Continuing on with the anniversary theme, C & I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary shortly. And because he starts his masters program next week and I'll be leaving for Australia, we decided to get out of dodge and take our anniversary trip a few weeks early.
We spent a fantastic week exploring the Cyclades, a chain of islands off the coast of Greece. Normally I enjoy trip planning, but I was in the midst of a major travel spree when we booked this trip and the though of having to plan one more itinerary - even a fun one - put me over the edge. So we booked a trip through Promovacances that included all the transport, boats, hotels and breakfast, and I'm so glad we did.
Our trip had a great combo of culture - including two stopovers in Athens:
I think as far as Athens goes, one day would be enough (and it's worth it to by the city pass that covers all of the sites). We walked everywhere, so we didn't use the metro at all, but it is apparently affordable easy to use. The one thing that surprised me about Athens was how cheap it was - both hotels and food were much cheaper there than in the islands. C and I often grab food at bakeries or grocery stores for lunch when we travel, and both days we were there, I got a large freshly blended juice and a sandwich for under 4€! Not bad for a capital city. Though if the number of boarded-up stores give any idea, it's just an indication of how much the mainland is still suffering after their economic crisis. (It seemed to be pretty much business as usual out in the islands.)
Has anyone else out there been to Greece? If so, where did you go and what did you think?