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Monday, July 23, 2018

Blue Scale: All About Mykonos

When we originally planned this trip, we were a bit unsure of the Greece portion. We considered visiting Athens, Mykonos and one other Greek island. But in order to have our schedule align with the schedule of some of our other friends (we were able to meet up with friends in each country), we ended up only being able to visit Mykonos.
While in Mykonos, we were able to hang out with one of our friends who lives in London but was also on her work sabbatical. She had been to Athens and informed us that we really weren't missing out. Anyone who has been to Athens agree or disagree with that? Anyway, let's get back to Mykonos, shall we?

After spending a few days boating around Croatia, I was very happy to get back on solid ground in Mykonos. Our boutique hotel was not in the main city, but we overlooked the main city, which provided us with a wonderful view of the classic blue and white buildings. You could definitely make a living selling white paint in Greece!

Our first night in Mykonos made us a bit weary because -- apparently -- Mykonos is a lot like Ibiza. The crowd is very nightclub-esque/Miami vibes. That's not my kind of crowd. But, fortunately, we got up early the next morning and explored the town without all of the noise of the previous night. It was delightful walking through the white-colored alleyways, spying on the random street cats, and watching the store owners prep their shops.

Mykonos (and Istanbul) must have the most street cats I've ever seen. The hubs has a Cats of the Mediterranean highlights you should see!

"It was delightful walking through the white-colored alleyways, spying on the random street cats..."

Most of these photos were taken on that morning. I know a lot of great travel bloggers wake up early to get an amazing shot before the crowds (and the harsh lighting) come out. But I just couldn't do it, lol. Early for me meant 8 a.m., and that didn't give me any time to put on any makeup or wear cute shoes. And this is how I've come to the conclusion that I can't be a travel blogger, lol. But who knows -- body rhythms might change.
I did manage to take some photos of a few of the memorable places in Mykonos like this restaurant, Little Italy and the windmills. It was super easy to walk the entire city center in the morning. We even ate delicious waffles and crepes.
Although not photographed in these travel recap blog posts, one food item that the hubs and I had to have in each country was gelato. Going into this trip, we were told that gelato wasn't that great.

I'm not a huge ice cream eater, but I still wanted to try gelato since it's technically not ice cream. I must tell you that we were pleasantly surprised. Gelato is everything. The hubs would usually get pistachio while I opted for anything caramel or dulce de leche.

I'll use this time to tell you about a gripe that I have with some countries. I was surprised that so many countries still lacked the modern convenience associated with the sewage system. In Greece, you are not allowed to throw toilet paper in the toilet. I've experienced this in a couple other cities, like Tulum, which is one of my favorite places. But I had no idea that Greece wasn't updated in this regard. The pipes just aren't big enough and clog easily so no toilet paper allowed. Just an FYI for those planning to travel there in the future. It doesn't take away from the beauty of Greece, but it's the sort of thing that I'd like to know ahead of time so I figured you would, too.

"And this is how I've come to the conclusion that I can't be a travel blogger..."

On our last full day in Greece, we rented an ATV so that we could explore the rest of Mykonos. We visited the Ano Mera village, which gave us a different vibe of the island. It was also really cool to be able to ride around on an ATV. This is the same day we went to Paraga beach and Scorpios, which was recommended to me by fellow blogger Anna of Aspects of Style. You can see more pictures from my trip in my Mediterranean Highlight.
Note: I was too tired to edit these photos. All are shown in their raw form.

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38 comments

  1. you still got some decent shot, Mykonos looks amazing.

    xo
    Pinksole

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  2. Oh, this place looks like a dream! So gorgeous! About the plumbing, it is a shocker isn't it? I went to Florence a few years ago and the toilet in one of their restaurants was literally a pit in the ground. You had to stand above it to do your thing. Gross!

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  3. When we went to Mykonos, we were not into the party scenes either. Even though these photos were not edited, they are still beautiful! I'm also not one of those bloggers that get up early to take photos. I'm on vacation! haha!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  4. What a beautiful place! How could you not love a place with #happiness right? It's definitely on my list. I'd luckily be one of those early risers and would love to take pictures in the area!

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  5. OMG looks so stunning. Definitely on my bucket list of places to go.

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  6. I love the whole blue-and-white vibe of the city, Cheryl:) It would be lovely to see Mykonos but yeah...am not really into that party scene, even back when I was younger. Nonetheless, so awesome to hear about your trip. Love that shot of you at the restaurant by the water:)

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  7. Wow Mykonos does look like paradise but I can see how the party scene and lack of modern convenience in terms of the plumbing could be off putting.

