I hugged a column inside the Parthenon. INSIDE! I really cant believe that (partly because your not meant to touch the marble. We didn't realise that and it was too late by the time the man yelled at us! It was such a privilege and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Considering it has been my lecturer's goal for the past 30 years I would say I am rather lucky, wouldn't you?
I know the Parthenon is supposed to be impressive and don't get me wrong it certainly is but it think because it is THE building that everyone talks about it has lost some of its wow factor. Personally I really enjoyed seeing the Erectheion because I have been dying to see the caraytid porch for what feels like forever! Of course among the serious consideration of the acropolis Eleanor, Jess, Flick and I proceeded to spend the spare half hour we had up there taking ridiculous photos, with the Parthenon in the background! Who ever said history couldn't be fun? We are thinking we might use them to lure other students into next years trip!
On Monday night we went to the Australian Ambassadors house here in Athens for a cocktail sort of evening, which was lovely. I think most of us were falling asleep in our first wine glass though. Tuesday dawned nice and early, too early in fact, as 35 drawn looking students pilled onto a bus and headed for Eleusis. Just to make the day better it felt like -8 and was pouring, not the best day to be trekking around an ancient site. Eleusis was worth it though as you can walk through the remains of the telesterion. From Eleusis we travelled to Marathon, the site of the famous battle, 'that saved western civilisation', to look at nothing at all; because there is nothing at all there. Unless you count the giant burial mound that is a reconstruction of one that was excavated (and probably destroyed because a certain H. Schliemann led the dig!!). After Marathon and its museum we headed to Rhamnous, a very small place situated right on the edge of what was the edge of Attica. Although raining even heavier now and blowing a gale, the walk up to the Temple of Nemesis was striking, with tombs along the either side of the path. At the top there is fantastic view of the remains of Rhamnous. Unfortunately they have been off limits for about ten years, which is very disappointing as there are quite a lot of remains. I don't quite know why it isn't available as my lecturer jumped the fence last week and said there doesn't seem to be any sort of work going on there. Jumping the fence at Rhamnous is now on my list of things to do!
I have just returned from this action packed day so I think I will head to the nearest coffee shop for a 1 euro coffee (yes, 1 euro!! Food is sooo cheap here!). I have uploaded some photos for you all to look at - enjoy!