Month: May 2017

Caryatids at the Acropolis. Map of Plaka Athens Things to Do

Athens Map of Top Things to Do

I’ve always struggled with blog postings like “Athens in a Day” and “Three Days in Florence.”  What that person wants to do in a day in Athens is almost never completely what I would choose to do.  Our priorities are all different as travelers, and if we spend our time trying to travel just like

Stoa of Attalos in Ancient Agora of Athens

Plaka: Ancient Athens Agora

Maybe it’s a holdover of some elementary or middle school lesson I had, but Agora always only means ‘marketplace’ in my mind, so that’s what I think of when I walk through Athens Agora.  In reality, however, the Agora was a large meeting place that might house a market one day, a theater performance the

Entrance to Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens. Map of Plaka Athens Things to Do

Athens: Metropolitan Cathedral & Mikri Mitropoli

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens is the church of the Archbishopric of Athens, and all of Greece.    Construction on the cathedral became in 1842, and it took three architects and 20 years to complete. The church used parts of 72 other churches, both derelict Byzantine churches, and churches razed for archaeological reasons, in it’s

Plaka Steps Restaurants

5 Top Places to Eat in Plaka

Eating.  It’s one of the best parts of travel as far as I’m concerned.  There are always new tastes and surprises, and often a completely new food that becomes a repeated treat during my stay, and a special memory. As you know from my map of things to do in Plaka, Athens, eating in Plaka

NYC in Photos

Every once in a while, my camera drags me to New York City – and I usually drag some family along so I can pretend we’re there for a show or a doctor’s appointment or something. Often, my strategy on hotels it to choose something with a pretty good location, but I don’t care about

Art in Paradise: Kid & Camera Fun

For our last day in Thailand, parts of our party are dragging.  This has been wonderful and exciting and perception-changing and educational… and exhausting.  So, today, the vote is for something inside, out of the heat, and a schedule that is not at all demanding. So, we decided to visit Art in Paradise in Esplanade

Anafiotika Plaka Athens

Anafiotika : A Bit of Greek Islands in Athens

Anafiotika brings a bit of the islands of Greece right into the heart of Plaka in Athens.  I had hoped to made a side trip to the Greek islands during our trip (I mean, look at how beautiful the island is, and all the things to do in Santorini Greece!) and tried several times to

Sometimes You Shouldn’t Translate the Menu

Much of the travel happening in our family recently has been the husband traveling for work.  Sadly, I have only been able to hitch a ride along once, since life and school and lessons and all still have to go on here at home.  This does, however, lead to some of the most amazing emails and

Chatuchak Market: The World’s Largest Weekend Market!

Almost every ‘Must See’ list about Bangkok gives some space to Chatuchak Market, so we had to see what all the fuss was about.  As always, I was very thankful for our friends who drove and navigated and got us smoothly in and out, because I cannot fathom driving around Bangkok.  See <<THIS POST>> if

solo female mom travel humor how to

Get Real Guide to Momcation Planning

The main fears I have have nothing to do with traveling alone. How about “How to Guilt Friends into Driving Carpool” and “Defending That Calendar Spot with Blood and Verbal Abuse 101.” Where are these postings people??

Turbulent Musings

The plane suddenly drops, leaving my stomach three to five feet above my head, then lifts just as suddenly, and then the right wing lowers a bit and we all seem to slide down to the right before it bumps back up again. It’s going to be one of those flights.

Thailand traffic motorbike child crazy scary things we see

Things I Saw in Thailand Traffic

One of the things I really value about traveling, is that we have to learn to put our “Americanness” aside.  We realize that, while sometimes it does seem so, the whole world does not speak English.  The concept of “keeping up with the Joneses” is entirely different in other countries.  Safety regulations are wildly different.