S: Our Big Fat Greek Honeymoon
FC: Our Big Fat Greek Honeymoon | August 6-20, 2011
1: S T A R R I N G | The Bohémiers | The McGregors | The Smiths
2: Leaving on | We departed for Montreal at 6am and had to leave for the airport by 4am. As we were about to leave the house, Chris could not find his passport. As the taxi waited for us, we ripped our house and luggage apart trying to locate it. It turns out that it fell into the clothes hamper. After a good 20 minute search and our hearts pounding out of our chests, we were relieved to be on our way. | Day 1
3: a jet plane... | Once we arrived in Montreal, we had an eight hour layover. We walked around the airport for a little while, played the "What if" game outside, grabbed some lunch at a diner, played "Asshole" in the fancy hotel lobby that was attached to the airport, then hunkered down at our gate and played "What's yours like" for quite some time. Right before our flight, we enjoyed some maple infused gelati, The flight to Athens was about 10 hours long. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that we had been seated in the first row which gave us lots of leg room! We laughed with the rest of the gang about being in "Comfort Class"!
4: Day 2
6: In the Athens metro station waiting for our train to take us to the airport...on our way to Santorini! | Day 3
7: Flying with Aegean Air- 45 minute flight to Santorini! We were all very excited!
8: Beautiful Santorini Heaven on Earth
12: Our first night out in Santorini
13: After a delicious meal and a fun evening at the restaurant, La Maison, we played some cards and had some drinks poolside back at the Afroessa. This would become a nightly tradition.
14: Day 4 | Oia | Oia is small village in Santorini best known for its famous blue domed churches. We enjoyed a day of shopping in Oia while snapping photos of its beautiful architecture and breathtaking views.
16: Quadding around the island of Santorini.
18: Fun in the Sun!
19: Always have a blast at the beach!
24: More card games after dinner by the pool and of course, more Ouzo! I actually started to take fake sips toward the end of the night to prevent getting sick. We also had fun shining a flashlight on the bottle while taking a shot!
26: Day 5
27: Our snorkeling adventure in Santorini!
30: The pack of wild dogs that followed Kent to dinner!
31: We enjoyed an amazing dinner on a rooftop patio in Fira followed by gelati at a little café. | The lady who served us at the café liked Reid so much that she gave him a second scoop of gelati for free and then served us all complimentary shots of Racki (like Ouzo) . It's too bad none of us wanted to drink them after our Ouzo night!
32: Day 6
33: Pool day at the Afroessa
34: Day 7 | The Louis Cristal Our mighty cruise ship!
38: Day 8 | Istanbul, Turkey
40: The Blue Mosque
41: In the 17th century, Sultan Ahmet wished to build an Islamic place of worship that would be even better than the Hagia Sophia, and the mosque named for him is the result. The two great architectural achievements now stand next to each other in Istanbul's main square, and it is up to visitors to decide which is more impressive.. Inside, the high ceiling is lined with the 20,000 blue tiles that give the mosque its popular name. The interior is also lit with 260 windows, which were once filled with 17th-century stained glass. Sadly, this has been lost and replaced with inferior replicas. When entering a mosque, you must cover your shoulders and be wearing bottoms that go past your knees. You were also not allowed to wear shoes in the Blue Mosque in order to preserve the carpets. We were advised to wear socks as many people walk on the carpet with their sweaty bare feet. As a result, it smelled quite badly in the mosque. It was beautiful nonetheless!
43: The Hagia Sophia is an important monument for both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque and now a museum, it is considered one of the great architectural monuments of its time.
44: We spent a day in Istanbul.. We watched a presentation of Turkish carpets and got to see how they are made. They say that it takes 9-11 months to make a small carpet. They are all handmade and very expensive! | We also got to visit the Grand Bazaar, but didn't have much time, so we were only able to explore a small portion of it. We bought a Turkish vase and bartered it down from $350 to $50 USD!
48: Day 9 | Izmir, Turkey
49: We took a gondola up to the top of a very high hill where we explored impressive ruins.
58: Day 10 | Mykonos, Greece
62: Day 11 | Kushadashi, Turkey The ancient city of Ephesus
68: Back to Beautiful Santorini for a day at Kamari Beach | Day 12