Destinations, Europe, Greece

It’s a Perfect Day for a History Lesson

Corfu, Olympia & Athens
End of June 2013

I’m about 8 months overdue on this post, but now is better than never?

Over the course of the Mediterranean cruise I took this summer, my friends and I traveled to Corfu, Olympia, Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. We had absolutely spectacular weather at every island we stopped at. It felt like the good karma we deserved after enduring what seemed to be a fairly harsh and cold month of May. I mean, we experienced the coldest day in May since 1960 in Amsterdam. It snowed in Switzerland on more than one occasion. And it rained when we were touring around the beautiful beach city of Barcelona… We deserved this weather! And we got it.  In Corfu, we spent the day lounging around a beautiful resort on the beach with islands in the distance. In Olympia, we took a tour of the original, ancient Olympic grounds. After the tour of the Olympic grounds, we went inside the Olympia museum with the old artifacts and art from the ancient Greek times. It was very surreal.

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The next day, we started off with no set plans to tour around Athens, but as fate had it, we stumbled upon the best tour guide of all time… And the cheapest.  An local Athens taxi driver drove us around all day with unlimited time and unlimited knowledge of all the historical sites. He even took us up to the highest point in Athens to this little Greek church, where a baptism was occurring. We were in the presence of amazing historical sites, such as the Parthenon, Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Changing of the Guards at Parliament, the Olympic Stadium, and so much more. At the end of the tour, Dimitris, our tour guide, took us to a waterfront restaurant for amazing Greek food. We were all so sad to leave our new Greek friend. It was truly an incredible and unpredictable day. But we were even more excited for what was to come that night…. Arriving in Mykonos!

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