Travel | Athens, Greece

This month I had the really unfortunate assignment of attending a week of meetings on Evia Island, about ninety minutes outside Athens, Greece. After a few days of sunshine, friends (who also happen to be coworkers), a little work and a lot of Greek food, some gals and I headed to Athens for a night. Our whirlwind 18 hours in the city included: a charming Airbnb rental at the foot of the Acropolis, feta and more feta, reading Acts 17 on Mars Hill, triangles of baklava the size of my face (praise God from whom all blessings flow), laying eyes on the Parthenon (!), narrowly escaping a demonstration at Parliament, scoring big time in a bustling market, moped dodging, and a 5am dash to the airport. A wee hours episode of the Bachelorette also somehow made it onto the agenda...

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Despite arriving during the peak of the unrest surrounding Greece's financial crisis, I found this beautiful country to be incredibly warm, welcoming, and lovely. I'm a fan of any place with metro stops that look more like museums. I cannot wait to be back in Greece again one day! (Would you judge me for having a Santorini Airbnb wish list that I update weekly? I knew you wouldn't.)

Dear June

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Thank you for…

(1) Showing off for our out-of-town guests during a perfectly timed cable car ride over the Thames. (2) Introducing British friends to the wonders of the skillet cookie and the intricacies of the Southern drawl. (3) Hiding Union Jacks in the most charming places. (4) Yielding a rainbow-colored bounty of produce for the farm shop shelves. (5) Afternoon tea straight from a perfect pink dream and the cutest pal to share it with. (6) Accidental hikes and stumbled-upon views that make an old park new again. (7) Bringing the best company and the best scone together in Surrey once more. (8) Evensong beneath the breathtaking dome of St. Paul's. (9) First meals in new dishes sent from my very favorite brother who has always believed I could set my own table. (10) #BritsInEnos... again. (11) A good sunset that became a great sunset when a sea breeze, a sister friend, and a full moon were added in. (12) The best surprise of 2015. (13) Grecian rainstorms. (14) Sunbathing and people watching at Primrose Hill. (15) Homemade pizza crust and quality time. (16) The dreamiest evening with Taylor... and 65,000 of our closest friends.

Let's do it again next year!

Love, Alex