Sunday, 24 April 2011


We stopped at Thermopyles (pronounced Ther-mop-ill-ees) in Greece on the way to France. At Thermopyles we saw the monument or statue of Leonidas, King of Sparta. He led the battle against the Persians in 480 BC. A long time ago, really. A very long time ago.

Leonidas, King of Sparta.

After looking at the statues and the monuments, dad and I went up onto the hill with an inscription of stone on it saying:
Ὦ ξεῖν', ἀγγέλλειν Λακεδαιμονίοις ὅτι τῇδε
κείμεθα, τοῖς κείνων ῥήμασι πειθόμενοι.
It was written by a Spartan warrior. Here is a link to the wikipedia page with all the English translations of it on it:                         
Mum and my brothers joined dad and I after a while and mum and I sat under a tree. It was a really nice day that day. Very sunny with an occasional cloud. But enough about the wheather, I need to say what we did next.
Well, we went down the road a bit to find the hot springs. They are made of water that comes up from under the ground being warmed as it comes, making the water like a bath when you touch it. It smells a bit because of the sulphur it collects on its' way up through the ground. We went and dipped our hands and feet in, then got back into the car to head off to the airport to go off to France.
Would you have liked to get into those hot springs? It was quite warm, I'm telling you, so I wouldn't be surprised if you did!