Monthly Archives: May 2019

The Acropolis – IV – Theatre of Dionysius

Our guide says this theatre, on the side of the hill, is still used for concerts. It looks like a great location for a show on a warm summer’s evening, though the seats might be a bit hard. Unfortunately the gates were locked, so I didn’t get to check out the acoustics. This is also […]

The Acropolis – III – Erechtheion

It is a hill full of ruins that dominates Athens. Today we continue our tour with the Erechtheion, a temple dedicated to Athena, goddess of wisdom, and Poseidon, god of the sea. The ancient Greeks (and their Roman counterparts) had lots of gods, none of who seem to have been able to deliver in a […]

Lost In Europe

I have no idea where I am as I write this. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say I have no idea where I am supposed to be. I’m at home in Germany, but I don’t think there is any record of my being here. I’m a little confused. Bear with me and […]

Bug In The Road?

Is it a large insect, or a small lizard? I haven’t a clue. In my youth I should have paid more attention in science class. Then I would be able to classify this creature I crossed paths with on Monday. Perhaps I could have figured it out if I had examined it more closely, but […]

Random Thoughts From Paul

My friend Paul Wilkinson blogs daily at Thinking Out Loud and is one of the people who encouraged me years ago to launch in this space. We are of a similar age and have many similar interests. From what I read in this guest post he offered me, his mind is getting a little fuzzy with […]

Standing on Mars Hill

It is just a hunk of rock, not what I was expecting. But what an historical piece of rock. I had expected to see ruined buildings, but it turns out there never were any on Mars Hill. The topography doesn’t allow it – too uneven, I guess. In ancient Athens it was a meeting place, […]

The Acropolis – II – Visions of Athens

A photo essay for you today. Just when you were expecting me to show you more ruined temples on top of Athens most famous hill, I turn the camera in the other direction. All I have seen of Athens really is what I could see from the hill. It looks like there are some very […]

The Acropolis – I

There was no way I was going to miss it, even if it did mean, a guided tour, a two-hour bus ride (each way) and losing my only day off in 10 days. After all, I might never be in Athens again. I’ve never been a fan of guided tours. There is a trade-off involved […]

They Are Doing What!?

Somehow I missed this event last year. And when I saw the poster on a light post earlier this week I was flabbergasted. I know this is a big wine producing area. And I know that the specialty wine exclusive to this part of Germany is a white wine called Gutedel. So it makes sense […]

Required Reading (and Writing)

It hadn’t struck me before, though I know I’ve read it dozens of times, at least. What a great idea for efficient government! I wonder if we could do it today? I was doing some Bible reading the other day, and came across these words in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy:  When he takes […]