in the summer of 2008, i had my first intoxicating, delicious taste of europe. i was 17 years old, and completely enchanted by basically everything I saw (not much has really changed).
It was the summer after junior year of high school, and our Latin teacher led 51 wide-eyed students on a trip through Italy and Greece. 51. FIFTY ONE. Madness.
After a week or so in Rome, Pompeii and Capri, we took an overnight ferry to Delphi, Greece – aka 51 teenagers with legal access to alcohol for the first time ever, all crammed together into one little boat for a whole night. There were tears, furniture was destroyed, questionable intimate decisions were made, and there was plenty of dancing. It was a night to remember, and the classic high-school-trip-to-Europe stories didn’t stop once we got to Greece.
First stop: Delphi! Delphi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a town on Mount Parnassus in the south of mainland Greece. While we were here – all 51 of us crammed in this tiny little mountain town – we stopped by the 4th-century-B.C. Temple of Apollo, once home to a legendary oracle.
The ruins at the Temple of Apollo
Mini me being a meep inside the ruins
The hilly streets of Delphi at night, courtesy of my circa-2007 Panasonic digital camera
This photo and the one below it are the views we had from our little hotel along the main drag of Delphi. Our first taste of Greece… breakfast and dinner with this view….. yeah okay Greece whatever I guess you’re alright
After Delphi, we journeyed to the island of Aegina for a few days of sunshine and lounging by the Mediterranean Sea. After more than a week of long days touring some of the most amazing, meaningful sites in the world, a break by the beach never sounded sooo good. Our days in Aegina were spent strolling these streets, shopping for little Greek souvenirs, eating all of the tzatziki & hummus, and swimming in the sea. I remember it was bliss. It was bliss point five.
The little cove where we skinny dipped one night…. SUCH FREE LITTLE AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOLERS
The prettiest blue water
Sunburn and pretty dresses
The damn view from our hotel balconies
Babies in Greece
Our final stop in Greece was the UNmissable Athens. Honestly, I don’t remember much from Athens other than being at the Acropolis and that we were there on the 4th of July, and that makes me heart cry. It really does.
LIKE WHAT, ATHENS?
A few months ago, I wrote about how much I loved the book The Geography of Genius, in which the author explores places where a large number of creatives and geniuses have emerged – from ancient Athens to modern day Silicon Valley. This book has made me wish I could explore Athens all over again – more thoroughly, for a much longer period of time, and alone/definitely not on a high school trip.
The pretty green streets of Athens
Still two of my best friends, still making weird faces in photos 8 years later
The Aegean (I think???) Sea from our hotel room
Greece is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been (did I use the word ‘pretty’ enough times in this blog post?), and I know someday I’ll make it back there as an adult. Greece just has this FEELING, ya know??? It has this VIBE. I’m gonna get back into that vibe someday – who’s coming with??
Have you been to Greece? Where should
if when I go back?