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S: France and Greece 2009

FC: France and Greece Summer 2009

1: For our big vacation in 2009, we took a trip to France and Greece. First, we stopped in Paris before heading to Santorini.

2: Taking in the sights in Paris on the day we arrived.

3: Apparently, this is the type of food that Americans and Canadians eat, according to this French grocery store.

4: This is where we went to dinner our first night out in Paris -- a little Bistro called Le P'tit Troquet that seemed to be run entirely by one woman.

5: The next day we visited the Musee de L'Orangerie. The museum features Claude Monet's water-lily paintings, known as the Nympheas. The paintings are laid out in two oval rooms, showing the pond at different times of the day.

10: Quaint views of the streets of Paris -- and the Eiffel Tower

11: Our hotel room and view into the courtyard.

12: The second night, we went out for some good hearty Lyonnaise food at a place called Auberge Bressane. I had a fabulous coq au vin, while Oliver had quenelles.

13: Silly advertisements on the subway, and shadows that make us look like very tall people.

14: Outside the Ritz hotel. | Sitting at a cafe near our hotel getting coffee and waiting out a rain shower.

16: The Hemingway bar at The Ritz - our favorite bar in Paris.

17: Welcome to Greece! A sign at the Athens airport

18: We spent our first four days in Santorini in the town of Oia, where we stayed at the Ikies Hotel. | Our room had a living room, two bedrooms and a little kitchen -- and an amazing view of the caldera.

20: Watching a beautiful sunset in Oia.

22: Breakfast on the patio with incredible views.

24: Our own personal spa overlooking the caldera.

25: Heading into town for a walk and dinner.

27: We had dinner in downtown Oia, watching the sunset and enjoying great food at a restaurant called 1800.

28: The full moon was so bright that it lit up the entire night.

30: Enjoying our relaxing terrace and then taking a walk into town.

35: We went out to dinner and the phyllo, cheese and honey appetizer I ordered was HUGE. It was so good, but I could only eat a fraction of it.

36: After dinner, we relaxed outside on the futon on our terrace, where we were visited by one of the stray cats that wonders around Oia. It was such a nice night that we fell asleep outside.

37: Waking up to yet another beautiful day.

38: The fog rolls in over the water, but Oia still peeks out above the clouds.

39: We were supposed to leave Oia to head to Fira for the last 5 nights in Greece. But the hotel in Fira double booked our room. So for the first night we were supposed to be at Sun Rocks, they booked us a room at the Kirini Hotel in Oia.

40: They booked us in one of their nicest suites. | These are views from our patio and of the outdoor bed we had to lounge on and enjoy the amazing view.

41: We had our own private pool, which actually felt like a sauna. | Enjoying our welcome gift of wine and fruit.

44: Enjoying the morning at the hotel, with a view of their infinity pool, before checking out to head to Firostefani.

45: Finally, we made it to our hotel in Firostefani. We checked in to the Sun Rocks hotel, where we had stayed two years ago with Aaron and Kirsten.

46: Our own private pool area with fantastic views of the Caldera and an outdoor sofa.

51: Enjoying one of Santorini's amazing sunsets.

53: We headed out of our hotel ... | ... and took an afternoon walk to explore the next town over, called Imerovigli.

55: Taking in more marvelous views.

56: We had a late lunch at this cafe in Imerovigli, where we ate yummy tomato fritters.

57: The path we took to head back to Firostefani.

58: A golden sunset.

59: We went out to dinner at a great Greek restaurant called Archipelagos that we'd been to two years ago. Oliver started the meal with a Greek Mythos Beer. We then had delicious eggplant and cheese, tomato fritters, calamari with a ton of garlic and pasta. Yum!

63: Enjoying our last breakfast in a beautiful setting before leaving the island to head back to France.

64: We spent our last two days in Paris, at hotel DuO in the Marais section of the city. | We then ventured out to get ice cream at Oliver's favorite ice cream spot in Paris - Berthillon.

65: Taking in some last views in Paris before heading home.

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