Honeymoon in Greece

Ailsa from “Where’s my Backpack” loves to come up with brilliant travel themes to get us bloggers thinking back about some of the best trips we’ve taken. It is a fun way to reflect on life’s adventures and get us writing about travels of the past. This week’s travel theme is “hot” and instantly it brought back memories of my honeymoon in Greece.


In July 2000, my husband and I got married and took off the following day to Athens, Greece where we spent the next three weeks traveling around mainland Greece and the islands. It was a fabulous place for a honeymoon with everything an active traveler could dream of: Beautiful beaches and sunsets, culture, food, romance and well, heat. It was the hottest three weeks of my life with temperatures ranging from 90 degrees F (32 degrees C) to a record setting 114-118 degrees F (114-118 degrees C) in the Pelaponese (mainland Greece). Unfortunately my skin couldn’t take it and I broke out in a crazy rash but we still had fun spending time in the shade when all possible.

With Ailsa’s travel theme “Hot” I thought I’d start a series reflecting back on our fabulous three weeks in Greece. Although it was twelve years ago, I still have notes from my handy travel journal pictured below and I was able to scan my twelve-year old photos which aren’t the best but they suffice.


First stop in Greece is the lovely city of Athens.

Here are the few photos I took during our first day in Athens. My how times have changed! Now I typically take a hundred photos a day during my travels and wow, I look so incredibly young in these photos!!!! (Thanks Max, my eight-year-old son for pointing this fact out!). Oh well….


Panorama overlooking Athens from above.


I hope to sprinkle in some more posts on Greece over the next few weeks, time permitting. I have some great photos albeit old and some wonderful travel stories to go along. Stay tuned….

This post was written in response to Where’s my Backpack’s travel theme hot, to see more entries click here.


  1. Oh, how I wish I would have had a travel diary on some of my earlier trips to recall those details that slip over the years. Amazing how digital cameras have changed how we are able to capture our travels and other “memories”, isn’t it? Looking forward to this series on Greece. ~ Kat

    • Thanks Kat! I can’t believe I have so many journals! I love to go back and read them. I also used to write about my life which is humorous now to see what my mind thought in my early twenties! 🙂 Most of my concerns were about seeing the world and meeting “the one”. Twenty years later I can say I’m right on track! 🙂

    • He He….I was going to include something along those lines in the post but was in a hurry! 🙂 I thought the same funny thing. Yes, it was a wonderful honeymoon. A very special memory! We haven’t really traveled alone since the kids. Someday! 🙂

  2. This was wonderful!!! Greece was my home from 1974-1982 and I miss it very much. My hope is to return sometime in the near future as a honeymoon destination for my husband and I even if its a very late honeymoon. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photographs with us

    • Thanks! It is fantastic and I really loved it. Would love to go back but the world is such a big place. Hopefully someday! Love your gravatar pic by the way. 🙂

  3. I think it’s a great idea to go back to travels past. Some of my favorite experiences happened while traveling – it doesn’t seem right not to share them just because they happened years ago! Scanned or not, the photos are beautiful.

    • Why thank you! 🙂 I’m glad I have some notes too to jog my memory. Scary how the memory of things in the past change over time! Glad you enjoyed the photos! I hope to scan more when I have time! 🙂

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  5. When we were in Italy & Sicily in 2006 we had the same weather. Very hot, mid to upper 30’s C (95-100 F) and I got the same heat rash. Even though I live in Florida I spend a lot of time in the comfy A/C so being outside in the heat all day was not normal for me. Now I take Gold Bond powder on every trip! It helps a lot.

    • I’ve never heard of that before. I’ll have to look into it. It was so awful, the rash was like water blisters all over me and itched like hell. I also felt off. But oh well! Thanks again for the tip! Not sure when I’m going anyway that hot again but I’ll remember it! 🙂

      • Mine didn’t turn to blisters. It was just red bumps, like a rash, and it normally starts around my ankles when I am wearing socks. I am flat footed so I cannot walk long distance, which of course I do on all my trips, without wearing my orthodics. So now I always put Gold Bond powder of before I put socks on and it seems to help keep the heat rash to a minimum.

  6. Great to see that I’m not the only one who keeps a travel diary. Sometimes on a very cold winter day I love to go through them again and oh my what a laughter =) Great post, and great choice to go to Greece for your honeymoon =)

    • I do the same thing but unfortunately my down time now is so rare with young children. I haven’t looked back at my journals for awhile. I used to do it more when I was in college or just past. I also haven’t kept one since the birth of my second child. Now I write though! 🙂 Yes, Greece is amazing and was the perfect place for a honeymoon!

    • 🙂 Thanks so much Eliz. What a sweetie! I’ve got quite a bit more worry marks now! Oh well…comes with age, right. Like a fine wine, it is better with age! (love that one!).

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