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Mátala (Suite I) 10 August 2008

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Some images from an early morning visit to the beach at Mátala, Crete.

Matala
Photo: TMK, April 2007.

Matala
Photo: TMK, April 2007.

Matala
Photo: TMK, April 2007.

Isla de las Muñecas 30 April 2008

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Isla de las Muñecas, Xochimilco, Mexico, December 2007. All photos: TMK.

Isla de las muñecas

Isla de las muñecas
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Danish winter… 7 February 2008

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Winter in Denmark this year is wet, windy and generally not very inspiring, so I dug out some old photos from 2006 when we had snow and ice-covered lakes. These photos were taken in Laven, outside Silkeborg and quite close to Himmelbjerget (visible in the photo below). Himmelbjerget translates to ‘Sky Mountain’ – which really isn’t a very appropriate name, all things considered.

Himmelbjerget
Himmelbjerget, seen from Laven. Photo: TMK, January 2006.

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A World Away from Rome: Teotihuacan 3 February 2008

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Teotihuacan
Street of the Dead from the “Pyramid of the Moon”, Teotihuacan, Mexico. “Pyramid of the Sun” in the background. Photo: TMK, December 2007.

I think it’s fair to say that whatever Europeanist biases remaining within me received some final and (hopefully) fatal blows by visiting Teotihuacan in December. The site, roughly contemporary of the Roman Empire, is one of those places that can be explored for days. Here are some snapshots from our visit on Christmas day.

Tepantitla
A mural in the Tepantitla complex, Teotihuacan. Photo: TMK, December 2007. (more…)

A Magic Figurine in Brussels 21 November 2007

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Magisk figurine
Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Historie, Brussels. Photo: TMK, July 2006.

I have a particular fondness for Greco-Roman ‘magic’ figurines, including those that acted as ‘voodoo’ dolls. There’s a good collection of them in the Kerameikos Museum in Athens. I particularly like this example in Brussels, especially since it was donated by none other than the great Franz Cumont, author of many works on Roman religion and Mithraism. According to the label, it was found in Athens. I also really like the handwritten label!

This is Sparta! 23 July 2007

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Sparta doesn’t really have any monuments that can match the splendour of the Parthenon or any of Athens’ other wonders, but it’s situated in an absolutely stunning valley covered by olive groves. Here’s a couple of photos of the Menelaion and the Taygetos mountain. Oh, and I’d like to apologize for this entry’s headline….I couldn’t resist.

Menelaion
The Menelaion with the Taygetos mountain in the background. Photo: TMK, April 2007.

Mykensk palads v. Menelaion
The Mycenaean mansion near the Menelaion. Photo: TMK, April 2007.

The Tourist Gaze 31 May 2007

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Look at the glory of the ancient!
Look at the Glory of the Ancient! Valley of the Kings. Photo: TMK, May 2007.

Looking at Zoser looking back
Looking at Zoser looking back. Serdab of Zoser, Saqqara. Photo: TMK, May 2007.

Gurna from the Ramesseum
Past meets Present at Gurna. Photo: TMK, May 2007.

The Gortyn Code as Monument 2 May 2007

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Gortynloven

Gortynloven

Gortynloven

All photos: TMK, April 2007.