Travel: Mykonos Part 2

Whenever someone asks me, “how was Greece?” I’d just shake my head, sigh and say “it was incredible”. It truly was and I must point out that I always think of my experience in the island of Mykonos whenever the word Greece is mentioned.

The beauty of this island was breathtaking and had that utterly effortless ambience. It felt like you can sit for ages just taking in the scenery.

I loved walking along the beaches, seeing the windmills, enjoying the fresh air and the beautiful water view.

I also loved exploring Little Venice which is the heart of Mykonos. Along the cobblestone pathway, there were all kinds of charming little boutiques, eateries and souvenir stores.

The one thing I definitely miss is this simple fresh tomatoes and cucumber salad, drizzled with olive oil. I tried to recreate it at home but it's just not the same.

When I walked further into Little Venice, I discovered this white church and it turned out to be the most photographed church in Mykonos.

Look at that water! I couldn’t resist working my way down.

And that's me in the picture, tryin' to go back up. Climbing the wet rocks was a lot of hard work, great for the thighs though.                 

Although driving in Mykonos was quite tricky as most roads were narrow and winding, hiring a 4-wheeled motor bike was a good idea as it made such a convenient way to explore the island and visit the beaches surrounding the island.

Love this adorable donkey, had to stop for a little bit to say hello.

Allianz and Starbucks looked too cute in their white Greecian squares.

I was told that a trip to Mykonos was incomplete unless you see Petros the pelican, Mykonos' mascot. I got a little sad when I hadn’t seen him but on my last day, there he was! 

Gorgeous scenery everywhere

and still beautiful in the evening with twinkling lights

I love that during my visit in Mykonos, the sky was always blue, the sun was always shining and the water was always crystal clear. I was happy and considered myself very lucky. Seeing the photographs never failed to remind me how wonderful it had been and so without a doubt, Mykonos is now listed as one of the places I would tell my future children and grandchildren to put in their bucket list.

Travel: Mykonos Part 1

Remember that time I told you that I was busy studying for my French exam? Well.. I passed! Anyway, aside from still being in delirious mode since getting my results earlier today, I’ve also been working on my travel posts. It just seems like I'm taking my sweet time because I kept pausing to reminisce the summery sunny blue sky Mykonos' beach days just by scrolling through the pictures.

Here are a few snapshots (unretouched!) of my boat ride from Athens to Mykonos.

7am Blue Star Ferries from the Piraeus port

The boat made for a few stops en route to Mykonos

The man in pink (as seen rolling my little luggage) was sent by the hotel to pick up guests. I felt giddy already at that point because I just knew "ohhh this is gonna be good!" The picture on the right is snapped from the hotel's driveway. Clear blue water awaited and I'll spill all in my next post.

Travel: Athens

Greece is one of the countries that I was always so determined to include in my bucket list. Thinking back, I have only the fondest memories of Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. Each of these places was just captivating and wonderful in their own ways.

View of Athens from the window. Having flown from frosty London, seeing this was just heavenly.

They say Athens is a perfect destination for ancient history lovers. Now I may know literally zero of ancient history but  I can still relate albeit not in smarty-pants kind of way. How many movies out there have used all sorts of Greek mythology storylines? Ie Brad Pitt in Troy, Gerard Butler in 300, even King Triton (Ariel’s dad from Little Mermaid)?? Leaving mythology aside, the Ancient Greeks have so much influence on the world's development. Think Pythagoras and the Olympics people! I could not afford not to pay a visit to Athens just to see what it is like.

The ruin of Temple of Zeus, which was dedicated to Zeus, the king of the 12 Greek gods.

I took this picture from the rooftop of the hotel I stayed at. That hill you see is called the Acropolis (Acro means high and Polis means City) and that structure on top of the hill is called the Parthenon. The Parthenon is a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Who is Athena? Athena is one of the 12 Greek gods, daughter of Zeus. The city of Athens is also named after her. Ahhh i can see you putting the pieces together.

View of city of Athens and Mount Lycabettus from the Acropolis. Myth says Athena dropped this piece of mountain accidentally.

That structure with the green lush surroundings is a temple dedicated to Hephaestus, also one of the gods but the only one who didn't have any power. He was said to be the blacksmith of the gods and also married to Aphrodite, goddess of love.

Hiking up to the Acropolis requires some comfortable shoes as there are lots of narrow, rocky and winding streets with plenty of staircases

I didn’t stay in Athens for too long so it worked out well to stay at Plaka, a neighbourhood in central Athens, which had most of the famous ancient ruins within walking distance. Even though it was a touristy area packed with souvenirs shop and overpriced restaurants, the area was not crowded at all. If any, i'd call it lively and was also very easy to find restaurants serving traditional good food at great value, I mean 90 cents beer, winner!

View of the Parthenon from the restaurant and my last of hundreds pictures of Athens. It's been a great adventure.

birthday love from Santorini

Greetings from Greece! I have just ticked another sweet item off my DREAMS LIST: a happy birthday to me in Santorini. The island can do no wrong aside from super expensive yet mediocre tasting fish dishes which I can easily avoid since I'm not that into fish. It has been an amazing experience to be here, celebrating a turn of age. I'm now much closer to the big 30 and couldn't be more satisfied of where I stand and being grateful for every single second breathing and living. Have a wonderful day everyone and much love to you all x