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Ancient Greece Odyssey: A Traveler's Journal

Updated on January 15, 2015

Take a Magical Tour of Ancient Greece...

Myth major seeks armchair travelers, art lovers, and born-again pagans for a ramble through the ruins of ancient Greece.

I visited Greece in spring 2005 for the first time, where I have been going in my imagination for almost 30 years. During that time I had earned a BA and MA in classical studies, but I never quite fit into academia. When I worked on the Perseus Project in 1993, my personal homepage said, "Other scholars beat the ancient world to death, when it's already dead. I want to bring it to life." I still do.

There are red, red poppies growing up through the cracks in the marble monuments of Eleusis, where rites to Demeter and Persephone promised initiates immortality.

In the ruins of Athena's shrine on Mt. Parnassos, where a goddess had a sanctuary guarded by a python long before Apollo slew her serpent and stole her oracle, green snakes still glide in the tall grasses beneath dusky olive trees.

The acoustics at the great theater of Epidauros are still sound enough that if you dare to recite Homer-- "Sing, goddess, of the wrath of Achilles--" your voice will carry clear up the mountainside to the topmost seats.

Listen. Akoue. I'm going to tell you a story.

Students! Are you looking for pictures of Greek gods or answers to common questions about ancient Greece or the Odyssey? Check out my Greece Odyssey FAQ written just for you!

(Photographs, text and artwork on this Greece travel blog © Ellen Brundige.)

The Summons - Introduction to My Greek Odyssey

“So, are you coming to Greece with us?" my friend Lisa asked over lunch in February 2005.

Greece? A few doubletakes later, I found myself sitting crosslegged on the floor of a lecture room at Pacifica, shakily holding a flyer for Greece with Chris Downing. Chris Downing, professor of Greek and Roman myth, author of a more than a dozen books including The Goddess: Mythological Images of the Feminine. Chris Downing, who had taught with Z. Budapest and Carol Christ. A crone with a sparkle in her eye and a passion for literature and the soul, who at 74 thinks nothing of walking thirteen miles a day. The trip's suggested reading list included Mary Renault and Euripides and Aristopanes.

The itinerary was a hit parade of many of the places I've studied or helped catalog for the Perseus library: Athens, Eleusis, Delphi, Mycenae, Epidauros, Delos, Naxos, and... last but not least, Santorini. Thera, its proper name. A speck on the map in the middle of the Aegean Sea. It was that name that made me sit on the floor and shake.

Echoes of Atlantis - My Childhood Dreams of Greece

Thera. How long has that island held me in its spell? I remember stumbling across its legend as a child. Before the Trojan war, before Greece was Greek, a thriving people we call Minoans lived on the big island of Crete. They plied the seas with ships, trading with Egypt and Babylon and the Bronze Age peoples living where Greece would one day arise from marble-bedded hills. Minoan art abounded with flowers, colorfully-dressed courtiers, leaping bulls and dolphins, royal gryphons, and the double-bladed axe that was their chief symbol.

Santorini, ancient Thera, was a smaller island north of Crete where the Minoans had settled, mixed with other seafarers, and built a city that seemed to blend the best of many of the oldest civilizations in the world. Their furniture was ornate, their pottery beautiful, and the rooms of their homes were painted with charming vignettes of fishing and sailing and boys' sports and maidens picking flowers. They were a prosperous and flourishing people.

Then, sometime in the 15th century BCE, the island awoke, like Vesuvius looming over Pompeii. Stairs cracked and walls fell. The people struggled to stay, but their rich fertile soil was a volcano's gift-- or rather, a loan. When the caldera gave way, seawater rushed in, met with molten rock and exloded, blowing out the entire middle of the island and leaving only a ragged circle of land which had formerly been shore. It was much like Krakatoa, that awesome cataclysm that robbed the world of one summer in 1883, save for one thing-- Thera's magma chamber was four times larger. Or at least that was the tale told in Atlantis: the Biography of a Legend, a book on the discovery and excavation of Thera's ruined city.

More recent scientific studies have downgraded the severity of the disaster, but as a child I was gripped by the tale's power. I wrote stories and poems about the lost island that fell into the sea. For surely, garbled as it was, this was the root of the Atlantis legend Plato retold a thousand years later.

When you receive a summons like this, you had better answer. It's like the poet's Muse.

Arrival in Athens: The Journey Begins - Travel Diary, 30th April, Kentral Hotel

Athens.

