Ghosting

Yep, I did a little ghosting over the last few weeks. I would have the intention to sit down on Sunday nights and write but something would come up. I have a handful of drafts started and a list of ideas that are in process but I decided to focus the last weeks of living up the last of summer. Our weekends have been pretty busy with birthday celebrations, a USC Game, tons of teaching, house stuff and spending time with family. Even though we have a few weeks left of summer, I would be completely content with my summer if it ended today. Luckily, it is not over just yet because we have a beach day this weekend for the hubby’s birthday, wine tasting in Temecula the following and a 5K to wrap up the month. I plan to be back for Travel Thursday tomorrow to finally share the wineries we visited in Napa. First, just a little catch up over the last few weeks in mostly pictures.

Orangetheory 

I have been teaching every Sunday and going to classes throughout the week. The husband got a membership so now we get to go together which I have been loving. When I taught at LA Fitness, we both had a membership so our nights would be in class or working out together so I love getting back to how our nights used to be.


USC Game

Last weekend, my sister and her family came down for our yearly tradition of a USC Game. Although it was blazing hot, the game was a lot of fun. The Trojans killed Utah State! It was a blast to have the whole family together.


Hiking

On Labor Day, we decided to hike in the morning since it has been overcast before noon the last few weeks. There is a local trail that neither of us had been on so it was the perfect day to try it out. The trail was fairly steep but the best part was the waterfall at the end. Despite the drought there was a nice small brook that was a perfect reward at the finish.


Orange International Street Fair

For my Southern California readers, this is one you want to make note of for next year. After years of hearing about it, I finally made it to the Orange International Street Fair. Lined with countries from around the world, you can walk around booths that have food and items specific to countries. We got so excited to eat food from Greece that reminded us of our honeymoon. Although there were a lot of countries to choose from, I could eat hummus by the buckets so Greece was an obvious choice. Unfortunately, we learned the husband is allergic to sesame oil so our night was cut short. Even more reason to go back next year!

Tell me: What country has your favorite food? Mine is either Italy or Greece with France as a runner up. 

 

Top 5 Beaches To Visit in Mykonos, Greece

The second island we visited during our honeymoon trip to Greece was Mykonos. From the moment we got off the ferry until we got back on to head to Athens a few days later, we loved every minute on the island. We spent a large amount of time at the Old Port enjoying the restaurants and the ocean view. At the Old Port, we saw the Windmills and spend many afternoons getting lost in the white alleyways in Little Venice. My favorite part of Mykonos was the ability to enjoy a large amount of various beaches. Although we did not get to visit every single one, we tried to get to as many as we could to see the difference among the beaches. We wanted to visit the more well known beaches like Paradise Beach as well as get recommendations from locals on their favorite beaches. Here are my top 5 beaches to visit in Mykonos, Greece:

Top 5 Beaches To Visit In Mykonos, Greece

  1. Ornos Beach – We spent less time on the beach because of the high winds but we sat at a bar off the beach enjoying a drink and the beautiful view. Even with the high winds, the beach was a beautiful front to decorated restaurants. The beach made me want to just sit there all day and enjoy the peaceful ocean. We stayed out on the lounge chairs until we could not take the wind any longer before spending the rest of our time reading, protected from the wind. I wish we would have been able to enjoy more of our time out on the beach but regardless it was still one of the best spots.
    Ornos Beach Mykonos Greece
  2. Platis Gialo Beach – Luckily since we visited Greece right before the peak season, the beaches were fairly quiet and calm. We really enjoyed our time at Platis Gialo as we used the shaded lounge chairs to enjoy the beach. I mean really baklava on the beach – that is a dream Greece scene! The beach had its windy moments but was a lot calmer than other beaches we visited. This was one of my two favorite beaches due to the fact that it was the perfect setting to lounge under the sun, reading a book and enjoying music!

    Platis Gialos Beach Mykonos Greece
  3. Super Paradise Beach – While Paradise wasn’t much beyond loud music and dancers on the bar, Super Paradise was a perfect mix of good music and a calmer beach. The water had clean sand and beautiful see through water. We spent the longest time at Super Paradise because of the atmosphere. The husband spent a huge amount of time in the water which wasn’t too cold in mid May and I spent a ton of time enjoying the sun. This was probably one of my two favorite beaches while this was the husband’s favorite beach of all that we visited.
    Super Paradise Beach Mykonos Greece 2
    Super Paradise Beach Mykonos Greece
  4.  Psarou Beach – Our guide who took us to the hotel told us Psarou was one of the more expensive beaches, often frequented by the wealthy and celebrities but that we had to visit just to experience. The beach was very pretty (even on the overcast day we visited) and had luxurious day beds and expensive restaurants. It is more enclosed in a bay with beautiful homes and hotels surrounding the beach. The beach also offers water sports like jet skis and kayaking. We did not spend too much time at the beach but I completely agree with our tour guide, it is a beach you have to visit just to say you did.
    Psarou Beach Mykonos Greece
  5. Agios Stefanos Beach – Agios Stefanos was the closest beach to our hotel so we spent a few mornings relaxing on the beach. The water was a perfect blend of green and blue. The beach was one of windiest beaches making the beach more ideal for the morning because the wind really kicked up by the afternoon. There were great restaurants off the beach that also served the lounge chairs as long as you purchased two items. I would highly recommend the beach for families due to the separation away from the party beaches.
    Agios Stefanos Beach Mykonos Greece

Have you booked your ticket to Greece yet? Pack that swimsuit and head to the island! 

