Greece and Rome  2011

This was my first tour with EF. I created this website in 2016, so it has been a unique experience to reflect on my very first tour. I was only 23 years old and I think some teachers and parents thought I was just a little crazy, and I admit I was. I think traveling was/is so important and I thought I need to get these students seeing the world as early and as often as possible. When I was writing this I talked to a couple of students and they shared all their newest travel stories; it made me so happy. Sorry for the aside, now back to Greece. Greece, the birthplace of democracy, is know for so many things: its ruins in Delphi,  its Olympic stadium, and its beautiful islands just begin to scratch the surface for this small Mediterranean country. We also went to Rome, but I have created a couple of pages that solely focus on Rome, you can check them my 2015 trip here, and my 2017 trip here.

The pictures above are from the scenic island of Capri. The views were absolutely breathtaking!

On the left is the Olympic Stadium built on the site of the original Olympics back in 144 BCE. Greece also hosted the first modern Olympics in 1896 as well as in 2004. On the right is the view of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. It was built in 161 AD by the Athenian Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife. It originally seated 5,000 people.

The above picture is of the Parthenon, created in 438 BCE and dedicated to the Goddess of Athena. It is the most important surviving building from Classical Greece.