At the floor-length window of a tiny room, I sit late in the night in the glow of the Acropolis. The fireworks that sprinkled the city are over. Gunfire and the sound of Greek Orthodox hymns have died away. The city is very quiet, although I still hear a few glad voices, the swish of a car below, and the soft squeak of bats.

The Acropolis is golden. The Erechtheion and the Parthenon peek over the top by their head and shoulders. What did they think tonight with the hymns booming out: Christos aneste! "Christ has arisen"? I suppose Athena is glad the fireworks don't come too near; the Parthenon is looking a little worse for wear.

(First picture out hotel window, taken earlier that day)

So how was the journey here? Long and far. It began at 3:45 AM two days ago with an hour-long shuttle ride to Los Angeles, then a six-hour flight to New York, then fourteen hours to Athens.

Somehow the night seems darker with deep ocean below rather than solid ground. In the morning, we flew down the coast of Italy. I could clearly make out the long rectangular strips of the iugera, Roman fields kept cultivated to this day. The port of Brundisium settled by ancient Greeks was nestled where it should be upon the heel. There was lingering snow on the the rugged heights of Greece when we crossed over the straits.

In the airport I caught up with some ladies of my tour group. One had booked a ride online with George's Famous Taxi, and he was more prompt than my LA shuttle had been! We decanted at the Central Hotel on Apollonos (Apollo) Street, after a bewildering ride through many narrow alleys. After unwinding in my room, I came down to find Chris Downing welcoming arrivals on a balcony above the lobby. She recommended that I set out and begin my explorations at once.

So, armed with a detailed map, I ambled out into tiny streets, most paved with flagstones and flanked by shops and friendly people. There was an amazing (well, not really) amount of replica Greek art for sale: statues and red-figure vases, even Cycladic figurines, most of which I was more used to seeing from the opposite end of a slide projector.

Google Maps: My Tour of Greece

Odysseus' overseas jaunt took ten years -- twenty if you count his stopover at Troy. Mine was just two weeks, but I had better accommodations.

My First Day in Athens (Stoa of Attalos)

Travel Diary, 30th April [written the following afternoon]

At length I found my way to the... Stoa of Attalos! Not a name the casual tourist would know, but for me it was strangely surreal, like finding an old school friend having lunch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. It was built about 150 BCE by King Attalos II of Pergamon, one of the dynasties founded by the generals of Alexander the Great carving up his empire after his death. By that time, Athens was already considered classic, dwelling on her former glories. Petty tyrants, kings, and emperors would pay homage to her by financing monuments. Hence the stoa, whose long arcade would have housed shops or perhaps an art museum, which is how it functions today. How strange to find it side by side with a modern metro line, the ruined blocks of a Roman forum beside the rails.

The stoa faced onto the Agora, the civic heart of ancient Athens, now a green tumbled wilderness of bushes, flowers, long grass and ruined marble. Alas, this was the day before Orthodox Easter, so I found it closed. I wandered on disappointing various merchants by looking, not buying. I stopped in a random cafe at 3, hungry and tired and confused about time, and had my first Greek salad and lamb, a staple in these parts. Obviously I was an out-of-towner; the rest of the city was fasting for Easter.

I found Raquel, my roommate for this tour, in the room when I returned. At sunset we climbed to the hotel's rooftop for orientation, with the rock of the Acropolis looming up behind us and the Parthenon solid and real on its brow.

Chris began her lectures by speaking of "her" Greece, her lived experience of this place, and how it's new each time. She spoke of hopes and fears of coming to a land steeped in legend, of how we might fear that real Greece might not match the imaginal one. Turning to Greece itself, she spoke of two strata in its culture and history: early Greece, steeped in ritual and cult and reverence for goddesses, and the Greece of classical times, a patriarchal world where mythology and gods were the stuff of literature as much as cult.

First Evening in Athens (Orthodox Easter) - Travel Diary, 30th April [written the following afternoon]

The sunset behind the Acropolis was a stunning backdrop for dinner, although the evening air was biting cold. Some of the group went out into the city to attend late Easter services and drink in the pageantry and the singing. They participated in the local custom of breaking eggs dyed a deep dark red, a tradition to honor rebirth and spring that probably predates the name they call out: Christos aneste! I had wondered why our hotel had left us two eggs in a basket!

I was cold and tired and wary of walking city streets at night, but there on the rooftop we had a view of the whole city laid out before us. Athens is no more level than Rome, so up and down the hills we could see many people processing or holding candles. The soaring choruses of hundreds of voices singing from cathedral and church and square made the city resonate. Chilled and wondering, we stood entranced.

