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So I think the last time we posted on our blog was in November and we were in Croatia – ha! We really have been moving fast the last two weeks. Today is December 12th and we only have 10 days left!
From Croatia we went to Slovenia, then moved on to Salzburg for some Sound of Music, and then met up with my brothers in Switzerland. Check out the next few posts to hear about our adventures!
just to keep you up to speed, we have been in Vienna (we flew here from Heraklion) for the past three days and are headed to Prague in the morning! We will post updates from our time here in the beautiful imperial city of Vienna in a few days! Auf Wiedersehen!
One of my favorite things about this trip so far is experiencing and learning more about history. We have been reading this fantastic book called, A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich. I have also loved visiting places that are mentioned in the Bible. It has taken on a whole new meaning to read the Scriptures when I am in the place where they were written. Our last few days in Crete, I read the book of Titus which was written to Paul’s disciple, Titus, who lived on the island. – check it out!
The island of Santorini is “one of the most spectacular islands in the world.” (Frommers, Rick Steves, & Let’s Go). It produces fiery sunsets – and I mean the sun turns RED – over a completely gorgeous cobalt blue sea. Whitewashed towns balance on plunging cliffs, lava black sand beaches and these incredible sunsets make the landscape almost as dramatic as the volcano that created it. This eruptive past and startling beauty is what has led some to believe that it is the lost continent of Atlantis. Nearly 3,500 years ago, a volcano erupted that caused ¾ of the island to sink into the sea, leaving only a crescent shaped fragment which is what we call today Santorini.
So, as you can tell most of everything we read about Greece made a strong impression that Santorini was a must see. It has been featured in many movies, and its’ white cities and blue roofs are about as picturesque as you get. Our only add to what the tour books say is that we highly recommend you go in low season (October or November). The island is absolutely flooded during the months of July and August, but seeing how the entire island practically shuts down from mid November to the end of February, we nearly had the island to ourselves. Also, much to our happy surprise, the weather was magnificent. There was barely a cloud in the sky the entire time and it was very warm.
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So, during our time in Rome, we read a really funny section out of Rick Steve’s tour guide. It lists the stupidest questions or comments that he has heard while giving tours in Rome. I really got a good laugh out of these – hope you do too!
- Oh, to be here in Rome…where our Lord Jesus walked.
- Is this where Jesus fought the lions?
- This guy who made so many nice things, Rene Sance, who is he? (say it fast, and you’ll get the gist)
- Was John Paul II the son of John Paul I?
- What is the Sistine Chapel worth in US dollars?
- How did Michelangelo get Moses to pose for him?
- What is Michelangelo doing now?
- (Upon seeing the arrow-pierced sculpture of St. Sebastian) – Oh, you Italians had problems with the Indians, too?
It has been a whirlwind but we are now at our last night in Rome L! I am very sad to leave because this city has been so wonderful. Every corner you turn there is a gorgeous church, an ancient ruin, or a huge monument. It could have been built before Christ, in the Middle Ages, during the Renaissance, or as late as the 19th century
We did a free walking tour of the city and learned about the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Our tour guide walked faster than anyone I have ever seen so it was more like a running tour and we were trying to catch up the entire time. Nonetheless, it was very informative and we got to see Rome from the eyes of a Roman. My favorite part of the tour was when the guide explained to us that Rome is called the Eternal City because no matter where you dig, you will always find traces of the ancient city.
We met a Canadian couple on our tour who are currently working as missionaries in Germany. It turned out that we had a mutual acquaintance in the missionary field and they were very familiar with Antioch (the church we went to in Waco, TX)! It was fun getting to know them!
We also of course visited the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, St. Peter in Chains Church, and Villa Borghese and had wonderful Italian dinners at sidewalk cafes every night with my parents. The food got better every night. This city might now be my favorite city in the world!