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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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      This made me so nostalgic...I lived in Athens from 1967-1972, best times of my life...

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      Congratulations on lens of the day. I'm Greek-American and really appreciate your thorough coverage. I was lens of the day yesterday for my tofu lens, so I know how proud you must be today. Nice accomplishment. Yasou!

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      This is a lovely lens with so much really good and valuable information. I'll be coming back here regularly and I have put you on my lens roll because this is an example of living myth. As you say, other scholars do Ancient Greece to death but you want to bring it alive. I think you are succeeding.

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      dwaynehall 9 years ago

      I have been to Greece 25 years ago and still want to go back, thanks for the brief web visit!

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      klapskie 9 years ago

      cool, wonderful place! I wish I can go there. :) Hope to see you again on my lens and tell me what d'yo think?

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      very good! cool places... Keep up!

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      Great lens. I have a friend with yearnings to visit Greece, sending it right on to her.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      What a fantastic lens. I actually backpacked through Europe in 1978 for two months. Didn't get to Greece - darn. The photos are great. Thanks for commenting on my lens in the forum. Barb,

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks for some great information--I can't wait to go to Greece myself!

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      lens4Him 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I love Greece, the people are so friendly. Next time you go, please bring me back some oozo :)

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      Ellen Brundige 9 years ago from California

      lens4Him -- Better you than me... sad to say, I don't drink! (I did try some "Mythos" beer, but I hated it.

      Thank you so much for your comments, everyone!

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      A beautiful lens, deserving of 5 stars. Please visit me soon.

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      Very Nice Lens. A 5 star-er. Reminds me of one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Peloponnese peninsula. Emerging Market: ETFs and Stocks.

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      Homunculus 9 years ago

      I just entered this site and am totally excited. I started learning modern Greek language about two years ago, and have made little headway. Now I will be getting back into it, and Greek culture in general, with your site as a guide.

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      Alban 9 years ago

      Excellently done. Pretty geeky. Congratulations.

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      klapskie 9 years ago

      magical lens! I wish I could visit this historical place someday. :) 5 stars from me!

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      Superior to so many published travel articles. Really, really enjoyed this lens.

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      MelissaLori 9 years ago

      WOW, beautiful site! I would love to visit Greece one day. %Stars!!

      ~Melissa~

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      Stuarts 9 years ago

      Great Lens! I used to study Ancient Greek culture. Fascinating stuff. In case any Americans are thinking about visiting Europe - Here is a Guide to Travel Insurance Around Europe.

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Very classy lens!Your passion for Greece shines through.

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      FESA 9 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous lens with great write-up and pics of Greece. Makes me want to book a trip! Thanks for all the fantastic information. Fran (FESA)

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      dbrossi 9 years ago

      Great lens. I too had a dream trip, but mine was to Egypt. Friend and I combined our dreams and visited both. Quite a while gone now, but I still remember the aura of mystery and awe as we stood high in the mountains looking at the Temple at Delphi.

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      bebop4bo 9 years ago

      Thanks for the grand preview. I'm headed to Greece and Italy next winter. Photos are great, and myths and travel stories A . Your lens design is excellent. No 20 books on one Amazon site! I hate those 20-in-a-rows. Give me 1 or 2 and I'll pay attention. And thanks for taking a peek at my lens. Bo

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      mn3guy 9 years ago

      This lens is really tremendous. I love the design and will research how you are doing all of this. The information and photos are awesome! Definite 5*

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      Gweedy 9 years ago

      Well Done! I as well will want to know how you filled out the page this way. Where can we find the info on this.

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      Ellen Brundige 9 years ago from California

      m3guy, Gweedy: it's mostly text modules combining my photos and diary entries, with a few graphics I did in Photoshop. Check my Squid Tips lens for ideas!

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      Lady-Ellen 9 years ago

      Amazing....I've always wanted to spend a lot of time in Greece....this is SO helpful....

      Come and visit Persephane!

      Cheers,

      Lady Ellen

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      GaryM1 9 years ago

      Spent nearly 20 minutes reading through your lens and barely touched the surface. What a journey! I just had to add your lens to the My Favorites list.

      Oops, I almost forgot to rate your lens the 5 stars it deserves.

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      Mrs-Communication 9 years ago

      What a beautiful lens. Looks like you had a fabulous time! 5*

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Awesome site.

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      The-Store 9 years ago

      Simply Superb lens

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      Vicki 9 years ago from USA

      My first entry got cut off. Love your lens, gave it 5 stars. Great work!

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      JohnJenin 9 years ago

      very informative lense! 5*

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      blondeheroine 9 years ago

      This is an amazing lens. Love it!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I just saw your blog about CafePress and found a link to this lens on your APsense profile. This is an incredible lens. Now I'm off to visit your CafePress shop.

      Act on your dream!

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      Chi-TownChica 9 years ago

      Beautiful lens! This is my dream trip, that I have been planning since I was eight. Hope to get to it in the next couple of years.

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      allysa 9 years ago

      fantastic lens, congrats for making it to the top. I would like to visit Greece someday. ;)

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      Kitsune64 9 years ago

      Oh, wow! Your site is BEAUTIFUL! I'm gonna have to spend some serious time here. And thanks for visiting my lens and leaving the comment. Hopefully someday, mine will be as beautiful as yours. ^_^

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      EarlyMorningMan 9 years ago

      I thought to reciprocate to your kind comment on my lens by visiting yours... and I'm humbled! Very nice lens! Very beautiful pictures! (And I've only looked at the first page...)

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      bernd49 lm 9 years ago

      Hi

      I spend a lot of time in Greece my favorit is Creta.

      Nice Lens!!

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      ina mar 9 years ago

      Thank you for this wonderful lens and please create more episodes of this odyssey!

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      Alex_Webster 9 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! ....and a great odyssey you've taken us all on. I love to bring myth and society together in today's world. I've love for you to stop by and say hello at my lens.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      viva greece!

      a definite must see. how many islands does greece have?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Nice pictures!

      Great lens, thanks.

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      sportie 9 years ago

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      ChristopherScot1 9 years ago

      Great lens! Lots of great information for all of us. Keep up the hard work. Come over to A DAY OF HOPE

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      Sia 9 years ago

      I love your lens.Lived there as a child and unfortunately all I got was a school outing to Meteora (which I barely remember) and a weekend to Athens. Thank you for bringing Greece a little closer to my heart with your exceptional writing and photos than we did in three years and over 25 years ago.

