Once you get a little further afield, Crete is dry and dusty in the summer heat, with roadside churches and shrines in bright pastel colors, and the occasional ancient ruin. And of course there is the coast, dotted with secluded coves, pebbly beaches, and the blue sea always in the background...
What would a pulsar meeting be without pulsar astronomers? Here's an attempt at reassmebling the group of astronomers who were on the Vieques trip from March 2000, a year and a half ago. We had 8 out of 10 - not bad. Back row: Andrea, Maura, Rick, Ingrid and Dunc. Front row: Aris, Fernando and me. There's even a gap for Eric and Adam - compare to the previous photograph! (Thanks to Dan Stinebring for this photo.)
It must be hard to be Greek and live in Athens, with the constant reminder of past glories always brooding over the city. Walk up the hill to the Acropolis and the ruins remind you that Western philosophy traces its roots back to this very spot: and this is all that remains. It's enough to drive one to quoting Shelley:
Top row, from left to right: The Parthenon, bits of it up close, and the porch of the Caryatids (part of the Erecthion, also on the Acropolis).
Left: The view from the Acropolis, looking down on the Plaka, the city, and Lecabettus Hill (re Walter - I'm not sure) in the distance.
Right: A detail from the entrance to the Church of the Holy Apostles. Churches and shrines that would look pretty anywhere else sprout like weeds in Athens.
Below left: The Horologion of Kyrrhestos ("Tower of the Winds") seen through the eastern propylon; right: The Temple of Zeus Olympian.
About these photographs:
These photographs were taken in August 2002, using a Canon EOS Elan II body with a 24-80 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, on Kodak ISO 100 (and some ISO 400) film. Scanned in, cropped and contrast-adjusted (only) with Photoshop.
shami at astro.cornell.edu
Last modified: 24 Sep 2002