Sunday, November 21, 2010

Temple of Posiedon at Cape Sounion

The temple has a commanding view over the Aegean Sea off of Cape Sounion:
Graffiti is nothing new and there is plenty of it at the Temple of Posiedon, including the name of the romantic poet Lord Byron carved into the stone (although there's nothing to say he actually did the carving). Byron spent several months in 1810-11 in Athens, including two documented visits to Sounion. He mentions Sounion in his poem, Don Juan:

Place me on Sunium's marbled steep,
Where nothing, save the waves and I,
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep...

This pretty quail posed for us, probably more to distract us from her chicks in the underbrush than anything:

Another of those damned flourishing caper bushes...

And so endeth the tour of the Dalmatian Coast, Athens and Crete. Stay tuned for a Tanzanian safari...

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