Currently in my pod flying 28,138 feet above Europe, I have said a very bittersweet goodbye to the breathtakingly beautiful Greek islands and an unforgettable European adventure with my best friend. While Natalie goes on to Vienna, I make my way back to the states, spending a couple of days in New York at my grandmothers in the city, then continuing my trip back to Los Angeles. While I have plenty to look forward at home, I will definitely miss the vibrant colors of the towns, the delicious food (see below for where we ate), the ocean views, the pebbled walkways surrounded by bougainvilleas, and of course, the cats, dogs, and people I befriended along the way.
What I Wore: Brandy Melville Black Denim Shorts, Ray Ban Sunglasses, Brandy Melville Knit Tank, Barney’s New York Slides, Balenciaga Bag
I will walk you through what must be one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Let’s start from the beginning.
Natalie and I arrived in Athens Greece on June 15th. Upon our very exciting arrival we visited Acropolis, trekking up stone paths and stairs. I remember the squeaking of sneakers on the marble and the crunching of rocks and pebbles that covered dirt pathways under our feet. To stand in front of the Parthenon and be surrounded by these ancient ruins and architecture was definitely memorable. We wandered around the streets, stopping for a bite to eat at a café we stumbled upon where we enjoyed Greek salads.
After the day in Athens, Natalie and I flew to Santorini, Greece, arriving at the Kalisti Hotel located outside of Fira late that night. We spent our time exploring the town, wandering aimlessly discovering new places, trying different restaurants, and lounging by the pool working on our tan.
Natalie and I visited Oia, another town in Santorini that I very much enjoyed and reccommend
visiting. When in Oia, I highly suggest visiting Amoudi Bay, the water is crystal clear and the view is stunning. There are really no words to describe it that truly do it justice.
Where We Ate: Argo restaurant (Fira town), Niki Restaurant (Fira town), Da Vinci, Lolitas Gelato (Oía) — Be sure to try their hazelnut flavor – I’ve been craving it ever since!
I can’t say enough good things about my stay in Mykonos. We took the ferry from Santorini and stayed in the beautiful Grace Boutique Hotel in Mykonos. We were picked up, our car stocked with hydrating facial mist, waters, and other refreshments. Upon our arrival at the hotel we were so kindly welcomed with champage, and greeted by the welcoming staff and hotel manager. We were given a tour of the hotel and showed to our room, conveniently located on the pool and restaurant level, with prime access to a clear view of the ocean. Our room was stocked with a complimentary bottle of white wine, along with water and chocolate dipped strawberries for Natalie and I to snack on. A personalized handwritten letter from George, the charming hotel manager sat on our bed along with a sweet memory box. My experience at the Grace Hotel was everything I could have asked for. The staff made us feel very much at home and that was something I immediately recognized and appreciated.
Other hotel perks included free transfer from the hotel to the port, conveniently dropping us off right outside of Mykonos Town. We were given vouchers allowing us complimentary access to the stunning beach nearby. Natalie and I took advantage of this as we relaxed under tiki umbrellas in lounge chairs on the sand, taking in what was one of my favorite views while sipping on cold beverages.
In addition to our adventures throughout the town and relaxing time spent at the hotel, other highlights of our stay in Mykonos included our atv ride around the island. We drove to a small and what seemed to be somewhat exclusive beach where many of the locals spend their time. We made some friends, hung out, and played a little paddle tennis on the sand. We drove back to the hotel at sunset – definitely a view to remember.
To conclude our stay in Mykonos, I treated myself to a lovely and very relaxing one hour private spa pedicure at the Grace Hotel spa.
Where We Ate: Taverna Kostas (Mykonos Town), Nautilus (Mykonos Town), Ceasars Restaurant (Mykonos Town), Trio Bambini Gelato & Yogurt [and delicious crepes!] (Mykonos Town), Grace Hotel Restaurant – The hotel provided complimentary breakfast between 8 and 11 am. I always looked forward to trying the juice of the day as well as the variety of appetizing options listed on the menu. (My favorite breakfast must have been the eggs with guacamole bruschetta, topped with a slice or two of turkey and diced tomatoes. I might need to get the exact recipe!)
Our days generally consisted of delicious breakfasts, lounging and tanning poolside, lots of time spent on or overlooking beautiful beaches, adventuring throughout the towns, popping in and out of shops, and enjoying all Greece has to offer in the time we had. Getting lost while exploring the Greek Islands was never really a bad thing. There was always more to discover, experience, and enjoy. It was perfection.
I have most definitely caught the travel bug and would love to continue to explore the world! Where to next…?
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