Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hanging out with Persephone

I am in Greece!! Rhodes, actually. I spent last night in Athens (nice to have a preview of where I am spending December) and I flew to Rhodes this morning. So I named this blog post "Hanging out with Persephone"... Above is the sculpture, Hades and Persephone, which I have seen in the Borghese Gallery in Rome, it's truly amazing.... But the reason for naming this blog post after her is two-fold:
  • The first is a book I started reading today, Dinner with Persephone, by Patricia Storace. It's travel writing from Greece, from a woman who spent a year in Athens. It's an easy read and I have learned more about Greek culture from the first chapter than all the Greek travel books I've read to date. Highly recommended.
  • The second is a cat whom I have named Persephone, who came and sat on the wall of my private terrace this afternoon. I took some pics, will post at a later time. I was reading the book, chatting with the cat, figured she needed a name... bingo!
This motivates me to brush up on my Greek gods and goddesses.... More soon...

Other than that, I am well. Much less culture shocking coming to Greece than I anticipated. I probably had more culture shock in Rome. More once I've been here awhile.... Oh, on that note, I am in Greece for the rest of this calendar year. I leave January 1 for Barcelona...

3 comments:

Angela K. Nickerson said...

Oh, that Bernini sculpture is amazing, isn't it? The dimples in her hip where his hand is gripping her... gorgeous.

And here's what's really funny: Dinner with Persephone is next on my shelf of books. I just have to finish the book I'm reading now: Caesar's Women. :)

Anonymous said...

Aphrodite says lovely to hear U are in Greece
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Sea you in my dreams ~ Aphrodite

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see pics!!!
xoxo
B.