by Kimberly Gonzalez in

The Gonzos took Greece (if you weren't aware from my instagram) after our friends' wedding in Italy...and we had the most amazing time! We had initially debated on just staying in Italy, but I yearned for more passport stamps. Kidding...well, not really...but we had already been to Naples, Sorrento, Capri, Rome, and Pisa back in 2008...and we wanted to see something new.

So, the morning after the wedding we drove down to Rome and caught a quick flight to Athens. We were told by some friends that we really only needed a day or two in Athens to see the historic sites, but now I wish we would have stayed a little longer and explored more neighborhoods and experienced the non-tourist parts of Athens. I had found an affordable hotel in the Plaka neighborhood of Athens and it was within walking distance to most of the historic sites. Plus, our room had a great view of the Acropolis, so that was also huge. Even better, the hotel had a rooftop bar...which was obviously my first stop after checking in...and y'all know me and was beautiful. 

On the street was a different story though. There was graffiti EVERYWHERE, and I don't mean artistic, creative graffiti. It was sad, actually...Athens could be a really pretty city, but all of the graffiti kills it. 

Sunday morning we woke up refreshed (finally) and ready to explore. We visited the Acropolis, Temple of Zeus, the first Olympic stadium, and an ancient Greek market. We walked everywhere, which was nice...except it was 100 degrees and a bit humid. Our clothes were completely soaked by the end of the day and we were so excited to get back to the hotel, shower, and spend the rest of the evening back on the roof enjoying that gorgeous view. 

So would I go back to Athens? Absolutely....

Ciao Bernal

by Kimberly Gonzalez in ,

When your good friends decide to get married in the Italian countryside, well, you pack your bags and make a vacay out of it! We were so excited to celebrate with Liz and Fredo, and everything was absolutely beautiful. Definitely a pinterest-worthy wedding. 

Dennis and I flew into Pisa and drove down to the small town of Monticiano for the festivities. In total it took us about 24 hours of traveling before we finally arrived. We were completely exhausted, but once we got together with everyone, our adrenaline kicked in and we had an amazing time. 

Sharing lots of pics below from the welcome dinner, wedding, and reception.