The Greek Isles

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Ornos Beach, Mykonos

Go ahead and book your Greece trips, folks.

It is spectacular and amazing and one of the best vacations I’ve had. Here’s how I decided to go to Greece. I was in a dangerous spiral of daily GroupONs and saw a deal for a 10 night trip including airfare and hotels for $2,600. It’s risky I know but I’m a risk taker. Fortunately, I have friends that said “sounds good” so off we went. Gotta be honest, my expectations were low.

And the good news is, we were pleasantly surprised.

So, here goes. Overall things you can’t go wrong with:

  • Eat Greek salad every chance you can. Why? B/c they look like this.

    Every Greek Salad really was THAT good.
    Every Greek Salad really was THAT good.
  • Take the high speed ferry between islands (well worth the extra $$)
  • Buy Karrafore products (if you know me you know I’m a shampoo/conditioner/product freak) they are amazing and much cheaper in the states. Plus, they are made in Athens.

Athens: (2 nights, 1 full day)

Hotel: President Hotel (fine but if you can afford it go somewhere else)

IN general, I think Athens get a bad rap. Everyone I knew said you only needed a half day. I just think Athens is like NY or any other major city which in comparison to the islands is different but still a great city.

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Night tour of the Acropolis

Acropolis – Not big into ruins but alas, this is what you do when you travel. Recommend you go at night. Not as crowded or hot. Afterwards, eat at Dionysos at the base of Acropolis. Great location, amazing view

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Marsh and me learning how to cook Greek food

Greek Cooking Class – Would definitely recommend this. We did it on our last night in town but would be good to do when you land (www.athenscooking.gr) b/c you literally learn how to make all the Greek food options and taste them. Who knew I happen to love eggplant salad & tzikiki sauce?

Hop On/Hop Off Tour – we didn’t do this but I regret it. It’s a cheap, easy way to see any city. I would have liked to see more of Athens.

 

Mykonos (3 nights)

Hotel: Yiannaki Hotel (our fav hotel) – located right near Ornos beach (pic at start) and close to the bus. There are about 30 taxis total in Mykonos so you have to rely on the bus or rent an ATV.

This is pretty much the beach party scene. Since we aren’t under 30 anymore, we just made this into a beach vacation. It was an amazing 3 days of eating, drinking wine and laying on the beach. Not a ton to do but I loved it. Beautiful views and amazing food.

Little Venice, Mykonos
Little Venice, Mykonos
  • Take the water taxi to any of the beaches. We went to the beach at the end but wish we had gotten off at Super Paradise. Fun day scene.
  • Our best meal of the trip was an amazing Italian meal at a restaurant I did not get the name of unfortunately. Outdoor seating near the water but not on the water in Little Venice.
  • Go to see sunset in Little Italy. Get a table by the water. Need to be there by 7:30
  • Took recommendation of hotel and went to a restaurant called Hippie Fish.  It was in a non tourist area and i appreciated not being in the crowds. Not to mention the view was amazing.

 

Santorini (3 days, 3 nights – not enough time)

Hotel: Kalisti Hotel (good hotel and great location). Again, if you can afford nicer do it.

By far, the highlight of the trip. Amazing town, amazing views. Great island feel. Would have spent a whole week here.

  • Rent a car. Lots of people told us to do that and they were right. Cars rent for $50 Euro/day and you can easily navigate the whole island.

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    Sunset View from our boat. Sailing around Santorini
  • Best trip was a ½ day sail on the Thalasa around the island.
  • Must eat at the following: Luckys (the gyros will change you) and Mama’s House (great Italian food at fast food prices only it’s delicious) and Sunset Café (you need a reservation for 7:30 to see sunset). Amazing experience.
  • Be sure to stop at Santos wine and taste a flight. Great view and great way to spend an afternoon.

Only thing we missed that I wanted to do was go on a hike. We couldn’t find it but later met people who did it and loved it. Near town of Fira. Oh yeah, i also really regret not eating a few more times at Lucky’s. Big fan of the $2Euro Gyros.

So, there you have it.

Amazing trip.

Greece, I will definitely see you again!

Oh yeah – one more pic for the road…

View from Oai, Santorini
View from Oai, Santorini