And we’re back… (or should I say – from Alpha to Omega?)

8 Oct

After a lovely 10 day vacation, we have returned to Shanghai – this time to be welcomed by Typhoon Fitow that has turned the last day of the Golden Week into a perfect day for napping and watching the rain pound down. It was a stand out trip – the perfect honeymoon.

The title of the post gives a clue to where our travels led – we spent our time in Greece soaking in the culture, history and blue skies from Athens to Crete to Santorini and back again. I didn’t want to leave.

It was a random comment by Li that resulted in the destination.  Greece is on the Aegean sea and the translation of Aegean into Chinese is Ai Qin Hai (爱琴海)which literally is “Love piano sea.”  However, the pronunciation is the same as Ai Qing Hai (爱情海)which is translated as “Sea of Lovers.”  With the second translation in mind, he suggested we look into it.

From our good luck at getting upgraded to business class on our first flight, through stumbling on a professional music group playing in an open air amphitheater on the Acropolis, to catching a sunset in Hania to the European cultural heritage days in Heraklion – we enjoyed ourselves. We searched for blue roofed churches on Santorini, viewed the changing of the guard at Parliament and indulged in one too many Greek salads, lamb chops and fresh orange juice.

I have three single-spaced pages of notes from our trip, 3800 photos and over 30 minutes of video. It’s safe to say that I will not lack blog fodder for a long, long time.

Please enjoy a few photos that serve as a taste of our beautiful trip.

The Parthenon, Athens

The Parthenon, Athens

The ubiquitous Greek salad, which we consumed every day without fail

The ubiquitous Greek salad, which we consumed every day without fail

Sunset over Chania, Crete

Sunset over Chania, Crete

Catholic Church in Fira, Santorini

Catholic Church in Fira, Santorini

The three blue churches of Oia, Santorini

The three blue churches of Oia, Santorini

And so, it begins…

Lunch in Santorini overlooking the cliff

Lunch in Santorini overlooking the cliff

Have you been to Greece?  Where did you go on your honeymoon?  Any stories you are willing to share?  As I have told my husband – why not have a honeymoon every year?  Who says one is enough?

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12 Responses to “And we’re back… (or should I say – from Alpha to Omega?)”

  1. expatlingo October 8, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Welcome back! Looks like a great honeymoon! I haven’t been to Greece, but we spent our honeymoon in nearby Croatia.

    • gkm2011 October 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

      We have heard good things about Croatia as well. Greece was magical, it will be a pleasure to relive!

  2. sylvia October 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    That Greek salad looks so delicious. I’m hungry now. Look forward to seeing all the photos of your trip…the preview photos are gorgeous.

    • gkm2011 October 8, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      The food was excellent – we ate so much! And after living in Shanghai it didn’t seem so expensive either. More to come!

  3. Sherri October 8, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

    Welcome back, and what a wonderful time you had! Ahh, so it was Greece. How fabulous. We adore Crete and have been enough times now that we hire a car and drive all over the place, discovering hidden coves surrounded by Tavernas and like you, can never get enough of those Greek salads. Just seeing your lovely photos brings it right back. In fact, hubbie and I were just saying the other day how much we want to go back. Reading this makes me really, really want to now! Maybe next year…
    Looking forward to your other posts 🙂

    • gkm2011 October 9, 2013 at 8:14 am #

      We really enjoyed Crete – it made our list of “places to go back to” which not many places do. So much history and absolutely gorgeous! Hope you post your next trip.

      • Sherri October 9, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

        That’s the thing about Crete. We felt like that after our first time there. It gets into your blood and you want to keep going back! We stay in the south part and have discovered some lovely places right off the beaten track away from the touristy places. As you say, the history is amazing. You just come across these ruins and walk around them and realise that they are ancient Venetian or Minoan and hardly anyone is about! It is a beautiful country indeed and yes, think I just might have to do a post or two about it at some point now that you mention it 🙂

  4. pollyheath October 9, 2013 at 12:21 am #

    Looks amazing! (Plus who wouldn’t want to go somewhere that could be called “Love piano sea.”?!)

    • gkm2011 October 9, 2013 at 8:16 am #

      And did you know it is only 3.5 hours from Moscow? If I lived in Moscow I would be there a couple of times a year!

      • pollyheath October 10, 2013 at 12:34 am #

        It seems too good to be true!

      • gkm2011 October 10, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

        Check it out – Aeroflot!

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