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Santorini: you are beautiful 

I haven't traveled to as many places as I would like, however, of all the places I have been Santorini is my favorite. As the plane flew over the island and prepared for landing, I was instantly taken back. At this point, however,I wasn't  able to fully grasp the true beauty of the island. We grabbed our luggage from baggage and headed straight to the taxi zone. Still, I wasn't prepared for it's true beauty.
We drove up the mountain to our hotel, it was beautiful. We were ready to drop off our luggage and explore the island and all of its hidden beauty. Though, at 7 am our room was hardly ready as the entire island was sleeping and no one was checking out. We chatted with the receiptionist and she urged us to leave our luggage with her and explore the caldera.

The Caldere is a cauldron-like volcanic depression that collapsed after a volcanic eruption during the Minoan civilization. Long story short, this eurpution created the island.  When we first walked across the caldere, we were both stunned.  We've never seen anything like it. The view of the Aegean Sea, a view of other islands, and a view of the the entire coast of Santorini.  We walked to the  top untill we could go no further and with each step the view was simply amazing. 

Our first meal was grilled whole sea bass.  We wanted snapper but the restaurant was all out–bummer! For dinner we kept it simple with chicken and lamb Kaboobs.

The next day we took an ATV and found the city Karami.  It is located at the lowest level and home of the beautiful black sand beach.  Much to the surprises of my ignorance, the black sand beach was actually blacks rocks.  Walking on the beach was hot and very painful ! Even still, the beach and all its views was absolutely beautiful.

Our final day was a catch all.  We went back to Karami and this time tip toed into the cold Aegean Sea.  We then went on an adventure to try and find Oia. We followed all of the directions but unfortunately we couldn't find it and decided to go back to Thira and continue our adventure there.

One of the more surprising things about Santorini to me was the pizza.  The pizza was better than Italy and better than New York!

Last but certainly not least, the sunset in Thira was everything everyone said it would be plus so much more. For many reasons this is my favorite city and I'm excited to go back.


— Esqure in love.

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The Magical City of Athens 

This year I opened my birthday in Athens, Greece. I landed in this magical city on my born day, cheers to me!

To be completely frank, I initially used Athens as a layover for my true destination, Santorini. However, in true magical  form, Athens proved me wrong.  Powerful–it felt powerful to be in a city that has existed since 3000 BC. It felt powerful to take in a city that existed before God sent his only son to this earth. Athens is powerful. We visited the ancient city. We saw Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, The Parthenon of Athens, and Panathenaic Stadium. I vividly remember growing up in school and learning about greek methodology and being intrigued.  Being in ancient Athens, I learned that to read about these monuments is  one thing but to experience them is something completely different.

I never really believed in greek methodology and I am not sure that I believe in it now. What I do know is that it took an intelligent group of people with unimaginable strength to have built these monuments over 5000 years ago without the technological tools that we are so reliant upon today.  Even when considering the modern day restoration efforts in Acropolis, one must wonder why it takes heavy machinery to restore monuments that were built with only hands.

As a former track athlete with olympic dreams, I had to visit the Panathenaic Stadium–the home of the first Olympic Games. I climbed to the top of the stadium stairs (I couldn’t feel my legs afterwards)  and the view was spectacular. I even took a stab at triple jump, and my shins obviously hated me afterwards.

— Esquire in Love ❤

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Three cities, two countries, one trip. 

I’ve heard the best way to truly know you’ve found the one is to travel the word with him.  Well tomorrow my love and I will embark on this journey. We will be traveling to Athens, santorini, and Venice. Hopefully we will be able to take Day trips to different cities as well.  I will try to continually keep updates about our trip rather than one large post at the end.  Stay tuned guys and travel with me through my words.

And oh, it is my 28th birthday!! 


–esquire in love.