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    Some How-What-Why for Your Athens Trip

    I am blurry eyed and mighty pissed off this Monday morning. And I have no one to blame but myself. What should have been done yesterday or perhaps a day ago, is being done in the wee hours of the morning. Because somewhere in the last few days, I overstuffed my basket of ‘tasks to finish’, lost focus and forgot to type out the post that had been mentally written down a week ago. I am a basket case this Monday morning! But a basket case who has reminded herself of the decision to prioritize. Any tips on that? Monday morning rant aside, it’s time to address some questions that…

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    Meeting the Oracle at Delphi

    Fans of Greek mythology have often been fascinated with ‘the Oracle’. And with yours truly and the elder sister being ‘almost fans’, we were giddy with delight when the brother-in-law pointed out that the famed seat of Pythia the Oracle, said to have been consulted for all important decisions in ancient times, was just a few hours away in Delphi. The tiny town was built around the Temple of Apollo and the Tholos, two ancient sanctuaries built on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. It should be noted that Delphi is recognised by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. For the uninitiated, this Oracle is not the one from the…

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    Travel,  Tuck-In

    Eating done the Greek way

    Do you have a napkin or a small towel handy? If not, perhaps you want to grab one. Because reading about Greek food – be it an in-depth exploration of the cuisine or simply a traveller’s list of what to eat – is nothing short of a drool-icious journey. Observe the way Greeks eat and you will note the role geography plays in the selection of produce. Greece has the longest coastline in the Mediterranean basin and 11th longest coastline in the world. While 80% of Greece is mountainous region, it has several islands of which around 227 are said to be inhabited. All of this translates into a lot…

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    Athens, Where History Lies Under the Sun #1

    Closed my eyes, took a deep breath, succumbed to a cheek splitting grin and ticked Athens off my ‘travel wish list’. And in the same breath, added the city to my ‘visit again’ list. Literally the first thing I did after returning home from a whirlwind 3 day trip to the grand old city of Athens. History has always fascinated me – it comes from being the daughter of a history teacher, I guess. My introduction to Greek civilisation was through the famous story collection Aesop’s Fables, said to have been a storyteller in Ancient Greece. I have a faint memory of a family member reading these stories to me.…