It’s All Greek To Me

If you were a child of the 90s, the highlight of your week was invariably TGIF, the Friday night television programming on ABC, featuring such gems as Boy Meets World, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Family Matters (Urkel!), and Step by Step. All of these finely crafted shows filled 11 year old Erin with unrealistic expectations about the way the world worked; I could develop magical powers, suspenders and thick frame glasses would never be cool, and eventually I’d find the Cory to my Topanga while having a white-haired mentor follow me from middle school to college (Feeny!).

While I will gladly binge on any of these shows to this day and bask in the nostalgia, Boy Meets World in particular was always one of my favorites. I am beyond excited for the reboot, Girl Meets World, that’s airing next year with all of the original actors/characters. The show felt even more special because the Matthews family lived in Philadelphia, even though we all knew it was filmed in L.A. Even at 11 I was smart enough to know Topanga was too hot for Cory, and I secretly wanted her to be with Shawn, Cory’s orphaned bad-boy best friend (I realize now this is blasphemy). But alas, after dating basically their entire lives, Cory and Topanga get married. And because they hadn’t ever had sex (this was wholesome family fun, after all), Cory was ridiculously excited for the honeymoon, singing, and this has been stuck in my brain for the last 15 years, the word “honeymoon” in a goofy falsetto voice over and over. “HoneymooooOOOoooOOON.” See the clip below, around the 0:25s mark:

Also, the line, “We have been in a relationship for 17 years! LET ME TOUCH SOMETHING!” has me rolling on the floor.

All of this to say that Jamal and I booked our honeymoon and I’ve been walking around saying it like Cory Matthews ever since. After much (MUCH) deliberation, we’re going to…


We’re spending three nights in Athens and six nights in Santorini. We booked our flights, one of which was free thanks to Jamal’s endless supply of airline miles, and the villa in Imerovigli last night. We decided to splurge a bit and rent a private villa nestled into the side of a cave, high above the caldera. There are only three suites total, meaning at most we’ll share the pool with four other people. It comes with a huge, private terrace, two bathrooms, and a free champagne breakfast every morning (I’m assuming there is other food involved, too, but if not I’ll make peace with boozy breakfast). It’s basically heaven on earth:







Now I know what you’re thinking: what is the world’s most sun-averse human being doing booking her honeymoon on a Greek isle? To which I say: give me a floppy sun hat, a big umbrella, a stack of books, and that view.¬†Something tells me I’ll be just fine. I am so excited.

PS. Does anyone have SPF 150 I could borrow?

22 thoughts on “It’s All Greek To Me

  1. YAY! I’ve been and it manages to be just as spectacular as the photos. There’s a black sand beach on the southern part of the island that blew my mind (I guess I don’t get out much but I didn’t realize you could have a black beach), and you have to catch the sunset in Io, which is worth it despite the hundreds of other people who show up. And I swear I found the house where they filmed Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. If you’re taking a ferry, splurge on the comfortable seats, because the deck chairs aren’t so comfy after 9+ hours. Lastly, I went in May, and I really didn’t get sunburned at all – and I’m Irish, so if someone is going to burn, it’s me. I’m sooooo excited for you guys!!

    On a completely different note, I’m sure you’ve seen this before, but I had to point it out to you in case you hadn’t. I think they’re so clever: .

    1. I have a serious issue with sand. I’m so bothered by it my entire body shudders even thinking about it. But black sand? I’d go see it just for its rarity. I’m not saying I’ll touch it or stand on it or go anywhere near it (omg my legs are turning to jelly just thinking about it, eeeeewww), but you sold me on it! We’re flying from Athens to Santorini, the flights were super cheap, $100 for each of us round trip. I also don’t do boats, though I’ve done the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard a few times and survived. Basically I shouldn’t be going to an island, between my sea-sickness and sand-fear, but oh well! Thank you for all the tips. I’ll hit you up as it gets closer for more details! You’re the best!

      (I looove Paris vs New York! Paris wins every time though ;) xo

      1. Also, I totally support Erika’s comment. I didn’t know that they schedule strikes in advance and got stuck in Athens instead of Santorini. I will let you know where I would have preferred to stay while tear gas got tossed around Syntagma Square. Ahh you’re going to love it so much!