Around midnight, bright fireworks and gunshots went up all over the city, and the many layers of bells ringing and interweaving from all directions brought tears to our eyes. The sound echoed off the cliffs of the Acropolis. There alone, an island of silence in a sea of music and thunder, the shrines and monuments of a different world stood stoically abandoned, their marble columns bathed in golden light from many spotlights that illumined them all night long.

Second Day in Athens (Agora, Propylaia) -1st May, Kentral Hotel

On Sunday we explored on our own. Squares were filled with people breaking their Easter fast on roast lamb spitted over open coals just as Homer described. There was music and dancing everywhere. At length we came to the Stoa of Attalos, by now an old friend, but the gates to the Agora were again closed. So we ambled beside its ruins sunk below street level, great open expanses of blocks and marble overgrown by tall grass and flowers and bushes, submerged islands of the past lying tantalizingly on the far side of fences and locked gates. Over the Agora in the distance the Acropolis loomed. When we came far enough around to look up at its western face, I had a surprise-- empty scaffolding enclosing the spot where the pretty little Temple of Athena Nike usually stands, perched on a high bastion on the righthand side of the great entrance to the Acropolis, the Propylaia.

Well, I knew what should be there, so only a little disappointed we kept edging around the Agora until we'd climbed the long Pnyx hill, past the wonderfully-preserved Temple of Hephaistos, past the grotto where Pan, they say, used to pipe to the nymphs, past the Kallirhoe spring and up to the olive-clad foot of the Acropolis, the Propylaia just above us.

Propylaia, the gateway to the Acropolis

Turning back to face the city and the Agora, we climbed out onto a knee of the Acropolis that has its own famous name, the Areopagus (Mars Hill). There, long before democracy, the Athenian elders met to discuss city affairs. Centuries later, Paul preached his sermons there to dubious merchants from the Agora below. I shed my shoes and we climbed up onto Athenian limestone polished by thousands of years of passage. Below the city spread out before us. Dancing swallows rode the blustery fresh wind, and we drank in the pure Greek sun and sky. Chris was up there too with her granddaughter. We shared the view and some talk, but I was off in my own world watching swooping swallows and thinking of Thera's flaking plaster walls.

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Second Day in Athens (Agora, Taos Indians) - Travel Diary, 1st May, Kentral Hotel

Panorama of Agora and Athens from Areopagus Hill

Temple of Hephaistos, left; Stoa of Attalos, Right

Distant left: Marble Quarry for Parthenon, still in use

Descending the heights, we cut through the edge of the Agora, where a few ruins were still open to visitors, including the foundations of a temple to Hekate. There I got my first taste of what was to become a familiar sight of which I never tired: red, red poppies overrunning the old stones, wild barley grasses rustling in the wind. Just past the temple was an orange grove fragrant with hanging jasmine, a feast for the nose.

Agora / Temple of Hecate foundations

Past that came an unlikely feast for the ears. Coming down to the ruins of a Roman forum, we were drawn by the sound of pipes, flutes and drums, which in fact we had been hearing here and there all afternoon. Now we discovered the source. Native American musicians from Taos, not far from Raquel's home, were giving an impromptu outdoor concert before the ancient Roman library of the emperor Hadrian, a grecophile who would probably have appreciated their music! Greeks danced to the unlikely music of a continent away. Old and new, far and near were blended together by Andean pan-pipes.

Native American musicians in front of Library of Hadrian.

For a late lunch we had Greek salad at an outdoor cafe and that ubiquitous iced chocolate drink that became a staple of my daily wanderings.

Finally we returned to the hotel, where I had a chance to bring my diary up-to-date.

In the evening, Chris gave us the second of her many brilliant 2-hour lectures, this one on Greek religion. I'm not going to reprint her words here, but much of what she said is found in her excellent books on Greek goddesses and gods, written not just for scholars but for the thoughtful public.

Sneak peek at Things to Come - Ancient Greece Odyssey: Glimpses

Here's a sneak preview of some places we'll be visiting in future chapters.

The Journey Continues...

And that's just my second full day in Athens! Now it's time to head for the Parthenon in Ancient Greece Odyssey: Acropolis of Athens!

Learn Common Greetings in Modern Greek! - Free Lessons for People Traveling to Greece

If I Had to Recommend One Book on Greek Art...

Art and Myth in Ancient Greece (World of Art)
Art and Myth in Ancient Greece (World of Art)

How classical vases and sculpture depict Greek gods, goddesses, and individual myths, and tell us something about the Greeks themselves.

