S: Greece 2011
FC: Greece 2011
1: Mykonos | Athens | Santorini
2: After a connecting flight in Rome, we arrived in Athens. We quickly checked in at our hotel and immediately began exploring what the city had to offer. We took the Metro to Thission Square, strolled down the Grand Promenade, sampled some Greek coffee. We then made our way to the Acropolis
3: The acropolis is the Greek's 2,400 year old temple to Athen's patron saint, Athena, the daughter of Zeus and the goddess of wisdom, crafts and war.
4: The Erechtheion | The Erechtheion is honored by the Athenians as the tomb of the Erechtheion, a legendary king.
5: The Parthenon | The Propylaia | Herodes Atticus Theater | Sanctuary of Artemis | View of Lycabettus Hill | The Propylaia
6: Hadrian's Arch | After exploring the Acropolis and its many temples we started wandering through Athens. We stumbled upon the Temple to Olympian Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. | Temple of Olympian Zeus
7: A long flight and an afternoon of exploring Athens meant that we were ready for a little relaxation. We wandered over to the Plaka, a shopping and dining district located in the center of the city. After virtually being attacked by restaurant hosts throughout the district, we decided to dine at a place that had live music and an indoor garden. Starving at that point, we feasted on Moussaka, Gyros, Lamb Souvlaki, Spanikopita, and plenty of wine.
8: We woke up early the next morning after enjoying a rooftop view of the Acropolis at night at the Hotel Candia. We boarded the ferry to Mykonos around 7am. On our way we stopped at two other Cyclades Islands, Tinos and Syros. | Agean Sea
9: Tinos | Syros | Syros | Syros
10: View from our Hotel | Agios Stefanos | Hotel Artemis
11: We arrived in Mykonos and again, started to explore the moment our suitcases hit the bed. Our hotel, Hotel Artemis, was located in Agios Stefanos, about five minutes from Mykonos Town. We checked out the area around our hotel, as well as the beach, and then prepared for a night on the town. It was nearing sunset when the shuttle dropped us off at the port and we began strolling toward town.
12: Windmills of Mykonos | The Streets of Mykonos | Church of Panagia Paraportiani
13: Mykonos Town is on the water and is a mix of old world traditions and modern night life. The streets are winding and unnamed as they were designed and built to confuse invading pirates. They exude a charm that is unimaginable. We winded through the streets and found several points of interest. First, we discovered the Church of Panagia Paraportiani which is from the 15th century. Next we found Little Venice and the Windmilles of Mykonos which were constructed in the 16th century by the Venetians.
14: Little Venice, Mykonos | We stayed in Little Venice for dinner and then went to a small cafe for a nutella waffle for dessert....delicious. Shortly after, we got lost in the winding streets and discovered a charming lounge on the water called Caprice. We indulged in some ouzo and found ourselves out 'til four in the morning dancing at a seaside club called Argo.
15: "Ella" | Agios Stefanos Beach | The next day we decided to take it easy and relax at Aqios Stefanos Beach where we met Ella the duck. Ella enjoyed drinking out of our hands and attempted several times to eat Megan's curly locks. We went for lunch at an Irish pub next to our hotel where we were greeted by a group of retired Greek men who insisted we once again indulge in some ouzo.
16: Stork | Nutella Crepe | Mykonos Town at Night | Dinner at Rouvera | For dinner, we headed back into Mykonos Town and ate at Rouvera on the water. Our server, Xristos, was very friendly. He taught us some useful Greek phrases and made plans to meet us the next day for our trip to the island of Delos. We ended the night with a nutella crepe and managed to finally get a decent night of sleep.
17: Mykonos Town | Boat in the Port of Mykonos | After a quick traditional Greek breakfast of yogurt, honey, bread and cheese, Rhiannon and I headed to the port to catch the ferry to Delos. Delos is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the largest island of antiquities. It is also believed to be the birthplace of Apollo, the god of sun and light, and his twin sister, Artemis, the goddess of the hunt.
18: Delos | The Terrace of the Lions | House of Cleopatra | Portico of Phillip V | Ancient Gutter System
19: Head of Hermes | Ancient Mosaic | Ancient Fresco | Delos Museum | View of Delos from a Mountain
20: On our way back to Mykonos we were treating to some stunning views of the island. After we docked at the port, we headed to the Little Venice area for some great photo ops.
21: The windmills, built by the Venetians, were used to mill wheat and were an important source of income until production was ceased in the middle of the 20th Century.
22: Little Venice | Windmills of Mykonos
23: Our last night in Mykonos was spent dancing at Caprice, our favorite waterside lounge. We left in the morning and boarded a ferry to our next destination, Santorini. The ferry was horribly rocky; we thankfully switched boats in Naxos. Then we stopped at Paros and Eos before arriving in Fira, Santorini. | Paros | Naxos | Naxos | Eos
24: Santorini Island is the remains of a volcanic explosion which caused a Caldera. Many believe that Santorini is the Lost City of Atlantis.
25: After we checked into our hotel in Katerados, Santorini, we received some unsettling news. Due to a planned protest in Athens, there was to be a nationwide strike of all forms of transportation, effective in two days. This meant that we would have to cut our trip short. As to not waste any time, we headed out for a nice dinner with some friends we made while traveling and then proceeded to dance the night away. Dinner was at Mama's House and Mama was a fun, fiesty Greek lady. We went to Town Club for dancing, plenty more Ouzo and French go-go dancers. The next day, we explored Fira, the main town of Santorini. | Dinner at Mama's House | Town Club | Fira Town
26: Trying to pack in as much as possible, we took a traditional donkey ride down the cliffs of Fira to the base of the Caldera. The donkeys were adorned with bells that chimed the duration of the ride. The ride was fun yet kind of scary as you looked down the sides of the cliffs while slipping and knocking into the wall. While it was fun, we were all glad to get off the donkeys!
27: In the evening we headed to Oia, the sunset village of Santorini. Oia is known for remarkable sunsets and picturesque settings. Unfortunately for us, the weather was unseasonably cold and foggy. We grabbed a quick tea and head back to Karterados for dinner.
28: Our last day in Santorini was cold and rainy, it was like we were truly being kicked out of the country. We wandered around Fira and noshed on amazing gyros one last time before making an emergency flight back to Athens,
29: Of course we wished the trip could have lasted longer and there was so much more we wished we could have seen, but after spending the night in the Athens airport to ensure a flight home before the strike began, we were sure happy to get our tickets! We experienced a lot that Greece had to offer, but there is so much more....I'm sure I'll be back one day!