• Exploring the Cincinnati Zoo | Her Life in Ruins

    Exploring the Cincinnati Zoo

    September 20, 2018

    I’m a HUGE fan of animals, especially Fiona the Hippo. My mom decided to make a trip to Cincinnati to see the baby hippo that took the Internet by storm for my birthday this year. While there, we fell in love with the Cincinnati Zoo! If you haven’t visited yet, you should. Hopefully, you’ll be…

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  • 9-11: Reflections on an Event that Changed a Nation | Her Life in Ruins

    9-11: Reflections on an Event that Changed a Nation

    September 11, 2018

    9-11-2001 On September 11, 2001 (or, as it came to be known, 9-11), I was sitting in my second grade classroom. I vividly remember my teacher getting a phone call, then ushering my class into the neighboring classroom with their students and teacher. The TV was on and both teachers struggled to keep it together.…

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  • The Mines of Agios Sostis: A Hiking Adventure on Sifnos | Her Life in Ruins

    The Mines of Agios Sostis: A Hiking Adventure on Sifnos

    September 9, 2018

    This Site Sunday, I’m going to tell y’all about one of my favorite sites I’ve ever visited: the Mines of Agios Sostis. The mines are located on the coast of Sifnos, an island in the Cyclades. While Sifnos is typically praised for its pottery and cooking (it’s called the “cradle” of Greek cuisine!), I remember…

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  • The Instagrammers Guide to Nashville Murals | Her Life in Ruins

    The Instagrammers Guide to Nashville Murals

    September 5, 2018

    Nashville is a quickly growing city full of great places to explore, live music, the iconic Lower Broadway, and so many murals. I grew up a stone’s throw from Nashville and feel like I find a new mural every time I visit Music City (which is often!). Visitors and locals alike line up to snap a…

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  • Why You Should Visit the Adsmore Museum | Her Life in Ruins

    Why You Should Visit the Adsmore Museum

    August 29, 2018

    I have always been a pretty major fan of historic homes and home tours (which you know if you’ve read my post on Savannah!). My love affair with historic homes began when I was pretty young and my grandmother would take me to the Adsmore Museum in Princeton, Kentucky, a short drive from my hometown.…

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  • A Complete Guide to Mystras: "The Wonder of Morea" | Her Life in Ruins

    A Complete Guide to Mystras: “The Wonder of Morea”

    August 25, 2018

    Mystras is a fortified town near Sparta in Greece. The town of Mystras was a Byzantine stronghold that now sits virtually empty; the only inhabitants are a group of nuns and feral cats living in the Pantanassa Monastery. Mystras is unique in Greece, as it dates to around the Medieval period (rather than the Classical). Mystras is…

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  • Leaving 23: Lessons from My 23 Years | Her Life in Ruins

    Leaving 23: Lessons from My 23 Years

    August 22, 2018

    Tomorrow, I’ll turn 24. I’ll officially be in my “mid-20s” (does that mean I’m allowed to have a quarter-life crisis?). I’ve learned so much in my first 23 years of life and I’ve found myself reflecting a lot lately on lessons that have stuck with me. I don’t typically write “reflective” blog posts, but one…

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  • Exploring the Portara in Naxos, Greece | Her Life in Ruins

    Exploring the Portara in Naxos, Greece

    August 19, 2018

    The Portara, or “great door”, is a large marble doorway in Naxos, Greece. It is a fantastic place to watch the sunrise or sunset and is easily accessible for tourists! The site is located near the port on the islet Palatia, which was a hill on Naxos before sea-level rise. A causeway connects Palatia to the…

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  • Idgie's Sunflower Farm: A Burst of Sunshine in Western Kentucky | Her Life in Ruins

    Idgie’s Sunflower Farm: A Burst of Sunshine in Western Kentucky

    August 15, 2018

    Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Idgie’s Sunflower Farm, a family owned and operated sunflower farm in Nebo, Kentucky, right by my hometown. I was able to sit down with the owners of Idgie’s, Daryl and Kim Patton, to chat about their farm. I was so surprised (and excited!) about what I learned from…

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  • The Island of Delos: History and Sites | Her Life in Ruins

    The Island of Delos: History and Sites

    August 12, 2018

    The archaeological site of Delos is a protected entire island near Mykonos in the Cyclades. Delos is very closely tied to Apollo and Artemis and was once a huge trade center. Now, the island sits in ruin and is visited by 100,000 people each year as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mythology In Greek mythology, the twin…

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