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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Acropolis!!

WHAT IS THE ACROPOLIS?

 

The Acropolis is an Ancient Greek set of buildings made by the Greeks.It contains a building called the Parthenon which is a building everyone wants to see(if they have heard of it!).The Acropolis also holds the Athena Nike which means Athena victory.This is because Athena and Persiden had a competition Persiden put a trident into a rock to make a water spring but Athena put a Speer into the ground and an olive tree grew. Athena won.

 

What is the Acropolis' contribution to history?

Next to the Greek flag is a plaque which is dedicated to two 18 year old boys that while the Nazis were occupying Greece ripped down the Nazi flag. As a result of this, just below the Greek flag is a plaque in Greek celebrating it.

The Nazis asked a Greek man to put down the Greek flag next to the Parthenon. How did he take it down, you ask? And anyway, even did he take it down? He took it down as asked, wrapped himself in it, and to stay true to his Greek pride, jumped down with his death lurking below him.

The Acropolis was built for Greek people so that when their city was attacked they could run up into the Acropolis and defend it. Some people even had second homes to run to in the Acropolis. The meaning of Acropolis is Acro - high - Polis - City, or the people.

The Parthenon was built to celebrate Athens winning over the Persians in the Peleponesian war. Athens was a great city because it was the birthplace of democracy.

 

How would you describe the Parthenon to someone who had not seen it or been there.

As you can see, there are many many columns to hold up where the roof was that have been tapered or curved to make it look like the lines are straight. But if you look very closely you can see that they are wider at the bottom than the top. We saw a section of column, bottom and top, and you could see quite clearly that the bottom was much bigger than the top. But Greeks had discovered the mechanics of making the lines look really quite straight, so that if you looked at it from a distance or just a glance you would be assured that it was straight.

No longer on the Parthenon is the roof. It was built with the Parthenon when first built, but when the Turks took Athens over in the 17th century, they stored gunpowder in it. In 1687 the Venetians came from sailing down the Adriatic Sea and wanted to take over Athens too. Unfortunately, the Greeks had no say in this. A cannonball was set off by the Venetians which hit all the gunpowder in the Parthenon which sent the roof flying and pieces from it came falling crash down to the ground.

Around the Acropolis there are walls, these walls are very big, thick and tall to protect the Acropolis.These walls are made of stone bricks which are strong objects. From the Parthenon you can see Athens for miles around in every direction, mostly cream coloured houses, not many skyscrapers, cafes and restaurants.

Most of the Acropolis and Parthenon are made of marble, for example the floor is made out of marble and is so slippy from all the hundreds of thousands of feet treading on it over the years (I was very scared when I picked Rosie up and started walking).

 

How and when has it been damaged?

The Venetians blew it up, as I said before, in 1687.

Lord Elgin did even more damage by taking the precious statues and friezes which are now in the British Musuem, and named the Elgin Marbles, although they obviously belong to Athens. This is what the Greeks say, but the British say we bought them beause the Turks were in charge and so let us buy them. Lord Elgin's justification was that he was saving them as the war of independence could destroy them. He did that so that we can see them in a museum today.

What did you enjoy about seeing it?

I loved all of the marble surrounding it, I love the feel of marble, also I like how marble looks, so it was great to see all this marble just in piles surrounding me. I love all the columns and, as I said before, how they made them look straight although they weren't, I thought that was just very very clever. There is a special point in the Acropolis which is a view point, this is where the plaque and flag is, I think the view is amazing, you can look down on all of Athens and look up on all the high mountains surrounding it.

What was the experience similar to?

This is like no other experience I have had, and believe me I have had quite a lot of historic experiences! You would think it would be like walking around the British Museum looking at all the friezes and statues and pictures of the Parthenon, but having the real thing in front of you is very very different. It's almost as if it's a dream.

The Herod Atticus theatre

The entrance way

 

 

The erecthion

The Parthenon


Thank you!!
Athens September 2014

 

lefkada (Greece)

It is amazing here in Greece,my 10th birthday was awesome

And I love the Mediterranean sea.

How to survive Greece:

  1. Do NOT stroke a cat they are wild,have no owners and carry diseases.
  2. Carry electrical tape and a pair of scissors at all times.
  3. If you find a wormy parasite on after swimming in the sea do not worry it is only a
Piece of coral.

Check list of what to take:

  1. Sunglasses
  2. T-shirts
  3. Shorts
  4. Mosquito spray
  5. Bite relief
  6. Fan
  7. Binoculars
  8. Camera
  9. Money (lovely stuff to buy)
  10. Water bottle

Suvival rating 6/10

Here are some photos of my time in lefkada :Holiday rating 9/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Ferry survival

If you get told you will be staying on a cruise one day, do not get too excited, cos it may turn out all wrong, ie: there may be no swimming pools, even though on the advert it distinctly said massive swimming pool on top. In fact you may find it is not so much a cruise with a swimming pool and other fun things for kids, as a ferry full of fat chain-smoking chain-drinking lorry drivers. And their lorries.

