From there I took the sea-jet ferry to Irakleion, Crete.
The Lion Fountain
I visited some of the sites, including Knossos, and met my writer/mentor friend Dr. Jack Dempsey, for the first time in person. (We've been communicating for a number years on-line). We spent a wonderful few hours talking about our writing at a seafood restaurant by Iraklion's Venetian Harbor. He's an authority on the Minoans and has written two books about them: Ariadne's Brother and People of the Sea.
Jack and me
Finds from Knossos
Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum
Then I returned to Athens for two busy weeks of book readings at the Canadian Institute and the American Community School where I read to a class of 50 grade nine students and conducted a writing workshop/reading with a smaller group of older students. The following week I did another successful reading at the Athens Centre with a lecture titled 'In Alexander's Footsteps'. All three centres have invited me back next year!
Reading at the Canadian Institute, Athens.
The class of Grade 9 Students at the American Community School
Reading at the Athens Centre
Then I went to Salamina for a few days where I explored a few new archaeological sites.
The monument to the warriors of the Battle of Salamis
Then it was time to head home. Too fast, but a successful trip nonetheless. And for sure I'll return next year!