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      LisaJesse 9 years ago

      Hi! I appreciate your lens and all the great info. Please visit my new lens Lisa Martin and get to know me better! Thanks! your friend, ~LISA~

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      EshanMonteath 9 years ago

      Absolutely gorgeous lens! Thanks for the sharing, and way to set the bar! :D

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      coollikeme 9 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      apalm 9 years ago

      Great lens!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This is a great lens. I appreciate all the useful info.Build Niche eBay Affiliate Stores That Make You Money

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      salesbysandra 9 years ago

      very informative lens. keep up the great work.

      thanks!

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      lacraiger 9 years ago

      very informative. i appreciate the time you spent on this lens. Nike SB Dunks, Bapes, Jordans, AF1's kicks

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      ikaria 9 years ago

      Greece is awesome I go a few times a year, winter/fall/spring etc Athens is great around that time of the year when everyone is there. But for Summers i'm always in Ikaria.

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      vinz07 9 years ago

      Awesome Photographs...

      I really love your lens..I encourage everyone to read this. It makes us to refresh our knowledge about History..

      Keep it up!!!

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      PleasantValley LM 9 years ago

      Everything on this lens is fantastic! One small design detail which I like the best is the use of graphics in the modules (e.g. the "table of contents", "end of day two" and "lecture notes" graphics.) The rest of the design flows so well!

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      JeremiahLouf 9 years ago

      Oh hello, I like the page, very good, very popular. I'm working on getting my pages longer like this one. Here is my most recent page, It is about Cara Zavaleta, the MTV/Playmate at spring break.I've got spring break on the mind because i'm planning mine now. http://www.squidoo.com/carazaleta/

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Thoroughly enjoyed your lens! What a great lens on Greece. Keep up the good work! :o)

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      Carrie in TN 9 years ago

      Hello! Wish this lens existed when we were in Athens, Santorini and Naxos in 2004. Beautiful lens. You know, we've got our own Athena in Nashville, Tennessee. (My lens is on Nashville.)...Anyway, love your work.

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      N376 9 years ago

      Absolutely fantastic.

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      callew 9 years ago

      Very interesting. I have been sailing a lot among the Greek islands and I really found a lot of good info. Thanks!

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      LeslieBrenner 9 years ago

      Excellent lens! Someday maybe I'll see Greece....Sigh.

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      Victoreeah 9 years ago

      Fantastic Lens! Fascinating information and images. I will be back to explore more.

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      Music-Resource 9 years ago

      Hi GreekGeek, Amazing Ancient Greece lens. I love the photos and I admire the amount of work you put into the text. That had to be a wonderful place to visit and I'm glad you got to go, finally :) ~Music Resource~

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      chloecavanaugh 9 years ago

      You always give your readers the best. I can only add, *****

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice lens indeed. Not the usual stuff gleaned from a reference book, but a whole lot of really interesting and varied content. Have to give you *****

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      love the white houses in greece the history and the mythology! be sure to check out the philippines thru catchquest... ;)

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      thomasz 9 years ago

      Cool lens. Interesting info.

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      Michael Shepherd 9 years ago from Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

      Fantastic lens! I need to come back and study it so that I can quote it on my Greek island lens.

      Cheers,

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      LeslieBrenner 9 years ago

      You have so much here to keep readers interested and coming back. 5 stars. Sigh, I'd love to visit Greece...someday.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Awsone Greek Len's 5 Stars!

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      OfficeRocket 9 years ago

      Wow, you've really gone out with this lens, great stuff!!!

      I have a lens on cruise ship holidays which you and your readers may be interested in.

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      MrCruise 9 years ago

      You've gone all out with this lens, good work!!!

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      thoughtful 9 years ago

      Beautiful Lens. I will be visiting Greece soon and I will definitely come back to your lens before I make my trek.

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      totalhealth 9 years ago

      very beautiful greece. very rich in both culture and history. nice lens.

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      pylemountain1 9 years ago

      I love to learn about ancient Greece - nice lens!

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      Gayle Faucette Wisbon 9 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Thank you for your advice on my new lens. I am still working on it bit by bit. I am so impressed with your lens here. I want to go to Italy and Greece one of these days, so I look forward to reading more of it.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This is nice, I envy you. Greece is on my short-list of places that I want to visit. My short-list is so short that there are only 3 places in the world that are on it.

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      kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Amazing Lens! I have lensrolled this to my debate: Did Atlantis Really Exist? (I also angel blessed you.)

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      linhuck lm 9 years ago

      Great lens, great country!

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      peterpaan 9 years ago

      Great lens. Love it.

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      soultravelers3 9 years ago

      Ahh,Greece! We spent months there this summer (plus Troy,Ephesus,Pompei,Knossis,Mycenae,Aphrodisias,Pergamum,Pammukale etc) with my little one who loves Homer, archeology and Greek Myths and had a spectacular time.

      I just stumbled upon you...thanks for bringing back happy memories. Love this topic! Can't wait to show her. ;)

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Makes me want to take a Greek Odyssey! Blessed by a Squid Angel today! :o)

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      EelKat13 9 years ago

      wow! what a great lens... and huge! there is so much info here!

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      yokiro_03 9 years ago

      Wow lots of info here and good stuff. Thanks for taking the time to put this up.

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      iqbal615 9 years ago

      Your lens give me some ideas to make my own lens.Thanx.for sure I give you 5* for the great lens.Come to see my lens

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      one of the historical and lovely place I would love to visit someday.

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      mancrete 9 years ago

      Excellent post keep the good work .

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This is a great lens and I enjoy staying. BOOKMARKED!

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      jackpaperdig 9 years ago

      Yes a very well done and attractive lense. bravo

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      Wayne Long 9 years ago

      So much of our history is based in Greece. I want to visit! Thanks for creating this lens.

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      Margaret Schaut 9 years ago from Detroit

      I'm featuring this fabulous page on Wanderer's Group page. At minimum, everyone should read this. Hopefully you'll inspire people to GO!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Absolutely awesome! Thank you. Hope to visit someday myself!

