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The Acropolis, Athens, and the Aegean Sea: My 12 Favorite Photographs from Greece

Temple of Hephaestus, Athens, Greece

“All my life one of my greatest desires has been to travel–to see and touch unknown countries, to swim in unknown seas, to circle the globe, observing new lands, seas, people, and ideas with insatiable appetite, to see everything for the first time and for the last time, casting a slow, prolonged glance, then to close my eyes and feel the riches deposit themselves inside me calmly or stormily according to their pleasure, until time passes them at last through its fine sieve, straining the quintessence out of all the joys and sorrows.” – Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco

 

Along the Aegean Sea in Greece, everything seems beautiful. From the rich lapis blues and turquoise of sea and sky and shadowy distant land to the architectural ruins of cultures fading back into the beginning of time, Greece has treasures and beauty beyond what I had imagined possible.

Though I traveled with my family to Greece in November, I’ve waited until I could sort through my entire array of photographs before I posted a blog about the trip. The sheer number of photographs I took on the four day trip speaks for Greece’s beauty: ~1500 photographs! As a place rich with of color and architecture and natural beauty, the country was this photographer’s playground. Orange and olive groves, and vineyards dotted and striped the countryside outside Athens as we traveled to and toured the Corinthian Canal, the ancient civilization of Mycenae, Agamemnon’s Tomb, the ancient amplitheater Epidaurus, and the sea fortress of Nafplio. It was spectacular!

Ready for a tour of my favorite photos? Here we go: 12 of my favorite photos from my trip to Greece:

View toward the Acropolis, Athens, Greece

View toward the Acropolis, Athens, Greece

 

Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Acropolis, Athens, Greece

 

the view over Athens from the Acropolis, Greece

the view over Athens from the Acropolis, Greece

 

Erechtheum Temple, Athens Acropolis, Greece

Erechtheum Temple, Athens Acropolis, Greece

 

Parthenon, Athens Acropolis, Greece

Parthenon, Athens Acropolis, Greece

 

the Acropolis, Athens, Greece

the Acropolis, Athens, Greece

 

the Porch of Maidens, Athens Acropolis, Greece

the Porch of Maidens, Athens Acropolis, Greece

 

Temple of Hephaestus, Monastiraki, Athens, Greece

Temple of Hephaestus, Monastiraki, Athens, Greece

 

Temple of Hephaestus, Athens, Greece

Temple of Hephaestus, Athens, Greece

 

A Shepherd walking along the Peloponnesian Peninsula, Greece

A Shepherd walking along the Peloponnesian Peninsula, Greece (I love this photo!)

 

the View toward the Acropolis through Hadrian's Arch, Athens, Greece

the View toward the Acropolis through Hadrian's Arch, Athens, Greece

 

The Blue of the Aegean at Nafplio, Greece

The Blue of the Aegean at Nafplio, Greece

 

Question for you: Have you been to Greece? Or been there through movies like Momma Mia? What is your favorite place in Greece?