20 April – Continued sublime exploits on Kea

Kathy drove “Yellow Bird”, I navigated and we went up to the start of a marvelous little hike from the hills, down to the coast to visit two ancient – 6thc BC temples. One to Apollo and another (where we ate lunch and had a snooze) to Athena. It really couldn’t have been better. It had been a cool morning with a tiny bit of rain, but the sky cleared and it was warm and sunny for our visit.

The temple to Athena

The temple to Athena

ELM Kathy taking some time out from energetic motion to enjoy the serenity of this special place.

ELM Kathy taking some time out from energetic motion to enjoy the serenity of this special place.

Kim knows how to relax and get some shut-eye just about anywhere.

Kim knows how to relax and get some shut-eye just about anywhere.

While much smaller than Athens’ Acropolis, this place exudes a sense of wonder and peacefulness. It sits high on a promontory with beaches below on both sides. The wild flowers are in full bloom, the scent of clover and sage filling the air. Swallows swooping and diving overhead as they hunt unwary insects. Bees buzzed contentedly among the flowers. Waves lapping gently at the shoreline in soft whispers. A donkey braying in a field below us. Sun warming the ancient rocks upon which we sit to eat our picnic. Simply wonderful.

More pictures may follow……

7 thoughts on “20 April – Continued sublime exploits on Kea

  1. Oh kim… I just saw the report on the terrible earthquake in Kathmandu. i don’t know if you have heard about it but my thoughts went immediately to you and all those whom you know and have contact with in Nepal. It is devastating and I feel devastated too. Waiting to see how we can help.
    Your trip and adventures are keeping me enthralled and amused.
    Brenda

    • Hi karin, it was pretty amazing. An hour’s hike each way, with no road access. A fairly rough trail in places, and a bit of shallow stream cris-crossing keeps the crowds away. We had the place completely to ourselves. Another couple arrived as we were leaving but they found the climb up to the temples daunting so just read the plaque at the bottom and turned around. It was certainly one of several highlights of this trip.

  2. It all looks and sounds quite marvellous. I am so jealous! Your writing is so perfect for painting the picture of your adventures and then we see your pictures – I feel like I was there again. Happy trails.

    • Hi Diane, Wendy, and Joyce, it was one of those treasured experiences! Thanks for all the positive comments. See you all soon. Just two more days here on Kea, then one in Amsterdam. We’ll be home Saturday evening. I’m inspired now to creat a Mediterranean courtyard space in my garden!

  3. Kea Temple …how idyllic! Not everyone can rest with their feet up on 2000 year old temple pillars and listening to the bees working amongst the flowers in the warm sun…aaaaaaah!

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