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Embroiled in a financial crisis triggered by the global recession of the late 2000s, it’s fair to say that Greece is often seen as one of the ailing nations of Europe right now. When I spoke to my mum late last year, she said ‘well it’s a good thing you’re not in Greece now’, citing the ongoing protests and the near impossibility of withdrawing cash from the ATMs there as reasons for that line of thinking.
Well, what my mother might have forgotten was that wildfires ravaged the Peloponnese peninsula when I was in Greece, but anyway…it’s sad that Greece is going through some troubled times. My abiding memories of the country consist of hopping from island to island across the shining, emerald-blue Mediterranean; downing Ouzo potent enough to knock your eyeballs from their sockets; wizened old men, hands forming a steeple across their walking sticks as they philosophically contemplated the world before them; and, of course, the Ancient ruins dotted throughout the land.
The classical era ruins are probably Greece’s biggest draw, and with good reason. Among other things, Greece is the cradle of Western Philosophy, the birthplace of Democracy and place of some of the world’s greatest Myths and Legends: its taking great restraint on my part not to go geek out and go in to more depth about any of them (especially the Philosophers). Suffice to say, it is this rich cultural heritage that inspired the magnificent ruins of once grand monuments, harking back to a time long ago when Greece was the civilised epicentre of the (Western) world.