From Dallas to Greece

 small church in Oia, Santorini

small church in Oia, Santorini

When I suggested Greece for this year's out of country vacation, I had no clue what to expect. I remember seeing a photo of blue skies and white buildings and thought it would be fun wandering around a place with such a mystique. Stunning architecture gets me every time. 

What I was introduced to when we landed at Athens Airport was a familiar but distant way of life. The people, open. The food, Mediterranean. The weather, hot.

Here is a visual diary of our travels. 

FIRST STOP: ATHENS 

 streets of Athens, Greece 

streets of Athens, Greece 

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Our Athens Airbnb was tucked away on a small street near several restaurants and a 15-minute walk to the Monastiraki Flea Market and the Acropolis. The newly renovated modern apartment had everything we needed for our short stay in Athens. 

The best advice I was given while touring the market, "watch your purse, there are magicians around here." 

 

NEXT STOP: MYKONOS

 The iconic Mykonos windmills

The iconic Mykonos windmills

We road to Mykonos Island on a ferry ride I could have done without. Two hours later we arrived at the port greeted by our new host Panos. He informed us about the small island, its beaches, restaurants, and the markets nearby our cabin-style dwelling. 

The significant part about Pano's property was a small private beach that could only be accessed from a rickety gate off the roadside. But once through the gate the homes and the views on this side of the island were spectacular. 

 I'm standing on top of the roof for this shot, you're welcome! 

I'm standing on top of the roof for this shot, you're welcome! 

 A path to the small private beach

A path to the small private beach

 a new friend 

a new friend 

NEXT STOP: SANTORINI 

 Oia, Santorini 

Oia, Santorini 

 Our Airbnb was everything! 

Our Airbnb was everything! 

 Daily visitors 

Daily visitors 

Go to Santorini for the steep cliffs, gravity defying architecture and Oia. Unfortunately, not the beaches if you want to keep your rental car in one piece

After saying goodbye to our Santorini host, we headed back to Athens for our return flight home. We had a few days to check out the Acropolis Museum, a rare Thai restaurant with a chef who studied in Thailand and picked up food and trinkets for the return trip back to Dallas.