Love Story Part 3: A Honeymoon Diary From Mykonos
A HONEYMOON TRAVEL DIARY
September 2018 we took our Honeymoon trip to Greece. Considering the pressures of wedding planning I was happy we decided to wait a year. To be honest we weren’t planning on Greece - we started out with Portugal, then the south of France, into Italy and decided hell, if we are going let’s do our dream vacation: Greece. A few first impressions. The water was so blue, this is typical of a Sea vs Ocean, it is a lot cleaner due to the geographical layout it has a sort of filtering system. The islands don’t have toilet seats or toilet paper with the exception of our hotel. We were told this was due to the very small pipes on the islands. Mykonos was very windy, ladies defiantly not a hat type vacation, hair accessories required. Churches were scattered it seemed every mile. The were roads very thin and rugged, I wouldn’t suggest anything more than an ATV to drive. And the sunsets - they are like you’ve never seen before. Absolutely breathtaking. Here is a diary style to the first part of our Honeymoon trip.
FRIDAY AUGUST THIRTY FIRST
Our flight was scheduled to leave at 2:40pm. The morning consisted of running around frantically in usual Nicole fashion. I went into work for a few hours while the hubby finished doing a clean sweep of the apartment, bathing & walking the dog, etc. On my way to work I stop by the dry cleaners where half of my wardrobe was for the trip that was being altered & dry cleaned - I get there and my clothes are nowhere be found - great way to start our trip…. After a solid 20 minutes of asking the worker to keep looking I ask to call the manager, etc. etc. 40 minutes later i’m assuming the grandson came by and was able to find my clothes, THANK GOD. This was a great way to add to my stress of flying. We made it to the airport just in time for the 2 hour required check in for international flights I had noticed I forgot my wedding rings and ALL MY JEWELRY. This seems like a vain thing to worry about but a I needed my bling. Anyways - the airport was surprisingly dead for a Friday of a long weekend. I made a very close judgement call and Uberered home quickly (s/o to the best Uber nascar driver) and I made it back in time to walk on the plane. I bet you can imagine how thrilled Paul was with that one... Next, off to Montreal, it was a quick 45 minute flight with an hour layover. We check into the gate we find out that we aren’t sitting together even though i’ve pre-paid specifically for seats together. Remember how I said I was terrified of flying? Thankfully I passed out before we even took off and woke up in Athens 9 hours later.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER FIRST
Hello Greece, finally. Once arriving, we had the whole day to kill, our ferry was due to leave Rafia Port at 4:15 pm. We decided against going into the city to explore and took a bus straight to Rafia port. We had a nice lunch and a few drinks. Walking down the Rafia port “strip” there are a number of small restaurants, they are ALL very pushy trying to get you to eat at their restaurant. First impressions, the water was crystal blue and the sun is so sweet. At the restaurant of choice we had a greek salad, shrimp and tzakiki. PS. one of the first thing I noticed, the Greeks don’t believe in toilet seats, okay cool, I don’t touch them anyways - but still a bit terrifying. 4:45pm we board the ferry to Mykonos. We opted for the “fast” ferry. I read reviews before-hand that the fast ferries were scary and could be very bumpy in windy weather - it was not scary at all. On the ferry you can walk around, get drinks, enjoy the outside deck, if you do be prepared for a salty taste. We were due to get off at 7:05pm at Mykonos island, 7:05 came, and we got got off. After waiting for 30+ minutes trying to find our driver with our hotel concierge, she finally asked - are you on the right island sir? A local confirmed that we were in fact not in Mykonos, but on Tinos. While the husband was having a mini freak-out, I ran to a local store and grabbed tickets for the 9:30pm ferry - thank god there was another ferry, that’s all I can say. We enjoyed a bottle of wine and a bite to eat in Tinos, and what a lovely little town. Our ferry was late by about 45 minutes to what i’ll just call “island time”. We arrived to Mykonos and our driver picked us seamlessly when we arrived. It’s funny how smoothly plans run when you are on the right island - ha! We arrived to our hotel, The Atlantis Beach Residences shortly before 11pm. They were nothing short of incredible service upon arrival. They took our bags, walked us to our room and were very understanding of the mix up. We walked down to our suite with a peek of the moon and a shiny night view of the alcove beside us. After 20+ hours of traveling it’s safe to say we fell asleep before our heads hit the pillows.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER SECOND
We woke up to the most incredible blue view of the Aegan Sea straight out of our window. We enjoyed our morning coffee on the private balcony in the pure bliss of the moment. Our only plans for the day was a supper reservation at one of the is later that evening. Until then we decided to rent an ATV and do some exploring. Our hotel called “a guy” picked us up and kindly took us to the rental shop. We were a bit nervous about driving from previous reviews. Also taking note of the lack of structured roads on our drive in. Good news was that I had grown up driving crazy on ATV’s. We opted for an ATV to enjoy the ruggedness of the island. When I asked how we know how to get back the driver laughed and said you must just drive and you will eventually find your way, the island isn’t that big. My type A side didn’t know what to do with itself. However, it was true there arn’t that many roads but we did have some limited data connection just in case. We did eventually did get where we were going.
