Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Where the answers were blowing in the wind...


Parthenon


Apollo Temple and Oracle at Delphi


Ampitheatre at Acropolis


Monastery at Meteora


Street shopping, Athens


The Acropolis in Athen at night


Serving a gyro with a smile!

I didn't really believe the Greek guide when she pointed out a road far out in the valley. There was a crossroad too. Legend has it, she said, that Oedipus killed his father Laius, King of Thebes, just after the crossroad there.

And at Delphi, the place still felt so sacred. One could almost feel the power of the Oracle and the prophesies. This was the place responsible for changing the fate of man and nations alike in the olden days. I stood before the pillars that were the entrance to the Oracle and thought of anything that I may need the answer to... zilch! Why do I blank out at these times?!!

Beautiful people, beautiful places and amazing food. Life moved at an easy pace, with music, laughter, gyros, late nights and the acropolis towering over Athens. And then we went over to Turkey.

Bakhlava, kebabs, the majestic mosques and their beautiful minerets. We walked by the seaside, we crossed over to the Asian side and walked lanes and lanes of beautiful Turkish life. We got onto the Bosphorus cruise and at night checked out the amazing night life. But the most amazing thing was the sight of the sacred relics - the walking stick of Moses (yes, the one that parted the Red Sea!), Abraham's turban, the skull of John the Baptist, Prophet Mohammad's hair, his footprint on the famous stone, a handwritten letter by him...!!! I stared at it all spellbound.

And so another holiday ended. But it felt good to get back and get down to things I had lined up. Painting the house, making a few changes... something I had been wanting to do for the last 4-5 years. Changes that I need to take me to the next phase.

12 Comments:

Blogger diary of cindy said...

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8:59 pm  
Blogger diary of cindy said...

so beautiful picture !

9:01 pm  
Blogger Stone said...

Awesome...I'm mesmerized...more coz the way you described it!!

One more place added to my 'to-visit' list B-)

12:18 am  
Blogger Roy said...

Awesome pics! am really jelous.

11:10 am  
Blogger venkat said...

Pictures look beautiful and sounds like you had a great time. How is your back ache,Anumita? Gone hopefully!!!

12:35 pm  
Anonymous Hemanshu Narsana said...

Sounds like a bucket of fun! :)

12:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell me you went to Gulf of Corinth!?
Lovely pictures that brought back lovelier memories. Thanks for that!

2:56 pm  
Blogger anumita said...

dairy of cindy: thank you!

stone: you must visit, it's awesome indeed.

roy: dont be. it's just a trip.

venkat: thank venkat. my back is better but at times it acts up.

hemanshu narsana: it was, indeed!

9:13 pm  
Blogger Arunima said...

others have admired so, I will not add to the list. welcome back! :-)

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