Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Athens, Greece Made Me a World Travel by Pat Simmons

 How do you celebrate 40 years of marriage? Take a road trip or a plane ride to a different country.

How cool is this to monitor our route to Athens, Greece, from London. This was my first international flight, and it felt safer and smoother than flying domestically.  I prayed for the Lord to stretch out His hand so our plane could park there as Jesus guided us to our destination. 

Besides the ruins and other landmarks, I was surprised to see a taste of America.
Yep, even thousands of miles from St. Louis, I saw something familiar--Kentucky Fried Chicken--Athens style.

I felt like an Amish character the way I bungled up to see the sunset at the Temple of Posiden, which is about an hour away from Athens. Our tour guide, who was wonderful and very knowledgeable, lent me his coat.

This was our fantastic view of the Parthenon from our hotel at breakfast. The ruins seem so high but we were about to visit them.

This was Day #1 and so cool. Guards parole what is now considered the Greece White House which was formerly the royal palace.

This is the first Olympic stadium built in 1896, and it's the only one that is all marble. The stairs are steep!


While in Athens, I couldn't walk past this kiosk. Among all the books in Greece, there is Colleen Hoover's book. From America to Greece. 

This is me outside Athens' National Archaeological Museum.  I took so many photos of the ancient Greek artifacts.  I took hundreds of photos and you can see most of them on my website at


Pat Simmons is a multi-published Christian romance author of forty-plus titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth passionate about researching her ancestors, then casting them in starring roles in her novels. She is a five-time recipient of the RSJ Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance and recipient of the 2022 Leslie Esdaile Trailblazer Award. Christmas Dinner was also an Emma Award winner for Book of the Year. Christmas Dinner and Here for You were featured in Woman’s World Magazine.

As a Christian, Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as a life-altering experience. She has converted her sofa-strapped sports fanatical husband into an amateur travel agent, untrained bodyguard, and GPS-guided chauffeur. They have a son and a daughter. Pat holds a B.S. in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and has worked in radio, television, and print media for more than twenty years. 

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If the devil wants a battle, he picked the wrong woman to fight.


1 comment:

  1. This was a bit of a trip down memory lane for me. I visited Athens three years ago. It was wonderful and inspiring. So glad you had a safe and enjoyable visit, too!