Rome and Athens – Oh my!

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.

About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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One Response to Rome and Athens – Oh my!

  1. Cee Bradford says:

    Really excited for you. Greece is definitely on my bucket list as well as Rome.I think if I were to come back in another life I would love to be an archaeologist. The sites, the ruins, the history is totally fascinating to me. I too spend a great deal of time watching the history channel and reading up on the area. Sara had a minor in Art History so as you might imagine, I took her art history courses along side her. I stil have her syllabus and the textbooks which are truly amazing. Maybe I can get those to you when you’re in the states. There’s a tremendous amount of detail and history about sites and builders from these ancient cities. Good for you Andy, I’m jealous I can’t go.

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