      Carrie

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      funwithtrains lm 9 years ago

      Cool lens! I'm fascinated by Greek and Roman history -- we visited Athens and Rome a few years back. With your interests, you might enjoy the book "Route 66 A.D" which covers tourism under the Pax Romana.

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      driewe 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens, very informative

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      DazzlingDesigns 9 years ago

      I'm all into those Magical times in our history. 5-Stars for your super lens! Please feel free to stop by my Handmade Beaded Jewelry Lens.

      Thanks,

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      Applyit 9 years ago

      What a great lens and lots of good info! Please visit my lens on Cheap Key West Vacations and tell me what you think.

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      atheame 9 years ago

      Wow, so much great information. I traveled to Greece a few years ago and loved it!

      I just finished a lens on What to Pack for your European Vacation.

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      GeorgeTallon 9 years ago

      Great lens, this is definitely a place I would like to visit someday. Giving you 5 stars for sure. Please take a look at my lens about Manitoulin Island, not quite as exotic but still a nice place to visit.

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      Toxiferous 9 years ago

      Fantastic lens, I really enjoyed it!

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      kimberobby 9 years ago

      This is the second time I have been at your lens in two days and I find something new each time, GREAT LENS! I have a lens for Traveling Deals, what do you think? http://www.squidoo.com/cheaptraveling

      Keep up the great work

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      Farfallina 9 years ago

      Great Lens!

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      YouCanCallMeDan 9 years ago

      My two sisters are going to Greece this summer.. I will forward your lens to them... they will find this interesting... Great job!!!

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      webhostess 9 years ago

      A simply awe-inspiring lens :-) Bravo!

      I love all of your personal pix of Greece and your little notations for further reading.

      I love Greece myself and aim to visit someday. I will print out this lens and keep it in my travel journal ;-)

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      eccles1 9 years ago

      Greece is beautiful what a great lens

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      Cindy_Moynat 9 years ago

      I loved your lens! I lived in Europe for some years and I never been in Greece. Can you believe that?Next time I sure will visit all these beautiful places.Great job! Thanks for share with us!

      Cindy

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      PioneerMarketer 8 years ago

      Ok, I am back again, make that three times I have been here in a week great site! http://www.squidoo.com/cheaptraveling

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      Amanda Blue 8 years ago

      A superlative lens by you, as always, on a subject very close to my heart -- Greece.

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      swimswithfishes 8 years ago

      Beautiful Lens & I especially liked it as I have recently started collecting ancient Greek & Roman coins & have been buying books about my hobby & Ancient Greek & Roman cultures & mythology! Very neat UTube video too! Keep up the good work! Hopefully I will get to Greece & Italy one day too! Cheers! Swims

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      unholy1 8 years ago

      This is a fantastic lens, I wish I would have come up with something just as good.

      Would also love to visit Greece when I get the time.

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      Laraine Sims 8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I was there with you all the way to the end. Strange religion for me, but fascinating lens. I admire how you developed your topic. The pictures were great too. You must love taking photos.(You are very good at it.) 5 stars, favorite, fan and lenrolled to my Staycation lens where I promote from all over the world - great, well-known artists, photographers and designers.

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      Alban 8 years ago

      Truly remarkable work. Excellent taste and style. Thanks.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Atlantis is Alexandria, ie Canopus. Canopus was the home of IO and Danaus. Also the home of Solon for 10 years.

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      TopStyleTravel 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens, very inspiring.

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      GVRGirl 8 years ago

      What a terrific lens! Although I have lived back and forth between Athens and Chicago for many years, your lens has given me a truly new perspective on the history around me. My own lens is about pragmatic tips for Athens and Greece, and yours will be the link for deeper knowledge. Thank you!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Great lens! I love reading greek mythology and visiting Greece one day... What an awesome trip that would be.

      5*

      Lizzy

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      beeobrien lm 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I haven't been to Greece in 30 years. You've brought back some wonderful memories. Thank you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I'm fascinated with Greece and Greek mythology. How I would love to go to Greece in the future! Hope you could be there with us! Thanks for your awesome lens!

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      dianbee 8 years ago

      Excellent and inspiring!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      This takes me back to my trip to Greece, what a great place.

      Your picture of Athen's Acropolis reminds me of a tip I stumbled onto. We got into Athens about 10 am and being very excited went there at high noon, when all Greeks, and people with brains were staying out of the sun!

      Boy was it hot! But I did get a picture of myself standing in front of it, alone, no one else.

      The sunstroke went away, but I still have the picture!

      Great work!

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      rose08 8 years ago

      Very elegant lens, congratulations for your efforts which have produced such a wonderful lens. Hope one day I can visit too. Thanks for sharing all of the well organized information about Greece with great resources. I would like to share with you an interesting and informative site about online studies, including accounting course online, electrical engineering online, online computer classes and many other courses.

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      Personaltrainer1 8 years ago

      With over 150 people giving a 5 star this lens is one of the best I have seen in the Squidoo. So much details supported by nice photographs, it has taken some efforts to build such a nice lens

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you and thank you again for your beautiful lens.

      I have had great joy following the map. You make me feel as if I were there with you

      P.S. I loved the pic of Native Americans outside of Hadrian's library although I'm unsure how Adrian would feel about this. (Maybe Antinous would appreciate the music more)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      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.

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      JustAls 8 years ago

      Beautiful pictures and great information! I would love to get to Greece some day. I have been to Italy though... I know some day I will get there!

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Excellent, informative and a pleasure to read. I've lensrolled you (to add more class to myself)and I will be back to read again. A well written article deserves to be read again and again. 5* for top quality

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      Pat 8 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Brought back some nice memories.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      I love the way you put this together interweaving the trip with other things.

      I remember the first time I saw the Acropolis! We had just gotten off the plane and were driving to the hotel. I think I hadn't really expected it to be real. We went asap which was the hottest time of the day, so I have a picture of me and it, with no other humans!

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      thesolowriter 8 years ago

      Never been but now dying to go! I've lensrolled you. I'm a Newbie, but catching on fast. Wonderful job on this lens.

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      thesolowriter 8 years ago

      this is a beautiful site. so I've faved it, stumbled it, top ranked it, and lensrolled it! In other words, I think it's fantastic. something to strive for my own travel lens.

