Archives for June 2016

The Greece Diaries: Tour Through Athens

You didn’t think we left Greece without seeing Athens, did you? The historical sites of Greece’s capital city were the last destination of our trip and was well worth the wait. We budgeted a full 4 days in Athens, giving us all the time we needed to check our boxes of tourist sites, as well as to do a little exploring off the beaten path. Athens actually reminded me so much of Manhattan, in that there are lush, beautiful parks, quaint cafes, and historical monuments around every corner. However, also akin to Manhattan, you’ll find areas that are a little unkempt, and frankly, a little smelly. But have no fear! The city’s affordable taxi service makes it easy to get from your hotel in the middle of the city to cafes lining the water at sunset for a mere 10€.

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One of the things that surprised me the most about Athens was the amount of orange trees that were everywhere in full growth! I’m still not certain what the explanation is for that, but it was a fun sight to see.

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Some of the locals explained to us that even though they live just steps away from places people travel thousands of miles to see, they themselves have never ventured up to places like the Parthenon (which is absolutely crazy to me). We took a hike up to the Acropolis one day, and though it was fascinating, I’d say one visit was plenty! Even for the off-season, it was still completely crowded and fairly expensive (around 30 per person) to buy a ticket to enter. (Do keep in mind that they accept student ID’s from anywhere for a small discount!)

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Because the Acropolis is about 2,500 years old, it was in need of a bit of a facelift. Unfortunately, we had to look past a good deal of construction covering the front face of the Parthenon that made up for some of the destruction it had seen over the years.

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Everyone will tell you that you should do all of your shopping in Athens, as opposed to any other places you might visit in Greece, and it’s absolutely true! Its markets are fantastic for both food and souvenirs, and if I remember correctly, most of the souvenirs on the islands are sourced out of Athens anyway, so these are a bit closer to being authentic.

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One thing we made time for on the more historical end was to watch the changing of the guards at the site of Athens’ Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It’s a very precise sort of routine that large crowds gather to see every hour, and we were fortunate to see it on a day when the Minister of Defense of Poland came to visit!

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Athens is so rich in both history, culture, and cuisine that it was the perfect way to wrap our trip up. (Of course, after eating our body weight in bread and olive oil!)

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The Greece Diaries: Cactus Bloom

As you’ve heard me say before, one of my favorite aspects of many of the places we visited in Greece were the many colorful (giant!) cactus plants that seemed to be around every corner. When I packed this Show Me Your Mumu dress in the print ‘Cactus Bloom,’ little did I know that I was dressing as part of the scenery! This mini dress is available at Riffraff, along with many other Show Me Your Mumu favorites from their summer collection. These printed, lightweight pieces are ideal for traveling when you need to pack light. Although my dress is sold out in most sizes, you can still shop the same print ‘Cactus Bloom’ in this top and these shorts.

I’ve already been wearing this choker from Ettika all summer long, and it goes with everything! A busy pattern like this dress needs accessories to support it but not overpower it, and this simple turquoise and gold choker was the perfect answer. Coming in five gorgeous different colors, this is the staple piece you need this summer. I added a stack of some of my favorite beaded bracelets from Kristalize Jewelry for an island flair to top it all off.

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Dress– Show Me Your Mumu c/o Riffraff // Choker– Saks c/o Ettika // Bracelets– c/o Kristalize  // Sandals– ASOSIMG_0773-8-cb

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The Greece Diaries: Embroidered Two Piece Set

We’ve all become familiar with the much loved two-piece set by now, but with so many out there, it’s time to step up the game by combining it with one of the trends I’ve been loving lately: embroidery. Embroidery adds a little more interest and depth to a design, rather than a 2D pattern that can quickly become repetitive. The colorfully embroidered pieces I’ve picked up in the past have only come from traveling to far-off places, such as Mexico. However, this blue and white embroidered set that looks like it was handmade in Greece actually came from the good old U.S.A. and was the perfect out-to-dinner outfit during our time abroad.

I was lucky to snag this set before it sold out, but it’s still available in red (top here and bottom here). With each piece at just $39, it’s really affordable for something so stylish and well made! If you’re just crazy about the blue though, you can sign up for restock alerts here to be the first on the list to grab it when it comes back in stock! In either color, I would suggest thinking about sizing up on the shorts since these don’t allow much stretch!

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Two-Piece Set– Impressions // Tassel Earrings– Vanessa Mooney // Gladiator Sandals– ASOS

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The Greece Diaries: Tour Through Mykonos

Mykonos may have been my very favorite of all of the places we visited, simply because it was the most diverse in the scenery. Often, people only see photos of Mykonos Town and its colorful doors, rocky streets and gorgeous sunsets (which I have plenty of, trust me!). But, people miss out on the whole other side of Mykonos which includes a stunning countryside in more rural areas. If you want the best mix of island coastline and urban and rural areas all in the same place, Mykonos is the island for you.

As I’d mentioned before, we usually tried to stray from your typical tourist groups, and that very well may have been why this was my favorite place! Everyone suggested to visit the sort of sub-island of Delos to view some historical sites, but since our time was limited and we figured we’d catch enough historical sites in Athens, we opted out. Instead, we rented a little car for a few days and toured the island on our own–best decision ever! The island is pretty small, so even if you do get lost, you’re probably no more than 30 minutes away from where you need to be. We stumbled upon the most gorgeous views up the mountains until our little foreign car couldn’t make it anymore. (Seriously, don’t try big hills!)

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Mykonos is also famous for its beaches, though it is so important to pick the right one based on personality. Mykonos is known to be the “party island,” so for a more upbeat beach, we were suggested Paradise Beach. This beach was not my style, but might be perfect for someone who enjoys the likes of Panama City Beach. We stayed directly on Ornos Beach, which is known to be the most family friendly beach. We also took a trip to Psarou Beach, which is known to be a more uptown location where celebrities are seen every now and then. (Much to our dismay, Jennifer Aniston was nowhere to be found!)

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If you’ve seen pictures of Mykonos on Pinterest before, it’s highly likely that you’ve been looking at Mykonos Town, which is most famous for its winding streets and white-washed houses with colorful doors (very similar to Oia!). Mykonos Town holds all of the shops and restaurants tourists love most, all in the middle of a residential area that locals call home (and, you guessed it…more cats!).

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The restaurant below is the yummiest spot for Italian food, in true Little Venice style! If you’re staying for a while in Greece, you’ll probably need a break from tomato and cucumber salad at some point. If so, this is your go-to right in the heart of Mykonos Town!

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Tourists flock to the site of Mykonos’ most famous sunset spot, Little Venice. Seaside restaurants offer a front row seat to the sun resting behind the masses of sailboats that have taken anchor. But, be careful–we hear that this is a tourist trap later on in the season, but a must-see at least once nonetheless.

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