Santorini – Part 1

Fira

From the port in Athens at Pireaus, we took an 8 hour ferry ride to the island of Santorini. Santorini is a place I’ve been seeing in photos for quite some time and every time, I thought “I have to go there.” You’ve probably seen those photos, they look something like this. It was early […] Read more »

Athens and Ancient Greece

Greek Acropolis

While we were sitting in France, planning this section of our trip, we had decided after Istanbul, we’d move on to Santorini, a place I’ve been wanting to visit since I saw that first photo. Since all flights passed though Athens and most had an obscenely long layover, we thought it would be worth staying […] Read more »

Istanbul Highlights

Hagia Sophia

Some of the amazing things we saw in Istanbul. The Basilica Cistern – the largest of the ancient cisterns under Istanbul built by the Byzantine Emporer Justinian I in the 6th century.   The Hagia Sophia was built in 537AD as a Greek Orthodox Basilica and held the title of the world’s largest cathedral for […] Read more »

Impressions of Istanbul

Obelisk and Mosque

We weren’t really sure what to expect from Turkey. We had friends and fellow travelers who raved about Istanbul, but after Morocco we were a little leary. What we found in Istanbul was, in some ways what we originally expected in Morocco. The people were incredibly friendly and welcoming. The city is modern and cosmopolitan […] Read more »