City of Athena: birthplace of democracy


The first time I visited Athens was in 2004 during the Olympics. I  watched the latter stages of the womens marathon, which covered the route of the original marathon runner Pheidippides, and saw the British mens coxless four win gold, narrowly beating Canada in a thrilling down to the wire finish.

After Initially being thrown out of the Acropolis for climbing over a fence, I eventually got to stand at its summit peering across Athens and feeling a real thrill at being in the birthplace of democracy.

During the latest visit in 2015 I avoided being thrown out of the Acropolis and instead nearly got ejected from the National Archeological Museum by posing for a photo with the Artemesion Bronze, while adopting the menacing pose of the statue. Two of the museum guards shouted at me to stop before the photo could be taken. They explained it was seen as an act of disrespect to adopt the pose of a god while having ones picture taken with said god.

The video contains photos of: The Acropolis, The Acropolis Museum, National Archeological Museum and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Accompanied by the strains of Pink Floyd’s The Great Gig in The Sky and Time. Part 1 of the Greek Odyssey can be seen here.

Heavenly Hydra

Went over to Hydra early in October, and no I do not mean we joined up with the arch enemy of Nick Fury and SHIELD. The Hydra I mean is a beautiful Mediterranean Island which is a member of the Saronic Islands of Greece. One of the things that drew us to this Island is the fact that motor vehicles are prohibited, and so everything is transported round by donkeys.

I have stayed in Lindos (also no traffic) on Rhodes before, but I have never been to a whole Island without motor vehicles. I love everything about Greece and this latest visit has strengthened that emotion. Hydra is a supremely chilled out destination for a holiday and I highly reccomend it.