Sunday, January 13, 2013
the greek isles are like that perfect dream that you never want to end. the kind that you try and force yourself to go back to sleep for. the perfect, relaxing, clear-blue water kind of dream that makes you want to forget all about reality.
except--it is reality! the water really is the most stunning shade of blue you'll ever witness, the landscapes are covered with white rooftops and the beaches are as dreamy as they come! i would recommend this destination to anyone--you really can't go wrong.
my husband and i chose to spend our week on the islands of mykonos and santorini (it's so hard to choose, because there are so many to choose from! but these two are very popular choices) so, i've decided to start with a travel guide for mykonos.
*cue fleet fox 'mykonos' nowwww....
we absolutely loved our hotel--the mykonos bay hotel. if you go to their website, you'll see they have a lovely pool deck, right by their own private beach. the rooms are chic and comfortable, and honestly our only complaint was the struggles we had keeping connected to wifi (but later on realized that wifi in general is just not the most reliable throughout all the isles)
this was the view our from our hotel room. the isles are known for their world-rocking sunsets. and trust me--they live up to the hype.
the sites in mykonos town can definitely keep you busy for a day. up above is a picture of my husband and the well-known windmills along the coast of the town. we had fun exploring the city, shopping, eating, and rented a vespa to scoot-scoot around. i definitely recommend renting the vespa while you are there--it's a small island and you can pretty much get anywhere on it--it's cheap--and it's just fun!
my husband and i visited mykonos in september, which was right as the island was 'calming down' from the summer months. mykonos is known as the definite 'party island' of all the islands. lots of clubs, ragers, and nightlife. huzzzzah! but personally, we liked the 'calmer' mykonos because we're not the raging type, but if you're into that--maybe look into planning your trip during the summer months. i hear it's the party-place to be! oh yeah, and that is a pic of our hotels beach at sunset. so dreamy. and my frizzy hair--not so much.
speaking of beaches--we definitely like our sun, sand and water time. i mean, who doesn't like a nice tan? (sadly, my husband gets darker at about ten times the speed my freckled skin does--leaving me in the dust while he becomes a different ethnicity)
these pics were both taken at paradise beach. we really enjoyed paradise because it was easy to swim out to the reefs, and they have a lot of places to eat/drink right on the beach. you can see a list of other popular mykonos beaches here.
here we're at ftelia beach, which was on the other side of the island and much less crowded (again it was really quite tame by the time we got there, but if you are there during a busier time, this beach might be the perfect getaway from the crazier side of the island)
going through these pics is making me miss it so much! husband ad i have already decided we want to go back for one of our anniversaries and explore some of the different isles. we were sold!
overall, mykonos was just as heavenly as we had always imagined. we weren't let down in the slightest. and after spending two and a half days there, we took a ferry over to the island of santorini (which i am so excited to share with you, because as much as we loved mykonos, we fell head-over-heels for santorini)
so stay tuned!
and as always, you can see more of our travel pics on instagram @kristenwcampbell & #robandkris
*sidenote--online it says that there are 'nude beaches' all throughout the isles, but what they really should have said is that ALL beaches are nude throughout the greek isles. swimsuits are definitely optional in greece. so, whatever that means to you--just be prepared. cause we weren't. hence the naked 87 year old man and the look on my husband's face.