“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” –Winston Churchill
It’s a universal truth that puppies, kittens, and kids the world over are drawn to shiny objects – and we were no different. In modern adult slang this attraction is called “bling,” but for devout Christians, tiny sliver charms are called milagros or tamata.
Our series on thoroughbred horses is galloping toward the finish line, which is the perfect spot to see how hard these horses work. American Pharaoh, living in luxurious stables and spending his days making whoopee is the equine dream, but the reality for most thoroughbreds is day after day of hard work.
We were strolling home from the Acropolis, past the inviting portals of an Eastern Orthodox church, and decided to take a quiet, narrow street we’d somehow missed on previous forays. We only encountered a few folks (a rarity in Athens), including a priest and his friends.
A career in archaeology in Greece must be like driving a snow plow in Buffalo, New York – job security is no problem. There are enough ruins scattered around the country to keep Indiana Jones busy for 25 sequels.
There are ceremonial guards all over the world, patiently standing watch at this very moment. Of this large cadre, the Evzone Guards of Greece must certainly be some of the most unique.
A few years ago we lived in Athens, Greece for a while. As many travelers before us have mentioned, one of the first things we noticed when we arrived was the dogs … lots of dogs … everywhere. And Athens is a large, metropolitan city!