I don’t spend all my time marketing and promoting my book, Growing Up In Mama’s Club. One of those higher priorities was planning for a family vacation in Greece. At the moment, my wife, Helen, and I have booked a large villa on the edge of the Aegean Sea, in Schinias-Marathon, for three weeks in June and July, 2008. We will be joined by our children, granddaughters, and friends. Life doesn’t get any better than that.
Interestingly, in 490 BC the Battle of Marathon occurred at Schinias where the Athenians defeated the Persians. The Greek army sent a runner to Athens (where will be flying into from the States), near the Acropolis, to announce the victory. This historical event gave birth to the modern Marathon Run. Today, a four lane expressway pretty much follows the route of the original Marathon Run of about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Schinias to downtown Athens.
They tell me that if you only had a week to spend at this particular villa you would have to first go into the local town of Marathon for shopping and a taste of Greece’s famous cuisine with some of its great wine. Yes, Greece has excellent wine. They just don’t export much of it to the States. Then back to the villa to swim in the pool under the stars before retiring for the night. The next day could be spent in Athens, visiting the Acropolis with its Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus, and enjoying the people and food at the ancient market place at the foot of Acropolis. Before the week was over, a visit to Cape Sounion with its Temple of Poseidon would be a must. Next, a day trip to central Attica and Delphi. If one is attuned to the spirits of antiquity, he or she may hear whispers from the ancient oracles still echoing through the eons of time. Other sights to see would be ancient Corinth with its Temple of Appollo. Also at Corinth, the church that received Paul’s letters to the Corinthians still exists. And then, there still would be time to visit the quaint sea town of Nafplio, Epidaurus, Argos, Tiryn, and Mycenae.
Since we will be spending several weeks in Greece, there is no end to the many spectacular Greek islands that we could visit. There’s the Island of Aigina with its well-preserved temple, the islands of Mykonos and Dalos, the world famous cliffs and homes on Santorini Island, and the list goes on and on.
I plan to keep a journal on the trip. When you have a once in life-time opportunity to spend quality time with your spouse, children, granddaughters, and friends, in a country that sparked the fires of thought and freedom for people all around the world today, I want that experience to be put on paper. Photographers take pictures, writers write.
I would like to digress for a moment. Unlike Mama, I am not willing to sacrifice the opportunities afforded to me in this lifetime, hoping that I will be able to enjoy them in a new world, if I embrace the supercilious teachings of the Club. My new world is here and now. I want to enjoy and embrace every day of the life that I have been given. What a wonderful gift. And when I am in Greece with family and friends, I will be especially grateful.