 

This site is dedicated with love and thanks to my mentor, Dr. Chris Downing, who led me and the rest of our group on this magical journey and spent hours each day sharing her scholar's knowledge.

Leave a friendly note if you enjoyed this page, or pass it on!

P.S. An extra "thank you" to Vivia, who wrote this:"You have a very nice camera! IT WAS A BIGG HELP IN MY SOCIAL STUDIES PROJECT!! Lol, anyway, Im only 6th grade, but I think Im gonna get an a off of this. But don't worry, no palgerism was committed, I gave you some credit for the pics!! Lol, good work, and keep at it."

~ ViviaVivia: I hope you got an A! Two thumbs up for giving credit and not plagiarizing!


© 2007 Ellen Brundige

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    Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

    I had the pleasure of traveling to Greece, cannot believe it is nearly 20 years ago now... your travel journal brings back fond memories. I wish I had made a journal of my own but I had not started creating travel journals yet. I love your lens & your travel journal, Squidtastic! thank you for sharing :)

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    waynekat 4 years ago

    You make greece look like such great fun! Greece is definitely on my list of 'places I intend to go.'

    Great job, and thank you!

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    anonymous 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for this-I am a classics grad, and I love Greece! This is a very accesible, very enjoyable tour-I recommend it!

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    craftycollector 5 years ago

    A really nice lens about one of my favourite countries. You inspire me.

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    Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

    Greece is in my blood at the moment having just returned from a glorious week in Kefalonia and Ithaca. It is such a fascinating country in so many ways, and the people are kind. Would love to visit the Acropolis one day - or one night (fantastic photo above).

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    melissiaoliver 5 years ago

    Beautiful lens - this makes me want to visit Greece even more!

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    FreshJuiceFriend 5 years ago

    I went to Greece many years ago...this lens brought back many glorious memories!

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    Michael Shepherd 5 years ago from Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

    Your readers may want to know that between Oct and Jan 6, 2013 you can visit ancient Greece at the Portland, Oregon Art Museum. More info at http://parosparadise.blogspot.ie/2012/10/visit-anc...

    Cheers,

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    thememorybooksh1 5 years ago

    nice lens on super cool destination.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    super destination

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    karen-stephens 5 years ago

    I love the stories of Santorini and the Minoans.

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    maryLuu 5 years ago

    Nice lens. I love everything about Greece.

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    nicks44 5 years ago

    This is just simply amazing ... So much heritage these people have, I sure do wish that one day I will be able to gaze upon all the wonders of the past with my own eyes!

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    MrMojo01 5 years ago

    Can't wait to make it to Greece someday soon.

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    Deral18 5 years ago

    This just makes me want to travel to Greece even more now...

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    XenasDeals 5 years ago

    What a dream holiday you had, beautiful and informative lens,

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    joey92 5 years ago

    Lovely lens - enjoyed reading :)

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    JDEEZY 5 years ago

    Deep down I really love Greek mythology =]

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    SailingPassion LM 5 years ago

    Great lends - I have just done one of my first on Greece while sailing :-)

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    air ambulance s 5 years ago

    Nice lens! I visited Greece about 2 yrs ago & reading this brought back many awesome memories. :-)

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    Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

    This is a wonderful lens. Maybe some day I'll actually get to go!

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    yachtchartergreece 5 years ago

    One of the best lens I have ever read. Simply awesome!!

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    madoc 5 years ago

    A great site. I've done some classical history and archaeology, and we are planning a retirement trip to Greece. Everywhere you visited is on our shortlist to visit, and in my case, re-visit, so your site is a great way to share with my wife the places I'm enthusing about. Many thanks.

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    Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

    My nephew and his new wife went to Greece for their honeymoon. Beautiful photos.

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    ogrote 5 years ago

    I love ancient history. Greece ranks up there as one of the great civilizations!

    Beautiful lens,

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    GentlemenGogoVEVO 5 years ago

    I have been to the island of Crete and i'm interested in your page.

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    fish-oil-expert 5 years ago

    I can't wait to visit Greece. Sounds like a lot of fun. I have a lot of respect for the ancient Greeks!

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    missroxa lm 5 years ago

    Many of my friends had a great time in Greece, whether they went on an Ancient Greece tour, a monastery tour, or a sun and sea escape. I would love to go there !

