Athens: It’s All Greek to Me

Athens: It’s All Greek to Me

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I should be in Athens now.

Athens Pano
(Tiago Flickr Photo)

But I’m not.

A half-century ago I was history major in college and the history that I found most fascinating was that of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Why, I can’t say.

My high school Latin teacher, who sometimes wore his U.S. Army Reserve officer’s uniform to class, was “into” Julius Caesar’s commentaries on the Gallic Wars. And I’m sure I read Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra in English Lit.

Somewhere along the line, the Greeks came marching into my brain. Pericles, Socrates, Plato, Aristophanes, Homer, and all of the guys from way “back in the day” left their mark in my memory banks.

I’ve been as far east on the European Continent as Prague, as far south as Rome, both less than a two-hour flight from Athens, but just far enough of a detour off my planned itinerary to keep me from getting there.

But this year, I’m finally going to visit the capital of Greece, just not the way I had hoped.

There was an a very slight possibility that I’d be invited to speak at a conference in Athens this week with my travel expenses covered by the sponsoring organization.

That invitation wasn’t forthcoming, but fortunately, another opportunity to see Athens popped up at the last minute.

Since it’s not costing me a farthing to travel to far-flung Greece, I’m going to invite you to join me on my journey.

And because it’s a virtual trip, “taken” via this video, everyone can come along with me and avoid the jet lag.

(Need to know more about touring Athens? See this story from The New York Times which accompanies the video.)

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