Just the Pictures (Greece) The White Tower of Thessaloniki. View of Thessaloniki from the White Tower. View of Thessaloniki’s port, from the White Tower. Sarcophagus from the 3rd-century AD, depicting a battle between the Greeks and Trojans (outside the entrance to the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki). A bill of sale for a two-month old female slave named Nike; the price is set at 15 silver pieces – talk about being born in to it. Funerary relief with six portraits, from the 2nd-century AD. Helmet and mask that covered a deceased warrior when he was buried (circa 520 BC) – it kinda looks like Jack Palance. Figurine of Harpokrates, son of Isis and Osiris, he was known as Horus in the Egyptian pantheon (3rd-century AD). Gold blossomed myrtle wreath (350-300 BC). Iron strigil used by athletes for cleaning their bodies of dust and oil (325-300 BC). Coin from Poseidonia (520 BC). A barrel-vaulted tomb, known as the Tomb of Eustorgios (4th-century AD) – displayed inside the Museum of Byzantine Culture. Bracelets with cloisonné enamel decoration (9th/10th-century AD). Scene from the Old Testament story of Joseph (17th-century AD). The archaeological site in Navarinou Square. The tiled roof of the Paradisos Baths (“Bei Hamam”). The Ancient Agora of Thessaloniki. Steps leading up to the Church of Saint Demetrius. Looking inside the small shrine inside the church containing the remnants of St. Demetrius. The Rotunda, which was built during the reign of Galerius Caesar (around 306 AD) as a temple; later it became a Christian basilica, then a mosque, and finally a Christian church again, before becoming an archaeological site. The Arch of Galerius, which was built in 299 AD and dedicated in 303 AD to celebrate the victory of the tetrarch Galerius over the Sassanid Persians and capture of their capital Ctesiphon in 298 AD. Relief on the Arch of Galerius depicting the imperial family at the sacrifice of thanksgiving. Bottle of Greek dry white wine, made from Moschofilero grapes. The Rotunda in the morning. Building in Thessaloniki. The Byzantine Wall in Thessaloniki, which dates to 390 AD (Mount Olympus can be seen in the distance, on the other side of the Thermaic Gulf). The Tower of Trigonio (“Triangle Tower”). Another view of the city and the Thermaic Gulf in the distance. The Heptapyrgion (also known as “Yedi Kule”), which dates to the 4th-century AD. Looking at the Heptapyrgion outside its walls. The Hagia Sophia in Thessaloniki, built in the 8th-century AD. Inside the Hagia Sophia. Aisle in the Hagia Sophia. Wacky posters found in Thessaloniki. Meteora at dusk. Agios Stefanos (“St. Stephen’s”) Monastery, with the town of Kalambaka in the background. The garden and chapel in St. Stephen’s Monastery. The view of Kalambaka from St. Stephen’s Monastery. The church in St. Stephen’s Moanstery. Another view of St. Stephen’s Monastery with mountains in the distance. View of Agia Trias (“Holy Trinity”) Monastery, built on top of one of Meteora’s rock pinnacles. The basket pulley system in the Holy Trinity Monastery. View of Kalambaka, from the Holy Trinity Monastery. Cross on top of the exposed rock at Holy Trinity Monastery, with Kalambaka and mountains in the distance. View of Holy Trinity Monastery and Kalambaka from the road. Rock pinnacles in Meteora. View of (from left to right) Roussanou Nunnery, Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas (“St. Nicholas of Anapafsas”) Monastery, and the Great Meteoro Monastery. Varlaam Monastery (center) and the Great Meteoro Monastery (to the right). The church at Varlaam Monastery. View of Meteora, with Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas (“St. Nicholas of Anapafsas”) Monastery visible. Roussanou (also known as “St. Barbara’s”) Nunnery, seen at the left. The bridge to Roussanou Nunnery. Rock pinnacles seen from Roussanou Nunnery. A flower garden in Roussanou Nunnery. Looking up at Varlaam Monastery. Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas (“St. Nicholas of Anapafsas”) Monastery. Looking up at the suspended elevator at St. Nicholas of Anapafsas Monastery. View of Kastraki, from St. Nicholas of Anapafsas Monastery. More rock pinnacles at Meteora. An orchard at Meteora. View of Kalambaka, seen from the Byzantic Church. The Byzantic Church in Kalambaka. Looking at the rock pinnacle where the Holy Trinity Monastery resides. Trail through the woods, which leads to the Holy Trinity Monastery from Kalambaka. View of Kastraki and rock pinnacles. Old hermit dwellings in Meteora. View of Agios Nikolaos Bantovas, built in to the rock pinnacle on the left. Another view of Kastraki. Bottle of Cretan dry red (the kind Zorba would probably have drunk). The Great Meteoro (“Transfuguration of Jesus”) Monastery. View between the rocks on the way to the entrance of the Great Meteoro Monastery. Varlaam Monastery, seen from the steps leading up to the Great Meteoro Monastery. The church at the Great Meteoro Monastery. Doorway and fresco in the Great Meteoro Monastery. Looking out from the Great Meteoro Monastery. Many wine jugs displayed in the cellar inside the monastery. An open window with flowers at the monastery. An old fresco on the side of the church in the Great Meteoro Monastery. Looking at out Kastraki from the monastery. The Greek flag in front of the Great Meteoro Monastery. Varlaam Monastery, seen from the road. Trail through the woods, on the way back to Kastraki. St. Nicholas of Anapafsas Monastery, seen from the trail. Peppers being grilled at a restaurant in Kastraki. The morning flag detail marching up to the flagpole on the Acropolis, with the Parthenon on their right. The Parthenon, seen from the east side. Closeup of the east pediment on the Parthenon. Another view of the Parthenon, which was built in 438 BC. The Erechtheion, built in 406 BC, with the Propylaea in the background. View of the Propylaea in the distance and the Porch of the Caryatids (part of the Erechtheion) on the right. Colonnade on the Erechtheion. Another view of the Erechtheion. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, seen from the Acropolis. Closer view of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. The Athenian Acropolis with the Temple of Athena Nike on the right. Athens with the Ancient Agora to the lower left (with the completely restored Stoa of Attalos visible). The Church of the Holy Apostles (which is built partly over the Nymphaion, having been constructed sometime around 1000 AD). The Ancient Agora with the Temple of Hephaistos in the distance. The Temple of Hephaistos, built in 415 BC. Closeup view of the Temple of Hephaistos and its Doric columns. The Athenian Acropolis, seen from the Ancient Agora. Chest and lid with model granaries. Perfume bottle in the form of a kneeling athlete binding a ribbon about his head as a symbol of victory (circa 540 BC). Kylix by Epiktetos illustrating a satyr on a donkey (circa 510 BC). A tragic terracotta mask (circa 200-250 AD). Portrait bust of the Emperor Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD). Portrait head of a man (2nd-century AD). The restored Stoa of Attalos in the Ancient Agora. The Kerameikos archaeological site. Sphinx that once crowned a grave stele (560-550 BC). The “Sacred Gate Kouros” (600-590 BC). Pyxis with horse figurines on the lid (it looks like it was owned by a Paleo-Nazi). Cup with modeled snakes and mourners on the handle (675-650 BC). Funeral stelae in the Kerameikos archaeological site. Ruins and flowers in the Kerameikos archaeological site. An arch amongst the ruins at the Kerameikos archaeological site. Funeral stele at Kerameikos. The Holy Church of St. Nicholas Ragkava (built in 1050 AD). Reconstruction of a statue of Menander, a Greek dramatist and the best-known representative of Athenian New Comedy. The Theater of Dionysus (located at the southern base of the Acropolis). Hadrian’s Arch – a triumphal arch built in 132 AD to honor their benefactor emperor, Hadrian. The remains of the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Another view of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, with Mount Lycabettus in the background. The Temple of Olympian Zeus with the Acropolis in the background. Panathenaic Stadium – the site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 AD. Poster for the first modern Olympic Games. View of Panathenaic Stadium from its track. Pond in the National Garden in Athens. View of Athens from Mount Lycabettus. Another view of the sprawling metropolis of Athens, from Mount Lycabettus. Syntagma Square, with the Old Royal Palace in the background. The rooftop bar at the hostel I stayed at, with the Acropolis