It took me 2-3 weeks of intense deliberation to book our hotels for Greece. I’ve never had this much indecision before.
I booked about 12 hotels in total. Then I made a TextEdit list with all the prices & cancellation dates.
Then I pitched them to the ex.
The ex said this is your job. I don’t care, do you expect me to book everything? I already did the flights
Then the ex said we should make sure we don’t stay in Fira.
So I cancelled that hotel. One down, just 11 to go.
I slept on the rest.
I looked at them incessantly. Deliberating this photo of a pool or that photo of a room.
TripAdvisor ratings, visitor comments.
Endless circular research.
In the end, decisions were made, for better or for worse.
I have a vague feeling that it just wasn’t my best work. I’ve made better choices before.
It feels like a competition with my past self with my past self winning
The hotel we stayed in Athens at gave us a corner room with 2 single beds the first night. The ex’s face dropped immediately. (Oh dear!). It did look a little dark.
But then it was at night.
I knew I needed to brace myself for a great deal of discontented hissing from the ex. (Yep.)
So I took affirmative action! I immediately asked why this wasn’t a double. Then hummed and hawed but I persisted.
Happily they obliged us the next day. (Whew!)
Then I worried about the image that was setting. Would the hotel judge us for asking for a double bed?
The ex would occasionally scold me very loudly and very publicly, because I’d wander off and the phones are too expensive to use (assuming mine was even on, and technically if we got lost it would be a struggle to re-locate each other. The Agora was a very large area). Which was hugely embarrassing. But the ex’s rage is an uncontainable force and has to be borne like you would a rolling wave. In any case, I couldn’t hiss back without creating an even bigger ruckus.
The last day in Athens we spent in the Acropolis museum.
Amazing enormous carvings of writhing fighting gods, serpents lions and bulls, statues of serene Aphrodites and stern Athenas, shattered in parts but still immense and showing bits of colour at the top of a wide marbled staircase.
There is a large, glass floor with (UV protected glass) right at the top which has every single carved panel that remained on the pantheon, taken down and placed in a similar formation around the floor.
Of course it is now protected from the elements, robbery damage.
But then why not replace it which replicas so that the Pantheon skeleton on the hill has something on it?
The actual Acropolis just looks like a hollow mess. Stripped bare. First by Lord Elgin (mentioned on every plaque as doing significant damage to Greece’s heritage. Even I felt the resentment. Damn you Elgin you cad!)
So I don’t understand why they bothered leaving the rest up there. Or why they haven’t replace everything with replicas (as they’ve done with some temples already)
Or just build a replica of the Acropolis as it should be back in at it’s peak. 4 A.D? A good a time as any.
I managed to squeeze 2 drawings in at the Acropolis Museum. (no photography allowed except on the 4th floor) The only downside is that it takes 15-20 mins each sketch so it eats a lot of browsing time.
Although I’ve not done a big drawing for some time now. Might be time to ditch the sketch book and get out the A1.