Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Travel Tuesday: Bucket List

Everyone has a bucket list! I don't have a physical list but I do have quite a few place that I would like to visit before I get to the point where I cannot travel. 

1. Athens, Greece

 Athens has such a unique charm to a point where they have tens of thousands of visitors a year. There are street markets, vine-covered tavernas, souvenir stalls and ancient monuments among high-rise buildings in this capital city. One of the most tourist attractions, reachable by foot, in Athens is a around the landmark Acropolis. Athens was named after Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, who according to mythology won the city as prize after a duel against Poseidon. The city dates back thousands of years and is regarded as the cradle of western civilization; the place where democracy was invented and philosophy, art and architecture were refined. After a classical golden age when it was home to Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, the city declined in the Middle Ages, dwindling to nothing but a town with a few thousand residents gathered in the colorful area that is now known as the Plaka, until its rebirth as capital of an independent Greece in 1834. Now the city is busy and bustling. While the pollution, frantic gridlock and dingy buildings are a striking contrast to the open beauty of Greece's coast and islands, Athens is truly the heartbeat of the country, and ancient wonders like the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Temples of Zeus and Hephaestus ensure that Athens will always have its attractions
In Athens, Greece there is so much History and culture that I would love to see! This is at the top of my bucket list.

2. Santorini, Greece

Not only is Santorini one of the most beautiful islands in the world, it is also geologically and archaeologically one of the most dramatic. The island, which is also called Thira, is shaped like an enormous pair of jaws encircling a lake filled with pure blue water. This is the core of an ancient volcano, which according to legend destroyed the lost continent of Atlantis when it blew its top about 3,600 years ago, burying the ancient city of Akrotiri (now being excavated). The island's two towns, Fira and Ia, are perched on the cliff tops of the highest part of the island. Ferries arrive and depart in the harbor below, and visitors walk or ride donkeys up the steep winding path to the towns. The towns are equipped with hotels, good restaurants, bars and plenty of nightlife to keep tourists happy while they relax between visiting the archaeological remains of ancient Thera, dating back to the 9th century BC, on the east side of the island. Other attractions include the excavations at Akrotiri, an archaeological museum and an 18th-century monastery. Santorini has two swimming beaches, Perissa and Kamari, both characterised by their volcanic black sand.

 The view is to die for, the colors are exquisite.

Are either of there places on you Bucket List?
Where are some of the place that you would love to visit?