25 August 2015

Paros, Greece


After leaving a fun filled bar crawl in Ios we jumped back on the ferry and headed towards Paros. Paros is more of a relaxed island and this is where we spent our days swimming in the clearest waters I have ever seen and eating more traditional Greek food.



The first day we ventured down to the harbour where we got to see the main part of town. We took in a group dinner which consisted of a 5 course traditional Greek meal. It was the most food I have ever seen in one sitting. I also made thew rookie mistake of snacking all day leading up to this meal so after the 2nd course I was dying from being overstuffed. The food was so good! We had some girlled breads with olive tapenade to begin. Then we were given a shot of ouzo and grilled octopus to start the feast off. This was followed by some moussaka and a spinach pie. (Now by this time I am stuffed to the brim) Then came the meat platters. These were so big and filled with all different types of meat with some chips on the side. Then if that wasn't enough they proceeded to bring out another crazy meat platter filled with even more different meats! Then for desert we had the best balklava I have ever tasted. Literally just soaked in honey... mmm...so good. The whole night was great and during dinner we were entertained by Greek dancers and even got our own chance to dance along side them.  Which created a good little break between food courses.




Our second day in Paros was spent boating through the sea and around the island of Antiparos. This was the best part of Paros and I highly recommend it. We had our own private boat and we would drive to different areas where they would dock the boat off and let us swim around in the water. Rachel told me from the start our trip that her favourite thing when she went away to Croatia was to jump off the boat into the sea. And I have to say after doing that in Greece I now fully agree. The water was so clear and beautiful. It is literally the most stunning blue colour I have ever seen in my life. Absolutely gorgeous! Such a great relaxing day hanging my feet off the side of the boat while taking in the beautiful views of Greece.




That night we came back and headed back down to the main part of Paros where we enjoyed a nice dinner followed by an evening out in some clubs on the island. 

Coming soon the last stop.... Mykonos

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20 August 2015

Ios, Greece


After leaving the beautiful island of Santorini we headed on the ferry towards Ios which I would say was by far the most fun out of all the islands we went to. I had never heard of Ios before and had looked it up a bit before going to see what it was all about. It turned out to be a fun party island full of tiny hole-in-wall bars and crawling with lots of Aussies. I pretty much fell in love every second with the beautiful men that seemed to flock to this island.





In Ios the first day we had sometime to ourselves so Rachel and I ventured down to the main beach but luckily by mistake ended up hiking down to this small secluded beach instead. Which turned out to be amazing! It barely had any people on it and had the most gorgeous sand and clear water. It was by far my favourite beach of the whole trip. I think mostly because it didn't have any of the tacky umbrellas or chairs that all the rest of the beaches seemed to have. It was heaven. So we spent our afternoon hanging out in the water and laying on the sand. 





That night our group ended up enbarking on a 12 bar crawl through the winding streets of Ios which was suppose to take us until the mroning and those who lasted got to watch the sunrise over Ios from atop a hill. Needless to say I made it my mission to get to the sunrise and was accompanied by a little under half of the group that also made it through the night.


The bars in Ios were amazing! Each bar had a singlet you could get which seemed to be all the rage in Ios since everyone seemed to be sporting different singlets every day around the island. Rachel and I hopped on the bandwagon and got our own singlets from Lost Boys and Pash.


My favourite bars were Lost Boys which had a bit of a underground tree house theme to it and a bit of Peter Pan flair. And me being a Peter Pan lover I was hooked imediately. Slammer Bar was another favourite for me which probably had the most unique and insane concept. You pay the bartenders for s 'slammer shot' which means they put a helmet on your head and you take a fizzy shot and as soon as your finished they hit you over the head with an object. You also get to choose what you get hit over the head with such as a fire extinguisher, a hammer, a shakeboard deck, a crate or even a kick the head. I did it twice. Once with a skateboard deck and then some guy kicked me in the head. Hillarious but also so dumb and clearly it would never fly anywhere else but Ios. But I loved every minute of it.




Our second day in Ios was spent doing a speed boat tour with where we had a beautiful tour guide show us around island, give us some history, take us to swim in a cave in the water, snorkel around a shipwreck and relax on a secluded beach. It was such a fun little adventure but I didn't have my camera with me so I have no photos from the experience.

