Sometimes I get lucky when I travel. This morning, for instance. I’m walking down the street in Athens and I suddenly find myself entering the famous Syntagma Square just as the weekly changing of the guard ceremony begins. Suddenly the quiet space fills with the sounds of the marching band and the colors of traditional Greek military uniforms. It’s a good thing I’ve found myself here, because with only 24 hours in Athens the probability wasn’t high.
All eyes are on Greece this week. The financial crisis has made headlines on a daily basis, and the country’s economic future is up in the air. But before the Grexit fears, Greece chalked up thousands of years of mythical history, cultivated amazing heritage, and developed stunning natural beauty. And while in the short term the country is facing difficult economic times, the country remains a great place to travel. Trust me. I was there last weekend.
There’s something mythical about the Greek islands. Maybe it’s the history or the mountainous landscapes, maybe it’s the fact that the ruins of ancient civilizations pop up on every street corner. Whatever it is, I like it. So much so that while I’m traveling in Bodrum, I take a day trip to the island of Kos in Greece.