Thursday, August 28, 2014

June 23, 1964 On the Sacred Way to Delphi, Daphne and Livadia

June 23, on the sacred way to Delphi.  Motel Xenia, Itea, Greece, 12 miles from Delphi.

Camp ground with tents.  Olive trees.  Oleander, Morning Glories.

Church of Daphne.  1400-1500 Turks plastered over mosaics.  Built 1100?  Mosaics tell story of Christ's life.  Stern Christ in center of dome.

Square, boxy houses, plaster, white with red window frames, blue trim around top.  Cream colored homes or plain cement, red clay soil in olive orchards.  Grey and dark brown donkeys tied to trees or peddling carts.  Bee hives in orchards.  Trees tapped for sap.  Fields of onions, wheat, tobacco, tomatoes.

Thebes--pens of geese, sheep, oldest city in Greece.  Farmers plowing with donkeys, tractors, large machines.  In grain fields women hoeing, farmers making irrigation ditches for vegs., cotton fields.

Stop at Livadia.  Straw shepherd huts, women taking bread from outdoor oven.

Triple way:  3 roads meeting where Oedipus killed father.  Red poppies, lots of yellow flowers, fig tees, Queen Anne's lace.  

Donkey driver gave yellow flowers which they chew for milk.

Delphi.  Pomegranate, almond, olive trees.  Center of world.  Treasury, Temple of Apollo, first temple.

Tomorrow, Olympia.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

June 21 - 22, 1964 Athens: The Acropolis, A Few Souvenirs and One Small Journal Entry

Journal Entries (always in italics)  Flight to Athens.  Farms, sheep, ruins, fields, trees, apartment buildings. Acacia trees, rich, heavy odor.   Astor Hotel 16 Karageorgi Servias Street.

Bonnie & B among the ruins

Cups, ring, caryatid, vase.

Tomorrow, ITEA & DELPHI.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

June 20 - 21, 1964 The Journey Begins: Rome in a Day, A Papal Blessing, A Couple of Souvenirs and The Flight to Athens

Journal Entries (always in italics):

Bonnie's Travel Journal, 1964
 Arrival in London and continuing flight to Rome.  Hotel Rivoli, Via Taramelli 7.  Overcast.  

Vatican, St. Peter's

Pope.  Silence & preached in St. Peter's.  Treasury of Vatican.

Cameo, Rome, 3 Travelers checks, $30.00.  Cameos -- on Piazzo Navano next to Tri Scalini Restaurant.

Ring, Rome, $3.00.

Charms, $3.00

A charm from each destination, first 2 from Rome

Firenza Pottery

NOTE:  Strictly by accident we received a private blessing from Pope Paul VI. A group from Illinois had arranged for such a blessing, and while wandering long, dark corridors in St. Peter's we encountered the group. The guards told us to stop what we were doing, stay silent and participate in the blessing.  So we did.

June 21 flight

Greece--nod head up & down means "no"--word nay means yes.

Tomorrow's post, ATHENS.