One of the first things I noticed about Greece was the plethora of jewellery stores, everywhere we went, (91 on the island of Mykonos, alone). Beautifully crafted workmanship, much of it in gold, ranging from 14 to 24 karats. Personally, I love the look of gold!
Ancient Greece had a rich history with gold, using it both as money and architectural decoration. The Parthenon in Athens also employed gold. Standing inside its sanctuary was a statue of the goddess Athena, almost 12 metres (40 feet) high, covered in gold and ivory – gold for her clothing, ivory for her flesh. It was removed by the Romans in the 5th century BC.
These gold artifacts were discovered in the ruins at Delphi:
When we visited the Island of Hydra, a beautiful gold ring caught my eye, but the price was prohibitive. The shopkeepers expect you to haggle with them and hubby, an Italian of Greek ancestry, is pretty good at that. The result? I now have a golden souvenir of Greece to call my own for half the listed price! It’s a replica of the legendary Phaistos Disc.
Whenever I wear this, the memories of our spectacular journey come flooding back.
It’s something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.
Do you have any treasured mementos?
Looking forward to your comments!
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