By losing our way we found ourselves to Argali Beach. By that time we needed a very cold beverage and some food. There was a Tikki bar with fresh juices where you could order halves of watermelon, my kind of place. Next door we ate at the Agari Beach Restaurant. I had a chopped salad with feta tomatoes honey, it was divine. Paul had the shrimp risotto that looked delicious. After a quick first dip in the Aegan sea we grabbed a fresh daiquiri to cool off then headed back to our hotel to get ready for the evening. We got to Scorpios around 7pm via ATV. It was definitely the place to be & very glad we made dinner reservations a few weeks in advance. Along the ride leading up to Scorpios there was a nice beach club/restaurant line up that looked pretty lively. A few ways to describe this place: vibey, trendy, everyone was dressed (or not dressed) in what I’ll describe as formal Mykonos fashion, some with body paint and head feathers. While on the topic of attire, I would not recommend heels, I am so happy I decided against it, there were hard surfaces for the most part but walking there and on the beach in the sand wouldn’t have been ideal. The layout had a few different tears to it, with a few bars scattered throughout, there was a main dance where you would find the DJ and the main crowd. The house area was styled in perfect laid back mediterranean style, I could have stole the black tasseled hammock, the style was right up my alley. The lowest tear of the property was a beach front lounge area all cluttered with people taking pictures, selfies, bloggers, you get the picture. I mean it was the most picturesque place after all. Everyday they have what they call a sunset ritual, that beats along with ritual style music and the blazing sun slowly peeking behind the mountain it truly felt like a ritual and make you feel thankful to see another day in the sun. I mean, why don’t we appreciate every day like this with a mini ritual? A truly incredible experience. A few very expensive drinks later it was time for supper. We were chauffeured to an outdoor setting, still very loud and very much a party atmosphere. The food was delicious, as expected. Followed by a night cap and quick hot tub back at our suite we called it a great first day.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER THIRD
We woke up around 9:30/10am, I enjoyed the morning view with a coffee and a quick read while Paul attempted a workout. After getting ourselves together we packed up the backpack and hit the very skinny road on the ATV. We found our way to a north cove on the island, a spot called Alemagou. It was fairly remote, tucked into the corner of a rock. We arrived early noon. We didn’t have a reservation and they were barely opening, it seemed like a late open was the trend so far with the restaurants. We enjoyed some cafe’s, and acacis bowl, all so fresh. The design so far at all the restaurants were laid back Mediterranean aesthetic. Next stop the town of Mykonos. This was quiet the driving experience, we always had to be alert and defensive - but Paul did a great job of navigating. We parked at the old port, the nice thing about having an ATV is that you could squeeze into small spots conveniently. The second best thing, we didn’t have to pay for parking - anywhere! At first it was very overwhelming with many small roads and curvy turns, but after a while things started to look familiar and we could navigate fine. The town was very walkable in half a day. We scouted out a few spots that we wanted to try later on, enjoyed the architecture and perused the tiny shops. After we’ve had our take of the town we scooted back to our suite for a quick refresh for the evening. We got back into the city earlier that expected, our dinner reservation wasn’t until 9:30 so we browsed around the town a bit more and had a romantic drink tucked up on a second level patio. After that we wandered over to our dinner plans at Kastros. The little back alley that skirted the side of this restaurant is one of the most iconic pictures that you’ll see of Greece. Inside was authentic greek style with oversized curved archways, doors opening up to the night sea, candles simmering absolutely perfect. We typically eat dinner pretty late, but apparently in Greece 9:30 was still fairly early, it turned out to be okay to skip any crowds. The food, as expected was delicious. We shared a bottle of wine, started with the cheese spring rolls, Paul had the rack of lamb and I enjoyed the mushroom truffle pasta. Another great day in the books exploring together.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER FOURTH
The “morning routine” of coffee/view/reading/sun soaking extended a bit longer this morning while Paul enjoyed the pool. We decided to hop on the ATV and just explore. We discovered Lia beach on the south-east side of the island. Walking up to the beach we found a loungy mediterranean restaurant, Liasti where we had lunch. We started with bread and a yummy tomato olive oil dipping sauce, and tzakiki (of course). Paul had a full fish, our server filleted it for him right in front of us only with a fork and spoon. Ive been a vegetarian for 10 years but I was impressed how the fish cut so nicely. I stuck with a greek salad, so fresh and oh so good - paired with a very refreshing vodka water lemon’s. Next stop, the beach. We forgot towels so we made like “bon jovi” and sat our asses in the sand. The sand wasn’t really sand but lots of very small rocks. After a long persuasion game I finally induldged all the way in; and then of course didn’t want to get out. The minos came right to your toes - wasn’t a fan of that so I was constantly moving to keep those suckers away. We dried off by the rays of the sun, hopped on the ATV and went home to get ready before our night events. 