Monday, June 27, 2016

250 Steps // A Greece Travel Diary {Part IV}

"We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls."


Oia is everything that I imagined it would be. I've dreamed of visiting this place ever since I was in middle school, and wandering its stone-paved streets was like an out-of-body experience. It's one of those places where your eyes and your mind can't process what you're seeing fast enough, and it doesn't feel like you're actually where you know yourself to be. While Mykonos is a place full of joie de vivre, Oia has a certain je ne sais quoi that I can't quite put my finger on. It's like magic and romance float through the air creating a surreal, breathtaking experience. Oia was built on nothing but volcanic ash. Its white-washed buildings sit on the side of blackened cliffs looking out into endless views of cerulean blue. It possesses an unexpected beauty and defies expectations. During our first day we took 250 steps down to Amoudi Bay, but there are an infinite amount of emotions that tie me to this place.


Madewell Top || Madewell Bottoms || J.Crew Hat || Le Specs Sunnies || Bag {handmade in Greece}

Photos by Crystal D.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

When in Mykonos // A Greece Travel Diary {Part III}

"Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere."


That's how long I will spend remembering this place, feeling the breeze of the Aegean Sea on my face and in my hair, picturing the clear blue waters in a shade of turquoise that does not compare as we sailed between the islands on our journey to Rhenia, and chasing sunsets that I'll forever savor -- sitting on our little rock, with the Mykonos windmills to our left and the vast, expanse of the ocean to our right, extending out into infinity, with James Bay playing in the background, watching the sun dip below the horizon...


Day 1: Exploring Mykonos Town & Little Venice
Mykonos Town is a place you can literally get lost in and not mind one bit. Each corner you turn is another breathtaking surprise of charm. It's white washed walls with the most beautiful accent colors and bougainvilleas cascading down everywhere. My tip? Get lost. I truly think that is the beauty of Mykonos Town, and you'll discover alleyways and unforgettable views that you wouldn't have found otherwise. Spend an entire afternoon wandering the cobblestone streets and really take your time to enjoy it. I'm sure when I say, there's no place else on this Earth like it. 

The Old Port

Paraportiani Church 

Mykonos Windmills

Little Venice

Mykonos at dusk 
During our first day, we missed the sunset because we got a flat tire on our rental car. One thing I have to say...the people of Mykonos are some of the friendliest Greeks we met during our trip. They apologized to us for making us miss the sunset even though they had to drive to us to fix our tire, completely free of charge.

Day 2: Yacht Cruise to Rhenia Island
This photo was actually not taken from our boat cruise, but all the photos I have from that day were taken on my iPhone. However, I highly recommend this day trip! We booked with Sunfos Alessia Yachting and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. It's a semi-private yacht, so we were on the excursion with six others {10 guests total}. You can definitely get your fair share of sun, water, and beach at the beaches on Mykonos, but Rhenia is completely uninhabited and the water there is calmer, bluer, and clearer than the waters by Mykonos. If I had to go back, I would do it again 110%.

Day 3: Super Paradise and one last sunset
We spent our last day at Super Paradise beach. We asked around with the locals we met in both Mykonos and Athens, and this was by far the most popular suggestion. The resounding answer was -- Super Paradise is beautiful, and it's not a trip to Mykonos without a trip to Super Paradise. Also note, the sunset beach parties start at 4pm ;)

We made our way back to Mykonos Town for one last sunset on our perfect little rock that we discovered on our first day wandering the town. Breathtaking and beautiful barely scrape the surface of how deeply this moment and this sight have been engraved in my heart and in my mind...forever.

"Everything that's broke, leave it to the breeze;
Let the ashes fall, forget about me.
Come on let it go, just let it be;
Why don't you be you,
and I'll be me." 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Mykonos Charm // A Greece Travel Diary {Part II}

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” 


I left a piece of my heart in Mykonos. They say that traveling changes a person, and I truly do believe that. You learn things about yourself that you wouldn't learn if you stayed in the same place forever and never opened your eyes up to other places and new experiences. I was surprised by Mykonos and how deeply I connected with this place. Though Mykonos was on my bucket list, Santorini was always the original dream. But that's the beauty of traveling -- places surprise you and you surprise yourself. Mykonos is a place that I could get lost in and live in and never grow tired of. It's the kind of place that speaks to everything that I'm looking for in life right now. Full Mykonos travel diary coming your way on Thursday!


Madewell Dress || J.Crew Sandals - this year's here || Handmade Bag from Greece || Sunnies via Amazon

Special thanks to Crystal D. for capturing these outfit photos.