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Greece 2014: Day Seven, Mycenae

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 | Comments Off

We were reluctant to leave the lovely town of Nafplio, but we were in for an incredible day! A quick 45 minute drive from our hotel brought us to some of the oldest ruins in Greek history: the citadel of Mycenae. History and mythology tell us Mycenae was founded by the Greek hero Perseus and […]

Greece 2014: Day Six, Corinth

Friday, June 6th, 2014 | Comments Off

Corinth was the third most influential city in ancient Greece, both as a Greek city and later as a Roman one. Athens and Sparta alone surpassed it; Corinth was not as well-known for its army as Sparta was, nor for its philosophical and architectural influence as Athens was, but Corinth was rich. It had two major […]

Greece 2014: Day Five, Olympia

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 | Comments Off

Olympia – the origin of the Games that we still hold today, and where the Olympic Flame still begins its worldwide travel. This flame is lit by a reflection of sunlight in a mirror in front of the Temple of Hera – where the ancient Eternal Flame dwelled. We spent all afternoon wandering around the […]

Greece 2014: Day Four, Delphi

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 | Comments Off

This morning we made the 5 hour drive from Vergina to scenic Delphi. The wonders of Greece are spread across the whole country so a good amount of driving is required … but what would we cut out to make it shorter? Fortunately our travelers also want to cram as much as they can into […]

Greece 2014: Day Three, Vergina and Philippi

Thursday, April 24th, 2014 | Comments Off

So when you travel to Greece you have a certain amount of flexibility built into your itinerary. The sites and museums wait to hear from the government to decide when they will open and how late they will close. April is supposed to mark the beginning of the high season, or summer season, when they […]

Greece 2014: Day Two, Thermopylae and Meteora

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 | Comments Off

Happy Easter everyone! This morning we picked up the rental van and drove from Athens to Thermopylae, where the famous Spartan King Leonidas and his personal bodyguard of 300 (and the couple thousand other Greeks forgotten by popular history) gave their blood to delay Xerxes’ Persian forces. There is not much left on the site, […]

Greece 2014: Day One, Athens

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 | Comments Off

Today was supposed to be a day focusing on the National Archaeological Museum and the New Acropolis Museum, but we made a last-minute decision to take advantage of the good weather and go straight to the Acropolis. The Metro was on strike (as happens from time to time) so we were glad to be staying […]

Turkey 2014 – Day Seven, Pergamon

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 | Comments Off

This morning we left Selcuk and made the 2 hour drive to Bergama, the modern city near ancient Pergamon. I think I’m getting the hang of this driving-in-Turkey thing; if I can handle Istanbul I can handle anything! From now on, though, we will rent our car from the Sabiha Gokcen airport rather than the […]

Turkey 2014 – Day six, Ephesus

Monday, April 21st, 2014 | Comments Off

We spent all morning walking around Ephesus, one of the largest, and most visited, sites in Turkey. Known in antiquity for its now destroyed Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), Ephesus in its prime was the third largest city in Roman Asia Minor with around 50,000 people residing within […]

Turkey 2014 – Day Five, Miletus

Sunday, April 20th, 2014 | Comments Off

Yesterday we spent a restful day in sunny Bodrum, needed after a few days of hard travel. This morning we piled back into the car and drove an hour and a half to the site of ancient Miletus. This site ranks high on or all-time-favorites list for many reasons: it is a large site replete […]

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