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February 15, 2017

GREECE | LEFKADA THREE

Last portion of the Greece trip to cover is the exploration of downtown Lefkada’s narrow roads and shop-lined alleys.

The day we went walking and shopping around was raining on and off some times pretty hard. Which probably sounds like the most unideal time to go, which it is but when it comes down to choosing to use a clear day for shopping or beach-I’ll always choose beach!

Each stop on our Greece trip was a different neighborhood and shopping district experience. In Athens it felt like a big European city, Santorini was pure magic and unlike anywhere I had ever been and Lefkada was a sprawling island of smaller beach towns saturated in cafes and shops.

It was easy to get lost but with the help of Eagle Scout master navigator, Dustin, we cruised from one plant-lined alley to another and actually made it back to the car despite it starting to all look alike.

All these photos were shot on my phone and are unfortunately not the most clear but if you look closely this gate is so beautiful!

This moment was one I was happy to capture. Perfect timing, no one else around. Just Dustin and I huddled under the world’s cheapest umbrella and two friends making due on their moped.

Cactus gets a bath :)

See what I mean by ‘all starting to look the same’?

Since it was raining it was very quiet.  But it opened my imagination to think of friends having conversations between the two buildings outside the windows or a curtain blowing out in a Summer breeze with no interruptions.  I appreciated the streets to ourselves :)

If the three posts don’t already show it, Lefkada is out-freakin-standing!

On the way back to Athens to our cheap hotel room for the short night before flying home we made a pit stop in Corinth.  First we got one last Greek salad and chicken kabobs then we went to the archaeological site.

Did you know a traditional Greek salad doesn’t have lettuce but is rather on a bed of tomatoes? We didn’t! Neither of us can eat many raw tomatoes so we shared the feta/onions/cucumbers/olives every time we ordered :P

This site was pretty free-range. Only a few things roped off allowing you to get really close to structures. There was also a museum that was loaded with artifacts. Not pictured (because I got in trouble) are the real remains of two soldiers they discovered in the early 2000’s in the real grave! That was really cool as was all the treasures, housewares, statues and snail shells we kept finding around outside by the hundreds if not thousands. Def snuck a few of those home, shhh!

If you’re on a Greece trip and can swing this DO IT but it’s not something to go way outta the way for. With 227 inhabited islands there’s plenty to see and do there ;)

Greece, DONE! Whoop!

Hope everyone had a lovely Valentines Day! We sipped champagne, made a good din and did household things. The fancy dinner is set for Saturday!

Back-logged outfit posts to come <3

January 31, 2017

GREECE | LEFKADA TWO

In the last post I mentioned we had weather that restricted our plans and while that’s true it also led us to some random adventures, which we’re always up for! Plan was to (in no order) explore city one day, beach hop another then rent a boat and private beach hop a different day. The boat didn’t happen because of the threat of storms but all the beach hopping did!

After the 5 hour drive from Athens to Lefkada and checking into our Villa that first day didn’t leave too much time to beach bum it up but we threw on our swimsuits anyways and bolted to Kathisma Beach.  Didn’t end up swimming but did watch the sunset from the rocky shore, grabbed a Mythos and hung out until we were hungry.

I mean just look at those layers of beauty!  I wish you could hear the sound the water made rustling around all those stones.  Sounded like one of those rain sticks that are made from a dried cactus and have the beads loose inside, this!

On the other side are some folks camping out in tents~dream camping spot!

Skipping around here but after day one came the real rainy day when we went to the Fall. Afterwards we had to stop for gas and I wanted to get a drink from inside.  While walking under the pump I thought the over hanging was higher than it was and went to stand and crushed the top of my head, jamming my neck and biting down so hard on my teeth it hurt my gums and knocked the breath out of me. I was so taken aback (read: embarrassed) that when the guy pumping our gas and Dustin asked if I was ok I said yes but really wasn’t. After getting back into the car I realized how badly I had hurt myself and lost it. So many tears!  After some Greek Ibuprofen and ice pack, I took a breather walk and found all these pretty stones by a beach I don’t even know the name of since I was that out of sorts. Even with puffy eyes, a swollen noggin, achy neck and nose I was unable to breath from, I managed to get this snap of said pretty stones. HA!

