Monday, March 7, 2011

Travel Destination: Greece

Happy Monday!

Since the week has just started, I thought it'd be nice for us to take a little trip. It's been a while since my last Travel Destination post, and I remember Carrie from http://www.readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/ requesting that we go to Greece next.

So, let's go! :D

***photos are in no particular order***

Athens at night


Parthenon, Acropolis Hill, and some houses of Anafiotika - seen from Lykavittos Hill


Agios Minos Cathedral


Cape Sounio - located at the eastern part of the country.


The Temple of Poseidon is located in Cape Sounio.


Greek Orthodox chapel and an approaching ferry - island of Santorini



Church of Agia Fotini




interior of the Chapel of Agia Fotini - combines Byzantine and Hellenistic elements



Boat cruising through Corinth Canal




south coast of Crete

How beautiful is this photo?!



cruise ship


Delphi


Temple of Apollo in Delphi


ferry ride

The water is soooooo beautiful!



We can swim and sunbathe near Hera's Temple.


House of Cleopatra




While on vacation, we can still update our blogs because they have internet cafes! :)


sunbathing on Kathisma Beach



Matala Beach

The man-made caves date back to prehistoric times.


Take a therapeutic dip on Moustos Lake.




town and harbor of the island of Mykonos


The island fortress of Bourtzi, Nafplio harbor -- seen from Palamidi fortress.


Are you into hiking?


descending trail on Mt. Olympus


western face of Mytikas on Mt. Olympus



If you're like me, then hiking is probably not your thing. No worries, there are a lot of other things we can do... like watch musical and theatrical performances at the open-air theater on Lykavittos Hill.





We can also swim and walk along the shores of Pebble Beach at Kokkari.



The Parthenon at sunset




I love these cute little umbrellas on Perissa Beach on the east coast of Santorini. (P.S. That's black sand!)





Piraeus - the main port of Athens


Potami Beach


Perhaps, one of the most well-known of the Greek islands: Santorini.

white-washed houses and blue domes


Southern Aegean village of Oia


Santorini sunset







I would love to eat at this waterfront restaurant!


A traditional Greek tavern.

Taverns are an integral part of Greek culture and cuisine.

This then brings us to an important aspect of our little trip to Greece: Greek food! :D


olives


Greek salad choriatiki




Fasolada - soup made of beans, tomatoes, carrots, celery, and olive oil




Moussaka - an oven-baked layer dish.

It is usually a ground meat and eggplant casserole, topped with bechamel sauce, then browned.



Pikilia platter



Pitas with Gyros

Gyros - meat roasted on a vertically turning spit and served with sauce and garnishes on a pita bread


Taramosalata - fish roe mixed with boiled potatoes or moistened breadcrumbs, olive oil, and lemon juice

Ready for dessert?

Kourabiedes - Christmas cookies



Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts



And of course, baklava! Yum! :D

Well, that's about it for our trip to Greece. :)

Have you been to Greece? What else should we do when we go there? What other places should we visit?

If you have a place in mind for our next virtual trip, let me know!

Have a great week, everyone! :D

***images and info from www.google.com, www.lonelyplanet.com, and www.wikipedia.com***

31 comments:

  1. great pics! looks like such a great place! :)

    katslovefashion.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh my! I have been to Greece. Just once, but I'd like to make that twice. It was amazing and one of my most favorite places I have ever been. I can't get enough of that white and blue. SO GORGEOUS!!!! XO, Kelly

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  3. Ah Greece, I'd love to go... and if you ever go to a traditional Greek restaurant, you have to order saganaki - it's pan-seared Greek cheese, with lemon juice and pepper... SO GOOD! :)

    K.

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  4. exquisite. i am very proud to be Greek :)
    nice post!

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  5. mmmm, i actually had some Kourabiedes today (my mom makes the best ones) and that is about as close to greece as i am getting these days. sadly.
    I so want to go, these photos are gorgeous!

    Chic on the Cheap

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  6. What fantastic pictures! I love Greece and hope to one day be able to travel there - if it's anything like the mini-vacation your post just sent me on, then it'll be fantastic! Have a great day & save some baklava for me!!!

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  7. I wanna go to Greece, these pictures are so inviting!:D

    I will eat lots of Baklava and take tons of pictures!:D

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  8. Gorgeous architechtures and mouth watering food!! I wish I could be there right now.

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  9. Tempting! There's a monument in Edinburgh, Scotland which was supposed to be a copy of the Temple of Poseidon but there wasn't enough money to complete the monument so it's known as Edinburgh's Disgrace lol. I've seen that many times so it would be nice to see the *original* one day :-)

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  10. this looks soooo goooddddd !it is making me so excited to go away!!
    thankyou for sharing!! xx

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  11. I've only ever been to Skiathos, a touristy Greek island. I've always wanted to go the mainland and see more historical places.
    That canal looks beautiful to travel down!

    Rosie x

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  12. I love Greece and have been a few times. But I love history and next time I go I want to visit the historical sites, temples etc!

    Thanks for the trip :)

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  13. After watching the movie Mamma Mia, i wanted to go to Greece because it looks so beautiful!

    My 10 yr wedding anniversary will be in 2yrs and we were thinking about going to Hawaii but looking at these pictures are making me reconsider!

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  14. Great post!! I totally want to visit there this year and these pictures have made me want to go even more. Thanks for shearing this,love Sia x

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  15. I backpacked all over Greece and Turkey in my younger single days and what an amazing place. Santorini is the ultimate with all the white houses on a cliff, but strangely enough the sand was black. The other islands had white sand and sea-through seas. Idyllic

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  16. love the pic.s

    xo-kayla marie
    www.wildchildfashion.blogspot.com

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  17. you presented my country in so beautiful pictures, breathtaking really :)

    το blog σου είναι υπέροχο και τα ταξίδια που κάνεις εμπνέουν

    which means your blog is fantastic and your voyages inspiring :)
    ^^in greek as to match your post :)

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  18. I enjoyed that little trip and it was thrifty! The photos are gorgeous :) And Baklava is my fave XOXO

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  19. Such beautiful pictures! I love to visit Greece one day =]

    I feel like I need a holiday right now, all your fault =P haha

    xx

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  20. hi everyone! i'm happy you liked this post. the photos are absolutely beautiful, aren't they? :D

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  21. I want to go so bad... it looks so beautiful!!!!

    XX
    Jessie
    http://87life.blogspot.com

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  22. Ah I'm dying to go! My parents met in Crete. I'd like to make it there someday. Great vacation!

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  23. Jessie-- same here, i want to gooo! ;)

    Nikki-- awww, that's so romantic that they met there! :D

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  24. Athens at night is so beautiful.

    Church of Agia Fotini looks so cool.

    The water in south coast of Crete looks so crisp and clean and stunning

    OH baklava! Yum Yum, I’m craving some now.

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  25. Greece is so BEAUTIFUL! I've been wanting to visit ever since I watched Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Mamma Mia lol.

    ;)

    how about a trip to India?

    xoxo, Bree

    http://vivalabreee.blogspot.com/

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  26. Dizzy-- same here, i want some baklava! ;)

    Bree-- me too, after seeing those two movies too! ;) and okay, india it is for next time. :)

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  27. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DOING THIS!
    i've always wanted to go to Greece. It's so beautiful. I was in awe after seeing every picture. It's be nice to go there during the summer. aaahhh. i love it. :D

    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

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  28. Carrie-- you're so welcome!!!

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  29. A window to Greece...
    http://www.greek-webcams.com

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