Europe

“Europe” is a sub-category of posts under the parent category “Adventures”. Posts in “Europe” are focused on places I have visited in Europe.

Posts in this sub-category include travel guides (city, regional, and country) and general tips for navigating these places. Top posts in this category include my guide to Greece and the Ultimate Harry Potter Bucketlist.

Travel guides tend to include tips on where to stay, what to eat, what to do, unique experiences, and where to party in each city/region/country covered in that guide. Links are usually provided when I suggest specific places/businesses in posts. Links are meant to assist readers in making plans for their own travels.

Guides are always accurate at time of publishing. I try to edit guides if/when I am made aware of changes (price changes, closed businesses, etc.) that have occurred since the publication of that guide.

All opinions expressed in guides are my own. Readers are encouraged to leave comments/replies to posts. These comments are the reflection of the opinions of the commenter.

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

    The Sagrada Familia is one of the most recognized structures in Spain, and it hasn’t even been finished yet. Seriously! They laid the first stone 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 Gaudí is one of the most famous architects ever, and a lot of his works…

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

    Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World

    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 perfectly balances the natural landscape with manmade monuments, creating a unique landscape that was perfect…

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

    The Mines of Agios Sostis: A Hiking Adventure on Sifnos

    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 it most for the hike to the ancient gold mines.  History Sifnos is a miners…

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

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

    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 often called “The Wonder of Morea”, the Medieval term for the Peloponnese region. The site…

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

    Exploring the Portara in Naxos, Greece

    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 main island of Naxos. Mythology According to Mythology, Naxos is where Theseus abandoned his lover,…

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

    The Island of Delos: History and Sites

    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 gods Apollo and Artemis. Apollo and Artemis were the children of Zeus (a god) and…

  • The Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus: A Hillside Excursion | Her Life in Ruins

    The Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus: A Hillside Excursion

    Hey ya’ll! Welcome back to my Site Sunday series. Last week, we talked about the Acropolis in Athens. This week, we’ll be talking about the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, which is also in Athens, Greece. The Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus sits at the base of the Acropolis and premiered some of the most famous plays in existence! Background The Theatre of Dionysus of Eleuthereus has entertained visitors since the 6th…

  • A Complete Guide to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece | Her Life in Ruins

    A Complete Guide to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece

    Hey y’all! Welcome to my new Site Sunday series, where I feature a new archaeological site each week. First up is the Acropolis in Athens, Greece! The Acropolis, which means “city top” or “citadel”,  served as the administrative and religious center of Athens. The Athenian Acropolis rises nearly 500 feet over the city and has a surface area of about 7 1/2 acres, which is pretty huge! Like most Ancient…

  • Her Life in Ruins Guide to Greece: Mainland and the Cyclades | Her Life in Ruins

    Her Life in Ruins Guide to Greece: Mainland and the Cyclades

    Three years ago (!!!), I was in the middle of the greatest experience of my life: studying abroad in Greece. During my time in this breathtaking country, I explored the countryside, the cities, and the Aegean islands. Right now, Greece is the ideal destination for the budget traveler, as flights are cheap (check Momondo for your ideal dates!) and the dollar is fairly even with the euro. Keep reading to…

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