Athens, Greece 2019: When I was 12, I made a list of places I’d like to see in my life. Amongst those were sites like The Great Wall, the Eiffel Tower, and the Great Barrier Reef. I’ve crossed off a few of those since then, but the Parthenon in Greece was definitely on that list. We spent the day touring the city, as I’m a huge history nerd. We went in the evening to make the most out of a slow brunch and a tour at the Acropolis Museum. At 4, we met our guide and she walked us through the city. Eventually, we made it to the entrance of the Parthenon.
I’m so happy she made us wait because the light when we arrived was magical. As the sun was beginning to set, the entire city of Athens turned to a golden haze. The light poured into the ruins. When I walked through the initial entrance, my mouth fell open. You can’t imagine the size of this preserved history site. Painted in golden light, with clear blue skies… the monument stretched far above our heads. I listened to the tour guide, but all I really wanted to do was sit on a rock and stare. At the end, I did. I shed a little tear. I kept having to pinch myself and remind myself, “Megan, you’re in Athens, Greece. This is the parthenon. You’ve always wanted to be here.” I made myself take that moment in. A movie moment. A memorable moment. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I did taking them.