Merely Merel

When you have only one day off – after working your ass off for six days in a row (from six o’clock in the morning!) – it takes a lot of courage to decide to go to a hot and crowded city like Athens free willy (Dunglish for voluntarily). We agreed to take things easy in the morning and we didn’t plan any cultural activity. That turned out to be an amazing set-up, ’cause we ended up having lunch with frappé (with icecream!) on one of my friend’s favourite roofterraces and we shopped in the loveliest parts of the city. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything at Sadao’s (the store I got this dress from), but I did buy a pair of sandals. Today, I show you a photo impression of our day. It was só good to be back!

Greek salad
Greek salad, I just can’t get enough of it.

frappé

fried zucchini
Fried zucchiniiiiiiii

Athens

Athens

Athens acropolis
View at the Acropolis (from a balloon-point of view)

Athens Acropolis Museum
The (relatively) new (and awesome) Acropolis Museum (GO THERE if you’re in Athens one day).

Athens

Athens
I wanted to buy this entire store, haha! Make my own home a museum of replicas <3.

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fishtail braid

We love braids! As a way of coming to rest, I practice my braiding skills on a friend every night. After dinner, we are usually being read to from the Ilias (HAHA, how appropriate), so that’s the perfect time for some gefreubel (as we call it in Dutch) with hair. I’m not really a braiding hero (heroine?), especially not when I’m trying it on myself, but practice makes perfect and I’m quite proud of these creations.

braids

side braid

braids

side braid

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07 popular

A lot of ancient (HAHA) blogposts this time (that’s why some of them are still in Dutch). Here in Greece, I can’t pay as much attention to Merely Merel as I want to and unfortunately, it shows. New articles aren’t viewed as much as usual and that explains for the relative popularity of older posts. But it’s nice for a change though. Enjoy reading and have a nice day!

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flip-flops

On our second (and last) free Sunday, we went to Athensssss! Careful readers know I went to Athens in April as well (or well, you don’t really need to be a careful reader for that, I posted Athens-pictures here, here, and here, to link just a few =p). It was really, really good to be back, much better than I had expected. More about that (including some lovely pictures) later. For now, I’d like to show you my new coral flip-flops! In Athens, you can buy really cheap leather sandals and flip-flops everywhere, but it’s hard not to get lost in the wide range of tourist-shoe-shops. Last Sunday however, I spotted these cute coral ones and with an eighteen-euro-pricetag I immediately knew I had to take ‘em home.

PS. Please don’t mind the nail polish on these photos. I’m a real archaeologist now, not a beauty queen =D.

flip-flops

flip-flops

flip-flops

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Lavrion

Physically, the archaeological campaign is INTENSE. So at night, we’re just too tired to go out and party. Instead, we eat ice cream in Lavrion, the small village nearby Thorikos. There’s an a-maaa-zing Italian ice cream shop (is that a word?) over there and we really feel obliged to try every taste. And the best part: it’s only one euro fifty per scoop!

Lavrion

Lavrion

Lavrion

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Sounion

We spent our first free sunday partly at home (toast for breakfast, enjoying wifi at the café) and partly at Sounion, a village closeby, famous for its amazing Poseidon temple. The temple is situated on a peninsula and is almost completely surrounded by the sea. For those who aren’t into Greek mythology that much: Poseidon (the Roman Neptunus) is the god of the sea, so a place surrounded by clear blue water is quite appropriate for a temple dedicated to him. Even at four o’clock in the afternoon it was still too hot to stay at the temple site very long, but we enjoyed the view and then made our way back down to the small beach. Perfect day for some much needed relax time.

Sounion

Sounion

Slush puppy

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leather pants
FAKE LEATHER PANTS €57,95 Sparkz via Nelly | PLATFORM SANDALS €65,- River Island | SUNGLASSES €16,95 Zara | FRINGED BAG €24,99 H&M | NEW YORK TEE €16,95 Vero Moda via Nelly | #FASHIONCODE WALLET €16,95 Zara

When I get back home from Greece, the first thing I want to do is dress up without getting too uncomfortable. Heels are a must, since I’m not able to wear these kind of sandals over here. The fake leather pants (these were mentioned by Lucy) must feel like sweats, without looking as shabby. A fringed bag, skyline t-shirt, reflecting sunglasses and statement wallet make this simple outfit fashionable enough for me.

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peninsula

It’s quite the climb, but when you finally reach the top of the Velatouri, this is your reward: an amazing view at the peninsula and the sea. This just never ever gets boring. And did you notice how blue the water is? We dive into it almost every day after work. Oh and yes, I bought a cowboy hat for only three euro at a super store called Jumbo (very appropriate name). It’s a combination of stores like Action and Xenos, but waaaaay bigger (and better). They sell everything you could possibly think of. To protect myself against sunstroke, I’m wearing it everyday now. #Fashionable

Velatouri

Velatouri

cowboys hat

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from above

I faaaaailed big time when it comes to snapshotting my outfits from above, but here are a few! The majority of these pics were taken in the Netherlands a while ago when the weather wasn’t that good yet. The last three were in Greeeeeeece. 

1. Finally, grey nailpolish!
2. Biker jeans on a skating track, more pictures here.
3. Sunny, relaxing afternoon in maxidress, more pictures here.
4. Cleaning day in sweats!
5. Still a bit to chilly to go outside in a t-shirt, but I do need sunglasses.
6. Je moet niet zitte aan me Nikeeeeeees, more pictures here.
7. Dinner on a Greek beach <3.
8. HOT at the end of a day surveying and excavating.
9. Guided tour on the archaeological site in Thorikos.

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Thorikos

A few days ago, we did a little sightseeing tour on the Velatouri, to check out all the already excavated parts of the ancient city. In ancient times, Thorikos was a mining city, and it was inhabited for a long period of time. That’s why there’s a lot of material already found and a lot to be found by us =p. We visited one of the mineshafts, the so-called “industrial quarter” with a lot of different structures (mostly houses), the watch towers (almost completely crumbled down), and -ofcourse- the oldest Greek amphitheatre in the world. Most people have never heard of Thorikos before, but its amphitheatre is way more interesting than the ones in Athens itself. Because it’s such an old theatre, it isn’t perfectly half round (like you would expect an ancient theatre to be), but partly straight with curves at the ends (if that makes any sense). The Greeks tried to make it a tourist attraction, but until today haven’t succeeded, so we have free access all day every day. Most days, we have dinner there – with bread, wine and a wonderful view at the sea! A perfect reward for long, hot, exhausting days.

thorikos mine

thorikos industrial quarter
In the middle, you can still see the base of a pillar!

black shorts

thorikos watch tower
Parts of one of the watch towers

thorikos theatre

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