When we first announced our year in Slovenia both girls were pretty negative on the concept. A whole year away from home!?! Missing eighth grade and sixth grade?!? One way we tried to combat the blues was to promise that each gal could choose a place to visit/vacation in Europe.
Georgia knew her location right away: Greece! Georgia has been obsessed with Greek Mythology since kindergarten. She's read all of the original myths, as well as the Rick Riordan modern day versions, and loved them all. Her long time favorite goddess has been Artemis. Don't believe me? She dressed as Artemis Halloween, 2012:
In all honesty our first impressions were sort of sketchy. Athens is a crowded, noisy city that is packed with speeding motorcycles and honking taxis, none of whom stop when you cross the street. And it is WAY poorer and noisier than Ljubljana, which is quiet and calm and almost Scandinavian in its attention to design and quality of life.
And yet, once we got to the Acropolis, all was forgotten. We walked up through narrow, white washed alleys:
And when we got there Georgia lost her mind. Here she is hugging herself with joy:
She was super generous in her enjoyment of the whole thing:
We followed up Athens with Mykonos and Delos, the ancient birthplace of Artemis and her twin brother Apollo. Here's Georgia at their birthplace: