Greece & the Greek Isles
Greece is one of the most beautiful places in the world. With its gorgeous beaches and iconic blue waters, it's no wonder why it was on the top of my list of places I wanted to visit.
In the summer of 2011, my friend Amanda and I set out on our trip. We booked it through Contiki Tours, a company dedicated to booking safe and eventful trips for anybody who desires to travel. Going with a group added to the experience because the hotels and restaurants we visited were expecting us and treated us kindly. However, it took a little bit of the adventure out of the travel to have an itinerary each day.
The first destination was Athens. Here's a picture of me at the Acropolis. Unfortunately there was some renovation going on so it took away from the aesthetics a little bit, but it was magnificent nonetheless.
The majority of our trip was spent touring the Greek Isles. Our first stop was in Mykonos, an island in the Aegean Sea. My favorite part about it was Mykonos Town, pictured below, the busiest part of the island. There is something going on at all hours of the day. The cafes are open all day and the night clubs are open all night.
The next island we visited was Santorini, which is known for its breathtaking sunsets. The island itself is made up of volcanic ash, and the towns stand hundreds of feet above the ocean. We went up to a lookout point one evening where there was a 270-degree view of the ocean and watched the sunset on the horizon. It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen!
As our trip came to a close, our last stop was Ios. Ios is known for its very young crowd and seasonal night clubs. Most of the businesses on this small island are closed during the winter months. But when the weather starts to warm up, owners will reopen their doors from April to August and hire hundreds of foreign employees who want to work in paradise. The most fun part about Ios was meeting other travelers. I think the island had more tourists than Greeks!
I've never been as sad to leave a place as I was when we left Greece. The last day of our trip we slept in Athens. All we did was have a nice dinner and hung out on the beach until it was too cold to stay outside. In April, Greece is still very cold in the evenings, especially with the beach breezes. The best part about leaving Greece, though, is that I know for a fact I'll go back!