Our next stop on our virtual trip around the world is Greece. Now I know what you might be thinking. Oh, right, ancient Greece, lots of historical stuff there. Great archeological ruins. Great examples of classic architecture. Wonderful mythology that has sparked many a fantasy novel. Recent economic troubles. (Okay, you may not be thinking of that last one.)
All except the last are great reasons to visit Greece. They’re just not my reasons. Of course if I get the opportunity to go, I’ll be sure to tour famous archeological ruins, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, museums, and olive groves. But the idea of visiting Greece was never compelling for me until I saw—wait for it—The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie.
When the character of Lena, played by Alexis Bledel, goes to Greece, I found myself riveted. The beauty of the place knocked my socks off. The story would be rolling along, but I was distracted by the terrain, by white buildings on a hillside, by donkey rides. There was a romance being played out on the screen and all I was thinking was, Look at that water. Have you ever seen such a color? (And I’m a sucker for a good romance.) Now I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy the movie. I did. But the thought that I wanted to visit a country because of a young adult novel made me happy.
So, onward to Greece. I’d love to experience the culture firsthand, eat great food, wander hilly streets, and take in the vivid colors. Oh, yeah, I’ll visit some ancient ruins, too. Anyone want to go?