Thursday, August 23, 2012

Greece: A few of my favorite things

Here are my 10 favorite things about Greece (in no particular order, well maybe the first one is in the right order ;-)

1. Greek Salads-they were my favorite before I went to Greece and now they have flown off the charts as my favorite salad. Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, olives all topped with a block of feta (because anything less is not enough) and doused (but not too heavily) with olive oil. What more could you ask for in a salad?

2. Sailing the Aegean Sea-highlight of the trip! Loved every single second of this experience.

3. Dancing the night away with 3 of my favorite people-if you know me then this comes as no surprise. And when I can get my hubby on the dance floor (and I don't mean just standing there), it makes it that much better.

4. Sunsets in Mykonos and Santorini-the beauty of nature never ceases to amaze me. I could watch these sunsets every night and never get tired of seeing them.

5. Windmills in Mykonos- these windmills were built in the 1500s and are an iconic feature of Mykonos.

6. Streets of Mykonos- the stone streets with the white trim against the bright white buildings with blue doors is what I picture when I think Greek islands (Mama Mia anyone?). I love the restaurants, bars and shops that are tucked away on these alley like streets (I say streets because people speed up and down on mopeds all day long). You can easily get lost but who cares when you can just stumble upon another charming alley with restaurants and shops galore.

7. Greek Salads-see #1. This is worthy of two mentions on my list :-)

8. Visiting the Acropolis and learning the history. Greek civilization is 5000 years old and is the home of democracy. The stories of Greek mythology have always intrigued me and with my imagination, I was able to see them come to life. It was neat to learn about the parallels of Greek mythology to Christianity (Athena was the virgin goddess=the virgin Mary). These parallels were necessary for the Greeks to make the transition to their new religion.

9. Cruising Mykonos on 4 wheelers and mopeds-this is one of my favorite things to do when visiting an island. It's also the cheapest and most fun way to tour and discover a new place.

10. Visiting the first stadium of modern Olympics-it was cool to see where it all originated and to compare the Olympic stadiums from the last 100+ years. They've come along way but there is something special about the original and I love that it was still used in the 2004 Athens Olympics. I hope they keep it up for whenever Athens hosts again!

If you've been to Greece, tell me your favorite thing(s)!

1 comment:

  1. lol. u're prob going to find urself making lots of greek salads now, i think i did that quite a bit for a span of time after my visit to Greece...and none of that extra lettuce either. ;)