I loved Ios and think it would be such a fun place to live for a couple months and just hang out. Everyone was having a good time and the island just gave off such good vibes overall. 



Next stop Paros!


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05 August 2015

Santorini, Greece


Santorini was by far my favourite Greek Island that I travelled to. It was just breathtaking and picturesque! It's everything you expect Greece to be when you book a trip. We spent two days in Santorini the first of which was spent for 8 hours on a ferry from Athens. Which actually wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. We did a little exploring the first day and then went out for a group dinner where we watched the sunset over Santorini's volcano and then had a couple drinks at a Scottish pub to cap off the night.

dinner with a view

 

The hostel we stayed in was called Santorini Camping but we weren't camping (thank god.) We stayed in little small dorms right next to the pool area. This was probably my least favourite stay of the trip as I was bunked in with 7 other people from my tour in a very cramped room. In comparison to our other accommodations along the way where we only had to share a room with 2 or 3 others.

Santorini Camping
Our second day in Santorini was by far my favourite day of the whole trip. We saw and did so much in one day that it was almost unreal. We woke up and began with a hike to the top of this cliff area overlooking the most beautiful view. It was a very hot day and the hike was a pretty good one so I was thankful for my running shoes and the litre of water I brought. We spent some time taking in the views and snapping some pictures before we headed down the other side of the mountain to Oia which is where you get to see all the white buildings and churches with the blue roof domes. It is the postcard picture area of Greece.  




On our way town we walked past Angelina and Brad's holiday home which was pretty cool to see and actually a bit surprising that it's not very secluded. We were standing on the wall beside it taking pictures and looking in without any issues but obviously it was vacant at the time. We did see one security guard who came around for a quick chat... by quick I mean he spoke no English.

Brangelina's holiday home
We spent the rest of the afternoon in Oia navigating the small streets and taking in the different shops and views. Then our crew headed out on coach to Akrotiri and Red Beach. Akrotiri is an excavation site which has the reamins of a settlement which was destoryed by a volcanic eruption around 1627 BC. Basically you can see parts of walls, structures and artifacts that were burried under all the volcanic ash but were then dug up and preserved for the public to see. Across from the site was Red Beach which was another hike around the side of a cliff. (As you can tell Santorini was a lot of hiking.) The beach itself was made up of red and black volcanic stones which weren't the nicest to walk on but it was beautiful to see the dark blue water and the red cliff sides together. It was such a cool site but not my favourite beach of the trip as I will get to on the next island. But still a pretty beautiful sight to see. 

Akrotiri

red beach
We then headed back to our hostel got cleaned up and headed out for a wine tasting session at Santo Wines. Here we got to sample a local white and a sweet dessert wine. Again this place offered a magnificient view which seems to happen everywhere you go in Greece. And on to our final stop for the evening, which was a monastery at the top of a hill. It was overlooking Santorini and we bought some bottles of homemade wine off the monks and sat watching the sunset. Basically an amazing ending to an amazing day that simply sounds unbelievable every time I retell it.




 


Next stop Ios!

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03 August 2015

Greek Island Hopping

My summer holidays have officially started off brilliantly! I said farewell to my little friends for the year and also a farewell to teaching in year 1 since I will be making a couple of jumps up to teach year 3 in the fall. Then I packed up my rucksack and jumped on a plane over to Greece where I spent 11 days island hopping.


Rachel and I had decided a while back that we wanted to visit Greece but not have any of the hassel of planning it all out... we literally just wanted to rock up to Greece and have someone organise everything for us. So we searched around and came across a company called Med Experience. They had an island hopping tour just like what we wanted for a very good price. So we booked on.

We began the tour in Athens where we spent half the day walking around the city in the sweltering heat hitting up small shops along the way towards the Acropolis. We met up with our group of 30 and went out for dinner where I got to experience my first of many Gyros on the trip!

We stayed in Athens only briefly for that half day before we headed out the ferry to get to the islands. Our tour took us to Santorini, Ios, Paros and Mykonos. Since each island is so unique and I had such different experiences on each I have decided to break this trip down so each Island will have it's own post which I will post the links once they are live.

 
Paros
Mykonos

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