Well, it’s ‘Dust’ this week, and instead of presenting you a photo of some dusty corner in my flat, I chose the dust on the windshield of a parked car. Even through the reflection of the surroundings, you can see the yellowish dust. It’s not pollen, however, but Sahara sand, which found its way here last spring over a distance of thousands of kilometers.
And there was me, thinking my son should wash his car once in a while. :D
Nature does have a few surprises in store at times.
This week’s topic is ‘Strange’. The above is a stone in a road in Ephesus, leading right up from where the port used to be to the centre of the town.
Archaeologists think this was some sort of signpost, telling seafarers the way to the next tavern/brothel/whatever.
People back then probably knew what these signs meant, but to me, they just look strange.
Here’s another one, from Didím, in front of the Apollo temple.
Here’s what we were told: the Apollo temple at Didymaion was very important. Everybody who needed advice went there. People sometimes had to wait for days for a reply. In case there were more people seeking advice than the priests could handle in one day, people had to draw straws. The winners then told their concerns to the first group of priests who carved it into stone tablets and brought those to the second group of priests. These priests chewed laurel leaves all day and inhaled toxic gases from the various wells within the temple complex until they were in trance (this gives a whole new meaning to the term “high priest”). They then mumbled some reply which was interpreted by a third group of priests who announced the results to the questioners. The questioners had whiled away the time by playing board games which are carved into the floor stones at the temple entrance which you can see below.