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Published: October 22nd 2014
We were served a lovely breakfast at Astra Suites as we normally are, but it was our server, Marinos’ day off; however, Dimitri did a good job as well. There was very little wind today, so I decided it was the day to climb most of Skaros (I won’t go up the last part, which just looks too scary). Anne Marie, our concierge, told me a good way to go so that I could see the remnants of the medieval castle there. I have no idea how people hundreds of years ago were able to build on such a steep surface. On the opposite side of Skaros from where we can see it at the hotel, is a Greek Orthodox church. It faces the Aegean and seems to be welcoming people both to Skaros and to Santorini. Deke took a couple of pics of me coming down the side of Skaros. It’s quite a hike, but with all of this good food I have been eating, I’m glad I got some needed exercise.
I went to the Astra Suites’ pool area for the first time today. It is not large, but comfortable and very beautiful facing the Aegean. The man
working at the pool said that on a clear day, you can see Crete from where we are. The man provided me a complimentary fruit juice and adjusted an umbrella for me. I have never seen a pool umbrella like this one. On the underside of the umbrella are numerous pieces of flowing fabric; I tried to capture this with my camera, but I’m not sure that I was successful.
Deke and I spent some wonderful time together on our balcony in the sun. These double sunbeds are really delightful.
In reading Aristotle by the pool today, I came across the following in Book IV of Ethics,
“For the notion represented by the term Meek man is the being imperturbable, and not being led away by passion, but being angry in that manner and at those things, and for that length of time, which Reason may direct.”
This may be the best description of “meek” I have ever read. I have always found “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth,” to be dense with meaning in a way that was difficult for me to understand. When Aristotle describes it in terms of being slow
to anger, it makes more sense to me. I hope that it makes more sense to you as well.
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