What’s your most cherished possession and why?
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For the CHERISHED Blogfest, we invite you to talk to us about one of your cherished objects.
Tell us what it is, post a picture of it if you like, and tell us why you cherish it.
[in under 500 words]
Have you ever realized a life-long dream?
This was my good fortune two years ago, when Hubby and I embarked on a two-week tour of Greece, in celebration of our 40th anniversary. I could hardly believe it and was at times, speechless! Ancient History is one of my biggest passions and I had yearned to visit Greece since childhood, but thought it would never happen. Hubby convinced me otherwise and I’ll be forever grateful!
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 yellow 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:
This is somewhat ironic, given the current, sad state of the Greek economy. Read more about that, HERE.
When we visited the Island of Hydra, a striking 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 precious souvenir of Greece to call my own for half the listed price! It’s a replica of the legendary Phaistos Disc.
Not only is it beautiful, but what makes it even more special is that hubby spotted it before I did, knew I would love it and was determined to get it. Whenever I wear this, the memories of our spectacular journey come flooding back, with a reminder to “Never Say Never” when it comes to a dream.
It’s something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life!
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