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    troybreimon lm 5 years ago

    very well put together greek :)

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    gamrslist 5 years ago

    cool lens nice layout enjoyed very much thank you

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    jwcooney 5 years ago

    Fun lens! I'm a history buff, so it's interesting to hear your accounts of the places in Greece you visited such as the Acropolis. Experiencing the Orthodox Easter celebrations sounds like it was quite an interesting event!

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    tifebrown 5 years ago

    Really great lens! I love Greece, I hope to go there in the future. Definitely near the top of my bucket list.

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    dallaswayneadds 5 years ago

    very nice lens, well done.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    this is really fantastic lens.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    thanks for sharing this. i like Mythology

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    MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

    Beautiful lens! Very education and fun! Love it!

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    kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

    I like your story, it was an entertaining read.

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    arperinos 5 years ago

    all your lenses are wonderful, thank you for sharing.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    This is a very fantastic and excellently written lens.

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    Giovanna Sanguinetti 5 years ago from Perth UK

    Yes! Great lens. Very interesting and well researched. Thanks

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    Zut Moon 5 years ago

    Nice lens ... I am "pinning" it and going to feature it in my lens History Pavilion

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    VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

    Nice lens.

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    vincente lm 5 years ago

    Great lens! We are currently in Sicily for our travel blog and seeing all influence the Greek had here back in the days is just amazing!

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    ViJuvenate 5 years ago

    I would love to go. It seems quite rocky and bleak, but every single account I've ever heard from people is that it is beautiful. The history is fascinating - so much to see.

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    jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

    Your trip sounds like a lot of fun. I'm a history buff so being able to see the Acropolis and Agora in pictures (even if it's from someone else!) is exciting. I like how so many of the buildings are white washed, you get a totally different experience from other ancient buildings.

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    Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

    I am interested in Greece mainly because of the Bible, but also because my brother-in-law is Greek.

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    krakensquid 6 years ago

    Very interesting!

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    seosmm 6 years ago

    Great job and very nice lens!

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Awesome! Super love it. Thanks for sharing. Squid-liked!

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    Dress2Impress 6 years ago

    Yea very nice! Well-organized lens about Greece. Lot's of pretty pictures :D

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    robertsugar lm 6 years ago

    Best lens about Greece so far!

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    MyDestination 6 years ago

    Impressive lens! Greece is a beautiful country

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    abrahamgpg 6 years ago

    Greece seems such an idylic place to go for a holiday.

    Thanks for a great lens.

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    wolfie10 6 years ago

    very nice lens. there is a lot about greece in the news of late and sadly it is not good.

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    TrentAdamsCA 6 years ago

    Inspiring -- you succeeded at bringing this to life, weaving the myths and characters I grew up with and creating vivid images of your travels. Thank you for the detailed and illuminating armchair travel. Sweet photos, too.

    -- Trent, aka HikeGuy

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    jdream01 6 years ago

    Hope I have chance to visit your ancient country. Cheers!

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    camaster 6 years ago

    After reading your lens I feel like visiting Greece. If only the crisis wasn't...or the demos ;-) Else cool lens! Thumb up!

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    Didijudy 6 years ago from Canada

    What a great lens!!! What a dream come true. Awesome pictures. Thank you for sharing your experience. One day....One day I will be there.

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    SIALicenceUK 6 years ago

    Some day I will go, it`s one of many dreams I have. Great lens!

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    glad to see another lens put together by you!

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    BillSimmons 6 years ago

    Great lens! I've been to Greece a few years ago, can't wait to go back.

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    adamfrench 6 years ago

    Impressive lens, thumbs up

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    Lindrus 6 years ago

    Very nice lens! Thank you! I'm a fan of Greece as well and have written some lenses about Halkidiki. Check them out if you want to.

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    bhavesh lm 6 years ago

    Amazing lens!

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    SaintFrantic 6 years ago

    Superb Lens.Greece has a lot of history

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    SaintFrantic 6 years ago

    That's great.Thanks

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Excellent Lens! Best wishes :)

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    liam999 6 years ago

    Before I jumped over to Philosophy i was enrolled in Classics. Now, thanks to your lovely lens I have to blow the dust off my old Greek grammar and start wrestling with the pluperfect. again. A very... ahemm... civilized lens. Hey! Where's Schleimann?

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    Kate Sawyer 6 years ago from Nashville

    I worry about visiting Greece now with all the financial problems over there.

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    undraco 6 years ago

    I visited Ephesus in what is now Turkey a few years ago. Walking down through the ruins was a magnificent experience. (Legend state it was founded by the Amazons).

