Here are photos of our time in Greece in 2008 just before the crisis hit full force.
Cape Sounion which is about 40 minutes by car outside of Athens on the Aegean Sea. The most wonderful spot for me anyways, the sunsets are spectacular.
At Cap Sounion, nearing sunset in late afternoon at the Temple of Poseidon. Here I stand near this wonderful Olive Tree, sacred to Poseidon and Athena.
Here we are with Cap Sounion behind us in the distance on the Aegean Sea. We are going to see the Sunset from the Cap.
Since we are on the subject of the Aegean Sea, here is where the name comes from;
According to Greek Mythology, the Aegean Sea owes its name to the King of Athens, Aegeas.
King Minos ‘Minoas’ of Crete in order to punish the Athenians who had killed his son Androgeo, declared war on Athens and won. The Athenians subsequently became subjects of the Minoan Empire. King Minos then demanded that a tribute of honour be paid. At nine year intervals, seven Athenian boys and seven Athenian girls were to be sacrificed. They were to be sent to Crete and devoured by the mythical Minotaur, a monster with the body of a man and the head of a bull, who lived in the Labyrinth.
Thiseas, the son of Aegeas and Aithra, decided that he would slaughter the Minotaur and end the shameful bloody sacrifices. He took the place of one of the seven young men and set sail for Crete. Before he left, it was agreed with his father Aegeas that they would hoist black sails as a ‘show’ of mourning, but if they were successful and he slayed the monster, the sailors would hoist white sails on the journey home.
Thiseas mission was successful and the Minotaur was killed. Thiseas forgot to raise the white sails as he had promised his father as a sign of victory. Aegeas waited for his son to return. As he stood on the Akrotiri of Sounio, he spied the ship as it rounded the cape – it had black sails. Believing that his son was dead, the king despaired. He jumped off the cliffs into the sea from the temple of Poseidon and killed himself.
Lots of tragic stories in Greece, they did give us theatre.