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Chapter 1 Holy Trinity is one of six monasteries perched on natural rock pillars near the Pindus Mountains in central Greece. Known for its breathtaking architecture, Holy Trinity was built 2,000 feet in the air with two purposes in mind: protection and isolation.

Holy Trinity Monastery (Metéora, Greece)

Chapter 2 ― The Renaissance Vinoy in downtown St. Petersburg is a good example of 1920s Mediterranean Revival architecture. Painted flamingo pink and recently restored to its former glory, the resort is located next to a marina on Tampa Bay.

Renaissance Vinoy (St. Petersburg, FL)

Chapter 3 Built on the fourth floor of The Pier, an inverted five-story pyramid filled with shops at the end of a quarter-mile turnaround, the Colombia Restaurant in St. Petersburg has the same menu as the original in Ybor City while offering 360-degree waterfront views.

The Pier (St. Petersburg, FL)

Chapter 12 Known as the Russian Versailles for its similarities to the royal château in France, the Peterhof was a series of palaces, fountains, and gardens that were built as the summer residence of Peter the Great in 1714.

Peterhof Palace (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Chapter 18 ― A cable-car system runs across the gorge to Holy Trinity. According to one of the monks, they’ll replace the wire when “the old one breaks.” Very reassuring, eh?

Holy Trinity Monastery (Metéora, Greece)

Chapter 27 Helsinki sits on the northern shore of the Gulf of Finland. Sprawling along the scenic waterfront, the Kauppatori Market comes alive with tourists during the warmer months, attracting a wide variety of vendors who sell everything from seafood to jewelry. Plus they have the best grilled salmon I've ever eaten ― caught by Jarkko himself!

Kauppatori Market (Helsinki, Finland)

Grilled Salmon with Fresh Vegetables and Potatoes

Visiting Kauppatori Market (July 2015)

Chapter 33 Heinrich Schliemann was a German businessman who wanted to become a famous archaeologist. Although he had no formal training, he took all his money and went searching for Greek treasures. Amazingly, he hit the jackpot on more than one occasion, finding the lost cities of Troy and Mycenae and a number of other sites.

Heinrich Schliemann (age 53)

Chapter 35 Great Metéoron is the oldest and largest of the six Metéora monasteries. Founded in 1340, it has expanded several times over the years, housing as many as 300 monks in the mid-sixteenth century.

Great Metéoron (Kalampáka, Greece )

Entrance to Ossuary (
Great Metéoron)

Bone Room (
Great Metéoron)

Chapter 60 This 14th-century Byzantine tower was built as a sentry post next to the Aegean Sea in Ouranoúpoli, a small town near Mount Athos.

Byzantine Tower (Ouranoúpoli, Greece)

Chapter 62 Mount Athos towers over the southern tip of the Athos peninsula. The peak is nearly 6,700 feet above the Aegean Sea.

The Holy Mountain (Mount Athos)

Zográfou Monastery (Mount Athos)

Agiou Panteleimonos Monastery (Mount Athos)

Stavronikita Monastery (Mount Athos)

Dionysiou Monastery (Mount Athos)

Chapter 76 ― The Statue of Zeus at Olympia was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The seated statue was 39 feet tall. It was made out of ivory and gold-plated bronze.

Statue of Zeus (Olympia, Greece)

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