Thursday, April 13, 2006
Temple of Poseidon, New Olympic Stadium
Paul picks me up at 8am for our pre-arranged tour to Cape Sounio to see the Temple of Poseidon. Along the way, we drive along the coastal road through Glyfadha (close to Athens), Vouliagmeni (posh resorts), as well as Lagonisi and Andvissos (both beachfront towns). The Temple of Poseidon site (€4) is the southern most point of land for continental Europe, jutting out into the Aegean. Even with the various stops for photos we made along the way, we arrived at 10am. The morning light was near perfect, with the polarizing filters on my lenses producing a nice dark blue sky to contrast with the temple's marble columns. Needless to say, this site is dramatic. The temple is located at the top of the headland, which has steep cliffs to the sea hundreds of metres below. Spring flowers are in full bloom, and there is a fresh breeze blowing. I take advantage of the sparse crowds and photograph the temple and headlands from every angle. I opt to return to Athens along the same coast road we just took because the alternative is to drive back down the middle of Mesoyia. Along the way Paul is called by one of his drivers to tell him there are three protests in full swing in Athens. We change our plans, and divert to Markopoulo and drive on the expressway by the new airport to see the New Olympic Stadium. Paul drops me off at the Irini metro station, since he won't be able to drive into central Athens while the protests are on. I get back to Omonia station downtown within 15 minutes, and walk the few blocks back to the apartment. No sign of any protests.