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Delos, Greece

While staying in Mykonos, we took a day trip to the island of Delos. When we started planning our trip, Delos was one of the spots I was most excited to visit. Our trip included not only an educational tour by an archeologist who showed us some of the “hot spots” of the island but an additional hour to explore the rest of the island and/or the Delos museum.

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The beautiful island offers scenic views of the Aegean sea is a short boat ride from Mykonos Island. Delos is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Delos is one of the most historic spots in Greece. The history spans from the Greek mythology to the Byzantine era. The island is now an archeological site being restored and preserved by archeologists.

Some of my favorite historic landmarks on the island included:

  • The House of Dionysus– a high class 2nd century private house which had a mosaic floor of for the floor mosaic of the God of Wine riding a panther.
  • The Theatre – a marble theatre, much still intact, which hosted plays and musical acts.
  • The Terrace of Lions – the well known lions are dedicated to the God of Light and stood guard to Apollo’s Temple. Originally stood 12 lions where only seven of the lions remain now.
  • The Temple of Hera / Heraion Temple – temple of Hera, queen of the Greek Gods.

 



Note: When visiting, make sure to wear comfortable shoes as some of the spots (i.e. Heraion Temple) require walking on uneven terrain and can be on loose steps / stones. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat as the island offers little shade.

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Top 5 Places To Visit in Santorini, Greece

Our honeymoon in Greece started off on the island of Santorini. Short and simple – the husband and I both agree Santorini was the highlight of our trip as well as the best place we have both visited. The island is a blend of adventure, relaxing, flowing wine and delicious food. The flight from Athens to Santorini was extremely short (less than an hour) and the people on the island were extremely friendly. We stayed on Kamari / Black Beach, enjoying the calm beach and the boardwalk filled with shops and restaurants. Today I am sharing the Top 5 Places To Visit In Santorini, Greece which should show you that the island is a stop you must make when in Greece!

TOP 5 PLACES TO VISIT IN SANTORINI, GREECE
1. Santos Winery – Before visiting Santorini, we read a lot of recommendations to watch the sunset in Oia. However, when we arrived in Santorini, we were told by many locals that we should check out other spots for a better sunset. The top recommendation was at the Santos Winery. We arrived before sunset to enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers (both delicious). The service was amazing and the views were incredible. Watching the sunset over Oia and the Nea Kameni volcano was one of the best moments of the trip. Of course pictures can never really capture the beauty of a sunset but I would highly recommend you check it out for yourself.



2. Nea Kameni volcano – I am so glad we went to the Santos Winery the night before we went on the Nea Kameni volcano tour. We took a quick boat ride over to the still-active volcanic island of Nea Kameni before exploring the island by ourselves. The island offered remarkable views of Fia and Oia with the green and blue ocean in the background. We were able to hike up to the top of the island and see the land formations that have been created over time. It was extremely warm as we hiked up to the top but it was worth the views. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes because there were many loose rocks and uneven terrain.

3. Hot Springs – Located at Palia Kameni, off the side of the volcano island, you can access the hot springs which was like a large open spa in the middle of the ocean. Our guide advised the water along the coast has a temperature of about 30 degrees Celsius and contains sulfur that is good for the skin. Unfortunately, since boats are not allowed on the coast, in order to swim up to the hot springs, we had to jump in very cold water. Since we had just hiked along the caldera, we were sweaty and warm so the water was refreshing. Floating throughout the water you can see pieces of sulphur that people were even putting on their faces! My skin did feel amazing after though.

4. Fira to Oia – One of the highlights of our time in Santorini was hiking from Fira to Oia. We started early in the morning in Fira to avoid the heat. As we hiked through homes and hotels along the coast, we got to enjoy some of the best views of the island, ocean and volcano. We passed two monasteries on our adventure and were able to enjoy spectacular views of Oia that you could not get anywhere else on the island. If you do make the hike, make sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen and water because a long stretch of the hike is uncovered which can get pretty warm.

5. Kamari / Black Beach – The island of Santorini has many beaches but we spent a large portion of our time at the Black Beach. Most afternoons were spent sitting on the boardwalk, enjoying a glass of wine, the slow pace of the Greeks and the beautiful ocean view. Our hotel was right on the beach which made it even more convenient. The sand was exquisitely unique with blue, calm waters.

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