Adventures in Greece

Originally when we were booking our tickets for Greece I was so apprehensive about going there but boy am I glad we got to take in the marvels of this beautiful country. My sister-in-law spoke highly of Mykonos Island so it became our go to island with a couple other places thrown in!

We stayed at the beautiful Andronikos Hotel. We got there VERY early in the morning and although the check-in wasn’t until 2pm they kindly accommodated us so we could enjoy the amenities & breakfast while we waited for our room! I highly recommend this hotel, first & foremost the staff was AMAZING! The rooms are so clean and breakfast is included!  Location of the hotel is perfect to get around the island (5 minute taxi ride to/from the airport, 10 minute walk down to Mykonos town, 15 minute ride to the fancy beaches).

Well my words will never be enough to describe the beauty of this land so I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

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Andronikos Hotel early morning views

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Mmmm….I love omelets! Everything tasted so fresh!

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Rare sight: empty alley way in Mykonos Town.

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One of my favourite places to relax and people watch … the little Venice of Greece.

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The gorgeous windmills. It was always packed here…prime spot to watch the sun set.

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Just wow! (I’m a sucker for sunsets).

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My favourite waterfront restaurant in Mykonos. The grilled chicken & veggies were so delicious (we came back again the next night)! 🙂

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Casual night strolls taking in the views!

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Our ‘caccoon’ room was so beautiful (picture doesn’t do it justice)

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Early morning views from our balcony

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Port side views …had to try the hummus (yup it was good!!)

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Relaxing and taking in the views while we wait for our ferry.

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On our way to Delos Island to check out the ancient ruins

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Delos Island

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Exploring this historic Island was eerie and yet so calming

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One of the many torn alleyways on Delos Island.

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Back on Mykonos Island for yet another stunning sunset … so in love!

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Adventure day: atving (is that even a word?) around the island.

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Views on views…

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I can still close my eyes and hear the waves crashing against the wall and the birds chirping…

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Our ATV adventures led us first to Paradise Beach and then to here…Super Paradise Beach!

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Getting our tans on! This place reminded me of my other favourite place in the world, Hanauma Bay, Hawaii.

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Grilled veggie burger at the Lady Finger Restaurant in the Andronikos Hotel

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Athens! Early morning hike up the Acropolis to see the Parthenon

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It was SO hot!! Breaking under the tree and taking in the views … halfway there!!

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The Parthenon It’s huge and it’s spectacular!!!

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360 degree views of Athens from the Acropolis.

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We had to try the greek pizza in Greece … it was so good! (The Yard Restaurant in the public market)

I know right??!! Greece you were amazing, I can’t wait to come back again someday and explore the rest of you! Next up … Italy.

Amsterdam Loving ♡

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Wow Amsterdam, you are just incredible. I can’t even remember what I was imagining it as before I saw it with my own eyes. The architecture, the ambience, the views…just beautiful!
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After checking into our beautiful hotel we jumped onto the bus and headed into the heart of Amsterdam. We started off in Leidseplein where there were loads of people sitting at cafes, beer gardens and the incredible shops/markets. We hit up the Bulldog cafe and then I HAD to try the Magnum ice cream bar that they custom make to your liking….YUM!!!

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After taking in the ambience of Leidseplein we started our walk over towards Central Station where we were scheduled for a luxury canal cruise! Our tour guide was so sweet, he had bubbly and music playing for us as we took in the views of the city from the canals. (I definitely recommend a canal cruise, ours was 75 minutes and we got to see all the beautiful sights Amsterdam has to offer.

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After our enchanting canal cruise we headed over to the Red Light district, we decided to take it in early while the sun was still out (I was a little too apprehensive to go at night). The crowds were just absolutely ridiculous as we made our way through the alleyways. This was the one area that was actually how I had imagined it to be. Lots of cafes, fast food joints and ummm…the girls!!

Going over to the Museimplein quarter after this was definitely the opposite. The museums were grand and the parks were full of great green space to relax. Definitely a more relaxed vibe here, although the line-ups for the Van Gogh museum wrapped around blocks!! (I was a little sad that we didn’t get a chance to go in here as I had studied Art History and I had painted a replica of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Oh well!
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After taking in the sunshine and the peacefulness of this area we decided to go for a nice dinner and relax. It was definitely a bit chillier out at night (the weather definitely reminded me of Vancouver). The traffic & transit system, though hectic, is pretty good here. It seemed like just about everyone was on bikes though!
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We got in lots of walking in Amsterdam, definitely an amazing 2 days…now off to Greece!! ♡