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      MSBeltran1 8 years ago

      Wow, I really love this lens. I teach a world mythology class to elementary age homeschoolers, I am going to put this on their handouts for extension resources for when we cover Greek mythology. My daughter is a huge Greek myth fan too so I'm going to send it to her. What a great job! 5 stars!

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      sweettiggy 8 years ago

      What a truly fantastic lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your 2008 Giant Squid Awards nomination and good luck! - Kathy aka "Pretty Bullet"

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      Frankie Kangas 8 years ago from California

      Ellen, This is definitely a magical tour. It deserves the nomination for the 2008 Giant Squid Awards. I gave it 5 stars already but it deserves more! Good luck in the contest. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congratulations on the Giant Squid Awards nomination, yet another honor for this wonderful lens!

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Gorgeous and what an adventure! Congrats on your 2008 Giant Squid nomination...woot! (http://www.squidoo.com/2008-giant-squid-awards)

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      It's always a treat to visit this lens... Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

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      wowproffesor 8 years ago

      wow what a great lense love it

      and love Greece

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      gabrielangel 8 years ago

      A place that has such an outstanding mythology can only be a great place to visit. It's spawned so many shows and movies. It's definitely near my top of places to visit for my future bucket list.

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Congratulations for winning the 2008 Best Travel Lens award!

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      ThomasC 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid 2008 Award! Very well done!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Congratulations on winning the Best Travel Lens in the 2008 Giant Squid Awards. Well deserved. I hope to one day make it to Greece! Best to you in the new year.

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your Giant Squid Travel award for this lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Congrats on your win! :)

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      mobleyj 8 years ago

      Wonderful Lens. The travel diary took us through each place with personal thoughts and historic information. 5*

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      BarryKrost 8 years ago

      Extremely interesting and beautiful lens. Wish there was more than 5 stars.

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      PeacefulWmn9 8 years ago

      What an excellent journey. I have traveled extensively in the US, but have yet to visit some of the places in other countries I'd love to explore.

      Kudos!

      Karen

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      amithsathi 8 years ago

      The recommendations for further studies are very helpful. A very good representation on Athens.

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      WritingforYourW 8 years ago

      I did a Rick Steves tour that visited several countries in Europe, but we didn't get down to Greece, so I guess I better go back. :)

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      DoraArtDesign 8 years ago

      Congrats! 5's! Since you are a GreekGeek would you check out my lens? Thanks, Evharisto!

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      This looks like an incredible trip. I'd love to see it someday. I found this through the LOTD blog from way back. I'm compiling them all into a single lens -- I still have about a year to fill in. Since I wasn't a lensmaster this far back, congratulations on your 2007 LOTD!

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      stratogr 8 years ago

      Ευχαριστώ πολύ!..Thank you so much! Greekgeek (or better Greekg-oddess-eek), if you lived in ancient Greece-Hellas (Hel=sun, las=stone, Hellas= Sunstone) you would probably be Άρτεμις, ( Artemes, travel and hunting goddess). As a Greekman I was touched by your knowledge and love for Hellas.Thank's again and congratulations for this great lens!!!

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Amazing lens. Would love someday to hit some of the ancient Greek sites I studied in college (and my 6th grader is learning about now!). This is a wonderful model for travel lenses.

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      WhitU4ever 8 years ago

      Great lens! Your lens has been featured on A Short Introduction to Biblical Archaeology. ~ Whit

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Awesome lens, one of the best travel lenses on Squidoo! Squid Angel blessed!

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      papasaky 8 years ago

      I was in Tunisia last Autumn and it was great expirience defenetly worth visiting. Greece is my next holiday target 5

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Simply magical! I always wanted to visit the islands of Greece.

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      Sarunas 8 years ago

      Cool lens.

      Well Done. 5* from me.

      Keep it up :)

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      rydigga 8 years ago

      Hi,

      Phenomenal lens. Thanks for sharing :)

      Ryan

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      amandaryan 8 years ago

      Cool lens, amazing pictures. Just got back from Athens myself. Drop by at my lens, http://www.squidoo.com/fly-coach-in-comfort

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      Janusz LM 8 years ago

      I would love to visit Greece one day, fantastic Lens!. Blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      minkyz 7 years ago

      Thank you GreekGeek, really good lens hope mine gets halfway as good. Mind if I favourite it? When I find out how to do it! Ha Ha!!

      Minky

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      DougP LM 7 years ago

      Quite a good job, my "5" is added to all the others!

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      der3k 7 years ago

      This is an amazing lens!

      I actually went to Greece 2 years ago when I was in Grade 12 and I LOVED it! I paid for the entire trip myself and it was a two week trip (one week in Italy and the other in Greece) and when I heard Greece was one of the countries I absolutely had to go.

      When I was, we went on an overnight ferry ride from Italy to Greece. When we arrived we went to Delphi, then Athens then during the end of the week we went on a cruise through the Greek Islands stopping on... I believe Poros, Hydra (my favorite =]) and Aegina (spelling may be off I think =P).

      Egypt will be my next adventure hopefully in the near future.

      Haha, this is getting to be a pretty long comment so I think I'll just end it by saying great lens and I am so amazed by the variety and how interesting your lenses are!

      Cheers! =]

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, nice article!! I like Greece a lot. It is a history of the whole world!!! I liked Acropolis of Athens http://www.worldwalk.info/en/catalog/1238/ It is really something!!

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      andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

      Nice lens! I'll love to visit Greece someday! I love anything that has to do with Ancient Greece! 5*

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      rubyandmahoney 7 years ago

      Lovely lens. Reminds me of my trip to Greece in 1988. The Acropolis is so majestic.

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      paul8368 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing Greekgeek I enjoyed reading about your travels especially the Parthenon and the Acropolis as they reminded me of last time I was in Athens.

      I think I'll have to sort out a holiday there again soon.

      Paul

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      I remember stumbling upon this set of lenses early in my Squidoo days and having to come back time and again to look at the pictures and read the journals. I remember telling myself that if I ever became a Squid Angel I would definitely bless this lens!

      I'm back again ~ Blessed By a Squid Angel ~

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      drifter0658 lm 7 years ago

      Ellen.....another masterpiece. I was drawn to your Greek Odyssey by a tweet from 24websurf.

      Excellent!

      blessed!

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      Wow, you sweethearts!

