Greece was the ninth country we visited and the last stop we made before departing the European continent during our year-long round-the-world journey. But our brief stay, just over a week, in Athens and the Greek islands of Mykonos, Naxos and Santorini might have been the most memorable time we spent in Europe. For one thing, the weather was balmy and dry, which was very welcome after an unseasonably chilly and rainy summer in most of the rest of Europe that we visited. Secondly, the food in Greece, from the salads to the seafood to the pastas, was extraordinarily tasty and fresh. It ranked up there with Peru and Iceland for some of the best cuisine on the planet. Thirdly, the sunsets were extraordinary, some of the best of our journey, as you'll see in this collection of images. We didn't stay long in Athens (2 nights) as I like to avoid big, crowded cities. But the time spent on the islands were some of the most relaxing of the trip. Oia has to be one of the most picturesque towns on the planet, and Naxos is a real joy to explore on foot. Not to mention the people were warm and hospitable.
© Stuart L Gordon Photography