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    Sunflower Susan 6 years ago

    I had to laugh when I read the description 'born again pagans'. LOL Love this lens. I may never get to travel to some of these places, so I really love being able to see them in lenses such as yours. Thank you!

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Thanks for promoting Geece! The article is very well-written. We need more people like you :) My country is very picturesque and certainly the best destination for relaxing holiday!

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    brando87 6 years ago

    always wanted to go to Greece

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    Tahamtan 6 years ago

    I have visited Athens and I have always been in love with Greek Mythology. Growing-up, Homer's Iliad and Odyssey was one of my favorite readings full of creativity and interesting stories. Great content

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    pepsharada 6 years ago

    I liked the posting and I feel one day even I visit Athens...

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    NidhiRajat 6 years ago

    congrats a ton for purple star and lens of the day!!!

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    Silwen LM 6 years ago

    Excellent work. The idea of visiting places following the Odyssey story is remarkable. I believe, that I have a new great idea for my vacations. Thank you.

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    satewas 6 years ago

    i took a few courses in college on Greece this lens is very interesting

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    Analogik 6 years ago

    Nice lens! It would be great to see all the architecture I studied in Classics.

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    Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

    @SidneyMorgan LM: The cost of living varies so wildly in the U.S. I couldn't compare, I'm afraid. Also, I don't really know about the cost of living in Greece or Australia. I've enjoyed visiting both, but I was on vacation and wasn't really paying close attention to everyday costs during a non-everyday visit. :)

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    ellagis 6 years ago

    Been to Greece, but not in Athens.... I like the Greek atmosphere, and I loved reading your lens!!!

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    dubsport01 6 years ago

    Great lens, some really great photos there. The place looks amazing!

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    SidneyMorgan LM 6 years ago

    Really nice information about Greece..btw how is the cost of living there compared to US or Australia?

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    Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

    @TIRMassageStone1: Extremely gracious and friendly: which was a relief, because I went there when Bush was president and the Iraq war wasn't exactly popular in Europe. The only trouble I ran into the entire trip was one shopkeeper getting worked up when my friend ordered "Turkish coffee" -- he insisted it was Greek coffee, and Turks had stolen the recipe! :D

    Another cafe owner insisted on burning a CD for me of a famous Greek singer so I'd have some Greek music to take home ... I wish I could remember the name of the singer!

    So on the whole, extremely hospitable. Mind you, this was 6 years ago before the economy tanked and there were riots in Athens; I doubt they'd aim particular ire towards Americans but I imagine things are a little rocky right now.

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    TIRMassageStone1 6 years ago

    How are the residents of Greece towards Americans?

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    yayas 6 years ago

    I've always been fascinated by Greece an' Greek mythology. All lands intrigue me, although I'm very happy to stay where I am, as I've traveled a little too much in my life. Thank you for sharing such an interesting topic.

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    StudioElysee 6 years ago

    What an absolutely fantastic lens. Very inspiring. I have never been to Greece but dream of it, and your lens makes that dream all the more intense!

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    Echo Phoenix 6 years ago

    fab! I love touring ancient ruins and Greece was amazing... nice Lens;)

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    darciefrench lm 6 years ago

    What a lucky lady to have made this journey :)

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    boli21 6 years ago

    good pictures and videos !

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    TIRMassageStone1 6 years ago

    I've never been to Greece, but after reading this lens, I feel like I have! Great Pictures.

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    worldrevivalnet 6 years ago

    Great pictures!

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    laki2lav 6 years ago

    With those photos you bring back so many memories for me. Nice job and thanks.

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    Jules Corriere 6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

    Lovely lens. Wonderful point of view. I could feel your enthusiasm in your words. Thank you for this beautiful lens.

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    MagnoliaTree 6 years ago

    What a great lens! This has been so much fun-- both reading and looking!

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    Lindrus 6 years ago

    Awesome lens! Thanks for all your hard work!

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Greece is such a wonderful place! And you did a really nice job on your lens. Thanks for sharing it!

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    The Philologist 6 years ago

    Excellent and beautifully written lens. As a Greek and a classicist, I commend you.

    I also liked how you included Greek Easter in your article, it really is the most beautiful time of the year down here.

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    puertoricoistheplace 6 years ago

    Awesome! This I hope will be my next trip.

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    lesbelle 6 years ago

    Wow! You did a fantastic job with this lens! I just wrote up a piece on 10 Classic Greece destinations, but I wish I had read yours first... it is awesome!