I fell in love with Greece in Texas! Strange, but true. My first exposure to anything Greek was years ago at Little Gus’ Restaurant in Dallas. Its location on not-yet-trendy Lower Greenville guaranteed great food in a perfect hole in the wall cafe.
Athens is like origami – complex and layered. Ancient ruins stand stoically amid chaotic traffic. Orthodox priests stroll the streets with backpackers, while well-armed soldiers keep a wary eye on protesters. Priceless statues and structures coexist with street art and graffiti in this birthplace of democracy.
For most visitors, Florida is nothing more than two long beaches, with a dot-of-Disney between. But off-the-beaten-path types know there’s much more to the Sunshine State. We lived in St. Augustine, Florida for a few years, which enabled us to discover many wonderful small towns, and one of our favorites is Tarpon Springs.
On our second RTW we decided to spend at least one week in each location … hopefully longer if it captivated our interest. This luxury of time lets us visit the tourist sites, see what the local folks do daily, and explore to our heart’s content
We decided to get off the beaten path … I mean way off. In fact I think we were trespassing (if that fence we climbed over meant anything). We’d been hiking the Santorini Cliff Trail between Fira and Imerovigli, marveling at every sight, but it was time to do the backstreets.
It’s Sunday and time for the “Church Photos in Lieu of Attendance” post. Santorini is the perfect place to be for this post, because in this area you can throw a volcanic rock and hit a photogenic church.
The gates that lead to the entrances of Santorini houses are like lipstick on a woman – enticing! They tease you with a view. Sometimes it’s a path to the front door, but it’s just as likely to be a prelude to something else … often steps that wind up the cliff! My favorites are the …