A game of hide and seek in the ruins of the Acropolis of the Miss Kid kind

Glancing over her shoulder for what felt like the umpteenth time, Miss Kid had the uncanny sensation that someone or something was stealthily scurrying behind her, sneakily snaking their way along the same trodden path as she.  Trudging along with her besties, Miss Niece strove to remain calm, cool and collected and not resort to freaking out like her lunatic ol’ Auntie surely would have.  And, pray tell, speaking of her cuckoo relative, it had been an unusually long reprieve between the delusional old gal’s annoyingly frequent text messages, imploring her niece to send pictures along with detailed descriptions of prospective items of acquisition.  Like, seriously?  How shopaholic could one Auntie be?  Satchel and trinket hoarding taken to an entirely new level – now that’s one for the record books!

Every hesitantly placed footstep brought a new escalation of unease, not one of fearful trepidation, but of the niggling sense that Auntie Nora was meandering right along with her, oohing and awing at the magnificence of the age-old stones of the crumbling Acropolis.  Wrestling to banish her irrational thoughts and chiding herself for even entertaining the remote possibility that her controlling Auntie was anywhere in the vicinity of Athens, let alone merrily ambling along on her high-school adventure, Miss Niece forged bravely on, almost secure in the knowledge that her aunt was thousands of miles away. Or, so she hoped. 

Le Kid fervently struggled to reflect back upon her Auntie’s last text messages, sent late last night, instructing her niece to “be careful, be aware and to be on the lookout for unexpected surprises”.  Yikes!!  Could her cuckoo ol’ Auntie really have hopped on the plane from London and jetted across the continent to hang out with her 17 year old charge?  What was the likelihood?  Just for the seductive allure of foreign made treasures?

Better to be safe than caught in the clutches of her delusional relative, the ever so clever enterprising Miss Niece hatched the most impromptu of plans, which required the skill and co-operation of her gaggle of girlfriends, all tickled pink to be part of the caper of the century - hiding from the Kid’s nuttier than a fruitcake Auntie.  Luckily for Miss Kid, the imposing 10.4 meter high marble columns enveloping the perimeters of the Parthenon were ideal for attempting to conceal oneself against; prostate statues that offered a cloak of camouflage, at least, for a wee bit of time – one could even possibly make a game out of it – scampering from one Greco-Roman inspired column to another, in a life-size chess game of hide and seek, outrunning and out-smarting a pink-sneaker clad batty old bag.

The Kid’s trio of co-conspirators were more than willing to do what it took to guise the exact whereabouts of their friend, from borrowing wide brimmed chapeaus, oversize Jacquie O sunglasses and swaddling shawls, their hilarious shenanigans inadvertently leading to a flurry of inquisitive glances from curious passers-by, questioning what the hoop-la was all about.  For, you see, in Miss Niece’s haste to blend in with the architecture, her questionable antics actually made her the object of intense scrutiny, in the most outlandish of ways, garnering a flurry of attention of the not so indiscriminate kind.

The Kid really should really have known better, for her dear ol’ Auntie was holed up in her London hotel, indulging in a pint or two, immersed in You Tube videos of Shopaholics Anonymous, interspersed with the occasional glance at her Blackberry, determined not to phone nor text, or disturb le Kiddo on her first grown-up excursion away from home. 

After all, an Auntie should give a Kid a bit of space, even if it did mean losing out on the probability of acquiring that one of a kind mass-produced gem of a find – nothing that she wouldn’t be able to acquire someday on e-Bay  – it’s quite the shame though, that Miss Niece spent the entire day dodging shadows in her quest to out-run you know who!

Pink Sneaker Tidbits of Fascinating Facts and Interesting Info:

Did you know that the Acropolis means “city on the edge” and is 490 feet above sea level?

Did you know it encompasses a space of more than 30,000 square meters?

Did you know that the Acropolis has been utilized as a palace, fortress, temple, church and mosque and even, briefly, as a harem?

Did you know that according to myth, the founder of Athens was Cecrops, who was both half man and half snake? 

Did you know that the Greeks are the world’s highest consumers of feta cheese?  And so they should be, as feta is the national cheese of Greece.

And, just because you asked, did you know that Greece is the world’s largest producer of sea sponges?  Who knew?

Come race along the columns of the Acropolis in a cat and mouse game of hide and seek, out-running crazy ol’ Auntie Nora (who wasn’t even there!!).  Like, seriously?  Yikes!!  The Kid’s got quite the imagination – looks like the apple doesn’t fall that far from the tree, if you know what I mean!!

Next week – Stay tuned for more Miss - adventures of the Miss Kid inspired kind!!

Greece Photos - Courtesy of Maradzidra

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