a college student's five month quest to see europe and soak in la vie française

a college student's five month quest to see europe and soak in la vie française

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


how to sum up our time in greece? my friend valerie says this: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times... the best being our time spent in the sun on the greek islands of ios and santorini, the worst being the lingering feeling of insecurity in athens and the volcanic eruption that left us stranded there for four extra days. i think athens is a place i'll be happy to say i've been to, if only to have seen the parthenon and the first olympic stadium, but not a city i'd care to return to anytime soon. the islands, however... take me back to santorini, please! our trip went like this, so you can follow along: two days in athens, five days in ios with a day trip to santorini, and then five more days in athens.
anyone who knows me will not be surprised that our first stop in athens was this two-story starbucks. my mom would be proud!
michael and i with the acropolis behind us. excuse the crazy hair!
awesome view of athens from the hill next to the parthenon. how cool is it that you can see the clouds casting shadows over certain neighborhoods?
an ancient ampitheater.
admiring ancient ruins at the acropolis.
michael and i in front of the parthenon.
renovations on the parthenon.
the stadium where the first olympic games were held in 1896.
arriving in ios — just another day in paradise. i swear i have dozens of versions of this exact same shot...
realizing just how far out the farout beach club was.
one of my favorite pictures from our whole trip. i could (and did) stare at that view every night!
our humble abode.
watching the sun set on mylopotas beach in front of our hotel.
michael taking a break on our ATV.
sailboats on mylopotas beach.
saying good bye to ios for a day trip to santorini.
a whitewashed church on the hilltop.
how beautiful is this?!
michael enjoying the view from a cliff in santorini.
riding my baby donkey up the hill. how cute is he?!
yet another pretty sunset on mylopotas beach back on ios.
michael skipping rocks at the gorgeous beach we found during our second day of ATVing.
the awesome view from our ATV.
valerie speeds by a herd of cows.
goats along the roadside.
terraced hills that remind me of something out of south america.
pretty greek orthodox church in ios.
a student demonstration in syntagma square back in athens.
police armed with riot shields to quiet the demonstration.
greek parliament.
the fascinating changing of the guards ceremony in front of parliament. please note the pom-poms on their shoes!
the view of the acropolis from our hotel room on our last night.


  1. Wow! All of these photos are awesome! My favorite being the one of the pool in Ios! Wish I was there right now. Ahh, with a drink in hand!

    Oh, and yes I'm a dork, but the photo of the clouds casting shadows on different parts of the city, I couldn't help but think of Mufasa in the Lion King, "Everything the light touches is our kingdom."

    What a whirlwind trip!

  2. Your pics have made me instantly antsy to get out of here!! The pictures of the water and ocean views instantly gave me a sense of calm AND LONGING!! And that little baby angel donkey is so presh hahah What a wonderful recap!

  3. Wow! I desperately need to get there now :P Amazing pictures!

  4. girl what an amazing trip, you took so many beautiful photos!

  5. WOW! AMAZING!.....ah... i am lost for words...beautiful vistas and clever photography! exactly the place i have been dreaming of...thank you for sharing your photos and experience...looking forward for more! glad you made it home safely. take care...verbena cottage

  6. Awesome photos and its very beautiful city. I also like athens greece hotels most.

  7. Great photos and post, as ever! Ios had a reputation as a party island, does it still? But pick an island, any island - you really can't go wrong with a Greek island!

  8. Love the pics of you and mike together! But that pic of you and the baby donkey? Adorable! How fun!! I'm so jelous of you two!

  9. I really should go there....so much beauty!!! Ahhh I love it:)

  10. I felt the EXACT same way about Athens vs. the islands. I would go back to the islands tomorrow but Athens not so much.

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