In March of this year, I took a trip of a lifetime. My grandfather took me to Greece and Turkey for a high school graduation present. I had the choice of three trips to choose from: Panama Canal, an Alaskan Cruise, or Greece and Turkey. It was a very hard decision because I had always wanted to go on an Alaskan Cruise. However, I thought the Greece and Turkey trip would be exciting and allow me the opportunity to travel abroad.
My grandfather and I departed from Cincinnati, Ohio on March 26, 2010. We flew to Paris, had a brief layover and then arrived in Athens on Saturday, March 27th. That evening we had a delicious meal at a local restaurant. I had lamb chops and my grandfather had the biggest pork chop I had ever seen. After dinner, we visited the local shops and then went back to our hotel to get some much needed rest so we could continue on our journey.
We really enjoyed Sunday in Athens. Some of the attractions we saw in Athens were: the Acropolis, Parthenon, Roman Agora, and the Temple of Zeus. Here is a link to information about the Acropolis and Parthenon: http://gogreece.about.com/od/athenssightseeing1/a/parthenonathens.htm It was so amazing to think that building on the Parthenon began in 447 BCE. The Parthenon overlooks the city of Athens, and it was beautiful to view this site.
On Monday, March 29th my grandfather and I embarked on the cruise ship Aquamarine, which we were on for the next four days. On our cruise, we visited the islands of Rhodes, Crete, Patmos, Mykonos, Santorini, and we also visited Turkey. These islands were very scenic and enjoyable. I have included some pictures from a few of these places.
I really enjoyed the island of Patmos. Patmos is located on the Aegean Sea and has a lot of Biblical importance. This is the island John was on when he had the vision of the book of Revelation. We visited the cave where he received his vision and I took a few pictures, even though I wasn’t really supposed to take any. However, I won’t include those in the pictures I show you. This was very historical; my grandfather and I really enjoyed this island.
Rhodes is a medieval island. This is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in terms of population and land area. It is famous for the Colossus of Rhodes, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This statue was of the Greek god Helios. It stood on the island for 56 years until an earthquake took it out in 226 BC.
The shopping and atmosphere of Greece was exceptional. I have a funny story about a store merchant chasing me down the street trying to get me to buy a bottle of olive oil. I briefly looked at the olive oil, and he kept trying to get me to buy it. I said I wouldn’t pay more than €4.00 and he kept saying “no”. He chased me down the street and said €4.50, to which I said, “No, €4.00”. He eventually said “Yes, €4.00”. The store merchant was very anxious to sell that bottle of olive oil!
We loved our trip to Greece and Turkey. It was a once in a lifetime experience and one I will never forget. My grandfather is 78 years old and the trip was hard on him. However, he and I wouldn’t have traded this experience for anything. It was great to spend time with him and I cherished this memorable event!
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