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: