My cousin, Stephanie, married a Greek man, Antoni, and that’s where it all started. I’ve been waiting for this trip for a while but wasn’t sure when it would happen.
My relatives are huge Europe travelers. My Uncle, Mike, was born in France and has lived in various parts of Europe, Japan, and the U.S. He speaks about 5 different languages. Two of my cousins, Stephanie and Christina, are fluent in French. Stephanie also knows some German and of course is learning Greek! Stephanie and Antoni had their first baby a year ago, so they decided the family needed to take a trip to visit their relatives.
Antoni’s dad grew up on the island of Karpathos, and a ton of his relatives still over there. Antoni was baptized in Rhodes and his godfather still lives there. One of the reasons that made this trip so incredibly special was being able to share this trip with their family. We decided to go to Athens, Rhodes, and Karpathos to visit his family.
Traveling with a local definitely has its perks – being able to speak Greek, meeting family and friends, and knowing the local spots to go.
So I don’t keep babbling on about the details of the trip, let’s jump right into it! I’ll be posting about my trip in three separate posts so it’s a bit easier for you guys to read and check out the pictures! BUT, don’t worry – they’ll all be posted this week, then I’ll link them all together in these posts!
Overall, everyone in Greece spoke great English, and everyone was super friendly. It was very easy to get around, and I always felt safe when I was traveling there. Once we were over there, the price for food and shopping was pretty reasonable, and I didn’t feel like it was crazy expensive anywhere we went. One thing I noticed overall, Greeks Love Kids. At a few restaurants we went to, the waiters would stop and have a conversation with the baby, try to hold the baby’s hand, or just make the baby smile – it was the cutest thing. SO I would say, a very kid friendly location, too!
Athens is the main port coming into Greece. We decided to stay here for 2-3 days, and I would say it was the perfect amount of time. We got in on a Sunday morning around 9 AM and left Tuesday morning. This gave us two full days of touring time.
The first day we walked around the city and the local market. The second day we took a half day tour of Athens. We were able to see the Acropolis – which is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen, an Olympic stadium, and the Parliament building + changing of the guards. I highly recommend a full day tour of Greece, specifically visiting the Acropolis. We ended the day with a rooftop bar at Hotel Grande Bretagne overlooking the city.
We stayed at the NJV Athens Plaza. They were so friendly and our rooms were beautiful, not to mention our bathroom was head to toe marble! I’d also recommend the hotels next door, which were both beautiful – King George Hotel and Hotel Grande Bretagne.