Greece is a place I have wanted to travel to for a very long time. I would constantly beg my family to go on a trip there when traveling to other places nearby. Up until a few months ago, it was only a dream. However, in March the dreams became reality and we created a plan for our Europe trip. Leaving in the beginning of August, just after finally finishing school, we set off on our exciting adventure! It all began in Greece with quite a bang.
We started the trip with a few mistakes which you can read more about in a new post coming soon.. One of these mistakes however really set the tone for our crazy, hustle-&-bustle trip. As we were just about to leave baggage claim of the Athens airport, we noticed that something was missing.. the camera. A very crucial part of our trip had been left on the plane. Clark immediately took off running, through the wrong way of security I might add, and began asking around where he could find it. Thankfully the plane had not been boarded or left yet and we were able to retrieve it after only 30 minutes of waiting.
The next Athens mistake we made was to take a taxi to the hotel. Now typically that sounds like a great idea. However, this taxi driver was a little different. We immediately learned from him that the lanes and road laws were of no importance. Not only did he drive double the speed limit, he also straddled the lane lines, spent far too much time not looking at the road, and also drove directly in between two cars. There was non-stop giggling in the backseat in an attempt to laugh off the fear of certain death we were all feeling.
On the plus side, we reached the hotel in half the time, and were able to walk up the street where several restaurants lined the block. Outside of each restaurant patio stood several "hosts" who were sure to come up, show you the menu, tell you about their wonderful food, and try to drag you/ I mean invite you in. We quickly realized that the locals walked on the other side of the street to avoid this. Through out the trip we tried a couple of these restaurants and greatly enjoyed the huge portions, kind service, and unique outdoor environment.
The majority of our time in Athens was spent walking, hiking, and quickly visiting the tourist spots. With very little time, we found the double-decker, hop on-hop off bus to be a great source of transportation. Walking in the 90+ degree weather tired us out quickly, but the incredible ruins at the end of each hike were well worth it.
Our final day in Athens was spent along the water, checking out the marina. We sat in a quiet, breezy patio sipping on drinks and wishing that this incredible moment could be our everyday reality. Although sad to leave, it wasn't difficult when we knew that Santorini was what lay ahead.
Santorini was extremely different from Athens. Although seeing the ruins and visiting the large city was very fun, the relaxing and calm mentality that comes from visting Santorini is one that can't be beat. The views are beyond belief and immediately stop you in your tracks. Despite this, we did tons of walking along the cliff side, in between beautiful white and blue buildings. Does the island require color coordination? If so, it was a great call! The pictures are gorgeous and yet just don't do it justice. I can close my eyes and just imagine the sun baking down, the breeze in my face, and the increible hillside lined with houses, shops, and infinity pools all adding to the natural beauty of the surrounding blue ocean. All of this.. and then of course there was the amazing food! From fresh caprese salad (my favorite), to the calamari, to the Souvlaki, to the.. well I could go on for days.
It truly was like out of a movie - a complete dream come true.
Up next, we're headed to Italy.. Stay Tuned!
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