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Cat at the temple of Olympian Zeus

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The temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens had several construction phases which lasted well over 650 years (from the 520 BCE to 132 CE). Remains of the first construction phase can still be seen around the sanctuary, such as this archaic limestone … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: parrot on a temple

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What did I see a few days ago, looking up at the familiar temple of Hephestus and Athena (aka Theseion)? Theseus, the famous hero, looking like a pirate, with a large green parrot on his shoulder. And while the hero was locked … Continue reading

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FAQ: The strays of Greece

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Everywhere you go in Greece, you see dogs roaming about. They’re usually large, well fed and quite friendly. Some of them wear collars too. Are they strays? Well, sort of. They are the city’s stray pets. They seem to be kings of the city … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: dog and demonstrators

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Two years ago, it was Greece. Now it’s Turkey. Police cracked down with teargas (and more) on peacefully demonstrating citizens. In the photo, a teargassed dog receives treatment from fellow demonstrators. In both countries, strays petted and fed by the crowds … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: Tired tourists

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Tired, after a long day’s work, I caught a glimpse of some people who seemed more tired than I was. Exhausted, after a day of sightseeing, the four young girls were taking a rest in a square not far from … Continue reading