A bit of Greece in Wien

by - 30.5.11

I was with my daughter's class today. If you remember I often go with them during classes outside the classroom. Not just to support the teacher and assist the kids when walking on the sidestreets or across the zebra or when getting in the train, tram or bus but also as photographer.

Today we went aroung the Ringstrasse. It's the street that most visitors of the city tour because left and right you'd see the historical buildings and architectures as well as modern day installation where known political figures reside.

It was the perfect day to be out. The sky was so blue and the wind was cool enough. We went from park to park, palaces to palaces, museums to museums and from one monument to the other.

I was nostalgic when we reached the Theseus Temple. Obviously of greek origin. It is the replica of Theseion in Athens and was built to house Theseus and the Minotaur by Antonio Canova. Why was I nostalgic? Well, it has to do with my dad. His 2nd year death anniversary will be this week and I can't help but think of him.  I could have printed this and send to him as a postcard because Athens is one of his favorite cities.

When I was an 11-year-old student he sent me photograph of him with the Parthenon behind him. I could clearly remember that at the back of it was written:

Dear Gizelle,

This is the Parthenon, made by the Greeks thousands of years ago...this is older than Jesus Christ.

Love, Daddy

I would love to see Athens soon. I would love to have sent my dad a postcard too.


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  1. I do so relate to your wonderful post for the day! I love Greece and was able to spend two weeks there a number of years ago, to cruise among the islands, to see the site of the original Olympics, to visit Delphi. It was such an incredible experience and I'll never forget it! Hope you get to visit there, too, and soon! Have a great week!


  2. your post made me remember my father too. He just died a few months ago and we're still grieving. Anyway, your shots are beautiful!

  3. Wow! Terrific colors. The buildings and landscape look so perfect against that bright blue sky...that's what our sky here in NorCal is like a lot...not lately though. We've been having unusual rain for this time of year.

  4. Linnea is right. This is how our skies are most of the time.

    I hope you'd fulfill your wish of seeing Athens and the Parthenon and all the other temples and ruins of Acropolis. Your dad would be happy.

  5. Awww! That's a cute note from your dad. Love his humor too! Older than Jesus Christ, hahaha!

    I'm sure someday you'll get to visit Athens and your dad will be with you in spirit.

  6. Gene, wala namang takutan... :P
    I bet your dad will be happy knowing that you fulfill your dream to go to his favorite place. :)

  7. You always have this good bonding moments with your daughter. Sobrang sweet. :)