• Her Life in Ruins | Nafplio's Palamidi Fortress, a Hilltop Excursion

    View from the Top: Nafplio’s Palamidi Fortress

    March 10, 2019

    The Palamidi Fortress has one of the most beautiful views in all of Greece, so why do so few people know about this historic wonder? I was fortunate enough to visit the fortress while studying abroad in Greece; I still consider the hike to the top (and the charming city of Nafplio) to be one…

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  • Her Life in Ruins | Ancient Olympia: The Birthplace of the Olympic Games

    Ancient Olympia: The Birthplace of the Olympic Games

    February 24, 2019

    About once every two years, viewers around the world tune in to watch the Olympics. These games are rooted in a 3000 year old tradition that started in Greece’s “Valley of Gods”. Olympia was one of the major sites in Greece that helped shape the nations identity due to the Olympic Games. While the modern…

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  • The archaeological site of Akrotiri

    Akrotiri: Remnants from a Volcanic Eruption

    February 10, 2019

    Santorini is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It’s curious, then, that so few people know of the archaeological gem sitting at the north end of this gorgeous island. Akrotiri is a Bronze Age settlement that was basically decimated in 1627 BC when Thera, the volcano it sits on, erupted and…

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  • Barcelona Essentials: 7 Days the Catalan Capital

    January 27, 2019

    Barcelona is much more than just the inspiration for an Ed Sheeran song. The food, culture, and general vibe of the city was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. The week that I spent in Barcelona, Spain was actually life-changing for me. Now, I’m sharing that experience (and my tips for visiting) with you!…

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  • The Sagrada Familia: An Icon 137 Years in the Making

    January 20, 2019

    The Sagrada Familia is one of the most recognized structures in Spain, and it hasn’t even been finished yet. Seriously! The first stone was laid in 1882 and there’s still about 7 years of construction left. Antoni Gaudí designed a ton of gorgeous, groundbreaking buildings, but the Sagrada Familia is something extra special. History Antoni…

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  • Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World | Her Life in Ruins

    Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World

    October 21, 2018

    The archaeological site at Delphi is one of the most interesting sites in all of Greece. The site lies at the foot of Mt. Parnassus near the modern town of Delphi on the Greek mainland. Ancient Delphi was a prosperous area that was home to a powerful oracle (more about her later). The Delphi site…

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