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Greece, Part 3: Santorini!
June 25, 2012, 9:30 am
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Continuing from my two previous posts about Greece (Mykonos and Athens), my family’s last leg of our vacation in Greece was to Santorini. Santorini was the best place we visited yet, and my favorite island in Greece. It is absolutely, breath-takingly gorgeous. The entire island is curved like a crescent shape (or as I like to think of it, a long croissant), and the views are absolutely stunning. Concurrently, Santorini seems to offer everything- winding little streets full of shops and restaurants set against the backdrop of a most spectacularly blue ocean and sky, black AND red sand beaches, sumptuous food, and charming whitewashed buildings. I was so enchanted with the place that it’s made the top of the list of places I want to return to someday.

My favorite part of Santorini was taking a 2 hour hike with my cousins, siblings, and uncle, stretching one end of Santorini to the other.  We also ate some incredible meals, and stayed at a little boutique hotel overlooking the best views of the island. I also loved the black sand beaches- I’ve never been to one before!

Check out the amazing pictures of Santorini below!

Santorini



Greece, Part 2: Athens
June 24, 2012, 11:58 am
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Continuing from my previous post about my fabulous trip to Greece with my family, our second leg of our vacation was to Athens!

Athens fascinated me. As a child, I used to obsessively read Ancient Greek mythology, so it was such a treat to be in the capital. During our stay in Athens, we toured the ever-famous Acropolis (one of the finalists for the new 7 wonders of the world), Parthenon, and walked around Plaka, a famous street that sells all kinds of Greek merchandise and souvenirs. We took a day trip out of the city and saw the beautiful canal of Corinth, an ancient open amphitheater in Epidaurus, and ate lunch in the old capital of Nafplio. I also had the opportunity to walk around the city alone, and I found it to be totally charming. Though Athens is a city of nearly 4 million people, there were parts of it that were quaint, quiet, and enchanting.

I really enjoyed our time in Athens, and I loved the city. Definitely a place I would enjoy living in the future, or at least coming back to for awhile!

Check out some great pictures of our trip to Athens below.

Athens!



Country Number 30: GREECE!
June 23, 2012, 7:51 pm
Filed under: Greece, Pictures Post

Hello all! It’s been nearly a month since I updated on my website, but for good reason: I went on vacation to Greece with my family!

My parents have dreamed of taking all of my family on a special trip to Greece for years. My Dad went there when he was 16 and had always wanted to go back- and since he talked about it so much, it made my Mom really want to go! They wanted to wait for a time that they could take their whole family, and so finally, for my parents 25th wedding anniversary, they were able to fulfill their dream and take my four siblings and I on the vacation of a lifetime. And the icing on the cake? My Aunt, Uncle, and three cousins from France came along as well.

My trip to Greece marked a very special occasion- Greece is the THIRTIETH country I have traveled to in my life. Pretty incredible that in a matter of four years, I’ve been to thirty countries! I feel so very blessed for this opportunity, and even more so because Greece was AMAZING. It did Country Number 30 serious justice. I absolutely fell in love with Greece: the gorgeous architecture on the islands (white-washed walls and rounded at the edges), the stunning views, the food (I have now fallen in love with tzatziki, baba ganoush, moussaka, and the myriad of other dips and stews served, along with Halloumi cheese, Saganaki cheese, Souvlaki, Gyros, and let’s not forget the seafood), the history, the culture- and to top it off, it was the best family vacation we ever had. Greece left such a huge impression on me, and I would dearly love to go again someday.

I’ve decided to kick off the trip with pictures from the island Mykonos, the first (out of three) legs of our trip. Mykonos is an incredibly lovely island, with winding streets, friendly people, and plenty of things to see and do. Check out the pictures below and turn green with envy at this incredible place- or perhaps inspired to travel there yourself!

Here is to Country Number 30! Here is to Greece! Here is to my wonderful family! And here is to Mykonos!

Mykonos!




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