Attica Wineries

The southern suburbs of Athens has a small wine region called Attica. While we were in Athens, of course we had to visit it. Few grapes do well in this hot and dry area. In fact, overt 90 percent of production is of the white, savatiano grape. This low-acid grape is predominately used to make [Read more …]

Delphi Greece

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While in Athens Greece, we decided to take a day trip to visit the site of the Oracles that were instrumental in helping the ancient Greeks (in fact, those from all Hellenistic kingdoms) in making decisions on everything from whether to marry or buy a home or, for rulers, decisions on whether to make war [Read more …]

Athens Greece

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Viewing Additional Athens Sights Although we got high level views of a number of the city’s other historical sights during our own walks, we also took an evening Free Tour to fill in the blanks. Many cities have these tours. They are free and you pay what you want based upon the guide. We lucked [Read more …]

Athens Neighborhoods

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Athen’s history is not confined to its famous sights. Athens neighborhoods, at least those in which we spent much of our time, have their own historic monuments, in addition to their unique vibes, cultures and restaurants. Plaka Plaka, in the center of the city, is the oldest and longest continually inhabited neighborhood in the city. [Read more …]

Athens Greece: Archaeological Sites

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Almost everywhere in Athens you look, you can find remnants of former civilizations in Athens. This blog discusses some of the more interesting museums and archaeological sites that we found. National Archaeological Museum The National Archaeological Museum is an incredible collection that begins with Neolithic vases and figures and proceed through Hellenistic sculptures, covering all [Read more …]

Athens Greece: The Acropolis and Acropolis Museum

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Tom has been fascinated by ancient Athens since his Western Civilization and his second and third philosophy Courses (on works by Plato and Aristotle, respectively). Although it was one of the first European destination we had visited (would you believe 1979?), we have not been back since. We finally returned, after a lapse of a [Read more …]

Three Cities Malta

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Three Cities Malta Right outsider of Valletta Malta’ city walls are the “Three Cities”, only a short ferry ride across the harbor (or you can take a longer bus ride too. Our second venture outside of Velletta’s city walls came with a short ferry ride across the harbor to “The Three Cities”. These ancient, walled [Read more …]

Mdina and Rabat Malta

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Beyond Valletta Malta While in Malta, we spent most of our time in Valletta. However, we did venture out of the city for day excursions to a few of Malta’s even more historic cities. Mdina Mdina, an ancient walled city in central Malta, served as the country’s capital essentially from its ancient Phoenician founding in [Read more …]

Valletta Restarants and Hotel

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Malta Valletta Restaurants While we were staying in Valletta Malta, our hotel made some very good recommendations for eating. And we also discovered a few on our own. Sciassa Grill is an excellent spot for meat. You are welcomed to the restaurant with a personalized discussion of the blackboard that lists daily appetizer options. Then [Read more …]

Malta Sites

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Our last Malta blog provided a number of partial mentions of the role the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem played in the history of Malta. The War Museum, as mentioned above, provided as partial explanation of this role. Visits to The Knights Hospitallers Museum and, to a lesser extent, the Grand Master’s Palace and [Read more …]