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At least half-a-dozen times in the past I had visited the Greek Island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea. On my last visit in October 2013, I had my first opportunity to visit the Achellion Palace, built in 1888 by Elisabeth of Bavaria, the Empress of Austria. The palace was designed by the Italian architect Raffaele Caritto and built on a 200,000 meter-square site, owned by Elizabeth and her husband, Emperor Josef. The general style of palace and grounds celebrates Greek mythology. The gardens themselves feature as their centerpiece the statue known as "The Dying Achilles."

Those who have general knowledge of Greek Mythology, must likely remember Achilles, the hero of the Trojan Wars, as well as the derivation of the expression, "Achilles Heel." At his birth, Achilles's mother, Thetis, had taken Achilles to the River Styx, there to dip him into the waters that would confer immortality on him. But as she dipped the infant into the water, she had held him by his heel, inadvertently preventing direct contact of his heel with the magical waters. Of course, this prevented one small area of his body vulnerable to physical affliction. Years later, during the Trojan Wars, a poison-tipped arrow unleashed from the bow of (the Trojan Prince) Paris struck Achilles in his heel, resulting in the great warrior's agonizing death.

In shooting this statue, I did not show the detail of Achilles trying to pry the arrow from his heel, concentrating instead on juxtaposing another statue in the gardens into the background of the "Dying Achilles."


I wish all my friends at Trekearth a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. AS GERT SUGGESTS, THE DYING ACHILLES IS SYMBOLIC OF THE DEPARTURE OF 2013, AND THE STATUE IN THE BACKGROUND THE ARRIVAL OF 2014.

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