If you follow me on social media then you know that I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Greece. If you have been following for a while, then you also know that the hubs and I actually went to Greece for the first time two years ago, and that this recent trip was our second go-round. Well, with that being said, I figured it was about time to give you all a little Graceful Guide for all things Greece...or at least how I know it.
So by now I am sure you all can tell that I LOVE pictures. Last year Jon Luke and I went to Paris to celebrate our one year anniversary and I thought it would be really special to have pictures taken while we were there (I will have to share those soon). As the blog has grown, we have had the opportunity to work with many amazing photographers around the U.S., providing us with fun pictures of the two of us. All of that being said, this got me thinking for our trip to Greece. I began to do some research and decided again that it would be special to have pictures done while in Santorini. Again, I know…this is very excessive. BUT, I am SO happy we took these photos and am so thankful for Les Anagnou Photographers! Paul and Yiota were amazing to work with, and we had so much fun wandering the streets of Santorini with Yiota to capture these amazing images!
As I have said before, when I packed for Greece, I pre-planned most outfits and wanted to bring things that would be easy to pack. I found this Free People set at Shopbop and loved the crop top/bell sleeve combo and thought it would be perfect for a day by the water. The material was light and I love how the set felt on!
One of the most well known things about Santorini (and one of the things I loved) is how the towns are like little white cities sitting at the top of the cliffs. I did not know what to expect completely when we first arrived, but I was blown away. Sometimes pictures can be deceiving, but Santorini is just as beautiful (if not more beautiful) than all of the pictures I had seen online. I absolutely love these little cities of white and am missing it every day!
While in Greece, we spent our first four days in Mykonos then took the ferry over to Santorini. It was an easy ride and we were on this beautiful island by evening, ready for dinner with a view. On our first full day I could not wait to get up and explore. The island of Santorini has multiple cities/towns on it including Oia, Imerovigli, Fira and Pygros to name a few. Our hotel was Oia, so we stayed there for the day wandering the streets and getting lost in the culture. Amoudi bay sits at the bottom of Oia so boats will drop cruise ship visitors off, making the streets full of hustle and bustle. (Apparently we were there right before the tourist season really picks up which was great because I thought there were a lot of people then!) The town of Oia is literally picture perfect and I loved spending so much time here!
I know you all are probably wondering when I am going to stop posting Greece pictures, so if you are tired of it I am sorry. There was just so much beauty in one trip, my picture count was extremely high and I have SO much I want to share! Today I wanted to share a quick guide to Mykonos, based on what we did and saw in our four days there. From food to shopping, hotels and bars, I am going to try to cover a little bit about each place we went to and what else I would recommend!
One of our days in Mykonos we decided to rent a scooter and ride over to the north side of island. While there, we stopped at Agios Sostis Beach and relaxed for a little bit before eating one of my favorite meals at Kiki's Tavern. The beach was small and not very crowded so it was a great spot to stop and take in our surroundings. After a quick nap, we walked up the stairs to Kiki's Tavern which is a small, traditional Greek restaurant. The entire place might consist of ten tables and it is definitely a hot spot. We had to wait a little bit for a table, but the views made it all ok. The tavern sits behind this little church and overlooks a small cove. It was literally picture perfect.
Before we went to Mykonos, people told me about Mykonos Town. Everyone would say how cute it was, and how you could wander the streets for days. To some extent I listened, but I also did not truly understand what they were talking about until we got there. A pedestrian friendly area, Mykonos Town looks like a straight up movie set. The streets are beautiful, flowers are in bloom everywhere and the little shops are too cute for words. Immediately, I fell in love with this magical place and seriously could have wandered the streets for days!
During our first full day in Mykonos, we decided to keep things simple and head to the pool. We slept in, lounged in the sun and walked down to the beach below our hotel to ride jet skis for a little bit before heading into town for dinner. As you can see in the pictures, my chair at the pool had a PHENOMENAL view so needless to say, I was a happy girl all day. Again, the staff at our hotel was amazing and we had beautiful views everywhere we went.
Our time in Greece so far has been amazing. From the minute we arrived in Mykonos, everyone was so helpful and so nice. Our hotel, The Royal Myconian Collection, is possibly one of the most beautiful and unique places I have ever stayed. Built up on the cliffs, our room over looks turquoise waters that seem to go for days. The white buildings really are everywhere here, and I am in love!