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..never gets old.

 

Agia Marina, Lygourio

During our spring trip to ancient Epidavros, we made a brief lunch stop near the site of an ancient pyramid (yep, pyramids in Greece. who knew.) Although we were given a talk about the geology of the area by a local archaeologist, I was distracted by the possibility of food and by this lovely post-Byzantine church, dedicated to Saint Marina. It was completed in 1713, and although tiny, I liked looking around.

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The food was good too.

Ancient Epidavros

Sights of Spring at Ancient Epidavros

These photos are from a trip to Epidavros in April last year – we arrived at the site after a stop at the Agnountos Monastery. The perfect time of year to visit!

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A Seaside Adventure

Last month my dad was in Athens for a quick trip (hi Dad!) and we were lucky enough to spend a day down by the sea. We drove along the coast to the Cape of Sounion, with stops for a wonderful lunch and my first beach trip of the season. These are just some photos from my iPhone, but I think they captured the day.

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Around Athens in June

just a few shots from Athens life

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Tinos: Pyrgos Cats

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Tinos: Sundried

Tinos: Pyrgos Square

Processed with VSCOcam with se3 presetThis giant plane tree forms the centrepiece of the village of Pyrgos. While we were there in September we stopped in the square for coffee and a sweet. Although  looks quiet and serene in this photo, at night this is the centre of village life and the tree bears witness to it all!

 

Tinos: Pyrgos

This village in Tinos is one of its most picturesque. It’s far from the port (29km apparently) and has a vibrant atmosphere all its own. Pyrgos is historically linked to marble carving, Tinos’ most well-known tradition, which is still supported today. Wandering through the streets of Pyrgos you find not only examples of the craft but also a number of workshops that still produce wonderful work (and there’s a new museum of marble working nearby!). One of my favourite villages not only for its art but also its vitality, and it was especially colourful and bright when we visited last September.

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Cambridge Sights

Hello world! Forgive my brief absence – I was in the middle of exams. They are finished now though, so I’m sharing some photos I took a few weeks ago in Cambridge. I went back to receive my MA – basically a graduation ceremony without doing any work. I have yet to find a way to explain this phenomenon because it is basically inexplicable.

According to the university website, ‘In most UK universities, the Master of Arts is a degree awarded by examination. At Cambridge, the MA is conferred by right on holders of the BA degree of the University and on certain other senior members and is not available as a postgraduate qualification.’ (Oxford and the University of Dublin also follow the same pattern). Wikipedia describes the history and rationale of the whole thing – it basically derives from the tradition that most people studied for an MA, and received a BA on the way. Though this changed in the early 1800s, Oxbridge apparently didn’t feel compelled to break with tradition. :)

Weird though it may be, it was a wonderful excuse to head back up to Cambridge for a mini-reunion, and it is beautiful as always.

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