24.A.2.f. Goodbye. Monks of Varlaam

Monastery of Varlaam, Meteora, Greece

Nowadays, getting up and down is a lot simpler due to steps being carved into the rock. I have a fear of heights so to overcome it I had to hold on to a wall or a ledge or just about anything.

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24.A.2.e. Ascent and Descent. Ropes.

Monastery of Varlaam, Meteora, Greece

Monks used this ropes using a pulley system to lift or lower objects, materials and supplies. On the left side is a cross to bless their efforts … that no accidents occur. A lot of probablities, rope may break, come loose and cause injury.

23.A.2.a. A Spartan Poem

Thermopylae (Greece)

As in our 21st century funerary customs so it was then and what it is now. On this commemorative bronze stone is an epitaph, translated “”Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here obedient to their laws we lie.””

Tradition says: Flowers are fleeting; but the use of a stone is to show that the love, honor, memories, and soul of the loved one are eternal.

My photo.

23.A.2. Memorial to “Go Spartans!”

Thermopylae (Greece)

To continue where I left off on my Blog 23.A.1. are two marble statues on the left and right. In my research, this represent landmarks, the left for a river, the river Eurotas and the right, Mount Taygetos.

In this photo is another symbol, epigram, in memory of Spartan courage. On this hill surrounded by mountains, bushes stands the burial mound of the Spartans at Thermopylae and on which the last of them died. As I stand on this commemorative bronze stone I feel some emotion because this place is actually a graveyard remembering the dead Spartans.