Destination: Athens

Here are few favorite photographs taken while in Athens.

Nike Bastion/ Temple of Athena Nike is the smallest temple on the Acropolis, its placement is on the southwest corner on the edge of the cliffs, and I snapped this photo while walking back down the Acropolis towards the Museum. {High Classical Period}
View while hiking to the top of the Acropolis. It was extremely cold and windy that day, and the scene was breathtakingly beautiful.
Gorgeous sunset from the rooftop of our hotel. The sun would set quickly each evening so, we had to time our visit carefully to take in the wondrous sky each evening!
Dromeas {“Runner” in English} is a glass and iron sculpture created by Athens artist Costas Varotsos. The Hilton located on Vasilissis Sofias Avenue showcases the Runner across the street, and I found the best photographs of the sculpture are at sunset.
Walking the Plaka at night is exciting. Known as the “neighborhood of the gods”, this historic area is clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis. This photo of the Parthenon was taken after dinner.

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The Dying Gaul

The first time I saw the sculpture of the Dying Gaul {Hellenistic period, c. 230–c. 220 BC; marble} was in February 2014 in the Pantheon shaped rotunda of the National Gallery of Art. The Italian government organized an artistic exchange program in 2013 marking the “Year of Italian Culture”, where centuries old pieces that had never left Italy were brought to the United States for viewing.

But, while in Rome at the Musei Capitolini you walk up steps into a gallery where the back of this sculpture is your first view. Next you begin to walk around the piece taking in items that are rarely seen from books; beside the warrior there is a trumpet, a sword, and a pentagram near one of his feet. To have time to view the sculpture without severe crowds was an honor, and seeing small details in the physical appearance of the Gaul, such as veins in his arms or the crease around the torso is absolutely exquisite.

Musei Capitonlini
Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC 20565

Washington Post Article, December 12, 2013

The Georgetowner
1050 30th St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
January 26, 2014

Enjoy, Kathleen