#AtoZChallenge: “O” is for OLYMPIA

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#AtoZChallenge "O" is for Olympia, The Doglady's Den

Day 15: April 17

Touring Greece was the most memorable trip of my life, so far.  One incredible location after another; a history buff’s dream come true! ♥

Here we were, at the site of the Ancient Olympics;  another one of those “pinch me” moments!  

The Olympics began in 776 BC and, just like the modern version, were held every four years, until Emperor Theodosius I ended them in 394 AD. 

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#AtoZChallenge: “N” is for NIAGARA FALLS

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#AtoZChallenge The Doglady's Den

Day 14: April 16

 The first time I saw Niagara Falls was in 1964 at the age of 9.  Who knew that years later, I would be living a short 45 minute drive away?
(On the Canadian side.)

niagara falls

Niagara Falls, USA & Canada
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#AtoZChallenge: “M” is for MYCENAE

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"M" is for Mycenae

Day 13: April 15

Another stop on our Classical Tour of Greece, was the ancient site of Mycenae. As with all of them, it was incredible!

In the second millennium BC, Mycenae was one of the major centres of Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece. The period of Greek history from about 1600 BC to about 1100 BC is called Mycenaean, in reference to Mycenae. At its height in 1350 BC, the citadel and lower town had a population of 30,000 and an area of 32 hectares  - Wikipedia

 Map of Mycenae:

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#AtoZChallenge: “L” is for LONDON

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Day 12: April 14

In June of 1969, while living in Germany, my father and I visited London, England for a week.  A great experience, combining  the elements of history with the “mod” era of Carnaby St., Mary Quant, Twiggy, George Best.  The Beatles were still together then and I was so disappointed we didn’t run into them!   ;-)    Unfortunately, photos were lost over the years, so this post will lack a particular personal touch, but I hope it’s still interesting, based on my recollections.

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London, England
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#AtoZChallenge: “K” is for KALIMERA

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Day 11: April 12

Not to be confused with Calamari, from an earlier post.   ;-)

Today, I thought it would be fun to offer a basic Greek vocabulary lesson.  It had been my intention to learn a bit of the language before we embarked on our two week tour of Greece.  Sadly, this old brain refused to cooperate, particularly since the Greek alphabet is completely different.  No wonder when people don’t understand something they say “It’s all Greek to me!”  Fortunately, most people do speak English there, as it is taught in schools, along with other languages.

The Greek alphabet is the script that has been used to write the Greek language since the 8th century BC.  It was derived from the earlier Phoenician alphabet and was in turn the ancestor of numerous other European and Middle Eastern scripts, including Cyrillic and Latin.  Apart from its use in writing the Greek language, both in its ancient and its modern forms, the Greek alphabet today also serves as a source of technical symbols in many domains of mathematics, science and other fields.  - Wikipedia

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#AtoZChallenge: “J” is for JOHN

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Day 10: April 11

john

  [jon]  

noun Slang. (North American)

a toilet or bathroom.
cartoon toilet
There’s a couple of other slang meanings, but today, I’m talking about toilets, specifically public ones in various countries.  Speaking of various countries, each one has its own vernacular:

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#AtoZChallenge: “I” is for ITALY

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Day 9: April 10

ITALY!  I love everything about it:  The history, architecture, ambience, music, food, wine, and most of all, the people.  I even married an Italian.  ♥  If there is such a thing as reincarnation, then surely, I must have been one in a previous life.

map of italy

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#AtoZChallenge: “H” is for HOME TOWN

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Day 8: April 9

 

Germany

Public Domain Image

I was born in Soest, a beautiful, historic town in Germany.  

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#AtoZChallenge: “G” is for GREEK GOLD

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Day 7: April 8

One of the first things I noticed about Greece was the plethora of jewellery stores, everywhere we went, (91 on the island of Mykonos, alone).  Beautifully crafted workmanship, much of it in gold, ranging from 14 to 24 karats.  Personally, I love the look of gold!

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#AtoZChallenge: “F” is for FINALE LIGURE

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Day 6: April 7

In the summer of 1968, my mother and I went to Switzerland, (we were living in Germany at the time), with dog in tow, to check out a boarding school I would be attending that fall. Afterwards, we embarked on an exciting adventure: A bus tour through the Swiss Alps, to the Italian Riviera!

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#AtoZChallenge: “E” is for EPHESUS

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Day 5: April 5

Of all the archaeological sites we visited during our tour of Greece, Ephesus, on the west coast of Turkey, left one of the biggest impressions.   This was part of the islands cruise itinerary.  Not only was it magnificent  to behold, but our tour guide was extraordinary.

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#AtoZChallenge: “D” is for DELPHI

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Day 4: April 4

 Of all the fantastic archaeological sites we visited in Greece, Delphi was the most rugged.  This was the one place we didn’t make it all the way to the top, as I wasn’t feeling well that day.  Greece is a tough tour in general (everything is situated on mountains!), especially for those of us with arthritis and over 50, but absolutely worth it!  Nonetheless, we did get most of the way up, only missing the theatre at the very top.  The tour guide assured us it was similar to Epidaurus, which we had explored the day before.

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#AtoZChallenge: “C” is for CALAMARI

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Day 3: April 3

Calamari, (Italian for squid) is one of my favourite foods.  So much so, that I’ve often said I could subsist on it.  It’s extremely popular in many parts of the world, including Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, India, Japan etc. as well as North America.  Had the pleasure of sampling it in various countries and each experience was delicious, but I’ve never attempted to clean it.  Not for the squeamish!   ;-)

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#AtoZChallenge: “B” is for BALBOA PARK

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Day 2: April 2

When my father retired from the army in 1974, he and my mother moved down to San Diego, California in the U.S.A.  This is a beautiful city near the Mexican border, with many sights to see.

toronto to san diego

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#AtoZChallenge: “A” is for ACROPOLIS in ATHENS

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Day 1: April 1

Did you ever have a life-long dream come true?

Did you want to pinch yourself, to make sure it was real?

This is where I was in September, 2013.  From the time I could read, it was my wish to one day visit Greece, experience the ancient history, culture and ambience.  To be at the heart of Greek mythology!  First day in Athens, I couldn’t wait to get up to the hotel’s roof top restaurant and look around.  There it was, in all it’s glory!

THE ACROPOLIS!

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