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Do you want to be an Instagram influencer?

If you do, I recommend that you run, don’t walk, to the Acropolis in Athens. Apparently taking your picture with that background is de rigueur for the aspiring influencer.

We had decided to spend an evening at the Acropolis, because it was simply too hot during the day – nearly 110 on the day we had chosen to go. We arrived through the Propylaea, as most people do, seeking shade the whole time, and found it across from the Parthenon in the shadow of the Erechtheum where we sat to catch our breath and watch the crowds, still dense despite the evening hour.

We saw not one, not two, but 24 young women Voguing in front of the various ruins, flipping hair of every rainbow hue, gesturing and pouting and in general trying to look cute and grab as many likes as possible. Some were wearing the ersatz-Greek dresses found in the nearby Plaka, and some even had the likes of the “gold” laurel leaf headdresses found at the Temple of Olympian Zeus for one Euro. It was all so glamorous.

And stupid. Just silly.

One young lady, part of a group we called the Instagram Influencer Conference (about 10 young women dedicated to taking each other’s pictures in various poses, share and share alike), standing in front the Erechtheum loudly proclaimed “Make sure you get the Parthenon in the background!”

She didn’t even see her error. For her, seemingly, the Acropolis was a backdrop instead of one of the premium archeological sites in the world.

But here’s the truth - there may be thousands – if not millions – of wanna-be influencers in the world, but there is only one Acropolis.


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