Once I reach to top of the Acropolis, I find a good place to sit and start drawing the Erechtheion, focusing on the Porch of the Karyatids. I see five beautiful stone ladies who will keep me company while I paint. Halfway through my first painting, a Greek woman walks over and waves her arms upon seeing my drawing. I donâ€™t understand her Greek, but her reaction is telling. Then she reaches into her bag and pulls out an apple, hands it to me. Iâ€™ve never had anyone express their appreciation of my work so thoughtfully.
I change locations and begin another drawing. This time the entire Erechtheion is my focus, with the Porch of the Karyatids to one side. A teenage girl comes near and sits beside me watching me draw. Sheâ€™s completely silent. After a half hour, she looks at me, smiles and thanks me, then slips away.