And collected handfuls to take home, including that center stone that’s pink and dark grey ;)

Next day, after getting a lay of the land, we set out to pack in as many beach stops as possible.

Agios Nikitas Beach | Lefkada, Greece

We caught wind of a small beach near Milos Beach (a private, by boat only spot), Agios Nikitos, that was walkable. Turned out to be the perfect alternative!

While walking down the narrow cobble stoned town that led us to the beach we noticed visitors carrying yoga mats. “Why the yoga mats?” we wondered. Well, it’s to protect your bum from all the rocks!  Smart thinking locals, smart thinking…

Stetson hat, Hershel Supply bag, towel from Athens, Target swim top and Old Navy bottoms

Found the least rocky area we could and set up a little spot earlier in the day before it got crowded with other visitors that were in the know about “where the Greeks go to vacation” most of whom were from Europe. We found ourselves being the only Americans at several spots in Lefkada.  Whereas in Athens and Santorini we were definitely not. We thought of it as a good thing, being that we were in the know thanks to our Atlanta buddy who’s Greek-American.

Lounged and swam and then went for an adventure. We knew that Milos beach is typically reached by boat but we were real close to so we climbed around the rocky shoreline to see if we could spot the private beach from around the bend. After climbing and realizing we’d have to go back, get our stuff, climb back over, set up, enjoy, pack up and hike/climb back-we opted out and just got a few snaps and went back to our set up and swam around some more before heading to beach 2/3 that day.

Back to Kathisma to rent chairs with drink service!

And collect more stones…While these are pretty smooth, Dustin and I both agree when swimming and walking around, water shoes are a must. Even the littler stones I’m stepping on here hurt after a minute or two.  Learn from my mistake and buy decent ones, my dumb looking water shoes were so cheap they actually backfired on me and COLLECTED ROCKS!  D wore his Chacos and those were ok, also trapped pebbles between foot and sole but were great when it came to climbing and jumping.

Dustin going for a jump! That rock was fun, a hike and leap or two and then you jumped off and swam to shore and did it all over again. We are such water babies!

Kathisma beach | Lefkada, Greece

Along the beach are several bars and restaurants blasting techno and serving seafood. None of them were anything to brag on in particular but fun atmospheres and can’t beat THIS VIEW ^

After Kathisma beach it was Porto Katsiki to watch the sunset. We sat in two places, first directly on the beach with other sunset gazers and then climbed up to a bridge that was unfortunately closed for safety reasons, we heard this was likely from an earthquake as there were around 2-3 other spots that weren’t open because of the same reason. Still got all the views from the top of the walkway down to the beach, I mean:

THIS. If you look closely you can actually see the bridge I’m talking about in the top right of the mountain-side. Yep, not safe in the slightest!

Looking back on my notes we were in Lefkada for about 2.5 days. I’d say we packed in as much as we could considering we wanted to not feel too rushed along the way.

Coming up: Day three of exploring the little beach side town

 

January 27, 2017

GREECE | LEFKADA ONE

These first 27 days of 2017…

Don’t think I need to explain why this here blog has been the least of my worries but if you’re wondering it’s been a Six Flag ride of pros n’ cons that goes something like-
Pros:  late night dance parties, celebrations of love, news of being an aunt twice this Summer
Cons: friend and family drama, 3k worth of vandalism on my car, crazy politicianS

Break’s over and most issues have been resolved so lets jump back in where I left off.  Thinking it’s about time to wrap up our Greece trip~

After Santorini it was Lefkada time! We had to fly back to Athens, rent a car then drive 5 hours to the only island in Greece you can get to by car. At first I wasn’t too keen on all that driving but after getting a killer BMW and being able to see all the terrain, I’m glad we did it.