180 Sunset Bar was highly recommended, we hustled to get there at 6:30/7:00 - but got there shortly after 7. The sunset here was nothing less than magical, to this point it was my favorite part of the trip. Watching the sun move down behind the mountains with the tribal music was truly something else. The atmosphere and layout was perfect. Concrete slabs, low lounging with puffs and pillows to sit with scattered candles and groovy music, pure lust. Next, into the city for supper. We went back to Sic for an Espresso martini & cocktail. This was a tiny spot tucked away, very romantic European vibe. Crystal glassware paneled the bar walls, red roses and lilies accented the bar tops an adorable older Italian women working her musical magic on the record player; and a complementary dark lusty chocolate to top it off. A magical little find we enjoyed so much. 10:30 we wished away to Avra, our dinner spot of the evening. This place, almost as romantic as the last. The open terraced ceiling was clustered with florals. We started with the fried feta cheese that we are still dreaming about. Paul with the seafood linguine and myself with the mushroom truffle risotto, we were in pure heaven and enjoying each others company and these perfect moments. We finished up the meal with Baklava, a Greek dessert that he’s been wanting to try since we got here, and espresso - of course. The Backlava was pretty good, I would call it a combination of a nutty apple pie and scone. After indulging at Avra, we met up with another couple that was also on their honeymoon around my hometown - what a small world! We started at Caprice not the Sea, where
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER FIFTH
Our morning routine of coffee/view/reading/sun soaking extended a bit longer this morning. Paul enjoyed the hotel pool. We decided to hop on the ATV and just explore for the day and see what we find. We discovered Lia beach on the south-east side of the island, tucked away very remotely. At the start of the beach there was a loungy mediterranean restaurant where we had lunch. We started with bread and a yummy tomato olive oil dipping sauce, and tzakiki (of course). Paul had a full fish, our server filleted it for him right in front of us only with a fork and spoon. I’m a a through and through vegetarian but I was impressed how the fish cut so nicely. I stuck with the greek salad, so fresh and oh so good - paired with a few very refreshing vodka water lemon’s. Next stop, the beach. We forgot towels so we made like “bon jovi” and sat our asses in the sand. The sand wasn’t really sand but lots of very small rocks that was something different to see. After a long persuasion game I finally fully swam in the water; and then of course didn’t want to get out. The minos came right to your toes - wasn’t a fan of that so I was constantly moving to keep those suckers away. We dried off by the rays of the sun, hopped on the ATV and went home to get ready before our night events. 180 Sunset Bar was highly recommended, we hustled to get there at 6:30/7:00 - but got there shortly after 7. The sunset here was nothing less than magical, to this point my favorite part of the trip. Watching the sun move down behind the mountains with the tribal music was truly something else. The atmosphere and layout was perfect. Concrete slabs, low lounging with puffs and pillows to sit with scattered candles and groovy music, pure lust. Next, into the city for supper. We went back to Sic Coffee Bar for an espresso martini & cocktail. This was a tiny spot tucked away, very romantic European vibe. Crystal glassware paneled the bar walls, red roses and lilies accented the bar tops an adorable older Italian women working her musical magic on the record player with; and a complementary dark lusty chocolate to top it off. A magical little find we enjoyed so much. 10:30 we wished away to Avra, our dinner spot. This place, almost as romantic as the last. The open terraced ceiling was clustered with florals. We began with the fried feta that we are still dreaming about. Paul with the pasta and myself with the mushroom truffle risotto, we were in pure heaven and enjoying each others company and these perfect moments. We finished up the meal with Backlava, a Greek dessert that he’s been wanting to try since we got here, and espresso - of course. The Backlava was pretty good, I would describe it as a combination of a nutty apple pie and scone. After indulging at Avra, we met up with another couple that was also on their honeymoon from my hometown area - what a small world! We hit Caprice on the Sea, this is a must go party spot in Mykonos. The energy is so good, people dancing on the tables having the best time. After some
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER SIXTH
We started the day off with with a bit of a sleep in, knowing that we had a travel day ahead of us. First things first: mint tea and my book of the moment, I wanted to soak up every last minute being our last day with the gorgeous view from our balcony. We packed up, around 11:30 the shuttle bus driver came and Paul went to drop off the ATV at the rental shop. We waited at the ferry port for a few hours - in the heat sitting on a curb, feeling last night still in my system wasn’t the hottest moment of the trip, i’ll tell you that much! We’ve also come to learn that the ferry’s here are rarely on time, but eventually you get where you’re going. We opted for the fast ferry, that was a bit more cost wise but it also saved us about 3 hrs, so well worth it. I’ve heard reviews that the fast ferry’s can be horribly bumpy if the weather doesn’t cooperate, there were a few bumps but it wasn’t bad at all. I was also surprised to see that the luggage is just thrown freely onto shelves with no supervision, in America this would not fly. We nested into our seats with our very expensive ferry lunch. After an hour we traveled to the outside deck to see a quick stop at Los. We were thinking about making a day trip back to this island from Santorini to wander the beaches that are suppose to be pretty incredible. From Los it took an hour or so to arrive to the port in Thira. Arriving into Thira port was a bit dramatic…… stay tuned for Part 2 in Santorini.