25 Comments40th Anniversary Trip, Greek Odyssey, History, Memoir, Photography, Travel

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All my life I’ve wanted to visit Greece and indulge my passion for ancient history, archaeology and mythology. When my husband first broached the subject of marking our 40th anniversary with a vacation, it came to mind immediately. Thus, we embarked on the trip of a lifetime! Come along for the ride.

This is a continuing series. See other chapters HERE.

Part I:  The Beginning
Sept. 8, 2013

The planning process began two years earlier and was completely surreal.  To make things even more complicated, there would be time spent in Italy, (my husband’s birthplace) and Germany, (my birthplace). This was a logistical challenge, involving nine different flights, using Rome as our home base.

airline passengers
Photo by Daquella Manera, Flickr

About seven months before departure, the actual reservations were booked.
Now it was starting to seem real!

We wanted to see as much of Greece as possible in the two weeks allotted (Sept. 8-22/13)  and dealt directly with a travel agency in Athens.  As you can see by the dots on the map above, there would be many stops along the way.

We spent the first two nights (Sept. 8-10) in Athens.
The hotel had a roof top restaurant, with the best view in town.

Acropolis and Parthenon 
temple of zeus
Temple of Zeus
lykavitos hill, athens
Lykavitos Hill
acropolis after dark
Acropolis after dark
athens by night
Athens by night

My life long dream had come true at last!  

Emotions got the better of me and for once, I had nothing to say.

©D.D.B. 2013 

Coming up: Cruise to Poros, Hydra and Aegina Islands

What’s YOUR dream destination?  


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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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    1. England would be fascinating! Ireland and Scotland, too. I’ve only been to London and it was a memorable trip. My father took me there in 1969 when we were still living in Germany. That was the “mod” Carnaby Street era when London was really “swinging”. Too bad I never got to meet The Beatles, though, or the Queen. I really appreciate you taking the time to read these posts, Janie. Thank you! 🙂
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    1. Hi Corina; Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂 Yes; it was the trip of a lifetime, for sure. There will be more in the coming weeks, as time permits. Life is pretty busy away from the computer these days. It’s nice to be missed – thanks! 🙂 I’d say glad to be back, but all in all, I’d rather be travelling. This is a bit anticlimactic. LOL Thanks for visiting. I’ll be dropping by your new site – looks good!
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    1. Hi Mary; Yes, it was a challenge to squeeze everything in and I’m sure we still missed a lot. At least, we were able to get to the most famous landmarks. Would have loved more time in Rhodes, Crete and Santorini, though. Glad you enjoyed the post. More on the way! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by.
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  1. I love reading about your adventures and seeing the photos. Kind of the next best thing for me. Hopefully there will be more trips for you, the Grand Canyon is amazing, and if you ever get the chance make a trip to Yosemite, that was the place that left me speechless 🙂
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  2. Nothing to say?! It must have been absolutely breath-taking, then. I envy you–all those years I lived in Italy and not once did we go to either of the two countries I would have liked to see: Greece and Egypt. Your photos are beautiful–you and I should go on a photographer jaunt together someday.

    1. I was speechless, only because it was incredible to actually be right there, after all those years of wishing to go! Egypt is on my list too, Mary, but, it could be awhile before the political situation is safe there. I’m sure we could combine efforts for a great portfolio. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and have a good week.

    1. Hi Lisa; It was a dream come true for me. Rome is fantastic, too! Great places you picked and I hope you get there, soon. I still want to visit Egypt, Venice, Malta, Corfu, (Greek island on the other side), and more. Where is that lottery win, eh? 😉 Thanks for visiting today. I saw you were in San Diego recently; don’t you just love it? My parents moved down there in the 70s. It’s a real paradise, right here in North America!
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