 

The Greek food was good, but I did not like the breakfasts. The cabins were really really really really teeny, however, there was a helipad on the top that we played on.

 

Holiday grade: 3/10 No swimming pool!!

Survival grade: 7/10 if you had lots of cash for the self-service restaurant.

0/10 if you can't find the life-jakets and it starts sinking !

 

 
 
 

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The helipad, right where the swimming pool should have been

 

 

See all those lorries...

 

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Glamping survival report - Italy, week 3

We have done lots of walks to nearby villages to go horse riding,pony riding, rafting and swimming.

We have discovered new ice-creams, and found that they are delicious.

 

Top three things about Camping du parc, Morgex:

Parco-fun time. A great playground to play in. This has a zip wire, slides, swings, trapeze and much more.

Archery. You can ask reception and they give you the gear, for adults and kids, and the targets are at the end of parco-fun time.

We are in a yurt and there is a lovely skylight at the top and five cosy beds.

 

Bonus fact: A nice one for the adults - there is also a jacuzzi and sauna in the campsite.

 

The views: You can see many tall mountains, one of which is the amazing Mont Blanc. We can see this from our yurt and think it's stunning. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe, its Italian name is Monte Bianco. I know but have not met two people who have climbed Mont Blanc - my great uncle Jeremy, and my great grand father, Ronald, climbed it 80 years ago, which means he did not have much protective gear. Rosie and I don't like Mont Blanc specifically, because recently three climbers died on it.

 

What to bring to this glampsite:

cool clothes, if it is the summer. It can get really hot.

money, in nearby villages there are lovely things to buy

sunglasses, in summer it gets very sunny

toilet roll!! There is no toilet roll in the loos!

a little bag to put insect repellent and antisan in - I have got a massive bite on my foot that is not nice.

 

 

Survival grade in this campsite:

9/10 in the summer, almost no chance of death

 

5/10 in the winter - it can snow up to 20 feet here! Because we are 1,000 metres high!

 

Holiday grade in this campsite:

10/10 - Lovely place to stay. In the summer! Maybe not so much in the winter

 

 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Survival Report 2: France and Switzerland

Poppy's Survival Reports - Week 2 Switzerland/France
top three Best Things for Kids in Switzerland and France:
  • chocolate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):)
  • cable cars that swing about
  • not forggeting creepy glaciers
Weather we have been in:
  • low clouds
  • sunny and cloudy
  • and luckily sunny



Three most scary things that have happened. Funnily enough they have all happened on the same day.
The first two happened on Aguille de Midi, a very high mountain: fear of falling to my death, and fear of hypothermia!


The third scary thing was walking into a glacier/ice cave with a length of more than 30 metres.

Survival chance on Aguille de Midi: 0%. I would not survive as there is nothing to eat, it's freezing cold, and at any moment you could fall down a crevasse or over a rocky edge.

Holiday grade:


9/10 a wonderful and frightening time.
some amazing photos to share with you:

I gave Rosie curls!
Joe has an emergency rain poncho!
on a double decker train with a play area!!!!!!
wowwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! tomorrow we go to Italy and all ready I feel like I have done everything!!!!!!!!!


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Poppy's survival reports week 1 - Switzerland

This week, I have been on many cable car journeys, a very long car journey to Interlaken and have seen many different sizes of cowbells.

Checklist of what to bring if you are going to Switzerland


  1. Sunglasses - it can get very bright
  2. Raincoat or furry jumper - it hasn't rained on us but it has got very cold
  3. A little box of sweets to keep you going up through the mountains.
  4. A water bottle
  5. Lots of clean clothes for sliding down on dirty slopes
  6. Plasters for grazes
Likes

  • The thing I like about Switzerland is there are great cable cars to go on
  • Good chocolate, great chocolate amazing chocolate, and my favourite is the lemon and lime dark chocolate
  • Little cozy houses
Don't likes

  • I dislike the flat walks you can do, the steep uphill mountains and the sharp rocks that you can scrape yourself on
Poppy's survival grade: You can do it, but it would be hard to live out in the wild but there are lots of berries to eat.  75% chance of survival.

Poppy's holiday grade:  This is a great place to stay as there are many walks to be done, many trees to be climbed and many chairlifts to be sat on.  I don't know how great the other places will be but out of 10 I would give Switzerland a 8 and a half.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Hello everybody!

This is my new blog where I will post reports from different countries as I go round the world!