      Drifter and 24websurf -- I wondered what had bounced this lens back up to its old glory days in the top 1000! Thank you both for a lot of extra angel dust. This lens is a little creaky -- it was my very first -- and I keep thinking I need to trim out bits to make it more readable for the general public. Apparently many still find it worth digging through all my geekery to find the magic, though!

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      Rich 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Wonderful to be able to return to your superb lens and, this time, leave "my big fat greek blessing" :) Blessed!

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      mindsoul 7 years ago

      excellent article , Greece is so full of history

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Would love to visit Europe, and Greece is high on that list!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Great history lesson. I would love to travel there.

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      Very nicely done in the sidebar Greek geek.

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Incredible work. I just stopped by to see your "homemade" discovery tool that you made underneath your bio. Great idea, I need to shut it off on my top lenses. Squid Angel blessed once again.

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      ruilevi 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens & history lesson,5*!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a great travel lens. Yes, I too love Greece and have been lucky enough to visit Athens. But the places I really love are the islands - we have holidayed in Crete, Rhodes and Kefalonia.

      SquidAngel blessings for you.

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Wow. You angels have been loaning me a ton of wings lately-- this old lens is almost back to the stratosphere with your efforts. Thank you so much.

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      Hello - I have created a backlink to your lens by featuring it on my travel lensography. Great job, very interesting. Five stars and an Angel Blessing!

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      Bambi Watson 7 years ago

      Absolutelt delightful... I felt like I was there with you!

      I can't believe I've never been to this lens before... it's fabulous!... & Blessed!

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      freedomdebtsolutions 7 years ago

      Awesome lens. I'm looking forward to going to Greece.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      What an absolutely wonderful lens. I really enjoyed reading this and learning so much. Blessed by a Squid Angel :-)

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      sombat 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens & history

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      JoshFuhrer 7 years ago

      What a great lens- you really whet my appetite for a trip there!

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      jexy-me 7 years ago

      I love your lens! It's informative and beautiful! you're very lucky to travel as you do! I am a huge fan of traveling so i will be visiting often. thank-you for sharing! www.squidoo.com/Jexy-me

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      Wonderful Odyssey - stories and photos to entice the willing - that would be me. 5*/fav/roll to my lens relating to ancient Greece..thanks!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Indeed a fantastic journey in Ancient Greece and its curiosities, arts and splendors. I like the idea of crafing all lenses in chapters. It's really creative!

      SquidAngels blessings to the Greekgeek you are!

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      bengriston 7 years ago

      This had to be the trip of a lifetime! Thank you for sharing it with those of us who are stuck at home right now.

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      strawbirdfest 7 years ago

      Nice.

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      Golf4Par 7 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens! I am slightly prejudiced since I am an ancient history freak. Hope to one day visit Greece . This lens has certainly inspired me to do so.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Im jealouse. I wanna do a marathon in the ruins! I just came across this site. I love it. Im bookmarking it. -Lucia (blogger for digital camera review)

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      Amazing lens! 5 stars!

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      BetterEyesight 7 years ago

      I LOVE your lense and I MUST come back :) ! I love Greece myself having taken a few little ship cruises around the Greek islands. Because the ships were so small (40 guests max) we were able to sail into some fabulous tiny coves and Santorini is one of my favourite places having witnessed the marriage of our friends there! Thanks for reminding me :)

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Ah, we are in for a treat! Hubby has planned our next vacation ... it is in November and we are heading to Greece!

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      Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

      @julieannbrady: Oh, Julie, that's great! I hope my ramblings help give you an appetizer. I found that some of the places I enjoyed visiting most are ones I'd heard much about.

      I really need to finish --- I created lenses on most of my stops on this trip, but I've never done the last few days of it.

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      myraggededge 6 years ago

      This is wonderful - you have such a lovely way of writing which immediately engages the attention. I am going to work my way through the rest of your odyssey.

      What a shame Greece has been having such awful times lately, we were horrified to see all the protests and violence in Athens a couple of weeks ago. Poor Greece is suffering through this financial debacle.

      Blessed by a longing-to-travel Squid angel :-)

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      AuthorNormaBudden 6 years ago

      Congrats on your purple star! It's been featured In my Purple Star Series.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      This lens is very inviting. I am now more convince to plan a trip to Greece with my family. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Louis Wery 6 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Beautiful lens! Thank you for writing about your strong interest in Greece.

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      cyman 6 years ago

      Great Reading! I was in Greece with secondary school, it was a very pleasant journey, visiting all these monuments, countryside, Athens, ...

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      kohuether lm 6 years ago

      Did you go to Santorini? I'm due for a trip there! One can't visit Ancient Greece places without it cuz of the Atlantis rumor. ;-)

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      Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

      @kohuether lm: Oh, yes! That was why i had to go on this trip! The last two days were in Santorini. Unfortunately we spent a couple days at places more popular for modern tourism in the middle of the trip, and I got bogged down on the lenses about those places (Nauplion, Mykonos). I should just skip them and get back to the ancient sites that interest me more.

      I loved Santorini soooo much. I'd dreamed of going there all my life, and it was as magical as I always expected it would be. I have to go back, though, because no one wanted to come out to walk on the new volcano with me.. :D

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      I am back again to let you know that I featured it on Homeschooling History Can Be Fun (and Free!)

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      Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

      @RhondaAlbom: Oh, Pukeko, thank you so much!

      By the way, my Mom has a lot of free educational materials (mostly talking e-books, but with writing activities) for K-12 on her website. It's mostly for kids just learning to read and/or kids with special needs, but you might find something useful there!

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      topbeaches 6 years ago

      I definitely need to plan another trip to Greece as I've only seen the resort side of the country (apart from visiting Meteora monastery) Athens is the first place of interest for me..

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      Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

      @topbeaches: Meteora looks amazing! I need to go back and explore more. 2 weeks is not enough!

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      Bella Stella 6 years ago

      Great lens!!If you are interested in Greek hisroty check out my lens about the Temple of Olympian Zeus.Keep up the good work!

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Grumpy-Fett 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens. The link lists alone are invaluable.

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      Brookelorren LM 6 years ago

      Beautiful photos. This would be a great trip to make. I can see why you got so many awards for this lens.

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      VegasEater 6 years ago

      What a great lens. Great photos, comprehensive information and good, interesting writing. Thank you for sharing & making me want to travel overseas as soon as possible.

