One of my favorite things about traveling is honestly, the whole adventure just to get to your destination. It’s like a small appetizer to your full meal, or even like a small intro to something BIG & GREAT that’s going to happen. I don’t know, maybe I’m just crazy… or maybe I just need to work in an airport since I LOVE going to the airport.. but seriously , all the time it takes to get to your destination, just makes you appreciate the place more once you get there. It makes you THAT much more excited. Me & my family flew out of Washington DC & honestly we had a great time waiting around to catch our flight.
we rented bikes & rode around the beautiful little city. It was honestly so fun and it made me want to go buy a bike. We hung with Abe and checked out all the memorials. I only almost hit a few people……..
Probably the best three things I learned on this trip was
- air bnb is the shit
- mamma mia was 100 x better in Greece
- & there’s more to places than just what you see on instagram.
When we arrived to Athens, I was so excited… honestly just because I was in Greece! I was like holy crap I’m actually here. Greece was honestly somewhere I have always wanted to go. But, also Greece surprised me in SO many ways. So many things I was not expecting. Greece was beautiful and I can’t wait to share it in my picture diaries below ~
This pic was taken the very first day we arrived in Greece. I legit went right to our air bnb and changed into my cute, little outfit and was gone. Our air bnb was so cool tho. This picture was taken from our balcony…. the view of the acropolis was spectacular. During the night was definitely the most beautiful time to just sit back and admire the view of the acropolis. The moon and stars shined right down on it making it light up the whole city of Athens.
The acropolis was honestly one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. I mean its over 3,000 years old and it is STILL standing. The history behind is truly incredible….and even though it was steaming hot, I couldn’t help but want and see all there was to it. SO many ruins everywhere! From all the wars to all the Greek mythology…..it was incredible. There is just something so mesmerizing about walking on the same stone/rocks where people have walked for thousands and thousands of years. Indescribable!
Athens was an incredible city. I feel like you can’t go anywhere in Greece till you see Athens. Half of Greece’s population lives in Athens.. you can really get a good feel of culture through the people and just history alone. There is so much of it there! ~ Athens is the heart of Greece ~ and will forever stay in my heart!
Our second air bnb in Paros was probably the smallest yet cutest house I have ever seen. A one room house is kind of questionable when your staying with 3 other people…. but we made it work. I mean did we really spend thaaaat much time in that house? no. Were we exploring around the island and being beach bums? yes. When you travel you don’t need to stay in all these luxurious hotels or have the best & biggest. When you travel it’s about exploring around the place your in. It’s about meeting new people, seeing every single thing you can and waking up at 6 am everyday to do so.
So obviously the first thing I did when I got to our first Greek Island, I got my bikini on and ran right into that crystal clear water. The water was so calm and still…. I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was. We walked around and explored around the beach we were in and ended up finding a little ferry dock, where a ferry comes and drops people off at the beach. There was a bunch of kids speaking Greek jumping off this dock. I ended up speaking with a guy similar to my age who was from Paros his whole life. He had said he’d been coming here to jump since he was 3. I thought it was the most precious thing. It was definitely a local spot. When the ferry would come, they would all move and wait for the waves. I can’t even tell you how excited they all were for waves…. they were all screaming in Greek and I honestly thought something bad happened… but no, they just loved the waves 🙂
This cute town was in Paroikia, Kikladhes in Paros. We woke up early and spent most of the day running around this little town. You know how when you see pictures in Greece and legit everything is white and blue? Well that’s literally how it is and it’s so awesome! The town was like a little maze filled with stone and hiding Greek cafes. It’s honestly amazing to wander around these Greek towns. You never know what which way will take you…. but that’s also the fun of it.
Our next Greek Island was the one and only beautiful Santorini. My family and I were a bit skeptical about visiting this island because it’s always crowded from cruise ships and it’s expensive……. but, we did and I was glad we did. There is truly nowhere in the world like Santorini. It is SO unique. The towns are literally made into this huge cliff looking over the sea. I just really could not get over how all these hotels and homes are just in the cliff. It’s amazing. But that wasn’t all this island held…… They had the most unique beaches i had ever been to that no one ever really hears about. The Red Beach, the Black sand Beach….. It was pretty cool. Something I wasn’t expecting coming to this island. I mean, from what everyone sees on instagram, it is just the cliff towns in Santorini and crystal clear blue water….. But, there is way more to Greece than just that. There is culture, and there are all these different types of rocks that makes these beaches all different colors.
