As we got off the subway in Athens, we glimpsed the Parthenon sitting atop the Acropolis. We had a great view of it glowing in the distance from our hotel’s pool deck, too.
When we climbed to the top of the Acropolis two days later, though, it was a little shocking at first. From below, it looked like it does in all the postcards, but up close scaffolding and a gigantic crane covered much of it, with pieces of it scattered over the ground. Much of it has been dismantled in a renovation project that is correcting some errors from previous renovations. Still, I walked around it and saw all the details while imagining Plato standing there, 2,500 years ago.
During our vacation in Greece, we spent a few days in Athens on our own before sailing through the islands for a week on a yacht as part of a small group tour with G Adventures, and we finished up on our own for a few days in Santorini.
It was a wonderful trip. Greece is a beautiful country with an inspiring history, a relaxed pace, and great food. Some of my favorite moments were walking through the steep, winding streets of small villages and glimpsing the little moments of village life — people hanging out their laundry, chatting on their steps, laughing in tavernas, gathering up their kids, herding their goats.
I completed a few items on my list of 101 things in 1001 days:
- #28. Visit a new UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- #39. Go to Greece.
- #60. Get a pedicure.
- #93. Go to the beach again.
I have always dreamed of going to Greece one day. Where do you dream of visiting?