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      AldricChang1 6 years ago

      Greece truly have great ancient architecture!

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      chaichen 6 years ago

      Nice photos of Athens,.. I like it. http://www.squidoo.com/world-of-famous-travelling

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      David2240 6 years ago

      Greece - one of my favourite countries in the world! Friendly + great food!

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      italianizeyours 6 years ago

      Greece looks nice. I hope to visit some day.

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      I've never visited Greece, but it's on my bucket list!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      beautiful lens, you can really see what makes Greece special through it. haha a lil' word play...

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We did a classical tour years back and still think about it now. What a beautiful place with its islands and of course, its history.

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      JimH 6 years ago

      I've never been to Greece but your description has me very interested now.

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      scar4 6 years ago

      Can't wait to visit Greece after reading your lens. Thank you!

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      Znakomstva 6 years ago

      I like this, gave it a thumbs up because your lens has some GOOD content and lots of it. Also, nice pictures and interactivity.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      To Visit Rome and Greece are Near the top of my Places to Visit List!! Besides that, History has always been one of my Favorite Subjects so I truly enjoyed this Squidoo Lens!!

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      ZablonMukuba 6 years ago

      i can't wait to go to greece to see this things

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. I love Greece.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      Loved the Acropolis and parthenon! Three of us gals thought it was not too far to walk up to the top and we were dead wrong. It took us almost half an afternnoon to reach the parthenon.

      The trek was worth it because we stopped along the way to take photos and saw how the locals lived.

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      MagpieNest 6 years ago

      I've been to Athens but it was a business trip and I didn't get to explore much. You've made me want to go back.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love the layout and appearance of your lens, it's the best one I've seen. The photos are great. I noticed the shadows behind the photos, which looks so professional. I tried to amend my HTML on my lens to get this effect, but failed. Could you let me know how you did this please?

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      theconditionpod 6 years ago

      Great lens, really informative, thanks.

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      Grumpy-Fett 6 years ago

      Fabulous lens. I'm studying ancient history as an undergrad and can't wait to volunteer on my first dig.

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      Xinho 6 years ago

      greek right here! great stuff it truly is a fantastic country!

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      Cynthia Arre 6 years ago from Quezon City

      I've always thought this lens deserved a blessing. Thank you for sharing your amazing odyssey with us. ~Blessed~

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      JollyvilleChick 6 years ago

      I was one poll away from voting in 300 polls, so I specifically went to one of your lenses and looked for a poll I had not already voted in (took a while) and cast my 300th vote. And, I got 50 points!

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      AWildDog 6 years ago

      This is an awesome lens, full of great detail. So far it seems you enjoyed this trip. Great lens, definitely worth reading!

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      techjunkie11 6 years ago

      This is my dream to visit Greece one day!

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      devilsworkshopc 6 years ago

      Such a fun lens to visit! Reminds me of our honeymoon to Greece.

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      lilmuchang1 6 years ago

      i went to Athens last year, and loved it to bits :)

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      j_lanee 6 years ago

      i MUST go

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      makes wonderful reading, friends have recommended a holiday there but I have not made it yet

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      linajo 6 years ago

      I hope someday I can be there

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I would like to visit Greece one day. It's a beautiful place.

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      wilhb81 lm 6 years ago

      I've been a huge fan of Greek Mythology since 6th grade. To be honest, I found that the all white building in Crete's Island is very exotic and unique. :)

      PS: Also, a credit for the learning Common Greeks in Modern Life.

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      Jeremy 6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Another lens (set of lenses I guess) that I'm going to introduce to my kids. We are studying Minoan and Mycenaean civilization for three weeks with Classical Greece coming up later this year.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      So now that we actually visited Athens and Crete, Greece ... I can answer YES to your poll question! I uploaded nearly 800 Greece pictures to my flickr album when I got back -- have you seen them? I know you will recognize a bunch of the sights that we saw. I didn't really capture any night shots of the Acropolis ... it surely was a beautiful sight to behold.

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      KDimmick 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! Thank you for sharing it! I've added my angel blessings :)

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      Gail47 6 years ago

      Such a gorgeous lens and beautiful images. Can't get enough!

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      Jonathan Jenkins 6 years ago

      great lens - looks good and beautifully written!

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      hotbrain 6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      This is an awesome lens! I gave it a much deserved Angel blessing, and as time allows I will be continuing on your Greece journey! :)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I loved Greece. When I went we did an odyssey also, but backwards. We started in Athens went up north and around Delphi ect. and ended up on Crete where Zeus was born.

      I read Zorba the Greek while sitting at the peer where the main character landed.

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      mivvy 6 years ago

      What an interesting lens. Your beautiful photos took me back to Greece. I visited most plced you described except Epidaurus, because the day or rather week we were there the museum staff was on strike and did not open the gates.

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      Violin-Student 6 years ago

      Great page. This was pointed out to me by a friend. I am interested in Ancient Coins, so I found this very interesting! Thank you for all your hard work!

      -Art Haule

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You had me captivated and my attention fully with the Greek Odyssey. Its history is as enchanting and ancient as human civilization.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great place to visit but like many of the Greeks themselves I wouldn't want to live there. It's a bit of a culture shock, especially the tiny, tiny streets and hills. But this is a wonderful lens and it is now featured on Quiz: Australia from its beginning. By the way there are more in Melbourns, Australia, than in Greece according to statistics..

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      Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

      wow beautiful pics this is a place i would love to visit for the history

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      JodiVee 6 years ago

      What a great idea for a trip! Thank you for creating such a lovely lens :)

      (JobVirtue.com)

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      poppy mercer 6 years ago from London

      Just magic...I really want to visit now.

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      AnnaleeBlysse 6 years ago

      Great lens. I've always been interested in touring Greece and the whole area. So far, as close as I've come is watching that Nia Vardalos movie My Life in Ruins.

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      robertjohnston 6 years ago

      Very Very interesting lens about Greece almost want to make me want to travel there.

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      *Blessed* by a squidoo angel;)

      Take care!

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      kohuether lm 6 years ago

      I don't remember if I've ever commented on your lens. I love Greece! I did the Athens/ Cruise thing on one trip, Santorini on another, and Crete recently. It's my heritage and I really appreciate the care you take into sharing your experiences there.

