As you know, we’ve done a healthy amount of travel with the Vachette. Through experience, we have found that talking up a destination makes the Vachette more excited about the future trip. For London, we talked about how she would get to make a new friend. For Athens, it was seeing the Parthenon. The only problem with talking up the Parthenon, it brought up a very valid question: What is the Parthenon? The answer to this question, an ancient temple for the goddess Athena, has opened up the door to Greek mythology. The whole question of worship could have been a very awkward one for this areligious household, but the Greek myths are so rich as stories that the Vachette has not asked any other complicated questions. In fact, she is very excited about the whole concept of goddesses and has since decided powerful Athena is her favorite.
This new interest has made for some very interesting pictures on our big trip. Instead of saying cheese and smiling, the Vachette likes to strike a pose of strength and yell Athena, as you can see in the photo at the top of us posing in front of the Parthenon itself. Or in the photo below, as we all posed Athena-style in from of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus.
As if the myths told by her father weren’t enough, the Vachette got treated to some quality Athena time at the new Acropolis Museum. You can borrow a family backpack from the museum, and with it, you can go on a complete-the-sticker-book Athena hunt looking for various representations of Athena throughout the museum. As if the air-conditioned reprieve from the heat weren’t enough to boost the Vachette’s mood, this Athena image hunt was right up her alley. We had one problem. She had no interest in any other deity’s image. Still, it was a fabulous way to get an almost five year old excited about our shared Western heritage.