Archive for October, 2010

The Battle of Marathon and The Birth of The Marathon

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In 490 BC, a group of 7:1 outnumbered Greeks defeated the invading Persians on the fields of Marathon. Legend has it that a soldier named Phidippides ran 24.85 miles from Marathon to Athens to bring news of the shocking victory. His heroic effort was memorialized in 1896 when the first modern Olympics, held in Athens, recreated the run officially dubbed the Marathon. During the 1908 London Olympics, the British changed the course to 26.2 miles.

2500 years after the original Marathon, my mission is to complete the same legendary route. Had the Greeks not stymied the Persians from conquering the mainland, the glory of ancient Greece as the cradle of Western Civilization might never have come to pass. The 2010 Athens Classic Marathon offers an occasion to honor the roots of a culture whose accomplishments continue to inspire greatness in each of us today.


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Having A Beach in Sorrento All To Ourselves. Fan-friggin’-tastic!

So, even though it was our last day in Sorrento, I was determined to play catch up because I felt so behind. Unanswered emails, no updates to the blog, organize photos, coordinate the train and ferry schedules, make some decisions on where were going after Greece, etc. Haley really wanted to go outside but I told her we couldn’t leave the hostel until we got all this stuff done. Well, she talked me into grabbing lunch nearby and going for a short run. After the run, we happened across a great beach that was completely empty and all the sudden the sun came out and well, the rest of the afternoon was lost. It is 2:30 in the morning and I am still trying to catch up – but looking back – well worth, a great high to leave Italy on.

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Capping Off A Beautiful Day with a Beautiful Sunset

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Meet Me in Sorrento

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We have spent a week in the Amalfi Coast and have seen Positano, Praino, Capri, and Sorrento. We had to say good bye to Haley’s parents on Saturday (Oct 23rd) which was sad. We had such a blast touring Italy with them and it was so nice to have such great company. We now must spend the next 6 weeks all by ourselves until we meet up with my two brothers in Switzerland. We will head to Greece on Tuesday and are looking at about 34 hours of continuous travel to get there. We leave Sorrento at 830 in the morning on Tuesday and arrive in Athens on Wednesday around 6 or 7PM. Pray for our connecting trains!

As we leave Sorrento, here are our favorite memories:

  • Sunsets on the veranda outside Villa Gardens with Mark and Dottie
  • Getting lost in Capri in the morning but finding great weather in the afternoon
  • Visiting Trattoria de la Emilia where Haley and I reconciled six years ago after a tough spot in our relationship while we studying abroad
  • Fantastic Napoleaon type pizza at Ristorante Il Campanno
  • The complimentary car service (Mercedes Benz) provided by Ristorante Il Borgho up to the hills of Sorrento for a great view and a great meal.
  • The live music at Taverna Allegra and how everyone in the restaurant joined in on the singing.
  • And finally, Haley and I getting an afternoon of warm weather and an entire beach to ourselves on our last full day

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Haley Explains How Positano Got Its Name

During our first day in Positano, we relaxed on the beach mostly but Haley took some time to do some learning at the local tourist office and came by this little bit of information. Since Haley has no idea what she is going to do for work when we return to Dallas, we discussed sending a few of these travel videos as demo tapes into The Travel Channel so she could do this for a living. What do you think?

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Positano, The Amalfi Coast & The Path of the Gods

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We spent two days in a town called Positano on the Amalfi Coast. The first day we just enjoyed the incredible weather and the incredible beauty. The second day we got more adventurous and more ambitious as we attempted to run/hike “The Path of the Gods” which is an incredible 4 hour hike in the mountains of Positano. With the Marathon in about a week, we thought it would be a good last workout. Unfortunately, around mile 3 or 4 Haley took a spill. Thankfully no serious injuries, but we walked the rest of the way and even cut it short because it started to rain. Don’t worry – Haley is tough and even though there were some bruises and cuts she kept going and barely complained.

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Best of The Isle of Capri

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We had a fantastic day at Capri. I really was very pessimistic because it has been so cold in Italy and the day started off misty and cold. I was dressed in a fleece and windbreaker, tennis shoes, and jeans. However, Haley in all her optimism, convinced me to bring flip flops and a swimsuit. By 11AM, the sun started to come out and by noon it was gorgeous and warm enough to run around on the beaches, fantastic!

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