  2. i didn’t watch boy meets world but i remember family matters! and unfortunately we still watch sabrina around here i think it’s syndicated on one of the 14 nickelodeon channels we have. was that show really on abc?!

    oh greece, maybe this will change your mind about the sun. perhaps you will come back worshiping the sand and sea. being a lover of history and philosophy i have wanted to go to greece for my whole life. and of course it just looks magical. i flew over one and just that was amazing. blue and white – at least from the air it truly just gleams and sparkles blue and white. i am so excited for you (and for the pictures we will get to see!). xoxo

    1. Oh yeah! It was on the ABC lineup for years. Not the animated show, the live action one with Melissa Joan Heart, though. I wanted a cat named Salem SO BADLY. Sorry you have to suffer through it all these years later, haha.

      I think this is as good a chance as any for me to change my mind about the sun. I’ve been to Mexico four times and hid in the shade every single time, so if Santorini can’t do it, it’s not meant to be :) I’m so excited, regardless! I grew up reading a bunch of Greek myths (you should totally buy this book for your boys if they don’t have it already, it was a staple in my house and such a phenomenal anthology: so I’m thrilled to see the Parthenon in person. Beyond thrilled! xo

  3. Eeeek! Yes. Such a good choice. Course I haven’t never been…but I mean come on. You cannot go wrong with all of that pretty blue. The Boy Meets World clip also had me rolling on the floor! :)

    1. I’m so excited to see all those blue-domed roof tops and that giant, beautiful sea. Even from the confines of my shaded terrace :) xo

  4. oh, wow, that trip to Greece sounds (and looks) amazing. I’m sure you are going to have an amazing time. and I’m also sure you can handle a few days of sunshine!! xoxo

    1. Haha, thanks Petra! I’m really looking forward to it! It probably won’t hit me for a while since it’s a year away, but I bet once I start planning/packing for it, it will! xo

  5. ok first I am jelly and it’s good you splurged on the villa it will be so worth it. We did Bora Bora for our honeymoon and we loved every second and we stayed in one of those over water bungalows and it was pure magic. You will love the greek aisles- one tip is to check the union strikes. I had a friend who got stuck on her island for a week :)

    1. Bora Bora! That’s incredible, and super exotic! You don’t hear that one too often in honeymoon stories. I bet it was gorgeous. A lot of the hotels/suites on Santorini have a similar vibe to this place: white, carved into a mountain, terrace, caldera view, but this place is super private (only 3 villas total!) and just felt “right” from the moment we found it. Thank you for the tip! I do like that they schedule the strikes well in advance, haha. xo

  6. Whoa! I want to go too. This looks amaaaaaazing! You guys will have an amazing time. Greece is on my list of places I want to visit.

    I was never really into Family Matters (did not translate well into German) or Boy meets Girl, mostly because it was on TV in Germany when I felt too old for watching it. On the other hand I was hooked to Step by Step, always though Suzanne Summers was so pretty but now she looks kind of odd.

    1. I never even thought about translating Family Matters into German! It’s hilarious in English, if that piques your interest. It’s sometimes on Nickelodeon at night now in reruns. Such a good show. I still know the words to the opening theme song of Step by Step, haha. xo

  7. You hinted about this in the comments of my blog a few weeks ago, and you know I couldn’t be more thrilled. Athens is one of my favorite cities in the world (although I’m prepared for it to feel very different from the last time we visited since Greece has been struggling so much in recent years), and I long for a little apartment with a balcony near the Plaka (who am I kidding, they all have balconies!). I’ve been to Santorini twice, mostly because I wanted Cal to have that experience of arriving by boat into the heart of the caldera. The sunsets will blow your mind, for sure. So happy for you guys.

    1. I definitely need to pick your brain about Greece. I could reference the guest post you did for me last year! That would be a good starting point :) A friend of mine who lived in Athens with her Greek husband for a few years gave me the lowdown on what’s been going on over there; the protests are peaceful, strikes are scheduled in advance, avoid the gypsies, etc. I’m not going to pretend there isn’t major shit going down in Greece right now, but hopefully in the next 10 months things smooth out a bit. Fingers crossed! I want to beam myself to that terrace right now. Thanks doll. xo

  8. Santorini is on my hit list too, how lovely for you guys. May be June next year if we can get flights to work among my friends. Beautiful. xxx

    1. You Europeans have it so easy, being so close to everything else in Europe ;) If you guys make it before we do you have to report back with details! xo

  9. this looks and sounds amazing! champagne breakfast every morning? that is totally the icing on the cake. honeymooning: you’re doing it right.

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