Hello! We’re on a family vacation to Greece! With all six kids! I can hardly believe it. Ben Blair and I used to lived in Greece — it was many years ago when I was pregnant with our first baby, Ralph. We loved living and working there but despite our best plans, we’ve never been able to get back. So getting to be here again, 23 years later, is dreamy. And getting to be here with ALL the kids — they’ve never been here before! — is over the moon fantastic.
As the kids get older and have independent lives, it’s harder and harder to spend time together like this (even when it’s not a pandemic). So I’m soaking up every moment.
Our itinerary: We’re spending a couple of days in Mykonos, a couple of days in Santorini, and a couple of days in Athens. (You can see what we’ve been up to so far in my Instagram stories (Greece highlight).
Something extra fun: getting to hear Ben speak Greek. He first learned Greek as a missionary (he lived in Greece for two years before I knew him), and then we lived in Greece together early in our marriage, and then he studied more Greek during grad school, and he’s been practicing again daily for the last year. He’s not fluent but he’s conversational and it’s lovely to see people’s faces light up when they expect to hear English and he engages in Greek instead.
I posted about this trip on Instagram and readers have shared lots of excellent recommendations. Feel free to add yours too!