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Shannon, Italy, Greece & California Specialist

Having been brought up by a mother with serious wanderlust, I was lucky enough to travel throughout the United States for most of my childhood exploring National Parks in the west, visiting family in Southern California, and skiing in Northern California.

With a focus on Art History and French for my college degree, I was fortunate to study in Europe a couple of times during my four years at college. I spent a semester in Florence studying Renaissance art and architecture and another semester in Rennes in France, studying language. My love for art history also took me to Greece and I got to tour the mainland as well as several islands before continuing on to the coast of Turkey and Istanbul.

Along with my love for art and architecture, I’m a passionate cook and avid skier and before joining Audley, I worked as a portrait and food photographer and event planner. Now, I can combine all these skills to help others discover the incredible treasures of both the US and Europe.

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View to Ragusa Ibla, Sicily

I recommend visiting - Sicily

After my research trip to Sicily, I found it incredibly difficult to pick just one favorite new place, as Sicily has so much to offer. But, if I had to narrow it down to one area, I would say the Baroque cities in south-eastern Sicily would be it. Ragusa, Syracuse and Noto offer so much natural beauty, as well as impressive architecture largely rebuilt after they were destroyed by a 1693 earthquake.

My perfect day would be waking up in Ragusa, then heading out early to Noto to enjoy a coffee stop and a stroll through this perfectly white marbled town. From there I’d head to a winery for a wine tasting of local south coast Sicilian wines including the famous Nero D’Avola. Afterwards, I’d have lunch at a cafe in the seaside village of Marzamemi watching the fishing boats bobbing up and down in the water. The final stop would be Syracuse. I’d have a wander through the old town of Ortigia before settling down in a cafe opposite the Cathedral, once a 5th-century BC Greek temple, with my evening spritz.

Milos Breeze Boutique Hotel, Pollonia

I recommend staying at - Milos Breeze Boutique Hotel

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After a long day of travel, arriving at the Milos Breeze and slipping into the saltwater infinity pool to watch the sun set over the Aegean is a heavenly way to finish a day. The hotel is built in typical Cycladic style with white-washed buildings surrounded by lush gardens. Inside, its sleek, simple design gives it a great sense of calm and it’s easy to while away your days by the pool just admiring the views. If you do want to explore, the hotel sits on a hill just outside Pollonia and you can easily walk into town for dinner, shopping or a stroll around the marina.

I'll never forget when…

Of all Greece’s archeological sites, I was most struck by Ancient Olympia. This former religious site, dedicated to the worship of Zeus, began hosting athletic competitions around the 8th century BC, and in today’s Olympic Games, the torch begins here. Touring the site, I learned from my guide that the torch is called ‘the light of Greece’ and represents the light of the country, which is shared with the world to celebrate the start of the games. It’s lit using a small reflective cauldron, which uses light from the sun to ignite a flame.

Photos of Shannon

  • Shannon hiking in Tahoe, California Shannon hiking in Tahoe, California
  • Shannon in Alberobello, Puglia region Shannon in Alberobello, Puglia region
  • Shannon on an art tour of the streets of Athens, Greece Shannon on an art tour of the streets of Athens, Greece
  • Shannon in Santorini, Greece Shannon in Santorini, Greece
  • Shannon in Milos, Greece Shannon in Milos, Greece
  • Shannon at the Temple of Posideon, Greece Shannon at the Temple of Posideon, Greece
  • Shannon at an Italian cooking class Shannon at an Italian cooking class
  • Shannon on a boat ride along the canal in Italy Shannon on a boat ride along the canal in Italy
  • Shannon in Giancolo, Rome Shannon in Giancolo, Rome
  • Shannon in Lecce, Puglia region Shannon in Lecce, Puglia region
  • Shannon in Pressice, Puglia region Shannon in Pressice, Puglia region
  • Shannon in Burano, Italy Shannon in Burano, Italy