I spent the last 10 days in Greece and arrived home yesterday. I was in Athens and on a beautiful little island called Agistri which was an hour from the city by boat. It was my second time in Greece. When I went last year I started to learn a few words and this time I had a little vocabulary, maybe 100 words or more...
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annalee:
@r_mutt That is what I imagined of Fowles. I am finding Zorba quite fun so far but similarly the way women are written into it is a bit ridiculous but I'm trying to take it for what it is. I just think there have to be better words than "wench" and "trollope", maybe a bad translation, it sounds better in Greek.. :-? I'd be interested if you get the title of the book. 
satanachist:
@annalee "But how much do we appreciate our own culture as nations?" I find in some ways that is the gift of travel upon return, we can see the familiar as an outsider if we are lucky.  It is easier with the physical surroundings than the psychological/psychic.  Sometimes a visitor can give that same flash of insight.  I often forget there are stellar mountains within plain sight every day until someone visiting points them out.  There are great aspects of culture in the US (there was a Russian SGH that blogged about it and reminded me of several things I encounter every day without noticing they are unique).  There is such a barrage of media noise that the subtleties often go unnoticed here. @r_mutt this is almost unrelated but I have heard a similar "only a man would enjoy…" criticism of "The Man Who Fell In Love With the Moon" by Tom Spanbauer which I read as a young man and enjoyed as well at the time, any thoughts on that one? 

Soft, transparent drapery carved from marble and stone...

I was overwhelmed when I was confronted by these suspended fragmentary sculptures in the archaeology museum in Athens last year and remembered to post these pictures today because I'm going back there soon. I haven't travelled since Spring last year and I feel so something-or-other (I can't think what word.. glad, grateful?) to be
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ferkixlll:
OK, I googled it; the Numismatic Museum in Athens houses some of Schliemann's artifacts. Many more are in the National Archiology Museum in Athens. May you have many 'next' times to enjoy this history. Anton Lesser reads 'The Illiad'. Robert Fagles 'The Odyssey'. Much easier to follow when listening to them. Semmus Henley's take on 'Beowulf' is enjoyable: grab a flag on of mead and let it roll over you. Stay excellent.
ferkixlll:
:-) 

This was a walk I went on the other day, I felt like I was in heaven. I was in fact. I've walked around this hill hundreds of times but still feel like I found new routes and paths. It's not all that big but once you get there it seems to grow and grow. I came to a little peak and climbed
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northron:
No real idea as to why, but I see that, and I am reminded of Susan Cooper's Over Sea, Under Stone.
lordskrappy:
Yes, I think you found heaven 👼

Thank you so much for your sweet words about my cat disappearing. She came back this morning smelling very strange so I imagine she had been stuck somewhere small and damp for those 3 days! If only we knew what those little creatures got up to.. So glad she's home. Hope you are all well :-) xx


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ginary:
Glad your cat made it back , I would be so sad if that happened to me  too !
lordskrappy:
So happy for you!!!!!

:-(

Our wee cat is missing :-( so upsetting.


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cjlowry2014sg:
Good to hear hapy day
dezzmalone:
glad to know she returned safely Annalee :)

Even a rainbow inside!


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satanachist:
light water minerals and carbon dioxide…the mystery isn't too far removed from us, as they say it is only two steps to the door of the friend...
lordskrappy:
A little slice of heaven....

"How strange to walk in the fog!"


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northron:
 'Kein Mensch kennt den andern, Jeder ist allein.'Lovely, as always. Oddly, perhaps, but photos of denuded trees through fog, snippets of poetry, and discussions about books keep me on SG rather than the obvious boobs and such.
annalee:
@northron Well that is cool :-)
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northron:
I rather like the fact that the site automatically inserts the day as the title when one does not provide a title. And, as @ferkixlll says, there's a lovely dhyana to blankness.
satanachist:
I totally get how seven people could be so enraptured by the glamour you cast to hit the "like" button even if you posted a picture of something unsavory, or even a post of no content (I had to check to make sure I hadn't been one of them, but I am regaining my composure after a long period of shamefully uncontrollable Annalee worship, so it turns out I managed to not "like" nothing)
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annalee:
@unknownmisery I believe in Bach! And the wonder of music and the universe and the part we play in it!
unknownmisery:
I was listening to the Cantatas just the other day:)