• 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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  • 8 Books to Scratch Your Travel Itch | Her Life in Ruins

    8 Books to Scratch Your Travel Itch

    August 9, 2018

    I have always been a pretty big bookworm. When I’m not traveling, I’ve been jumping nose first into books centered on travel! This is great for a few reasons. One: I can feel like I’m somewhere else without leaving my couch. Two: buying a few books is a heck of a lot cheaper than a…

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