A Grecian Getaway

Greece Study Trip: 10/10-10/19

Ten days in Classical Greece was the best trip I have ever taken. We were blessed with phenomenal weather, incredible sites, and an exceptional educational opportunity filled with even better company. The trip began with three days in Athens where we saw the Acropolis in its glory both at night and during the day. The view from the top made it somewhere we never wanted to leave.

The Parthenon, Athens

The Parthenon, Athens

Our first night, we toured the National Archeological Museum and began learning a few words in Greek. The three days we spent in Athens flew by full of amazing new foods and lots of history during our introduction to Greek culture. Our next stop was Delphi where we got to see the temple of Apollo. The views over the Gulf of Itea were incredible from the temple. Arahova was where we stayed and also where we climbed almost 400 stairs to another wonderful meal together. Every meal we shared was in restaurants that had very personal connections to Ioanna. Wherever we went, the owners greeted her with such love and compassion; it was truly amazing. They expressed their generosity through their best wines and kind hospitality that rivaled anything I’ve seen before. We left Delphi for Nafplio, which was my favorite city that we visited in Greece. We climbed 999 stairs up to a castle overlooking the town and got to practice our Italian with a Roman family who owned a gelateria. I loved the layered history within the city limits of Nafplio. We stopped in Mycenae, Sparta, Mystras and Corinth over the next few days. Since our bus ride to Sparta was approximately the length of the infamous film, 300, we decided to watch it on our way there. We pulled into the city right as the credits rolled, and jumped off the bus to take a group photo with Leonidas. This had to have been one of the highlights of the trip for me because of the impeccable timing, and being able to put it into perspective just as I was able to do in Pompeii last month. Following Sparta, we concluded the trip by taking a ferry to Mykonos for the last three days.

The whole group in Sparta at a monument for Leonidas

The whole group in Sparta at a monument for Leonidas

This was certainly the most relaxing part of the trip, as its highlights were having local specialties in Little Venice, and wandering the streets for hours as we window-shopped on our way to our last meal together Saturday night. Right on the edge of the ocean, we danced the night away and celebrated a truly magical week in the most beautiful country.

Sunset from our Hotel Poseidon, our last night in Mykonos

Sunset from our Hotel Poseidon, our last night in Mykonos

I want to say a special thank you to the Forza Roma scholarship committee for making this trip possible for not only me, but also a number of other students. JFRC alumni do a lot for this community and I wouldn’t have been able to have had these experiences without their support.

ef̱charistó̱ ~ thank you!

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About Anna Johnson

I am from Lake Elmo, Minnesota, a small town right outside of the Twin Cities! I am studying Business, with a focus in Marketing and maybe a minor in Italian. I chose the Rome Start program because I wanted international experience and what better way than to start my college experience here in Roma! The best part about Rome Start is having Europe at my fingertips for an entire year, and learning in the heart of the eternal city.
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