:: A Dream Vacation to Greece - Part I - Balos Beach, Crete

Ever since I can remember, my dream in life has been to go to Greece. I have wanted to walk the streets of Santorini and swim in some of the best beaches in the world. I wanted to eat the Greek food and explore the islands like the girls in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants ;) In fact, I have had this perfect vision of what Greece would be like in my head for so long that I was worried I would be disappointed, or let down in some way when I actually went there. (You know how sometimes when you want something so badly that when you get it, you're a bit like, "Oh that's it...?") Well. Let me tell you. Greece is NOT like that. It exceeded any and all expectations that I had and I would add it to the top of anyone's travel bucket list. I really think it is the most beautifully relaxing place in the world. Honestly. It is the best place I have been hands down and I would go every single year if I had the chance. This was also our first truly relaxing trip with no exact itinerary - and that's how everyone should plan to visit Greece. It's a go-with-the-flow type of place.
As I began to look back at my photos, every single place was so full of the magic of Greece that I didn't want to leave any of it out, or have a blog post a mile long :) So that said, I will be sharing with you separate posts on each destination we visited during our 7-day trip to help you see the places we went in their entirety. We'll start with our day trip to Balos Beach in Crete. Then in separate posts, I will get into more of the specifics of where we stayed and how we got there, places we went, etc.

So here we go:
Day One in Greece; Balos Beach on the island of Crete


:: I'm Under-Construction

No, MorningKawa.com isn't under construction, I, myself am!!!

I FINALLY got a new computer with Photoshop (my old MacBook Pro was from 2006....) and I am busy taking the time to actually learn this program. It's been on my "to-do list" for years and I decided there is no time like the present. And, if I don't do it before baby, I may never. Perhaps this is my version of nesting :) 

When I come back from my classes, I will have lots of (hopefully beautiful) Greece photos to share so get ready! Here's a peak of the most beautiful place ever! 



:: Wroclaw Boat Rental

We just got back from a whirlwind week in the USA. Now that is is raining cats and dogs here in Wroclaw, I wanted to share with you something to do when the weather turns up a bit: rent a boat and take it down the Odra!


:: Happy [belated] 4th of July!

Yes, I am well aware that we're a bit beyond July 4th, but many people here in Poland have asked me what this American holiday is all about. Being that this is my favorite holiday, I LOVE to tell them all about it and I thought my other non-American readers may be interested in hearing about it, too.  If you already know - and love - America's birthday it's ok to skim over this post. But if you don't, keep reading. 
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:: A Polish Wedding

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of attending our first Polish wedding! It was located in the small mountain town of Koniakow - about 3 hours from Wroclaw. It was a beautiful wedding and let me tell you, those Poles know how to celebrate! Keep reading to hear all about this Polish wedding traditions ;)


:: Baby Shower Invite

Ok, ok. I know that the person of honor isn't usually supposed to be too involved with planning their own shower but anyone who knows me, knows this is impossible and I need to be involved! I LOVE planning events!!! Not to mention, my BFF is a fabulous graphic designer out in L.A. and she always helps bring my vision to life through paper :)

As you know, we're heading back to the U.S. soon and as part of that trip, we'll have our baby shower. Our shower theme is 'Vintage Garden Party' - EEK! I just can't wait to share the images from the event with you - but in the meantime, here's a look at our invite!  love. love. love.

Obviously, ignore the white spaces in the invite, these are spaces for personal details - address, phone number, etc. 


:: Krakow, Poland

It feels like we were in Krakow, Poland ages ago but I am just now getting around to looking through our photos of our overnight trip in May :) Oopsies!

This is the first city that we have visited that we have actually been to before. However, we came to Krakow before we moved to Poland so this kinda felt like a new experience since we now know a bit of the language and are familiar with Polish culture and cuisine. Overall, Krakow is a beautiful city worth adding to a vacation itinerary, especially if your wallet needs a break from the expense of Euro cities like Rome and Paris. Krakow (like most of Poland) is very affordable compared to other destinations across Europe and worth a visit.

Krakow was actually one of the only large cities in Poland not to be destroyed by the war so the charm of the city is authentic and not a rebuilt version of what was. The weather was a bit gloomy during our trip, but hopefully you can envision the true beauty of a sunny day!