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      Angel Blessings to a wonderful lens!!!

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      Krafick 6 years ago

      Great lens. I had my Odyssey in Greece while I was an architecture student in Paris. I toured the country on a bicycle.

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      YsisHb 6 years ago

      You ARE a story-teller indeed! And very well read too.

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      DogToys LM 6 years ago

      I'm in love with Greek Mythology myself.

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Greece is a magical place! Loved reading your Lens.

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      Cinnamonbite 6 years ago

      OOOOooooooh! I almost went to Greece last year. SO close.

      As long as I'm not dead, there's hope.

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      asiliveandbreathe 6 years ago

      The journal of your visit to Greece brings back many memories for me.

      I was there in 1973 and visited many of the places you mention.

      I also remember sunset at Cape Sounion.

      So long ago, it seems a lifetime away.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Truly lovely lens and well worth that Purple Star

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      Krafick 6 years ago

      Nice update. Didn't go to the islands except Mount Athos to study the architecture of the monasteries. Dreaming of going back... Mykonos, most probably, and the others.

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      I love traveling! I hope to explore the places at least once in my lifetime!

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      Globester_Travel 6 years ago

      Hi

      Greece is wonderful destination for travel. I just want travel for Greece. Its historical destination of the huge world. I really enjoyed this travel article.

      Thanks

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      BadSoulPhotography 6 years ago

      Greece looks gorgeous

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      2ues 6 years ago

      Very nice lens about this lovely country, I have never been to main land Greece but the Greek Islands are one of my favourite holiday destinations.

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Sounds like a fantastic trip. Have never been to Greece, it is a shame really. It sounds like a very attractive and interesting country.

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      Michelle Mafra 6 years ago from Corona CA

      What an Amazing Trip! Hope to one day make to Greece. Stunning pictures.

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      cloudiosify 6 years ago

      This lens exceeded my expectation. I can't even compare it with my lens. Two thumbs up for GreekGeek

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      KateW39 6 years ago

      I enjoyed your beautiful lens. Great job.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Amazing lens! Easy to see why it ranks so high!

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      Harshitha LM 6 years ago

      I have been dreaming of going to Greece since my childhood. This is a beautiful lens... reminded me of my dream which was forgotten !

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      Malu Couttolenc 6 years ago

      Your lens is like a wonderful adventure. I have a Greeek soul and with your lens you took me back there. Congratulations for your awards, so very well deserved :)

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Your lens is awesome greekgeek. Greece is a country so rich in history. I am an avid reader and learner of the Greek mathematicians and philosophers. They have given us so much. As Plato said "The fool wanders, a wise man travels." Your travel must have been fantastic.

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Although I already visited all your Greek lenses and enjoyed all of them, I need to go to Greece to see all of this wonderful things in reality.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 6 years ago from London

      Quite apart from this being a good lens - I'm so impressed with the format you have come up with for how to create a compendium of lenses in a way which looks a lot neater than some of the alternative options. I particularly like your TOC. Do you have a lens which tells me how to do this?

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Really, really love this lens! The single most transformative experience of my life occurred in Greece. I was a foreign exchange student to Greece when I was 17. Absolutely changed my life. Living with a Greek family and experiencing things as an "adopted" family member made my time in Greece so unique. I would love to spend some more extended time there. Thanks for a great lens!

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      mich1908 6 years ago

      Beautiful. Historical. Mesmerising, Wish I can visit Greece someday.

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      2ues 6 years ago

      I agree Greece is a wonderful place to visit, I found Santorini fascinating with the volcano island Nea Kameni and the ancient ruins and the sunset across the Caldera water was amazing.

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      bootsguy 6 years ago

      I want to visit this home of civilization and democracy.. any cruise tips and suggestions?

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      Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

      @bootsguy: As you can see, I didn't do a cruise; I just explored Greece with a school group. So I don't know much about cruises, I'm sorry!

      In the 80s I would've recommended checking out Swan Hellenic, which was the dream cruise i fantasized about back then: on-board archaeologists giving lots of information on the sites being visited. But (a) I don't know if Swan Hellenic is that good now and (b) I don't know if that's the kind of cruise most people would want, with an emphasis on the ancient world and not so much on modern amenities (although I'm sure they had those, too).

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      Looks like you may have made this lens before there were "page breaks." :-P

      You were definitely in your element when you were in Greece. :-)

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      sunsetsunrise lm 6 years ago

      I am Greek, and i am honored that you are so interested in our ancient Greek history. I will create some lenses about it myself-so stay tuned.

      I hope you visit Greece again!

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      sunsetsunrise lm 6 years ago

      Santorini, is my all time favorite Greek island. I will write about it soon.

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      Marika 6 years ago from Cyprus

      Nice lens and quite accurate. I have visited Greece several times, and my favorite island is Crete, it's really beautiful.

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      camptrip 6 years ago

      Love Greece! The greek islands are one of my favorite places I have visited so far. Santorini is awesome. You go there and think well this is okay. Then you see the amazing blue and white painted houses that are located on the islands cliffs. Then when the sun sets and the atmosphere completely changes. It's one of those lifetime experiences you will never forget. Crete is also a great place to visit with some amazing food. The mainland of Greece varies. We drove from Athens to Albania which was very nice. There are so many Mandarine trees and make sure you pick up a 2KG bag from the side road stalls directly from the farmers for only like 50 EUR Cents! Also, the Greek history is amazing. So much to say and this box is not big enough to fill it. All I can say is I love Greece, go there! Thanks for the great article Greekgeek.

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      masunyoananda 6 years ago

      This is really great...wish to visit in the future...

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      masunyoananda 6 years ago

      beautiful......................

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Came back to bless this lens. It is a gem.

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      Globester_Travel 6 years ago

      Hi...

      Useful information about Greece actually we are search most few point about Greece travel destination during net suffering on Google. We have read many travel article of particular travel place but its best for knowledge....

      All the best

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is really beautiful...Thanks for sharing

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      Bella Stella 6 years ago

      It is a very nice lens for Greece. This country has plenty of worth visiting places. I live in Athens and I enjoy strolling in Plaka and Thisseio or along the coastal avenue, on a sunny day.

      P.S.: I am not sure if these people at Monastiraki square are native Indians :)

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      synotrip 6 years ago

      Nice place. Wish have chance to go.

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      Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

      @Bella Stella: Thank you! Yes, they really were from Taos, NM: it was a group of Pueblo musicians on a European tour. Obviously, they wear traditional costumes partly as entertainers, but they really were Native Americans. I stopped and talked to them for a bit. They were selling CDs.

      People who don't live near reservations sometimes forget that the Indians have moved into the modern age as well. Since they have a rich musical heritage, and their music is very popular in the American southwest, a number of them have found success touring the U.S. with their music. It's just rare to see them overseas. I didn't buy a CD because it was my first day of the trip, but I wish I'd written down their address so I could've ordered one when I got back to the states!

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      mansfisa44 6 years ago

      Keep this up I wont have to go! Very nice article, Lots of cool and interesting information! Loved it!

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      I love history, art, philosophy and anything about Greek. Santorini is one of the places I've been wanting to see and experience. I've also heard Athens is also the place to be.Thanks so much for featuring this beautiful country. Great lens

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      Jerrad28 5 years ago

      Very interesting! I plan on visiting Greece within the next couple of years

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      theprintcenter 5 years ago

      Really great lens! Hope to visit Greece one day, it sounds like such a great country. thumbs up!

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      Gil Hildebrand 5 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I had a taste of the Mediterranean while traveling through Croatia. After reading your lens about Greece, I'm ready for more!

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      sivavetukuri 5 years ago

      Excellent Lens. Nice Photos and Very Well Presented.

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      Bercton1 5 years ago

      Brilliant lens.Great presentation

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      Terry Boroff (flipflopnana) 5 years ago from FL

      I thoroughly enjoyed traveling with you today - Thanks!

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      Fabio Sanna 5 years ago

      Beautiful atmosphere on this Lens! Wow, what a nice journey! :)

      Peace, art and love,

      Fabio

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      Nicole_Anderson 5 years ago

      I found this lens of great interest and some of the facts and figures are simply amazing. Having just returned from Parga in Greece I find the mixture of old and new Greece quite surreal in some instances. I have created a lens about my Parga experience should you wish to take a look...

      Nicole.

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      internetworknow 5 years ago

      Thanks for remembering us what a beautiful country we live in!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really want to go to Greece. It is on my list. thanks for so much useful information.

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      Very cool!

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      lesbelle 5 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!

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      puertoricoistheplace 5 years ago

      Awesome! This I hope will be my next trip.

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      The Philologist 5 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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      anonymous 5 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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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Thanks for all your hard work!

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      MagnoliaTree 5 years ago

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

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      Jules Corriere 5 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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      laki2lav 5 years ago

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

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      worldrevivalnet 5 years ago

      Great pictures!

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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

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

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      boli21 5 years ago

      good pictures and videos !

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      What a lucky lady to have made this journey :)

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

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

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      StudioElysee 5 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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      yayas 5 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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      TIRMassageStone1 5 years ago

      How are the residents of Greece towards Americans?

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      Ellen Brundige 5 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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      SidneyMorgan LM 5 years ago

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

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      dubsport01 5 years ago

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

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      ellagis 5 years ago

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

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      Ellen Brundige 5 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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      Analogik 5 years ago

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

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      satewas 5 years ago

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

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      Silwen LM 5 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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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

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

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      pepsharada 5 years ago

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

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      Tahamtan 5 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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      brando87 5 years ago

      always wanted to go to Greece

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      anonymous 5 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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      Sunflower Susan 5 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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      undraco 5 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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      Kate Sawyer 5 years ago from Nashville

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

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      liam999 5 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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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent Lens! Best wishes :)

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      SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      That's great.Thanks

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      SaintFrantic 5 years ago

      Superb Lens.Greece has a lot of history

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      bhavesh lm 5 years ago

      Amazing lens!

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      Lindrus 5 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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      adamfrench 5 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      BillSimmons 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      glad to see another lens put together by you!

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      SIALicenceUK 5 years ago

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

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      Didijudy 5 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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      camaster 5 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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      jdream01 5 years ago

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

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      TrentAdamsCA 5 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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      wolfie10 5 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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      abrahamgpg 5 years ago

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

      Thanks for a great lens.

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      MyDestination 5 years ago

      Impressive lens! Greece is a beautiful country

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      robertsugar lm 5 years ago

      Best lens about Greece so far!

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      Dress2Impress 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      seosmm 5 years ago

      Great job and very nice lens!

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      krakensquid 5 years ago

      Very interesting!

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      Fay Favored 5 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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      jimmyworldstar 5 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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      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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      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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      VillaDejaBlue 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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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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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 5 years ago from London UK

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a very fantastic and excellently written lens.

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      arperinos 5 years ago

      all your lenses are wonderful, thank you for sharing.

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      kevingomes13 lm 5 years ago

      I like your story, it was an entertaining read.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Very education and fun! Love it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for sharing this. i like Mythology

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this is really fantastic lens.

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      dallaswayneadds 5 years ago

      very nice lens, well done.

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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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      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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      gamrslist 5 years ago

      cool lens nice layout enjoyed very much thank you

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      troybreimon lm 5 years ago

      very well put together greek :)

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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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      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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      GentlemenGogoVEVO 4 years ago

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

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      ogrote 4 years ago

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

      Beautiful lens,

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

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

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      madoc 4 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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      yachtchartergreece 4 years ago

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

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      Michelle 4 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

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

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      air ambulance s 4 years ago

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

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      SailingPassion LM 4 years ago

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

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      JDEEZY 4 years ago

      Deep down I really love Greek mythology =]

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      joey92 4 years ago

      Lovely lens - enjoyed reading :)

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      XenasDeals 4 years ago

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

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      Deral18 4 years ago

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

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      MrMojo01 4 years ago

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

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      nicks44 4 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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      maryLuu 4 years ago

      Nice lens. I love everything about Greece.

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      karen-stephens 4 years ago

      I love the stories of Santorini and the Minoans.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      super destination

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      thememorybooksh1 4 years ago

      nice lens on super cool destination.

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      Michael Shepherd 4 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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      FreshJuiceFriend 4 years ago

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

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      melissiaoliver 4 years ago

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

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      Rob Hemphill 4 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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      craftycollector 4 years ago

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

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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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      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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      Echo Phoenix 3 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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