GREECE

September 1, 2016

 

One of the most picturesque countries in the world, & I agree!

Greece easily has the greatest abundance of beautiful beaches I've ever seen in my life. We travelled to 4 different destinations, each with it's own charm, style, food and personality but one thing remained unchanged, the flawless beaches. 

We began our journey on the island of Crete, which is most known for being the biggest of the Greek islands. At first I was weary of this fact and expected the "big city" feel to take over this beautiful island, boy was I wrong. Heraklion was a beautiful classic european city with cobble stone streets, gleeful shops, fountains in every centre square and patios filled with people eating and drinking; it was love at first sight. 

We spent the entire night patio hoping and eating all sorts of food, our favourite restaurant was Peskesi. The interior decor was traditional but they had a wonderful -cave like bar where men smoked their cigars and the women sipped on their colourful cocktails, it was spectacular! 

We then ventured off to our second destination, Chania, another beautiful town in Crete. Chania was so quaint and exactly what you would expect of a small sea side town. It's most unique feature though is it's large venetian inspired port, pure magic. The restaurants play loud music and the streets are lain with young people enjoying their conversations and views of the sea. The old world charm has clearly withstood the test of time in this peaceful part of our world. 

THE BEACHES OF CHANIA ARE INSANE. Elafonisi is simply one of the most amazing beaches on our planet, it is so raw and untouched, literally in the middle of no where and I can understand why people visit from far and wide. At a certain time of the day when the sun is just right the sand turns to a soft pink colour, the water is so clear and turquoise you can see your feet touching the bottom perfectly, the shallow lagoon like water is so still you can't help but walk out as far as you can until you can no longer reach the bottom. It is definitely a destination that should be added to everyone's bucket list!

Our second island is nothing short of a fairytale, Santorini. Deep blues and white hues fill the streets of this perfect little island known for having some of the best views in the world. We stayed at the most magical place Honeymoon Petra Villas - wow! The staff were polite and so helpful, the pool area was unique and made of black volcanic rock and our room was just breathtaking. Shaped like a dome and built right into a cave it was basically right out of a magazine. 

We dined at one of the best restaurants I've ever been to, The Athenian House. What a gastronomical journey, traditional dishes my yiayia would make but with a crazy unique and modern twist. We dined during sunset watching the sky light up in pink and orange as the moon danced with the sun before it set. 

Ofcourse the highlight of my time in Santorini was the exquisite proposal that my new fiancée Daniel had planned to surprise me with (read my blog post PROPOSAL for more details). 

It really is as romantic as people say and is definitely considered one of the greatest travel destinations in Greece. 

Party time, our third and final island was Mykonos! Known for its day and night life we enjoyed the full spectrum of what this tiny island had to offer. We were instantly whisked off to a day party at Kahlua Beach where we met up with friends from Toronto. The excitement overwhelmed us all and we spent the entire night dancing on the beach.

Next, we enjoyed a relaxing day at the prestigious Nammos Beach where we sipped on Miraval Rosé and enjoyed the great musical vibes. This is seriously the type of place where you'd expect to see the rich and famous doc their yachts and spend the day getting pampered.

Our final day, Sunday (not holy in Mykonos) we spent at Panormos Beach, had a spectacular lunch and jumped over to Scorpios, which in my opinion is one of the coolest parties ever! Let's just say Mykonos is not for the faint hearted, be prepared for endless days and sleepless nights, but wonderful memories to last a lifetime. 

 

 

-Signing off

Bianca Rose Girimonte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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