With the arrival of summer, I've been thinking about last summer and our trip to Greece. Actually, I think about that trip a lot... best place to turn 20.
Athens was certainly more industrialized than I had expected, but between the seven of us we found the hidden neighborhoods. I remember walking the back streets trying to find a place to stop for lunch. After we ate we made our way to the sites: The first Olympic stadium (where it took us longer than we'd like to admit to climb the stairs), Olympia, and an unknown arch that you so kindly ruined a photo of.
Although Athens was incredible, our time spent on the islands was incomparable. Both Mykonos and Santorini seemed too perfect to be real. The color of the water was always a shade of blue that looked photo shopped. The consistent beautiful weather made every boat day one that we didn't want to end. Somehow we always found something to jump off of: a cliff, the top off the boat, the side of the boat... we were always jumping (s/o to mom for always showing us up by doing a flip).
The Greek culture was friendly, positive, and welcoming. The food was delicious and fresh. There were fruit stands by every beach, an exorbitant amount of fresh seafood and produce, and dishes lacked the overly processed ingredients we are used to in the US. The greatest moment regarding meals was on the boat one day, they pulled a baby octopus from the sea and cooked it on the boat... it doesn't get much fresher than that!
Greece was certainly the best place to turn 20, and spend two weeks with some of my favorite people. It is a place I hope to return to someday but for now I will keep reminiscing with pictures and stories of our 3am shenanigans when mom thinks we're sleeping!!
xoxo - siena