|This exciting sculpture sits at the garden entrance to the National Academy of Dance in Athens.|
Athens, Greece is an extraordinary place in the world. The vibrant conversations of its cafe culture resonate within the ancient ruins of a place where civilization thrives.
We have been in town for a few days now resting in luxury at Hotel St. George, Lycabettus. With only a small amount of time in rehearsal, it feels like a greatly needed vacation. I feel..... grateful for this time. I feel homesick for my family. I feel privileged to see the world in this way. I feel great anticipation for our next performances.
Gratitude. Gratitude. Gratitude.
Below are a few images of the Athens I have experienced in these days:
|Our breakfast-room view each morning.|
I took a stroll through the National Botanical Gardens in the middle of the city. It is a wild place :)
|The National Botanical Gardens. Athens, Greece.|
Staggeringly beautiful ruins can be viewed many, many places here and some, like the Herodes Atticus Odeon, are still used for public events. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odeon_of_Herodes_Atticus
|The Herodes Atticus Odeon. We will dance here next week!|
Here are a few examples of Athenian street art.
The Graham Company had a rehearsal day at the National Academy of Dance here in Athens where my friend, Penny Diamantopoulou teaches Graham technique and repertory. It is a beautiful conservatory where the art of dance is taught and created.
|Penny and me out at dinner.|
|Entryway leading to the National Academy.|
Finally, I took some time to write postcards for my family back home and enjoy a Caffe Freddo which is amazingly cool, creamy coffee drink - a local specialty. (I don’t smoke but I thought the ashtray added character). Looking forward to the next stop.