Remember that cruise I went on in October that I said I would blog about…then only posted once? Oops. Anyways, I wanted to share some pictures from our time in Greece. I’ve dreamed of visiting Greece for as long as I can remember. There’s something about whitewashed buildings with blue domed tops. It’s so romantic. Not in the lovey-dovey relationship way, but in the “I could fall in love with a city” way. Harry and I explored 3 places in Greece: Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t as excited about our day in Athens as I was some of the other days. There’s been a lot about Athens in the news – bad stuff. After arriving in the port of Athens – called Piraeus – we took a bus to the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Acropolis refers to the flat-top rock/entire site, while the Parthenon refers to the temple dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom and patron of Athens. Walking up to the Acropolis was breathtaking (literally and figuratively).
However, my favorite part of our Athens trip was Cape Sounion, around 40 miles south of Athens on the Aegean Sea. The Temple of Poseidon is located here. The views are incredible. A long time ago, this location was used as a vantage point to see incoming ships – it’s essentially a panoramic view. Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon were not touristy at all. If you’re ever in Athens, I highly recommend visiting!
I’ve wanted to visit Santorini ever since I saw The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The postcards and pictures scream Greece. Santorini’s official name is Thira, but everyone calls it Santorini. The name “Santorini” came about 800 years ago. It means island of holy peace. All of the buildings are white; many have blue domes and accents. The white color comes from washing the buildings with lime. This cleansing ritual dates back to the middle ages and was to purify the building.
We visited both Oia and Fire – neighborhoods in Santorini. My favorite part of this day was visiting the SantoWines Winery. The winery is located on top of a volcanic caldera. We tasted an assortment of wines while overlooking the ocean. We also tried local cheeses – yum! I also found a great keepsake from my trip: a gold ring from a jeweler in Santorini.
Mykonos is my absolute favorite place in Greece. The name means “pile of rocks” because the island is made up of granite and slate rocks. It’s nickname is the “windy island” and it’s quite fitting because it is SO windy.
When we first got to Mykonos, we hopped on a tour bus and drove to the side of the island that is opposite of the port area. This is where many of the locals live. Each family has a small plot of land that includes a winery and a small church named after a saint. The families visit their church once a year on the day of the church’s saint. Like Santorini, the buildings in Mykonos are white with blue accents. It’s actually against the law to have a building that’s not white – you won’t get water or power. The corners of the buildings are all rounded. This makes the buildings aerodynamic.
Our first stop was a small winery. The winery was adorable! And the wine was amazing. We also had cheeses, local bread, and local vegetables. The winery had a few animals too, so we visited with goats, chickens, and dogs.
After the winery, we headed back to Mykonos Town to do some exploring. We went to the oldest bakery in the city and tried almond cookies. Harry was in heaven! Then we visited the picturesque Mykonos windmills.
This was the best day of the trip. Mykonos is beautiful. I really hope I get to visit again! Have you been to Greece? If so, where did you go? Let me know in the comments section!