This past summer, 2009, we knew that we would be going on vacation the first week of June, but we had no idea where until, about two weeks before we were going to leave, my mom decided it would be neat to go to Greece. My parents started looking at expenses and figured out that, with the price of gas, it would actually be cheaper for us to go to Greece than to drive down to Florida! So, not believing our luck, my three sisters and I began preparing to leave!
We could not check any bags, so we each had to pack everything we needed for the week in a carry-on sized backpack we could take with us. The first leg of our trip mainly consisted of long flights, bus rides, and waits in the airport. However, once we got to Greece it was unbelievable! We spent the week in Athens in what they call a self-catering apartment and spent most of our time just sight-seeing in the city. First we saw all the typical sites that you are expected to see, such as the Acropolis, which contained the Parthenon and Athena’s Temple. We all arrived at the Parthenon out of breath and sweating from a very steep climb, but it was well worth the effort to see such a magnificent and historic place.
After we had been to all the standard sightseeing places, we decided to go somewhere more off the beaten track. One day we took a two hour bus ride to Poseidon’s Temple. Since Poseidon was the god of the sea, his temple was built on a cliff overlooking the sea, and it is by far the most beautiful place I have ever been. The temple looked so majestic with the deep blue water behind it that I could easily see why the ancient Greeks chose it to worship their god of the sea. The water behind it looked so serene that it became apparent why they believe there was a god whose sole job was to control the sea.
After we visited the temple, we scrambled down the steep incline to the beach below, where we went swimming. The water was just as calm and relaxing as it appeared from above, and my sisters and I swam all the way out to where some boats were sailing before our parents called us back. We also visited another beach while we were there, and Greece’s beaches were certainly the prettiest I have ever seen.
In short, Poseidon’s Temple and the Parthenon are just a few of the many wonderful places we saw in Greece. At dinner each day we would discuss what we wanted to do the next day, and then go from there. Barely anything on that trip was premeditated, from the sights we saw to the food we ate, but we had a blast! The joys of this completely spontaneous trip have taught me that some of the best things in life cannot be planned.
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