Posts Tagged ‘travel

10
Apr
11

girl’s weekend.

I know I promised that my next post was going to be about Oprah and angry travelers, but I started to write it and I got so fired up, I had to stop. So, new plan. I’m going to write about my weekend in Scottsdale, AZ with my mom and sis. Every year we escape to the sun for a girl’s weekend and we always have the BEST time doing a whole lot of nothing! As you can imagine, there was a lot of talking, eating, drinking cocktails, playing cards, drinking coffee and laughing. As it turns out, there wasn’t quite enough sunscreen or water (I came back a little sunburned and needing water)! I am so lucky to have a mom and sister who I enjoy spending time with! They are the best!

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01
Apr
11

updates

Ok, so it’s been a long time since I posted, but for good reason! I’ve been on vacation! YAY!! Well, first I was in Juneau for work and then I headed down to Mexico where Derek was waiting for me. Punta Mita was as amazing as it always is and Derek and I had a much needed, relaxing vacation. It was a vacation in the purist form. NO PLANS. Every day, we’d get up, drink coffee on the balcony overlooking beautiful Banderas Bay and decide what, if anything, we wanted to do. It was A-Mazing.  We went zip-lining, we rented stand-up paddle boards for the week, we ate, we drank, we played cards and frisbee, we went for walks on the beach, we sunbathed, we slept and read. I read three books in 7 days!  Then, to top it all off, Stacy and Andre picked us up from the airport and surprised us with a homemade dinner to-go since it was dinner time and they knew we wouldn’t have any food in the house! Talk about nice friends!

After a great trip, I suppose I had it coming. I got sick. The night we came home I was up all night with a 103 fever and chills. It really sucked. REALLY SUCKED. After being out of the office for so long, I really felt like I needed to be at work Thursday and Friday, but I was absolutely worthless. Oh well, such is life.

Enough for now, I’m getting tired. Time for another nap. But, as a reminder to myself, my next post will be about Oprah, hamburgers on airplanes and miserable vacationers.

31
Jan
11

honeymoon – santorini.

There are a lot of popular destinations that are over-rated and can’t possibly live up to expectations, but Santorini is not one of them. It delivers. It was more charming and more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I’ve seen hundreds of photos and yet it still felt new and unexpected. Trying to get anywhere with Derek was a challenge because EVERY corner presents the perfect photo opp.

I’m positive that one of the reasons we had such a wonderful experience was because of our accommodations. We stayed in the most charming cave house EVER. The inside was nothing too exciting afterall, it was a house carved into the side of a rock) but the location was unbelievable. We were right in the heart of Oia. And best of all, we had our own private balcony with stunning views. If you ever go to Santorini, I highly recommend staying in Oia rather than Fira. In my opinion, Oia outshines Fira tenfold. This is an island I will never forget. PLEASE GO and see for yourself!

Here are those iconic blue domes of Oia.

If you look at the very bottom/center of this photo, you’ll see me standing on our balcony.

Enjoying our private balcony! Isn’t it beautiful?!?

My husband and I enjoying one of the many restaurants in Oia. If you look to the right of the pole, you’ll see a red/brown cave house. That’s ours! Great location!
Oia by starlight.

This is the little fishing village of Amoudi.  TONS of fresh delicious seafood. I highly recommend taking the stairs down to Amoudi.

Derek riding a donkey. When in Rome …

Not sure why I look so irritated here. Well, actually I do know why. The stairs from Amoudi are annoying and take forever. And to make matters worse, Derek was drunk and stopped every other step to crack a joke or take a picture. Rough…I know. 🙂

12
Dec
10

honeymoon – central greece.

Here is the next batch of photos from our honeymoon. After Athens, we rented a car and drove into central Greece for a few days. We visited Meteora (Kastraki) and Delphi. I didn’t really know what to expect in central Greece, but I’m so happy we made the drive out there. It was well worth it. Meteora is a series of monasteries built on sheer sandstone pillars. It was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen; I felt like I was in a fairy tale. Monks and Nuns still occupy and worship in these monasteries that are secluded from modern civilization. If you ever get a chance to see Meteora, I absolutely recommend it. The pictures just don’t do it justice.

After that we drove to Delphi – the holiest place on earth for Ancient Greeks. It’s such a stunning mountainous setting overlooking the Gulf of Corinth, there is no wonder why the Ancient Greeks were so enthralled with it. It’s the site of the Sanctuary of Athena, the Sanctuary of Apollo, the place where the oracle sat and where Zeus released his two eagles. For some reason, we don’t have very many photos, but the last photo in this post is the theater.

29
Nov
10

honeymoon – athens.

It dawned on me today that I haven’t posted any photos from our honeymoon in Greece. I think I’ve put it off because it’s such a daunting task as there are so many photos. It’s hard to choose which ones to share. I’ve come to the conclusion that the easiest way to do this is to break it into chunks. I’ll show photos by each destination we visited: Athens, Meteora (Kastraki), Naxos, Santorini and Sifnos.  We’ll start with Athens. Enjoy!

The Parthenon

The Porch of Caryatids

The newlyweds!

The Acropolis Museum – one of the coolest museums I’ve ever seen. It is built over the ruins so you peer down over them as you walk throughout. The night we were there  admission was free because it was a full moon!

Everywhere you go in Athens, the Acropolis is looming overhead. Pretty amazing!

Our first dinner in Greece, it was so cute!

We’re so excited to eat!

Derek in front of the parliament building.

The Temple of Zeus.

Me enjoying a little shade in the  National Gardens.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on Meteora.

27
Jun
10

she’s a beaut!

I was up in Alaska again last week – here are a few photos from my trip.

This is the Matanuska Glacier. The largest vehicle accessible glacier in Alaska.

This is me and my boss doing a little dog mushing at the Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla.

Here I am fishing. No fish yet…but I’m having fun!

YES!! I caught my first King Salmon – isn’t she a beaut? I caught her on the Talkeetna River and she’ll be delivered to my doorstop tomorrow. She put up a good fight, but she was no match for me. 🙂 Yummers!

20
Jun
10

Πηγαίνουμε στην Ελλάδα

Translation: WE ARE GOING TO GREECE!

After much debate and a lot of discussion, we have decided to go to Greece on our honeymoon. And we booked our flights this morning. If I would have known how excited I’d be after booking, I would have done it months ago. YAY!!

Send any Greece travel trips my way!




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