Grizwold Grecian Roadtrip

Trip Start Mar 23, 2007
Trip End Sep 15, 2008

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Flag of Greece  , Attica,
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Athens - Myceneae - Olympia - Delphi - Meteora - Athens
4 days.
3 nights.
1 carload of fun!

For everything that could have gone wrong - it never did. I LOVE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS! Seriously, the next 4 days were outstanding. We took to mainland Greece on a roadtrip that brought us to the majors: Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora. The first 3 being ancient archeological sites. And though we were definitely getting our fill of ruins and museums - it just didn't get old. And we had a great view of Greek towns as we drove through countryside with our Greek guide and driver. The drive was equally as good if not better than the sites - and that is saying something because all the sites we went to were fascinating. We voted on our favorites at the end during our last dinner in Greece - it was a tough choice. Delphi came out narrowly on top. Not only was it in a pristine valley with the backdrop mountains on one side and the sea on the other, Delphi seemed to have it all. Of course, it was home Apollo and to the strange and mystical oracle, but to Dionysis as well, which celebrated with parties, song and dance. Dionysis represents the celebration part of human life. And a little known fact, Delphi is the site to the 2nd largest games in Greece also celebrating athletics and arts.

Olympia was the close second as favorite spot. It was easy to see why the games were held here in this lush valley surrounded by large willowy pine trees that swayed in the cool sweet air. We found it amusing that the curio shops were still selling items from the 2000 games. For sale? They should be giving that stuff away. Little known fact #2: the early Olympic games were all held in the nude, the body being not an object of modesty but almost of art - a display of the human at it's best physically.

Meteora, was last site we visited was a bit different from the others. It is a monestary in an eerie and sublime location made of rock and hills. It was easy to see why the monks and nuns chose this place. It was quiet, beautiful, remote and very hard to get to.. It was a perfect spot for solitude and reflection. And if the solitude of the area wasn't enough, many carved caves into the sheer rock cliffs by hand to live there in isolation and meditation for long periods of time.
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