02. Ancient Mediterranean, Art & Humanities, Asia, Christianity, Europe, Greece, Paganism, Religion, Travel, Turkey

Reality vs Planning: 2019 Athens & Aegean Cruise Trip

Reality vs Planning: 2019 Athens & Aegean Cruise Trip

I always do extensive research before a trip, it’s one of my favorite parts of traveling actually! Even though I wasn’t planning this trip (I was just a school chaperone) I still did my bit of learning about the locations were were going to experience. So keep in mind that most of the logistics were 100% out of my hands I still kept comparisons of what we actually did with my research.

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Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Greatest Trips

  • Greek Island Hopping
  • Classical Greece
Read more: Student Series! Girls, Gays, & Greco-Romans

Timeless Journeys: Travels to the World’s Legendary Places

  • Acropolis & Agora, Athens
Read more: #26. Athenian agora. Archaic through Hellenistic Greek. 600 BCE–150 CE. Plan.

Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Places

  • World’s Best Bookstores: Atlantis Books, Santorini, Greece (we had very little time in Santorini so I just enjoyed walking around)
Read more: 2019 Spring Break Greece Itinerary

1,000 Places to See Before You Die

  • The Acropolis
  • Athens Museums: Acropolis Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Benaki Museum., Museum of Cycladic Art, & Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum
  • Delphi
  • Crete
  • Mykonos and Delos
  • Santorini
  • Patmos
  • Rhodes and Sími

1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die: A Food Lovers Life List

*FYI I wasn’t eating dessert while in Greece (Lent) so I didn’t bother to put them on my list of possible foods; also I had very little control over the menu so I knew most of this was a long shot

  • Arnaki me Patates (Roast Lamb and Potatoes)
  • Athens Central Market
  • Celery-Leaf Salad
  • Mastiha (Mastic/Wild Pistachio Tree Sap)
  • Pastitsio
  • Saganáki
  • Spanakopita
  • Dolmas
  • Kebabs
Read more: Catholic Culture: Traveling during Lent

Sacred Places of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Peaceful and Powerful Destinations

  • Parthenon
  • Temple of Apollo (Delphi)
  • The Cave of the Apocalypse (Patmos)
  • Ten Marian Shrines: House of the Virgin, Ephesus, Turkey (I knew this was a longshot because it was 5km outside the archeological zone we were visiting)
  • Orthodox Easter (we were not there during Easter but I was hoping I would see something because we were there during Lent, but you could hardly tell)
Read more: Student Series! Religion’s Purpose in Ancient Greece

Food Journeys of a Lifetime: 500 Extraordinary Places to Eat Around the Globe

  • Olive Harvest (I saw olive trees & we got a demonstration of olive pressing? I’m counting it!)
  • Greek Island Kitchen (nahhh I knew with a school trip this was not happening)
  • Athenian Taverns

AP Art History 250


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