Good morning from Athens, Greece
Yesterday I arrived in Greece and well my luggage is still enroute. My flight was late leaving out of Minneapolis which gave me only 12 minutes to get my connection in Amsterdam. Thankfully the travel gods were looking out for me and my flight to Athens was delayed 10 minutes giving me enough time to run through the airport and catch the flight.
My baggage decided to take a siesta in Amsterdam and explore the area before appearing in Athens 24 hours later. Thank goodness I split our clothes between our suitcases. John arrived with much needed fresh clothes. I would love to say that as soon as John arrived we headed out to explore Athens but well that didn’t happen. My dear husband didn’t sleep a wink on his flight over so as soon as he got in the room he was out. We spent the day doing pretty much nothing but sleeping and trying to adapt to the time change.
Last night we attended the opening reception for TBEX and it was great. The city of Athens put together a food and drink festival for us that included amazing Greek bands. We tried food and wine from all around Greece. Everything from eel to feta cheese. My favorite was the spanakopita and cheese pies. John fell in love with sun dried tomato and feta tapenade and a Greek wine. Have I mentioned my Husband will always find the most expensive red wine to fall in love with. Somehow he can try every wine and it is always the most expensive one he falls in love with.
The opening party was the perfect way to meet other travel writers and get to know the city. After taking the train back to our hotel we found a late night bakery with amazing treats. We picked up a few midnight snacks and headed back to the hotel. We are slowly but surely adapting to the 10 hour time change. Having a few snacks in the room was so nice at 3am when I was all of a sudden wide awake.
Today TBEX officially kicks off. We will spend the next two days attending keynote sessions and networking with travel industry experts. Tomorrow morning I am speaking on blogging….wish me luck!
Here are a few of our favorite pictures from the TBEX opening party and our time in Athens so far.