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  • Kim Olachea

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun in Greece & Rome!

Updated: Apr 9

It’s been fun traveling with my husband, leading tours together, and sharing experiences in the US and around the world for nearly 46 years. I wouldn’t trade those trips together for anything, but there is something to be said for GIRL TRIPS!

If you want to laugh A LOT and do CRAZY things together, then travel the world with your sister, cousin, mom, or girlfriend – ‘cause girls just wanna have fun!

In April 2018, my husband and I were leading our first tour to Greece and had the last-minute opportunity to invite my sister to join us. Like me, this was her first visit to Greece.

We were giddy with excitement even before we boarded our first flight. Knowing the layover was going to be in Vienna, we imagined the Austrian countryside depicted in The Sound of Music with snow covered alps in the distance and white patches of tiny flowers (edelweiss) along the runway.  Our plan was to belt out the song, “The hills are alive with the sound of music…” getting the rest of our group to join in. However, as the plane approached the runway in Vienna, alas, there were no mountains, not even a hill, and definitely there was no edelweiss! Our singing never got beyond a whisper that faded away as we broke out in hilarious laughter. People probably thought we were crazy! But I have to say the Austrian pastries in the airport were delicious!

Riding a donkey up the steep mountain path to Fira, the capital of Santorini, to secretly take pictures of the large shirtless man singing in the Old City of Rhodes fountain, Plateia Ippokratous, in the medieval town square, caused us to giggle like little girls, making this the most memorable trip ever! Other highlights included our attempt at Greek “line-dancing” and wading in each body of water we encountered - including the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Ionian Seas. We even dipped our feet in the ice-cold stream that is the traditional site of Lydia’s baptism not far from biblical Philippi, described in Acts 16:14-15, just to say we did it!

My sister and I are always up for trying new foods, so we tasted almost every Greek delicacy, especially relishing in the strong, smooth Greek coffee served in tiny white demitasse cups in local villages. For dessert, we often sought out refreshing gelato and pagotó at the local Greek ice-cream shops along the way.

What I’ve learned through these years of leading tours is the most fun and laughter happen when girls travel together. I’ve had the experience of meeting and traveling with many women from all over the US and other parts of the world – moms and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters, sisters, cousins, girlfriends – and even mothers-in-law & daughters-in-law. Maybe you’re celebrating a birthday or retirement or sisterhood or friendship. Take a risk. Join the adventure. Invite a friend or sister, cousin or daughter. Plan on some serious fun in Greece and Rome this summer! You won’t regret it!

Oh, and just so you know, this trip is not just for girls—guys are welcome, too! Believe me, they will have fun. But from my perspective, girls have more fun most of the time! 

Joe and I moved to Fairfield Harbour in September 2018. We love living here and would love to have some of our FFH neighbors join us in Greece & Rome this summer! You can learn more about us and our trip, plus check out the complete itinerary on our trip website. OR just call or text me and I’ll send you a brochure. Feel free to reach out. We can talk by phone, communicate by email or meet me for coffee. I’m glad to answer questions and help you sign up. Just a few spots remain so don’t wait! You can learn more on my Blog: My Favorite Place in Greece. Contact me at  OR Call or Text Kim at 856-979-8880.

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