In 2014 my wife and I went on a tour of the Ancient Wonders of Greece along with a group of people from Ireland. In keeping with the classical theme, I brought along my latest Leica, an M240, together with some Leica classic lenses, 28mm and 35mm Summicrons and a 75mm Summarit for the occasional ‘long shots’.
The first stop was in Athens, the epicentre of the then recent Greek financial crisis. Dominating the city is the Arcropolis, which was undergoing substantial refurbishment at that time with cranes on the horizon. (image 2)
We visited an open area or ‘field’ beside the Acropolis called the Agora which contained many interesting buildings. One of the most attractive was the Stoa of Attalos which is, in fact, a reconstructed building from the 1950s based upon the original building from between 159 and 138 BC. I really like the way that the 28mm Summicron lens has handled the rows of columns in this. (image 3)
After the Agora and lunch, we visited the Acropolis Museum. One of the most impressive exhibits there was that of the Caryatids. These statues originally held up the porch of the building called the Erechtheion in the Acropolis. They were removed and replaced by replicas in the 1970s. These are the originals in the museum. (image 4)
The following day we started with a visit to the Panathenaic Stadium. This was the site of the ancient Greek games and, of course, it was the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896.
It was not possible for us to get access to the site and so I took the above shot with the gates and flag poles framing the stadium. (image 7)