Greece has been such a whirlwind! We decided to go here instead of Spain at the last minute, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m somewhat of a history nerd, so having the opportunity to see all the ancient sites I’ve spent countless hours reading about has been incredible. I’m sure I’ll say this about every place I visit, but, if given the chance, you absolutely must go to Greece.
Athens was incredible. Everywhere you go, you have a view of the Acropolis, which is breathtaking. While the history runs deep, this is very much a modern city. And, if I’m being completely honest, you can still see a lot of the remnants of the riots. However, I don’t think any of that takes away from the beauty and the energy of the city.
We just did a brief photo stop at the canal, but it was beautiful. The color of the water was perfection. Plus, if you’re a lot braver than I am, you could even go bungee jumping!
As a history nerd, I loved stopping to see the Grave of Agamemnon and the incredible views.
Olympia was amazing. There’s something about standing on the ground where so many men competed to win glory and respect for their city states. And I had to laugh at the world’s most embarrassing walk of shame, where each city had to make a statue of Zeus and write below the name of the cheater, his family, where they lived, and how he cheated. And you thought that walk from Sigma Chi was bad.
Nafpaktos has stolen my heart. It was devastatingly beautiful. I’m a sucker for the ocean, and this picturesque village was beyond perfect. And they had the best coffee of my life to boot! I hope with all of my heart that I get to come back here one day. (Anyone want to go in on a beach house in Greece with me?)
Apollo was always my favorite god, so, of course, I was excited about Delphi. The museum had so many structures depicting scenes from famous myths, which had me swooning. Plus, the remaining ruins where absolutely stunning.
Thermopylae was another quick stop just so we could get a photo of the King Leonidas monument. Under his statue, it translates to the equivalent of, “Bring it,” which is what he said when the Persians came to attack. What a badass.
We spent the night here before heading to Meteora, and it was truly a lovely mountain village. The people were incredibly helpful (I passed on my sinus infection to Melly, and one of the luggage guys drove us to a pharmacy to get her medicine!), and it was the exact picture I had in my head of a Grecian town.
I won’t lie. I wasn’t super pumped about going to Meteora, especially after I heard that some other people on our trip were doing a day cruise of some islands. However, Meteora was truly magnificent. (Quick side note: Parts of For Your Eyes Only, a Bond film, was taped here!) The rock formations were amazing, as you can see from the pictures, and the monasteries were beautiful in their own quaint way. I’m not super religious, but it was very sweet the way people came in, in tears, and kissed the icons. Did it beat an island cruise? Maybe not, but it really did leave us in awe.
We have one more day in Athens, which we’ll spend at the National Archaeological Museum and Sounion, which is where Poseidon’s Temple is. It’s supposed to be beautiful at sunset, so don’t worry, many pictures will come.
Also, I just noticed that everything I packed is striped. Oops!