Growing up, I was something of a history and geography buff. I was especially interested in ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. I even studied the Greek and Roman gods. In addition, my grandfather on my mother’s side was born in Sicily, family name Ricci. Now, my travel plans will allow me to realize a long-held desire to see the Greek and Roman ruins, and to visit my grandfather’s homeland.
The next country I visit will be Croatia, which has a strong history related to the Greeks and Romans. The architecture along the coast harks back to those ancient days. But then the real fun begins.
After three months in Croatia, I will most probably travel to Greece for three months. This will be starting in December (and the holidays) and southern Greece should be warmer during the winter than Croatia. My first stop will be Athens, where I plan to stay at least a few days to sightsee and take pictures of some of the places I’ve only seen in history books and magazines. I might even decide to stay in Athens the entire three months, or I could follow my initial plan and try out the small town of Nafplio, a short ride from Athens.
FYI, I plan to buy a real camera (digital) before my trip, with telephoto lens. My trip through southern Europe will be well documented with what should be awesome photos.
From Athens, I will first fly into Rome. I never thought I’d be able to say that! Awesome! I will stay in Rome for at least a few days to sightsee and take photos. I might even decide to spend my entire three months in Rome, but I still want to visit Sicily, at least, and maybe find distant relatives. (Good luck on that one.)
The final three-month leg is planned for Portugal or Spain. In Portugal, I would fly into Lisbon and do a few days there, at least, doing the tourist thing. For Spain, I might fly into Barcelona, since it is on the coast, be a tourist for a few days and maybe head to a smaller coastal town.
As I ponder all this, my plan seems ambitious and most probably more expensive than my previous austerity program. But the more I think about where I will be going, the more excited I get.