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Archive for May 14, 2010

Greek Tragedy?

The recent financial woes in Greece got me thinking about photographs in my collection that were taken during a visit in 2006.  Any visit to Greece can elicit superlatives of this fascinating country.  It seems though, that Greece has a long history of troubles.  Within my adult lifetime I have been prevented from travelling there in the early 1970s because of riots and the deposing of the monarchy.  In 1985 my family was caught in a major student demonstration at the anniversary of student deaths at the hand of the military,and later in the same day witnessed the edge of a demonstration in Constitution Square, Athens.  Even during our last visit to Athens in 2006 we observed a detachment of riot police assembled at a street corner readying themselves for a teachers’ protest.

Riot Police -Athens, Greece

Meanwhile, life continues as “normal” away from the trouble.  Citizens go to the markets to buy their produce;

Fish Market - Athens, Greece

tourists visit the major attractions;

Tour Guide - Athens, Greece

and the National Guard “change the guard” at Constitution Square.

Changing the Guard - Constitution Square, Athens

Perhaps this ancient civilization never did get everything right, but what it did do well formed a major pillar in the building of western civilization as we know it today.  Maybe the quotation on this tee-shirt seen in an Athens market has more than just a wee bit of truth about it.

You cannot explain everything to everyone