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  • The Statue of Liberty: An American Icon | Her Life in Ruins

    The Statue of Liberty: An American Icon

    The Statue of Liberty has been welcoming immigrants to America since its dedication in 1886. Since then, it has become an icon for our great country. The Statue of Liberty receives millions of visitors each year, with many more admiring her blue-green figure from afar. She stands holding a torch, lighting the way to freedom and showing us the path to Liberty. While the Statue of Liberty is well-known, many…

  • Exploring George Washington's Mount Vernon | Her Life in Ruins

    Exploring George Washington’s Mount Vernon

    George Washington – an American icon. There are fewer things more patriotic than the first President of this great country, making visiting Mount Vernon a must for anyone who loves GW. Mount Vernon is a short drive or boat ride from Washington, DC and is a perfect day trip. My dad and I were lucky enough to visit the estate during a recent family trip and had the loveliest day…

  • 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 OFC Distillery - A Taste of History at Buffalo Trace | Her Life in Ruins

    The OFC Distillery – A Taste of History at Buffalo Trace

    As a Kentuckian, I take great pride in the various bourbon distilleries in this great state. Thankfully, Buffalo Trace has embraced that history with one of their newer tours! While renovating a storage space in 2016, the crew at Buffalo Trace came across a wonderfully preserved distillery from the Pre-Prohibition Era called the OFC Distillery. Now, they’ve made the site tour-friendly and invite visitors to see it and try some…

  • 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…

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