Sanctuary of Apollo (Part I)

Okay – I think this was my favorite spot we visited in Greece. The view was killer, and something about the atmosphere there was so calming. Some folks aren’t that into seeing ancient ruins, but I think even if you’re one of those people, you’ll still like it.

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Europa Hotel

While I loved the Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens for many reasons (mainly its convenient location close to the Plaka), this stay at Europa Hotel in Olympia was my favorite of the whole trip. It’s tucked away in a little town up in the hills, so the view is amazing! Overall, I could sum up the hotel in one word: charming. On the first night, I enjoyed a sunset swim at their pool, surrounded by rose bushes and lemon trees. Divine.

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Nafplio

Initially when I booked this Greece trip, I regretted not including a stop at one of the islands. After all, when most people think of Greece, they picture someplace like Santorini or Mykonos (seriously, do a Google Image search if you’re unfamiliar and you’ll be amazed).

Anyway, I had slight buyer’s remorse: should I have tacked on a stop in the Greek Isles before my return flight to the U.S.? I do LOVE the water. But my regret immediately subsided the moment I touched down in Athens – I was just happy to be there! Plus, we were able to fit in day trips to a couple beach towns on the mainland, so I got my ocean fix. Here’s the first seaside town we visited: Nafplio.

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