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Tag: Greece 2019

Crossroads of the ancients

Situated strategically in the dead-center of land and sea routes between Western Europe and the Fertile Crescent, right in the middle of the Roman Empire and right on the edge of the Persian Empire, Greece (or at that time, Thessaly, Peloponnesus, Epirus, and Macedonia) was the crossroads of […]

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Marathon – more than a race

I suspect many of us have heard the story of the Battle of Marathon. Maybe not as many as have heard of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae because Marathon has not been popularized in a Frank Miller comic book and a big budget movie featuring mutants and ninjas […]

Sounio’s Temple of Poseidon

The southernmost point of Attica, the mainland of Greece, has a remarkable ruin at Cape Sounio. Almost 3000 years ago, ancient bards like Homer sang ballads of the importance of Sounio as a trading port and refuge to which people would flee in times of war. You can […]

Through the night & back in time

The Roaming Parkers are not just world-travelers – we are also time-travelers! As we were embarking on our recent trip to Greece I realized that we were actually taking a trip back in time. Then a few weeks later we traveled those same mysterious pathways back in time […]

2500 years ago blood poured out

Pain is temporary but Glory is forever – so the saying goes. Some years ago, before I’d ever visited and hiked at the battlefield at Shiloh Tennessee, people had told me that they could feel the spirits of the men who’d died there. I thought that was a […]

Graffiti in Greece

One thing that was somewhat surprising about our trip to Greece was the pervasiveness of graffiti. Everywhere we went, people had taken it upon themselves to decorate the spaces around them. The only places that were mostly free of graffiti were the A-list archaeological sites – places that […]

Pickpockets, gypsies, and dummies

When we were getting ready to travel to Greece, the travel guides, internet sites, and our Greek friends all warned us about pickpockets – especially in Athens and especially in the Metro. Apparently Greek pickpockets are world-renowned for their numbers and for their skill at separating tourists from […]

A whirlwind tour of Greece

The Roaming Parkers are just back from a whirlwind tour of Greece, complete with travel travails, midnight adventures, fabulous food, ancient ruins, beaches, museums, and mountains! Check out some of the places we’ve been and stay tuned for a bunch of blogging about Greece!