|Me in Rome in 2010|
|The Ancient Greek alphabet|
Everyone thinks the hardest part of Greek is the alphabet. In fact, that was the easiest! I had that learned very quickly. It was the crazily irregular grammar which was the hard part.
|Me in Ephesus, Turkey in 2005|
|Me in a Greek paper - unfortunately it says I'm French! I am with the Greek President Konstantinos Stephanopoulos|
|At the Parthenon aged 18 in 2004|
I went to Turkey on a sun holiday and visited Ephesus. This is a Greco-Roman town very near to Kusadasi and Izmir. It hasn't all been excavated but what has is stunning, especially the library. This town is even mentioned in the bible. Turkey actually has a lot of interesting places to visit as the Greeks ruled it in ancient times.
|In Hierapolis, Turkey|
I visited Egypt and Jordan in 2008 with my boyfriend and tried to visit as many sights as possible. We visited the Pyramids and the Sphynx in Cairo, then on to Thebes (aka Luxor) to visit the Valley of the Kings and Karnak, and also Petra in Jordan.
We saw the mummy of Tutankhamun as well as a lot of other mummies, got to see the inside of the Pyramids and go into an actual tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Luckily, no one else booked our tour so we had a personal guide for the whole thing.
|Me at the point where you see the Treasury|
|The Treasury in Petra|
|Not all hieroglyphics are high-brow!|
More recently, I visited Rome and Pompeii with my Dad, Cyprus with my boyfriend and Bath to visit my friend.
|In the Tomb of the Kings, Cyprus in 2009|
|Me in Bath Spa, 2011|
I was actually supposed to go to Libya in 2011 to visit a place called Leptis Magna. Again, there was a big Roman presence in North Africa in those times so there are still ruins present. It was all booked however, war broke out ther 2 weeks before we were due to travel. I would love to go one day as it is beautifully preserved, however safety is much more important.
|Leptis Magna - one day!|
It is my eventual goal to see places further afield like Angkor Wat in Cambodia but it is a lot more difficult to 'just' visit them.
I really enjoy seeing these places, it's a great way to connect to the past and learn something new while enjoying the sun and a new culture. My latest place is The Pompeii Exhibition in the British Museum next month - 'Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum'. A lot of pieces actually from Pomepii will be there. Can't wait to go and see!
I hope you found this post interesting! Ancient history is so interesting!