Friday, 9 October 2015

Postcards from...Mykonos | Greece ~ Part One

The idea of a mini break to Mykonos was born over dinner with my favourite Aussie, Chris.

Naturally, talk turned to travel; Chris and a group of friends had booked to spend a fortnight exploring Greece, hopping from Athens, to Mykonos, to Santorini before connecting in Athens again to fly back to Doha,  and he very kindly invited me to join them on their trip.

I had barely been back in England for five minutes after two years living abroad in Doha, before I excitedly booked my flights to join the Aussies on the Mykonos leg of their Grecian adventures.

I was greeted at Mykonos airport by clear blue skies, brilliant sunshine, and Rumi; the no-nonsense landlady of the villa that we were renting for the weekend. The Aussies had arrived by ferry from Athens a couple of hours earlier, so Rumi dropped me off at Pasaji, a beautiful beach bar in Ornos, where Chris, Izzy, Amanda, Luke and Pete were already kicking off the holiday with beer and mojitos whilst waiting for the villa to be ready. I had some serious catching up to do!




When Rumi called to say that the villa was ready, we set off on the first of many epic treks up the steepest hill I've ever climbed to Mykonos Villa, our incredible home for the next four nights.


We spent the afternoon in the sun drinking beer and cider round the patio table, taking in the most incredible views of the island.
All exhausted from our respective travels, we had a quiet dinner at a beach restaurant in Ornos before a good nights sleep ahead of our first full day on the island.

The next day, we rented out quad bikes and took off to explore.
Our villa was riiiight at the top of that hill...I had thighs of steel after a long weekend of hiking up and down it! 
With its crystal clear waters, striking white buildings, stone walls, winding roads, and iconic windmills, Mykonos is the island that cameras were invented to take pictures of - everywhere you look is a postcard perfect scene just waiting to be snapped!

We parked up at Epistrofi, a beautiful seafront restaurant, for lunch and a swim in the sea.
After a lazy afternoon on the beach, we set off on the quads again to explore Mykonos Town.
The tiny, winding cobbled streets were home to a multitude of boutiques, cafes, bars, galleries, churches...and animals! 

As we emerged onto the seafront, we were so lucky to be greeted with the most stunning sunset.

We headed back to Ornos that night for a quiet meal on the seafront, before the long climb back up the hill to the villa and a much needed sleep, ready to get up early the next day to explore the rest of the island...

2 comments :

  1. Mykonos looks absolutely beautiful! As does your new blog. ;)

    xx

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    1. If you find yourself in Europe, definitely try to pay Mykonos a visit, Felicity! Thank you so much - Couldn't have done it without you! xx

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