That's right my fellow vagabonds, this one is pretty big. First Athens - to see where it all began almost 8,000 years ago. We are very excited that we will finally see the birthplace and current life of Western Civilization through some of the greatest architectural and cultural icons of antiquity that still stand today to remind us that we didn't just show up. Around the fifth century BC in Athens was born the first known Democracy in the world.
I studied the buildings and the culture in Architecture School, so, this will be a trip of a lifetime for me and, of course, my bride of 45 years is always a willing participant when it comes to seeing places not yet visited and experienced. Her desire to go way off the beaten path informs every trip we take. And, even though Athens is one of the most visited places on the planet, we will search out the hidden places that make travel both a journey and a never ending series of unique experiences.
After Athens we will be spending a few days on one of the most romantic islands on earth - Santorini. With ancient walls and minimalist modern places to lay our heads, we will see what brings romantics of every ilk to this unique place. When I have the time, I hope to provide posts that will delight you and get you out of the house. I have said it many times - Travel changes you in ways unexpected and makes you understand life better. It just takes some planning and a fair amount of work to put it all together, but, I think we have most of the bases covered for this venture. It will be mostly brand new for us, since we have never been to this part of the world before. But, in my experience, it's the real unexpected and serendipitous that make travel such fun.
τα λέμε σύντομα (See you soon)
P.S. To make sure that we remember the good stuff from America too, take a listen to one of America's most unique and talented groups performing today - The Avett Brothers doing a tune that just makes you better IMHO.