Delphi is an extensive mountainside archaeology site (4th century B.C.) that contains what’s left of the Athena and Apollo’s temples (Greek God and Goddess).
It is the home of a legendary oracle Pythia, where in ancient times royalty from around the world would travel to, consulting on important decisions. Pythia was the legendary priestess who was known to channel Apollo’s prophecies.
This site also contains an ancient stadium and theater.
The ancient Greeks considered Delphi the center of the world. This site and the ancient oracle had tremendous influence over the ancient world. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
The Delphi Archaeological Museum displays artifacts collected from the ruins.
Ruins of the ancient Temple of Apollo at Delphi, overlooking the valley of Phocis.
Having a guided tour is recommended because of the sites extensive history.
Here are my favorite photos from 2 nights in Athens hosted by The American College of Thessaloniki. Athens is an incredible city and it was nice to have guided tours of all the major icons of the city. There is so much to see here!
*Acropolis with its beautiful Parthenon
*Changing of the Guards
Above is the famed Parthenon, which is on the acropolis of Athens
The Acropolis Museum – houses artifacts from the Greek Bronze Age through Roman and Byzantine Greece
“Athens, the eye of Greece, mother of arts and eloquence.” -John Milton
“Many of our ideas of democracy, so much of our literature and philosophy and science can be traced back to roots right here in Athens.” -Barack Obama
The Changing of the Guards – If you go on a Sunday, there is a ceremonial changing of the guards outside the Greek Parliament building
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Amazed by the Theatre of Dionysus
The Acropolis Museum
Have you been to Athens? What is your favorite place to see?
Being a student at ACT was overall a very positive experience. I have to say that the most I’ve learned in college thus far has been my year living in Thessaloniki. During this time I was able to immerse myself in Greek culture, travel all over Europe and Africa, make friends from all over the U.S. and Europe, solo travel, show my family around North Greece, complete two semesters of university, and so much more.
ACT is a hidden gem in Greece and I would choose to study here a thousand times over. I love that the city and university is off the beaten path of Greek/ European tourism, but that you’re also very close to some of the best tourism on earth. The campus is in the mountains and is relaxing and beautiful. It’s small and quaint and the people are friendly and welcoming.
3 nights in Cairo / Giza was a dream. The energy here feels otherworldly and mystical. It feels ancient, significant, and mysterious.
I went with 2 other girls for a long weekend. We stayed at City View Hotel and I highly recommend this place; it was very centrally located and affordable. They had an airport pick up and set us up with some great tours. We were within walking distance to alot of Cairo’s main attractions, although we did not do much wandering since we didn’t have time and were unsure of the safety.
Our tour guide Mady Osama from Lets Explore Egypt is still a friend today. He was hilarious and showed us the Giza plateau, the sphinx, the pyramids of Giza (which we entered), ancient tombs (we also entered), and other ancient burial sites and pyramids. He also showed us to essential oil shops, jewelry stores, papyrus art stores, and more around Cairo. If you love essential oils like I do, Cairo is essential oil haven. I love the lotus flower and black narcissus oil I found from Siwa Perfumes.
We did another tour of the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, The Hanging Church, and the Egyptian Museum. This was not through Mady. These were all some of the best things I’ve ever seen while traveling. Old Cairo is like walking back into biblical times and Giza is like visiting another planet all together. As an American these places just felt very otherworldly.
*This is not a city I would recommend trying to navigate alone. Definitely hire a tour guide.
Words can not describe how incredible this experience was to me. I feel a major connection to Egypt and it’s sacred history. I will be going back to this incredible place soon.
Here are photos from our trip around the sites of Cairo and Giza.
Egypts oldest pyramid
Inside a tomb
Entering a tomb
Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Mosque of Muhammad Ali
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum
Where Jesus, Mary, and Joseph hid while Jesus was an infant – The Hanging Church