August 24, 2012

Greece Extravaganza

Isn't it crazy how you can be planning a trip to one of the most beautiful places on earth and constantly be pulling your hair out over travel arrangements?

Oia, Santorini - via

At the end of September the Mister and I will be flying to Greece for 10 days, four of which will be spent on Santorini island. So much has to be preplanned and pre-thoughtout, it's making my head spin. At the same time, you don't want to lose that "spontaneous traveler" option while you're there. You know, the one that allows you to make last second changes to your itinerary despite ensuing astronomical costs. International travel is so unlike in-country travel, and so much more complicated, you really feel like you're working for your vacation. In addition, we like to make sure we know something about where we're going, so that requires a bit of reading and studying. I hope and pray that once we finally arrive the ambiance, food, and excitement will let all the planning efforts just fade away.

The island stay will be our typical "honeymoon" experience, while the other 6 days are split between a road tour of the Peloponnese and Athens proper. We are big history buffs, and Greece is chock full of history. Along the way we will stop at Ancient Delphi (home of the famous Delphi oracle and in the shadow of Mt. Parnassus), Ancient Olympia (location of the original famous Olympic games), Nafplion (capital of First Hellenic Republic), Mycenae (where famous Lions Gate is preserved, and setting of many ancient myths), Epidaurus (best preserved stadium theatre), Ancient Corinth (where the famous story of Jason & Medea took place, and from which Agamemnon led the Corinthians to participate in the Trojan War dispute over Helen of Troy), and of course, Athens.

Until then, I keep looking at photographs like the one above and telling myself... soon, very soon. 

As always, you can join me the other days of the week at alittleWhitenoise.

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