in the distance. The Athenian Acropolis at night. Cast of a statue of Pan (the original is from Sparta during the Roman period). Golden medallion with relief bust of the goddess Athena (2nd-century BC). Male funeral portrait painted on linen, from Egypt (3rd-century AD). Relief limestone slab from a church in Amaseia, Asia Minor, which depicts Sts. Theodore and George (two military saints) thrusting their spears in to a foe (13th-century AD). Pietà, from the 15th-century AD. St. George Kephalophoros, holding his severed head (late 16th- to early 17th- century AD, from a Cretan workshop). Male costume from Karpasi, Cyprus. ‘Lord Byron in Greek costume on the Acropolis’ by an anonymous painter. Cycladic figurine of a female (canonical type, Spedos variety). The “Cup-Bearer” – Cycladic figurine of teh canonical type (from the Syros Phase (2800-2300 BC). Bronze shield with repoussé decoration, from Eleutherna, Crete (830-730 BC). Standing female figurine (also known as “Zintilis idol”), from the Chalcolithic period (3900-2500 BC). Plank-shaped figure of whitish chalk, imitating wooden cult images (circa 1900 BC). Terracotta zoomorphic rattle (Cypro-Archaic II, 600-480 BC). Attic red-figure column krater with an erotic scene (500-490 BC). Potsherds (“ostraka”) used as voting tokens; the person nominated was Megakles, son of Hippokrates, who was exiled (ostracized) in 486 BC. Bronze helmet of the Corinthian type (late 6th-century BC). The Athenian Acropolis, seen from the New Acropolis Museum. The central block of the western frieze of the Parthenon – a horseman trying to restrain his unruly horse by placing his right foot on a rock. Centaur overcoming a Lapith, taken from the south metope of the Parthenon. Block depicting the procession of four hydria-bearers (from the Parthenon’s frieze). Dedication with a representation of a trireme, the Paralos, which participated in sacred and state missions (from the late 5th-century BC). Head of a female statue from the 2nd-century AD (the color that has leaked below her eyes is the product of oxidation of the statue’s bronze eyelashes). View of Athens and Mount Lycabettus, from the eastern base of the Acropolis. Looking up at the Acropolis with the Erechtheion in view. Ruins of the Roman Agora. Entrance to the Roman Agora. Hadrian’s Library. Tzistarakis Mosque at Monastiraki Square. Bottle of Greek dry red wine made from Xinomavro grapes. The Patra Lighthouse. Georgiou I Square, the central square of Patra. The Riga Fereou footpath in Patra. The Philippeion at the ancient site of Olympia, which was donated by Philip II after the battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC. The ruins of the Echo Stoa next to the arched entrance to the Stadium. The arched entrance to the Stadium. The track used for the Ancient Olympic Games – which were held between 776 BC and 393 AD -, inside the Stadium at Olympia. Ruins at Ancient Olympia, with the Temple of Zeus in the background. More ruins at the site of Ancient Olympia. The Ancient Olympia archaeological site, seen from the Leonidaion Thermae. Corner of the Temple of Zeus, which once contained the contained the Chryselephantine Statue of Zeus (made from gold and ivory) – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The ruins of the Palaistra, which was built in the 3rd-century BC. Another view of the Palaistra, with many of its columns still standing. Votive offerings of the faithful, made at the Altar of Zeus. Bronze sheet from the Archaic Period, depicting two centaurs burying the leader of the Lapiths, Caeneus, in the ground with uprooted trees; meanwhile Caeneus stabs both centaurs with daggers, but he was not saved. Sheet in the shape of a winged Gorgon, from an ancient shield (6th-century BC). Terracotta dolphin bounding over the waves (from the 5th-century BC). Scene from the west pediment from the Temple of Zeus, depicting a centaur who has assaulted a Lapith woman and is about to be dealt a blow by Theseus (on the left). Hermes of Praxiteles (found during excavations at the Temple of Hera, circa 340-330 BC). The Rio–Antirrio Bridge, one of the world’s longest multi-span cable-stayed bridges and the longest of the fully suspended type; it crosses the Gulf of Corinth near Patras, linking the town of Rio on the Peloponnese peninsula to Antirrio on mainland Greece.