This year, I told myself I wanted to travel more and go to those places that have been on my bucket list forever. I’ve always loved to travel ever since I was a little girl. To me, there really is no better way of learning than going out there and exploring and seeing different cultures.
First up on my list was Greece. This trip was actually planned totally last minute. My friend Flor was celebrating her birthday last month and so we decided what better way to celebrate it than going to Greece! We ended up visiting Mykonos, Santorini and Athens, which were all breathtakingly beautiful. I'm so grateful to God for allowing me to have this amazing experience.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing with you a quick travel guide to each place, as well as some of the things we did. First up is Mykonos:
How to Get There: The travel itself was about 20+ hours (but so worth it!). I took a flight from Miami to Philly (which is where I met up with my friend Flor who lives in San Francisco). From there we took a flight to Athens, which arrived the next day at 9:15AM. We barely made it to our connecting flight (with a lot of running hahaha) which left from Athens to Mykonos at 10:45AM.
We decided to fly (through Aegean Airlines) instead of taking a Ferry, since it was only 30 minutes and we wanted to make the most out of our trip. We did however take a Ferry from Mykonos to Santorini (to experience the whole Ferry ride) and then we took another flight from Santorini to Athens for the last part of our trip.
*I highly recommend the express Ferry, which was only 2.5 hours from Mykonos to Santorini*
Where to Stay: We stayed 4 nights at the Myconian Villa Collection, a 5-star resort which was absolutely beautiful. It had an amazing infinity pool and not to mention a breakfast (that’s included) that was out of this world. It’s located right above Elia Beach and also about a 25 minute drive to the town. They also have free and frequent shuttles that took you to town, which was great. (Taxis are about €25) The rooms were also super clean and spacious.
Our Myconian Luxury Villa had a living room along with a jacuzzi in our private balcony, which was a nice little treat. Overall the service and experience was great, I highly recommend! It’s well worth it.
Eat & Drink: There are tons of great restaurants in Greece overall, so you really can’t go wrong (or maybe it’s just because I LOVE Greek food so much). You’ll find tons of restaurants in Chora (the old town) with beautiful views. Make sure to get a gyro (pronounced like Euro!) Mykonos is also known as a party town, but we didn’t do any partying (and that’s OK too, you don’t have to party if you don’t want to haha). We did though grab a drink at Toro Loco, which I recommend. It’s a little hole in the wall where the locals go and the people are super nice. It was nice to just have a glass of wine, talk about life and enjoy the atmosphere.
Things to Do:
Take a walk through Little Venice and see the windmills
Go wondering through the tiny paths of Chora. They have tons of little shops selling everything from clothes to jewelry (although I did most of my shopping in Athens).
Visit the beaches! We visited Elia Beach since it was right below our hotel. We also took a taxi to Psarou Beach (about 20 euros each way). Other beaches that are popular include Panormos Beach and Ornos Beach.
**The water was freezing by the way (in May when we went) but it was still nice to take a quick dip and just lay out on the beach reading a book**
|The windmills in Mykonos|
|Walking through Chora (aka the old town)|
|Spa time at the Myconian Villa Collection after arriving from our long flight|
Stay tuned next week when I’ll share my guide to Santorini and Athens. Oh and in case you’ve been thinking about going to Greece…. just do it! You won’t regret it.
Remember…..”It’s not that life is short, it’s that we sometimes wait so long to live it.”
Go live your life!
Go live your life!
Oh and for those of you that have asked me about my bucket travel list, here are a few more on my list:
1. Italy (hopefully going this year)