The red sand beach was probably the most rough yet awesome beach I’d ever been to. To get to this beach you had to climb up and back down these cliffs. Once you got down there, there is hardly any sand, basically all red biggish rocks. The waves were crazy this day because of high winds….. so once you got in the water, the waves would throw these rocks at your legs.. (it hurt lol) so we didn’t really get in, but it was still super cool to see. I mean how many can say they spent the day on a red sand beach?
Our last Greek Island, Milos, was for sure my favorite island. Once again our air bnb was 10/10. Our little fishermen cottage sat right in the bay of Firopotamos. I don’t think I’ve ever stayed somewhere that was SO close to the water. This island is where many Greeks come to vacation to try and stay away from all the tourism. That was one of the reasons why I liked this island so much…. It showed us more of what Greece is really like. From trying to drive a stick shift up all those mountains, to getting lost through some random Greek town and ending up on someones front porch without even realizing it… all the way to meeting the nicest people Iv’e ever met. It felt like home.
The moon rock beach, also known as Sarakiniko, was probably my favorite place we went to. It was the best day. Literally right when you show up you feel as if you are on the moon. It was crazy!! It was the legit perfect set-up for jumping off rocks into the sea. It was SO much fun. If you ever get the chance to go to Milos, go to the Sarakiniko. You won’t regret it.
Our next little beach we went to was called Tsigrado. We heard it as “the beach you have to have a rope and ladder to get down to”. Of course me and my sister were intrigued by this. I mean come on…… sounds pretty adventurous right? We show up and we’re the first people there and had absolutely no idea where to go. We were just atop this massive cliff and I thought there was no way there is a beach here…. All I see are HUGEEE cliffs. We look around and end up seeing this danger sign. We were like uh ok, this must be right. So, we found the entrance and oh my gosh…. I had never seen anything like this. I wasn’t even sure if I could get down, it looked a little sketch. Of course Caroline, my sister, plopped right down there and made it to the bottom. I was like Ok, If my little sister can do it, so can i. Sure enough, I made it down, and it was pretty amazing. Using a rope between two cliffs, then finding stairs that hang off the cliff to the beach. It was awesome and I was glad I got the courage to do it. Sometimes fear can stop us from doing amazing things and we need to prove to ourselves that we CAN do it.
One of our last nights in Milos was one I won’t ever forget. We were out doing some shopping and came back to our air bnb to find our neighbor, who was from Milos, having a little Greek dinner party right on the beach. It was the cutest set-up. A huge, long table across the beach, filled with all this delicious Greek food. The Greek couple didn’t speak great English, but they knew a few words. They asked if we wanted to join, I said yes, sure! We ended up meeting a French family who was at the dinner too. It totally surprised me that they were French, I thought for sure they were Greek, since the other family only spoke Greek. The French family ended up telling us that they stayed here at the air bnb about two years ago and met the Greek family. They had stayed in touch all this time and came back to Milos to see them. It was just amazing to me that they met this Greek family years ago, and even though they can’t really communicate, they have stayed so close. It just shows you that no matter where you are, or where you are from, or even what you speak…. we are all one race and that is human. Love has no languages. We spent the night singing with the French girls and the little, old Greek man loved it. It was sweet. It was a moment I’ll cherish forever. It was a moment that was pure and very sweet. It reminded me that this is what life is truly about. The small moments that you share with people who are loving and carefree. Singing ‘Imagine’ under the stars with these people from three different cultures… there are no words to describe it.
Greece was an unforgettable experience and I am so thankful I got to see the beauty of it. I’m also thankful I got to share with my family, my Mom, Nana, and Caroline, my sister. If it wasn’t for my moms awesome job, we would not have been able to go. Shout-out to science! 🙂
love my family.