Tuesday April 14
Sites Visited: Bassae (Classical temple)
Where did we stay tonight?: Pylos
Leaders: Charles Clark and Chris Johnson
Today started out like many other FSP days. We slept peacefully. Wakened by the gentle cooing of doves, we soon sought out breakfast. We lingered over our lodging’s exotic and delectable offerings, which were tastefully presented to ensure a healthy appetite. We gathered our daily necessities and boarded our stately chariot. Then, things began to go wrong.
Our journey to the temple of Apollo at Bassai, famous for its architectural oddities and spectacular situation, was originally scheduled to last but a single hour. Alas, our driver disagreed. Instead, he took us on a three hour tour of some of the more winding mountain passes ever created by mortal man. A healthy dosing of Dramamine was enjoyed by many. Finally, we arrived at the peak to find that a rainstorm had chosen today to visit the sanctuary as well. We dashed through the rain and less consolidated precipitation to take refuge beneath the temple’s protective tenting.
Within the safety and relative comfort of the tent, our group was quizzed on the day’s reading. Then we explored the temple remains itself, including the base of the world’s first Corinthian column, which was lost or destroyed shortly after its discovery. You cannot win them all. After our lecture on the remains, we returned to Pylos for an afternoon off. That took three hours too.
mid-marathon bus ride interview with Jerry:
Weather report from Bassae:
Day 24 Photo Gallery: