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Friday April 17

Sites Visited: Sparta (ancient Acropolis, sanctuary of Artemis Orthia), Tegea (temple of Athena Alea)

Where did we stay tonight?: Athens

Leaders: Kathryn Mammel and Joe Indvik

“All in all—except for the gypsies—a gloomy and forlorn spot.”  — Blue Guide, p. 307, Describing Sanctuary of Artemis Orthia.

That pretty much describes our experience in Sparta this morning.  Our itinerary:

8:30 a.m.   Archaeological Museum (postponed; opens at 9:30 a.m.)

9:00 a.m.   Sanctuary of Artemis Orthia (cancelled; gate locked; we gaze longingly through the fence)

9:30 a.m.   Acropolis (Open; found only with the unsolicited help of a Greek woman [gypsy?] on a moped; not much to see)

9:40 a.m.  In transit to museum.  Our bus is spotted but is lacking a driver.  Whereabouts unknown.  No way to inform him of our changed plans.

9:45 a.m.  Archaeological Museum (cancelled; guard [who is currently in the building] informs us it “opens” at noon, despite the sign outside reading “Sundays and holidays 9:30-15:00”.)

9:50 a.m.  Sarah and Prof. Faro search nearby cafes for bus driver.  Group breaks for frappe/bookstore and hopes their search is unsuccessful.

10:00 a.m. Plans foiled.  Bus driver spotted in café.  Group called and ordered to rendezvous at bus.

10:10 a.m.  Depart for Tegea.

11:15 a.m.  Arrive at Tegea.  Visit Sanctuary of Athena Alea (cancelled; site locked; we gaze longingly through the fence during lecture)

11:30 – 12:00 a.m.  Circumnavigate the locked sanctuary.  Continue gazing longingly.

12:00 p.m.  Depart for Tripolis.

12:15 p.m.  Lunch.  Small-town café low on inventory.  Group divides and devours.  Jerry subsists on a can of beans only.  Hard man.

12:35 p.m.   Depart for Athens.  Group leaders hastily write blog so as to finish paper assignment as quickly as possible and begin enjoying Easter break.

ETA to Athens:  2:45 p.m.

Next update: Monday, April 20. 

Happy Orthodox Easter!  Kathryn and Joe, over and out.  

Impressions of Sparta:

Foraging for lunch in Sparta:

Reading quiz at Tegea!!!:

Day 27 Photo Gallery:

Taking in the scenery in Sparta - about the only thing open today!

Taking in the scenery in Sparta - about the only thing open today!

Despite the fact that everything else in Sparta was locked down for the day, aggressive ritual sidewalk cleaning continued apace.

Despite the fact that everything else in Sparta was locked down for the day, aggressive ritual sidewalk cleaning continued apace.

Spectacular tentaculars at a Spartan psarotaverna (fish restaurant)

Spectacular tentaculars at a Spartan psarotaverna (fish restaurant)

Turned away at the archaeological museum.

Turned away at the archaeological museum.

Steel bars wrapped all around the sanctuary of Artemis Orthia.

Steel bars wrapped all around the sanctuary of Artemis Orthia.

Fauna.

Fauna.

Statue of Leonidas in Sparta.

Statue of Leonidas in Sparta.

This is Sparta!  (We're not sure what Chris is doing.)

This is Sparta! (We're not sure what Chris is doing.)

Rescued from the slums of Sparta by a local moped-mounted dragoman.

Rescued from the slums of Sparta by a friendly moped-mounted dragoman.

A scenic fountain in Sparta.

A scenic fountain in Sparta.

The temple of Athena Alea at Tegea.

The temple of Athena Alea at Tegea.

Another patented FSP reading quiz at Tegea.

Another patented FSP reading quiz at Tegea.

An FSP group shut out.  No room for it at the temple of Tegea.

An FSP group shut out. No room for it at the temple of Tegea.

A directional sign for the famed "Spartathon" (an annual 36-hour ultramarathon from Athens to Sparta) in the plateia at Tegea.

A directional sign for the famed "Spartathlon" (an annual 36-hour ultramarathon from Athens to Sparta) in the plateia at Tegea.

A quick lunch at Tripolis. (We're not sure what Jerry is doing.)

A quick lunch at Tripolis. (We're not sure what Jerry is doing.)

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