Danny in Santorini, Greece – April, 2015

Santorini is a beautiful place with lots of stunning scenery. It is actually on the rim of the top of a volcano with water inside the volcano (it’s not active :D.) The water inside Santorini is blue and green, and the houses are all mostly white, and some have beautiful blue domes as a roof. The setting is beautiful, and there are lots of restaurants and shops all over Santorini! Santorini is known for…I don’t know, but I would say for it’s beauty.  The food in Santorini is very delicious, and the small shops are… Read More

Santorini – Of Birthdays and Gelato

Celebrating Mikayla’s 15th birthday on the island was extra special this year!  Here’s a little photoblog to capture the moments. Just before sunset, we wandered around Oia, trying to capture the beauty. It’s been special watching Mikayla’s love for photography grow.  It’s a neat hobby we share together and I’m excited to see where it takes her. After exploring, Ryan and I took Mikayla out on the town for our traditional Dad/Mom two-on-one date.  We treasure this time alone with our kids as a couple. We chose a restaurant overlooking the Caldera and watched… Read More

The Donkeys of Santorini – April 2015

And I’m finally back with a few more shots from Santorini!  Re-entry has been wonderful yet time-consuming but I’m committed to finish what I started.  So…please hang in there with me. First, the donkeys of Santorini.  They are everywhere and often found transporting people up and down the 600 plus steep stairs that start at the water and ascend into the town of Fira.  While they are absolutely adorable and the thought of riding them up from the port can be very enticing, the situation for the donkeys is very similar to… Read More

Santorini and the Gorgeous Village of Oia – April 2015

When you fall in love, you can become a little obsessed.  You think about the object of your affection, you daydream about it, and you count the days until you can be together again.  That’s how it was for me…and Santorini.  As I shared before, it was Love at First Sight!  How can I resist thinking or talking about it?  As a result, you’ll probably see a few more posts on this destination before I am willing or able to move on.  Today I wanted to share my love for the village of Oia…. Read More

Santorini – Love at First Sight, April 2015

“What was your favorite destination?” We’ve been asked this question numerous times as we journeyed around the world and increasingly more now that we’ve returned.  It’s almost impossible to answer this question, as we loved so many different countries and cities for several unique reasons.  But, if I were forced to choose one, for the beauty alone…I think I’d have to choose Santorini, a small, friendly island off the coast of Greece.  From the moment I set eyes on this island, it was “Love at First Sight.” Years ago, Ryan had the opportunity to visit Santorini… Read More

Athens by Ryan

We flew from Israel to Athens on the ninth of April. Athens, like Rome, is another place steeped in history, that goes even farther back in time than Rome. To take advantage of all the history, we bought tickets for a bus that you have probably heard of – the Hop On Hop Off. Hop on, Hop Off is pretty self explanatory.  You can hop on whenever you want that day, and hop off whenever you want. They have commentary throughout, in eleven different languages, and stop at all of the main… Read More

Athens: Ancient Greek Myths and Modern Financial Crises

Greece.  It’s a country I’ve always wanted to visit.    My desire to explore Athens especially grew when I began homeschooling Mikayla and Ryan in first grade.  I have to admit it was also when I discovered how amazing history could be.  Until then, I’d thought the subject rather boring, as my history teachers seemed to fall into a catatonic state cracking open our old history books. As I began to share fun Greek myths during story times, or teach them about the birth of democracy, and about philosophers like Socrates, Plato, and… Read More