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  8. From what I can see these look like great shots. This is such a romantic city. No matter how many pictures one sees of it, never gets old. Can't wait to visit one day.

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  9. BEAUTIFUL! What was the boutique hotel you stayed at??

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    1. It's called Vencia Boutique Hotel. Located right above Chora (the main town) so it gives you a great view.

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  10. Great shots and looks like you enjoyed it all. I hate the toilet paper fiasco and experienced it in Mexico.

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  11. Mykonos is definitely a dream of mine, so I’m quite envious while looking at these photos! I’m glad you enjoyed it - even if you weren’t able to get up super early for “prime” pics hehe!

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  12. It looks so dreamy there!! The pictures are so beautiful, even without the edit!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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  13. This trip looks like it was amazing! If I ever make it to Greece, I'll have to use this as a guide! All your pictures were gorgeous.

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  14. I am loving these pictures, it makes me want to go to Greece again. Athens was great, but I really didn't feel like I needed to see more than I did in the full day I was there. Great pictures!

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  15. Greece looks so beautiful! I need to visit someday. And I love all the cats!
    Chic on the Cheap

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  16. I love your trip recap! Mykonos is on my bucket list - it looks like a dream!

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  17. how beautiful. i have always wanted to visit Mykonos!

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  18. it is a very beautiful place to visit
    Have a lovely week.
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  19. Sounds like an amazing trip and it looks sooooo beautiful! This is one of my dream vacations! I love that you went ATV'ing, we did that on our honeymoon and loved it!! It was so fun!

    xo, Sarah

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  20. Been DYING to go to Mykonos!! So beautiful!

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  21. Wow I have never been to Greece. The photos look amazing. And thanks for the heads up about restrooms.

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  22. Greece is on my bucket list and I hope to go there soon!

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  23. Bathroom and plumbing situations can be interesting to say the least when you travel sometimes! When I was in Burkina Faso in West Africa, they had traditional plumbing in the city but not the further out into the countryside (it was just squatty potties there). But in our hotel room in the city, the shower was just a faucet in the wall and had no curtain, tub or separate platform from the rest of the floor. It was in the corner of the room and there was a drain in the middle of the floor, but the floor was flat so the water would eventually build up and run out from under the door into the bedroom. There was what looked like a broom sized squeegee in the room and my we finally figured out it was for the shower! While you took a shower, every so often you had to run around the room and use the giant squeegee to push the water back towards the drain! 😂😂😂 I've never felt more ridiculous in my life than running around a room, butt naked and chasing water with a squeegee. But that was the shower system!

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    1. This is the funniest thing I've ever read, lol. I can vividly imagine this. Kudos to you for making it through this crazy shower situation. I'm not sure if I would have been able to do that more than once.

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  24. Great photos.
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  25. So much blue, what a dream land Mykonos is! Blue skies and blue seas, I could get lost in a place like this.

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  26. I'm so jealous!! Mykonos is high on my travel wishlist. PS I love your travel pics!

    xo, Laura

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  27. Oh my you guys are really did a lot of traveling and your photos are so fun. Yes noise would be annoying but if you are fun enough a way to enjoy the fun and then sleep at night. Happy travels!

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  28. Looks amazing!

    Noelle
    http://elle-no.com

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  29. I love that you were so open to experiencing Mykonos despite everyone else's thoughts and opinions!! You really took the time to explore and enjoy the city! It makes me want to visit one day!!! Your photos are beautiful as well!

    www.officiallychic.com

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  30. Mykonos would be interesting to visit. I feel old when our friends talk about Ibiza ... not really my thing either. Great photos here! Enjoy your travelling.

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  31. Absolutely gorgeous - I love Greece and Mykonos has some really lovely spots to visit!

    Layla x

    https://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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  32. Yesss, girl! I loved Mykonos- but totally agree, that party vibe catches you off guard if you aren't prepared for it, haha. We got into town early (not THAT early, but still earlier than the Greeks!) and managed to get some great shots of Mykonos Town. I will never tire of those bright white buildings and close-quartered streets!

    How crazy was the ATV? We rented one while we were there- and it was awesome to get around on- but WHOA people like maniacs! It took some getting used to, that's for sure.

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  33. To say that this place is gorgeous is a huge understatement. It's fabulous, what a lovely paradise!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  34. Ohhhh my goodness, this looks magical! I'm so happy to hear you had a great trip! xo

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  35. It's absolutely gorgeous, love all the blue :) x

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