καλή μέρα! Good Day!
I recently returned from a bus tour of Athens and Ancient Greece. WOW!
I took this tour because the Parthenon, Olympia and the Stadium, and Santorini were on my bucket list and also because I love history anywhere, anytime. Looking back, I feel that many of the lesser-known-to-me sites were just as astounding as my Big Three.
And that’s how it should be. I was awed by Byzantine monasteries sitting atop pinnacle rock formations that make up the Meteora. The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion on the Aegean Coast and the Delphi site on Mount Parnassus were absolutely breathtaking. And Santorini’s volcanic beaches and blue-domed churches are incredibly unique.
This adventure began with a meetup of strangers and ended with new friendships. Some of my favorite memories include eating gyros squashed with French fries, drinking beer and wine at local tavernas, dipping fresh bread into that fabulous olive oil, and swimming in the blue Ionian Sea. Oh, and shopping!
So how did I prepare? Of course I researched Greece’s long and complicated history through books here at the Library and taught myself simple words in this difficult language with Mango Languages, a free to use website and app (with a Niles-Maine library card).
If I hadn’t already had an up-to-date passport, I would have eagerly updated my information at our Passport Services located on the main floor of the Library. Not only do they update expired passports, they can also start the process for those of you who don’t even have one.
So for your next trip, remember to add a travel guide, a pool side read and our Mango app to your tablet before you go!
Στην υγειά σας!
Greece : Athens and the Mainland
DK Eyewitness Travel Guides
Lonely Planet Guidebooks
Online language learning tool