Hello hello! The summer craziness is finally winding down - it has been full of action and adventure, travels, delicious food, learning things, costume parties, suntans, sightseeing, friends, and just general summery goodness. I've got a few photos to share with you here - the first of a few recaps I'm planning on writing. I did manage to cook a meal and take photos of it last night - which felt strangely like learning to ride a bike again - so that will be posted in the coming days as well. But first, GREECE!
This feels like such a long time ago. I joined my friends Suzanne and Nilo for 6 days in Greece - 3 in Athens and 3 on the island of Mykonos - for an exciting holiday that I've been wanting to take for a while. Greece is one of those countries I have always planned on visiting at some point in my life, so I'm happy to be able to tick it off my list! To be honest, I was looking forward to some hot weather and sunshine, but I was most excited about the food. Greek food has always been a favorite of mine - give me dolmades and baklava any day of the week and I'm a happy girl. So I'm glad the girls took lots of food photos on our holiday!
Check out the beautiful CALAMARI (I hope squid doesn't make you squeamish):
The one and only piece of baklava I ate in Greece, and it was a good one:
That last one is particularly attractive - but I was SO HUNGRY after ordering a salad at the pool bar, finding it was doused in a mayonnaise-y dressing, reluctantly having to explain to the Greek bartenders that I had to ask for another salad sans dressing, and being harshly interrogated and rudely tutted at because of it. Certainly learned my lesson on Greek salads (that aren't Greek salads, if you know what I mean) that day.
I'd love to explore some of the other islands in Greece eventually. It's a beautiful country - and I go weak in the knees for a gorgeous seascape. Our hotel in Mykonos - I can't recommend it highly enough. mykonos bay hotel. It was a 5 minute walk from Mykonos town, where all the action is. Has its own beach (although not the best beach on the island) and salt-water swimming pool (which I loved). The rooms are minimalist but you barely spend any time in there anyway. The morning breakfast buffet was wonderful. So much fresh watermelon, lots of greek yogurt and honey (wish I could have partaken), huge dates, and some cheeky baklava if you really want to be on holiday. If you do end up staying there one day, please say hello to Nikos (the hotel's main man and chauffeur)!
It was a very long day of traveling on our return home - a 4 hour ferry ride, followed by a muddled walk through Piraeus port in Athens (hot sweaty Athens), then an hour and 15 minute metro ride to the airport, a 4 hour flight back to London, and then the standard hour journey on tube and bus back home!
But all in the name of some summer sunshine and fun fun fun. I can't complain too much, can I?
After Greece, came Italy. but that is another recap for another day.
p.s. Here are the restaurants we enjoyed, for future ref.
- Zorba's (Mikrolimano, Piraeus - Athens) - Right on the water, beautiful views, exceptional service
- Psaras (16 Erechtheos Str, Plaka - Athens) - Our favorite meal of the trip, make sure you get a table on the roof, beautiful sunsets and close up views of the Acropolis
- Kostas (5 Metropoleos str., Mykonos) - Smack dab in the center of Mykonos town, a temporary power cut didn't spoil the atmosphere! We loved all the sharable starters here.
- Joanna's Niko's Place (Megali Ammos, Mykonos) - Just down the beach from our hotel, where we had the baklava pictured above