The site of Kolonna
Michael dropping knowledge
Pillar in the center of Kolonna, used for navigation for ships on the water
Zach, Kristina and I loving the pillar
Wall of Propylon. The structure of this wall clearly demonstrates that this was built by the Byzantine or Roman Empire, never the Greeks.
The artwork on the pottery shows that the culture was very water based, this is an example of fighting rowers
Jessi, Jenee and I at the site of Kolonna
From Kolonna we traveled to the Temple of Athen-Aphaia. Aphaia was a local water nymph from Crete. This temple is considered to be a “Perfect little Jewel” to archeologists because its one of the best works of the Greeks. It is part of a small sanctuary with the altar outside the temple.
From the Temple we got back on the bus and ended up at the ceramic shop of Mr. Nektarios. The story behind this man is that him and his brother are the last two traditional ceramic artist of their generation of the island of Aegina. They have no family to pass down their skills to because it is a dying art that doesn’t make as much money as could be made taking on a different profession. His shop was incredible, full of hundreds and hundreds of pieces of pottery, of all different styles. He even sat down and made a beautiful vase right in front of him, only took about two minutes, it was so great!
Mr. Nektarios ceramic shop!
This took him about 2 minutes
The floors of the shop were jam packed with all of his artwork
After our visit to the ceramic shop we were set loose in the small town area along the harbor for lunch. Jenee, Jessi, Tori and I went to grab drinks by the water in celebration of Carly’s 22nd birthday. After that we walked around the shopping area and then I wandered the harbor taking as many pictures as I could. The island was so gorgeous and it felt good to get out of the congested city for a day. I found the most adorable church right by the ferry dock, it was gorgeous inside. After exploring for a while we hopped back on the ferry and headed back to Athens.
Girls at lunch in celebration of Carly's 22nd birthday!
Boats in the Harbor
Chandelier inside the church
Inside of a tiny church I found by the ferry. It was gorgeous inside and now I know what those all mean. The center is always Jesus, to the left one is Mary, and two to the left is always the saint that the church belongs to.
That night the entire AHA group, yep all 26 of us, dressed up and went out for Carly’s birthday. Before hand, a bunch of us girls spent time pre-partying in Jessi and Jenee’s room and getting ready. It was so fun to see our entire group do something together outside of the required field trips. We went to a club in Plaka called “Yellow” where we had reserved a section all to ourselves ahead of time, so we pretty much took over with traveling dance party. It was a lot of fun and chaos, and I think we helped secure the ideas that Greeks have about Americans being crazy!
Some of my fav girlies in Jessi and Jenee's room for the pre-party!
This is how AHA takes a group photo...
Jackie and I having a great time at Yellow
Two of the Sarah's dancing like crazy!
Zach and I loving the birthday girl!