This spectacular country is responsible for many western traditions that we have today (democracy, the written alphabet, the Olympics and science to name a few). Greece has managed to retain much of the its splendor throughout the centuries. Colossal columns gleam in the arid heat after millenniums of standing tall and proud. Walking past these ruins, one can still sense the enchantment that lingers in the air, protecting the monstrous sanctuaries from becoming ancient history. Walking the streets of Athens is an amazing experience with the Parthenon perched on a hilltop that watches over the madness of the city below.
Don't let the faded glories of Greece fool you, though, because the bustling nightlife of Mykonos and the serene sunsets of Santorini will revitalize any traveler. Hop on a ferry to the island of Crete and take in the rustic side of Greece. The gleaming white villages nestled on the quiet shores of the Aegean Sea provide the perfect backdrop for a day of bronzing. Greek food is a delectable experience with flavors that will dance across your tongue and sit happily in your belly. With fresh Tzatziki sauce, eggplant dishes galore and tangy olives accenting many meals you will walk away satisfied.
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