hen deciding where my first trip would take place – it was no question…
Why not start from where it all began with rich history, art & poetry, and technology. Plus there was a reason to visit Greece, which came about from an [experience] I had while coaching my sons' baseball team and gaining life-long friends.
A while back, I had been co-coaching little league baseball for both of my sons as well the boys from the neighborhood. One practice, as I was leaning on the first baseline fence, I saw a woman heading towards me. Anne had showed up to see her son's practice straight from the lovely commute on the Long Island Rail Road (it's never a lovely commute). As the practice came to an end and introductions had been made – Anne looks at her watch and says “Happy Hour?” Yes! My new best friend! I had just met one of the most down to earth, intelligent, caring, adventurous and generous women who turned out to be my partner in crime.
Across the street from Anne lived another amazing woman, Christa, who happened to be one of Anne's best friends and her son was also on the little league team. Immediately we all became the best of friends and through the years we created many happy times, while supporting each other through challenging events.
As our friendships in one another grew, we dreamed about traveling to Christa’s childhood home in Greece. The stories Christa shared and experiences she had in Greece only made this trip more desirable. We agreed we would go once our kids got older, “maybe after high school graduation, ok maybe after they finish college”. Our timeline seemed to get shifted as the years went on, but again I heard that sweet voice in my head, “Honey what are you waiting for?”
This is it! This is the time! Our overdue trip to Greece would happen and what better way to start this journey and [experience] then with my lifelong friends.
Our trip begins! Well, after an 8-hour flight from Newark International Airport on Emirates Airways (which was a great airline and flight-considering the time spent flying).
The first stop: THE PARTHENON
As we entered the gates I was immediately engulfed in the overwhelming sense of history. Everywhere I turned, history seemed to present itself. The [experience] of being in the center of all this history and hearing different languages being spoken and watching people of all nations experiencing the same thing I was, is something that I will never forget and has left a mark on me.
That night we enjoyed a beautiful dinner on the rooftop of the Divani Palace Hotel. As I reviewed the menu, a culinary fear I’ve faced stood out: octopus. Again, I heard that voice “Honey what are you waiting for?” She was right, what was I waiting for, what better place to experience a dish I would never had expected to try. It was nothing like I had been expecting, it was grilled, meaty and delicious and I became a fan. The meal was complimented by a local Santorini White Chardonnay and finished with an array of amazing desserts. Make sure to try the lime mousse with white chocolate and the white peach sauce with thyme and quince dessert!
As we finished the first night in Athens, I couldn’t help but think how lucky it was to [experience] everything that day and what exciting things Greece had in stored for us.
Tomorrow, we travel to the island to Kefalonia – stay tunned!