…
16th century: Thira / island dest…
16th century Akrotiri (Thira Islan…
16th century Akrotiri (Thira Isla…
Antelope fresco
Antelope fresco
boxing children
boxing children
boxing children 16th century wall …
boxing children 16th century wall…
detail of fresco top
detail of fresco top
detailed statue
detailed statue
Grave marker
Grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave markers and funeral vases
grave markers and funeral vases
David at the museum
David at the museum
sad scene of an athlete son with h…
sad scene of an athlete son with …
detail of servent asleep at athlet…
detail of servent asleep at athle…
child in cloak
child in cloak
gravestone
gravestone
gravestone...
gravestone...
gravestone
gravestone
detail of grave stone
detail of grave stone
Gravestone
Gravestone
gravestone
gravestone
gravestone
gravestone
gravestone
gravestone
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
terracotta vessel with griffins
terracotta vessel with griffins
bottom of vessel
bottom of vessel
terracotta vessel
terracotta vessel
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
National Archeological Museum
National Archeological Museum
museum
museum
bronze face.. with inset eyes
bronze face.. with inset eyes
bronze
bronze
statue
statue
statue of child
statue of child
statue
statue
statue of child
statue of child
bronze
bronze
bronze
bronze
statue
statue
busts in museum
busts in museum
smiling child
smiling child
smiling child
smiling child
statue
statue
horse
horse
delian statue of aphrodite poised …
delian statue of aphrodite poised…
Aphrodite
Aphrodite
Pan
Pan
cupid
cupid
Aphrodite
Aphrodite
Aphrodite with cherub
Aphrodite with cherub
Aphrodite
Aphrodite
statue
statue
blury general...
blury general...
General in mantle
General in mantle
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
grave marker
profiles
profiles
child gravemarker (isnt this sad?)
child gravemarker (isn't this sad?)
grave marker
grave marker
carving on a coffin
carving on a coffin
boar hunt: carving on coffin
boar hunt: carving on coffin
carving on coffin
carving on coffin
carving on coffin
carving on coffin
carving
carving
carving
carving
sleeping aphrodite
sleeping aphrodite
sleeping aphrodite
sleeping aphrodite
carving
carving
carving
carving
statue of youth
statue of youth
Athens National Archeological Muse…
Athens National Archeological Mus…
Athens
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