Week 3

Week 4

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:

Easter Lamb:

Weather report from Bassae:


Day 24 Photo Gallery:

The temple of Apollo at Bassae reveals its deepest secrets in inclement weather.

The temple of Apollo at Bassae reveals its deepest secrets in inclement weather.

There was much rejoicing at the good fortune of having a gigantic circus tent at this particular site.

There was much rejoicing at the good fortune of having a gigantic circus tent at this particular site.

Milling about in the storm at Bassae.

Milling about in the storm at Bassae.

Site guards, like cats, hate the rain when it is inconvenient. Ben, KT, and Jerry take advantage in order to get a look at the roped off portions of the temple.

Site guards, like cats, hate the rain when it is inconvenient. Ben, KT, and Jerry take advantage of the situation in order to get a look at the roped off portions of the temple.

Exploring the idiosyncratic interior of the temple.

Exploring the idiosyncratic interior of the temple.

Checking out the world's first Corinthian column base in the adyton of the temple of Apollo at Bassae.

Checking out the world's first Corinthian column base in the adyton of the temple of Apollo at Bassae.

Prof. Faro lectures over the sounds of gale-force winds and pounding rain under the tent at Bassae.

Prof. Faro lectures over the sounds of gale-force winds and pounding rain under the tent at Bassae.

A local feline ponders evidence for the architectural agency of Iktinos at Bassae.

A local feline ponders evidence for the architectural agency of Iktinos at Bassae.

It was too much for him!

It was too much for him!

Kait, Alex M., KT, Jerry, Joe, and Charlie shiver through the lecture at Bassae.

Kait, Alex M., KT, Jerry, Joe, and Charlie shiver through the lecture at Bassae.

Charlie, Ben, Kathryn, and Alex A. take some notes amongst the columns.

Charlie, Ben, Kathryn, and Alex A. take some notes amongst the columns.

Chris, Ben, Charlie, and Alex A. are happy to be back on the bus after a bit of exposure to the cold and rain of Bassae.

Chris, Ben, Charlie, and Alex A. are happy to be back on the bus after a bit of exposure to the cold and rain of Bassae.

Kait and Joe share the sentiment.

Kait and Joe share the sentiment.

A vignette from our looooooooong day on the road.

A vignette from our looooooooong day on the road.

Scenery around Pylos.

Scenery around Pylos.

Getting into the Easter mood.

Getting into the Easter mood.

Bucolic scene around Pylos.

Bucolic scene around Pylos.

The fortress above Pylos.

The fortress above Pylos.

Pylos from the fortress.

Pylos from the fortress.

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