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Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora March 28th 2007

I'm writing this entry just a few hours before I get onto an airplane for that last stretch of travel which ends my trip. I'm in Greece and I've had an amazing day with my parents and some long-lost, newly-discovered cousins. I'm painfully missing Chelly and we'll have thousands more miles between us soon. In short, there is a lot going on inside me as I write this last live blog from the road. The trip to Greece was very different than any of the other country-visits I've had in the last six months. It was a family trip--for one thing--with Mom and Dad as companions, inspirations, and burdens. It was a world-shaking voyage into my ancestry. It was a vivid journey into the thoroughly-studied but never physically experienced world of my history books and ... read more
A memory of Ancient Falasarna
A memory of the Acropolis
A memory of the woman I love

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora March 3rd 2007

Okay so i forgot my digital camera in the rm, but il come back in the nxt couple of days to upload photos. Ive made it to the greek islands! Im up i the North Agean sea at an island called Hios. Its rather big and has some spectacular scenery and importantly its only 8kms from Turkey, which is handy for my final leg of my Europe adventure. Im really tired actually as i wirte this, i tryed to sleep last nite on the ship but didnt have much chance as we docked at 3.30am and of course nothing was open, including accom. So waited in the cold till 9am and fially got a bed. Slept for a little bit, but i figure im going to need to sleep tonite so il wait. Athens was great, ... read more

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora February 24th 2007

well ive made it to greece. Yesterday we spent over 24hrs travelling to Greece. We caught a train from Rome down to the port of Bari in the south of Italy and then the overnight ferry and another train and then bus down to Olympia. The travel was good though, we had deck passes on the ferry, which literally meant the deck!! So we meet 4 other backpackers and we all slept on couches on the decks below. Was good fun, i slept well. I think it was because me and i spanish guy i meant spent the nite having a few beers with the Greek bus drivers. I slept like a baby! So Olympia was great i just got back from there. Id say its probably the most peaceful place ive ever been to. It ... read more

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora January 1st 2007

Hello everyone, and happy new year! Mark and Lynne are off to their next adventure in Greece. We will be staying in Kalavrita and various cities in the Peloponesse region, and also will have several days in Athens. We're not sure when we'll have access to a computer for our first week of the 12-day trip, but we'll make sure to get you up to speed on our travels whenever we find internet access. Our flight today will take us to a short stopover in Amsterdam, and then we head to Athens. We will be brought to Kalavrita for the start of our festival. We're not exactly sure where we'll be and what we'll be doing in our first few days, but we're sure it will be fun. ... read more

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora November 30th 2006

It was a bit of a shock, landing in a country where the only place I know any letters of the alphabet from is from math class! To my luck, however, many Greek people speak very good English and most of the signs are also written in the 'normal' alphabet. I spent 3 days in Greece, where I couch surfed with a very cool, un-greek greek, named Kostas. The highlights of Athens were the Acropolis, the Olympic Stadium (from the first modern-day Olympics), and the National Guards in their funky suits with their funky little dance when they perform the changing of the guards. After Athens, I took the ferry over to the island of Aegina. I stayed in the small village of Aegina marina, which is all but deserted this time of year. For one ... read more
The Island of Aegina

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Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora November 5th 2006

I lost a large part of my pictures for this update quite unfortunately, but I manage to salvage some. Marc-Andre and I took the train to Kalampaka from Athens, the village close to the famous monasteries on pillars of Meteora early in the morning. It was an easy and painless 4 to 5 hours riding during which we saw some beautiful mountains and greek countryside scenery. We talked for most of the way about travel and history (Marc-Andre is a archeology major) and broke the monotony by eating some delicious sandwhiches (his was, I'm sure) we had lovingly prepared in the morning. After a bit of searching in the village, we got a heated guesthouse (it was shockingly cold up here) for a price that made me want to leave Greece as soon as possible. After ... read more
Thessaloniki's harbour
Fresco
A small monastery on the pillar

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora October 6th 2006

We are leaving Greece. Our boat has departed. Leaving anywhere always makes me pensive, but Greece is different. I have learned so much, yet, there is so much more that I could know. Athens was wonderful. That last day was full of so much. We went to the Acropolis. Wow, a whole lot of stairs. Really the Parthenon is the main temple, and I have to admire all of the sciences, thoughts, etc… that go into it. However, I found that “The Old Temple” pulled to me more. The professors were lecturing how it was lost in the way of the Parthenon. Where the Parthenon is dedicated to Athena alone, the other collects the other gods together in the same building, sort of a hodgepodge of divine alters. The Parthenon is perfectly proportional and fits ... read more
looking down on Athens
the Old Temple
the ladies on the Old Temple

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora October 1st 2006

From modern to ancient, Greece is superb, for the most part. I don’t know if it is because I’m traveling with the professors, but the Greek people as a whole seem so much nicer. We travel together at night and have so far had at least one guy with us, so we are safe mom. This morning we got to sleep in 30 more minutes, but sleeping with roommates means that you get up when they do, well at least if you are a light sleeper like me. So I was up at 7. It is a Sunday, but it just doesn’t feel that way at all! We had breakfast on the roof of the hotel, and it has the most wonderful view of the Acropolis. We traveled to the Agora. It was kind of hard ... read more
Ostraciam ballots

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora September 30th 2006

Oh, Fr. Goering is so awesome. I have never known a priest like him. He tells the worst jokes, but you have to laugh cause, well he’s a priest and it is so shocking as to some of the things that come out of his mouth. Last night was pretty good. When we stopped to eat (calamari) we were able to go down to the water front. It was so clear. However, the water in Itea wasn’t so muh. Both were rock beaches, and not at all what I expected. The picture of white sand beaches and clear water can be called to mind. We went to church last night, but we had to have it at another hotel. Dr. Hatlie told us it was close by and like a 10 minute walk, ha, not ... read more
The Eumenides
The Cats
Athenian Tresury

Europe » Greece » Thessaly » Meteora September 29th 2006

I am on a boat!!! And it happens to be sailing to Greece!!! So this is the beginning, not bad at all (I’m not even sick!). I got up this morning at 5:15 to catch the sunrise, which didn’t happen until 7ish. All the same it was a wonderful experience. It is so strange, such a change from being on land or in air. The boat constantly is shaking and the wind, well it is blowing. I’m hanging on to my scarf for dear life. Besides the fact that it is mom’s, it is also my only coat/jacket. I’m thinking of this trip as a trial run for packing for 10 day. All around me are islands that have taken such a large part in the history that I have been studying!!! Once again I ... read more
Sunrise
AHHHHHHHH
Greek Flag




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