Travel Diary: Athens, Greece

I took a step back from blogging the past few weeks, but it was for a good reason – Ian and I were off exploring Greece! I had been dreaming about traveling to Greece for years now and it felt surreal to make it a reality. Our adventure began in Athens and we were awestruck by the ancient history that is around every corner. From standing in the middle of the Acropolis to simple walking the city streets, you are bound to stumble across an ancient ruin.

We kicked off our Athens leg of the trip strolling around the alleyways near our hotel. To our surprise, most of the city is covered in graffiti. Locals say they barely recognize the graffiti anymore, but as a tourist it was very prominent. However, all of the vine covered alleyways that were home to restaurants and shops added a bit of charm to the street art.

The following day we woke up bright and early to beat the crowds at the Acroplois. We arrived right as the sight opened and were able to stroll around the grounds without feeling claustrophobic. It was a true “pinch me” moment to stand in front of the Parthenon after seeing it printed across the pages of numerous textbooks. Ian and I set aside the majority of our morning to soak in the sights and revel in the history that took place beneath our feet.

As the crowds started to flood the Acroplois, we headed off to burrow our way through the narrow streets that lead to the Anafiotika neighborhood. This area of Athens is nestled beneath the Acropolis and has been coined a little Greek island within the city. Some of the alleyways were so narrow we had to shuffle through them sideways, but this all added to the charm of this little city oasis.

We spent the remainder of our time in Athens shopping for souvenirs in the Plaka district, resting our feet in the National Gardens, and trying street food. We were tempted to pick an orange off the millions of orange trees that line the streets, but we refrained in case it was frowned upon. We didn’t want to jeopardize the next leg of our journey which would bring up to the island of Mykonos. Stay tuned for additional travel posts!

Month in Review: April 2019

From sunny days in the park to losing power during a snow storm, April was full of highs and lows. It was difficult to make outdoor plans in advance since we never knew what type of weather we would be graced with. Luckily, we were able to fill our month with an array of events that kept us in good spirits despite the unruly weather patterns.

We began the month with an afternoon trip to the Mitchel Park Domes. It was a mini escape from Wisconsin’s dreary weather. As soon as you enter the domes you are transported to warmer climates. While I’m quite fond of the rainforest dome (it has a waterfall!) Ian and I ended up spending the majority of our time in the desert dome. It was less crowded and allowed us to sit back, close our eyes, and pretend we were on a desert vacation.

As a belated birthday celebration, Ian purchased tickets to the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Art in Bloom exhibit. As soon as we walked through the front doors we were greeted with the most wonderful scent. The entire atrium was decorated with flowers and hosted a series of events. You could sit back with a cocktail, watch a live painting, and listen to a harpist. Once we pulled ourselves away from the atrium, we ventured into the permanent collection wing for the main event! Local florist created stunning floral arrangements that were inspired by paintings. It was easy to lose track of time in the exhibit and Ian and I ended up spending the majority of our Saturday wandering around the event, soaking in the beauty of all of the flowers.

It’s clear that I have a deep love for flowers, therefore, it comes as no surprise that I was delighted to see blooms start peeking out of the ground this month. Luckily, these are hearty flowers since they had to endure a few snow storms in April. I don’t know if there is anything that sums up spring in Wisconsin more than the sight of daffodils covered in snow.

To get a closer look inside our month watch our video below which shares one second of every day!

Cinnamon Raisin Apple Scones

In a world of constant distractions, moments of uninterrupted quality time are cherished. In the past year Ian and I have started our weekend mornings by leaving our phones at home and going on a walk. It’s become my favorite tradition and I decided to take it one step further on Sunday mornings – unplugged breakfast. We sit down with a pot of tea and a pastry and talk about our goals for the day and how we can support each other as we gear up for a new week. It’s a simple change, but one that had brought us a lot of joy.

As part of this new tradition, we have been trying out new breakfast recipes. Blueberry muffins were a big hit until I came across these cinnamon raisin apple scones. Served warm with a spread of butter, these scones instantly win a place in your heart. They pair perfectly with a warm cup of chai tea and are sure to start your day off on a happy note.

Cinnamon Raisin Apple Scones

Ingredients:

  • 2 C. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 C. butter, chilled
  • 1 medium apple, finely chopped
  • 1/2 C. raisins
  • 1/3 C. honey

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400˙
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, spices, baking soda and salt together.
  • Add the butter and use a pastry cutter to combine until the mixture resembled coarse crumbs.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the apple, raisins, milk, and honey.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until moistened.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface five to ten times to combine all the dough together.
  • Pat the dough to be 1/2 thick and use a circle cutter to form scones.
  • Place scones on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.