Saturday, December 22, 2018

Greece | Athens | Acropolis | Winter Solstice | Full Moon

Wandered on to Athens to celebrate the Winter Solstice at the Parthenon, on top of the Acropolis. The Winter Solstice occurs in Athens at 00:21:42 on December 22. Of course the Acropolis is closed at night, so I had to be content with performing my orisons on the afternoon of the 21st. 
View of the Acropolis and the Parthenon from Mouseion Hill (click on photos for enlargements)
The Parthenon. Unfortunately the Parthenon seems to to be in a permanent state of renovation; hence the cranes and scaffolding.
On the night of the 21st there was also a spectacular Full Moon over the Acropolis. Lunatics and devotees of Selene were out in force. 

Selene, the Goddess of the Moon
Selene and her Boy Toy Endymion

Selene and Endymion. The poor guy never knew what hit him.
View of the Acropolis from the balcony of my hotel room

2 comments:

  1. Spectacular!!so happy that you are writing again. Merry holiday and may you find wine without Retsina. I prefer my wine without turpentine lingering on the palate. XOX NWM

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  2. I don't think I have ever seen the Parthenon without scaffolding. When I was a child, I thought it part of the original design.

    Long years ago, you could go see the December moon until midnight at Poseidon's Temple in Sounio. Like all good things, it didn't last. I still like to visit that location, though, whenever I travel back to the motherland. I usually visit at wintertime, and if I am lucky, there is only me and a bored guard on a permanent smoke break near the ruins.

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