Just returned from an amazing two-week trip to Greece with my family! My daughter graduated from college in May, and with her brother starting his sophomore year in Colorado and my youngest a sophomore in high school, we decided it just might be one of the last times we could take a trip like this before they’re all off to the real world 🙂
My husband is Greek-American, and thankfully speaks enough of the language to get by – and read the letters and words as well, which are all “Greek” to me! 🙂 We had such a fabulous time, I want to share some pictures with you.
Next stop, the famous island of Santorini. Stunningly beautiful, it was created when, in 1646 B.C., there was a massive volcanic eruption. The crater it left behind filled with the vivid blue water the island now curves around. Barren cliffs give way to fertile valleys where the primary crops are vineyards and, interestingly, cherry tomatoes!
On to the Peloponnese and a stop at Mycenae and, nearby, the ancient theater at Epidavros. 2,500 years old and seating 15,000, the theater and its acoustics are amazing! Sitting at the very top, you can easily hear a whisper from the center of the stage. They still perform plays here – wouldn’t it be awesome to attend one?
Crossing the Peloponnese, we boarded a ferry to the island of Zakynthos, which was a fun, bustling place full of tourists and residents. Oh, and there’s a sea-turtle sanctuary, too! Here we’ve taken a boat trip to the blue caves – gorgeous, and, yes, the water really is that exact color.
Ancient Delphi next! So much history to this fascinating place that was the Sanctuary of Apollo and home to the Oracle, I couldn’t begin to try to cover it all. Loved it, and the museum that holds the famous Charioteer of Delphi was wonderful, too.
Last stop was a pilgrimage to my husband’s grandparents’ village, high in the mountains. We drove up, and up, and up, and thank heavens we were following his cousin (who lives in Athens) or we would never have found it! Here is a photo of the family home, with three small rooms above and a lower level where they kept livestock. His cousin is now refurbishing the house, while keeping intact the walls and as much of the original structure as possible. We met some wonderful folks who live in the village – it was a lovely experience.
Well, to be honest, I could torture everyone with many more pictures and stories, but will stop here 🙂 And, of course, I’m planning to have my next book (or two) set in Greece! After all, what could be more fun to write than a story about a Greek doctor, with maybe an archaeologist heroine, set in such a beautiful and historic country?
How about you? Have any travels taken you somewhere marvelous you’ll always remember? What made it so special to you?