Thanksgiving in Santorini

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Aegean Air made the short hop from Athens to Santorini, and we arrived on the eve of Thanksgiving.

Flying through a classic, clear-blue Mediterranean sky, we had a beautiful view of the volcanic arch that is now the island of Santorini, our home for the next week.

The first order of business was getting checked into our great little apartment. It’s low season here, se we were able to get a primo rate. The building is classic Mediterranean with clean lines, muted colors, and bougainvillea arbors.


The balcony, with its ocean view, is the perfect place for soaking up some rays.


And speaking of Thanksgiving, the second order of business was getting to the local market for the scavenger hunt for the food that was to become our first Greek Thanksgiving meal. It was going to be trickier than we’d anticipated. Our new apartment kitchen only has a small skillet, medium pot, colander, and a wonky steak knife. Hmmm, what can we fix that will be Greek, delicious, and worthy of a Thanksgiving meal? Here’s the menu we created:

Keftedes (Greek Meatballs) with Tomato Wedges and Tzatziki Sauce
Greek Green Beans with Almonds
Santorini Sesame Rings
Santorini White Wine
And for dessert – Tiramisu with Hazelnut Sticks


We dined on our balcony, basking in the sun and listening to school children returning home. It was glorious!


After gorging on keftedes and tzatziki sauce, we decamped for the traditional T&J post-turkey walk. Of course, it doesn’t burn off all the calories, but it seems like a good thing, and makes a great excuse for the nap that follows.

The walk in Santorini was anything but normal. Since it’s low season we had the cobbled path along the crater rim all to ourselves. Astounding! The view was marvelous, and it was incredibly serene.

We’ve spent many holidays abroad, and always think about our families and friends back in the US. Luckily for us, we’ve managed to be together for these holidays. We wish all our family and friends a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that you all are with your loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving,
James & Terri


We're Terri and James Vance - high school sweethearts who went on to international careers and became world nomads. Today, 65 countries later, we're still traveling ... and still in love. Check out Our Story for more of the backstory at

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