August 18, 2019

The Mediterranean Diet: A Food Tour of Athens

"Borei na travixo ti fotografia sas?" 
Greek food is more than the gyros, moussaka, and yogurt it's known for - once you align your expectations with the term "Mediterranean Diet," images of fresh seafood, produce, and cheeses come to mind. After some research (YouTube is the best!), we arrived expecting Greek coffee, koulouri, and pies, too.

August 11, 2019

The Streets of Athens

Graffiti, ancient relics, and leafy greens (not the kind you eat) are all key to creating the Athenian street scene. Athens boasts a million and one things to see and do, but nothing is as authentic as tasting the local flavor by wandering on foot. If you get lost, look up - like Cornell's McGraw Tower or the North Star, the nearly always visible Parthenon is your compass. So take it slow for an hour or two each day you're in Athens, and meander through the countless squares. My favorite neighborhood? Anafiotika, the hidden village under the Acropolis. There's a cute little souvenir shop featuring contemporary Greek designs called Forget Me Not. You'll be glad you stopped in, but if you can't, check out their website!

July 21, 2019

Kalampaka and Meteora by Day

Lunch at Meteoron Panorama 
"I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it."
John 17:14-16

In, but not of. These monks seem to have a different interpretation of that verse...They live in monasteries perched on top of cliffs! 

July 14, 2019

Memories of the Heart (My Travel Journals)

I thought it had started when a family member gifted me a scrapbooking kit for my eighth birthday - you know, one of those from Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Little did I know, this meditative process of documenting travels and curating memorabilia was inherited from my mom.

July 7, 2019

Ancient Athens

I've been sharing about our trip to Greece - how we planned our itinerary to maximize our time while intentionally scheduling rest and exploration. If you're going to visit Athens, however, you don't need me to tell you to visit the Acropolis! 

P.S. Another reason to visit in the winter? Fewer crowds! Per videos, it looks like ants are swarming the Acropolis in the summer.