Got my babe, map and money-lets go!

Through a friend’s recommendation we stayed in a beautiful villa that was private and had the sweetest hosts that gave us all the recommendations.  It was close to a market and had a private pool though we weren’t able to use it because the weather was never great when we were at the villa.  Definitely grateful for the nice weather we had in Santorini and Athens but it still sucked we couldn’t do everything we planned in Lefkada due to thunderstorms.

Dress with a view! Picked up this cotton dress in Santorini, planning to use as a fancy cover-up come Summer.

However, we didn’t let that stop us!

Packed up the car each day and set out on adventures. One day we went to find a waterfall and hike a trail and on the way into the trail head we passed through hundreds, maybe thousands, of olive trees. Some looked decades old!

After several stops for olive tree gazing we made it to the trail  head and were greeted by this huge bonsai looking tree-

Quick climb up the big bonsai then the real climb.  It wasn’t raining at the time but had right before so the water was nuts. There were bridges down leaving us to climb through a few feet of water with other visitors, most French or Italian men, that were daring me to go first!  OH HELL NO, YOU GO! But we did it and while it was pretty scary we didn’t have any missteps and made it to the fall.

Nidri Waterfalls | Lefkada, Greece

I took a ton of photos but they all kinda look gross because the water was so muddy. YooHoo water is what I kept calling it.  The ferns and moss were real pretty though.

Dustin was (always is, actually) so patient with all my “stawwwp! need to grab a pic of that, and that, and that, oh and that!” Like these silly looking Greek sunflowers we saw off a windy road~ all petals everything.

One of the rainy days while driving around to find a dry spot we were starving and spotted a restaurant that seemed legit.  After parking I spotted these lamb and harassed them for a few then went in and had the best meal of the trip.

Greek food was… repetitive … so it was really a matter of who did it best. Can’t beat olives from trees you parked by and fish soup that was caught just over the cliff side. Also those fried zucchini things were bomb. Little fact, my favorite food is french fries and in Greece they did’em right! Hand cut, salty, crispy-potato perfection.

The staff at Greco Levante were so kind. We were two of maybe six people dining likely due to weather and the time of day so the chef wasn’t that busy and took the time to come over and sell Dustin on the soup and make us laugh with his silly sarcasm and jokes.

Soft pinks and cacti, they know the way to an American girls heart.

Another day venturing out when it was nicer we stopped back at Greco’s olive oil stand for more olive oil. Can’t remember what we paid but it was a steal. We gifted two and kept one bottle for ourselves which we save for special occasions or to let a friend try real olive oil.

Greco Levante | Lefkada, Greece

This last photo was such a moment. We stopped to get some photos of the rolling hills and in the corner of the frame I spot this unicorn! Ok, it’s a regular horse but still! It was a sweet lil surprise!

Packed a lot in the three days we were there so there’s two more posts coming, beach day and city day!

~~Happy chilly Friday from ATL~~

November 13, 2015

OUR HONEYMOON | WHERE WE STAYED

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We’re married!

The wedding was everything we had hoped it would be and more! Since I don’t have the professional photos yet, I’ll wait and share more about the wedding when I do :)

I want to first jump into recapping our honeymoon because it was EPIC!

We went to Tulum, Mexico “where the jungle meets the sea” the Monday after our wedding.  We landed in Cancun then took our shuttle, The Happy Bus, first to get street-side tacos and Coronas then drove the two hours South to our hotel, Ahau Tulum.  When we arrived they greeted us with mimosas and said “this is your new home, welcome to paradise” Indeed, it was paradise!

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Lounging here on our porch wearing my staples of the trip; a Stetson hat, Le Specs sunnies and a Forever 21 kimono. Pretty much had these and similar pieces on rotation the whole time when we were doing things around the hotels.

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Ahau is a smaller hotel resort with an attached restaurant, massage therapist on site (Julieta, gave me the best massage of my life!) yoga studio and beach side cabanas. There was great beach access, and in my following post you’ll see more photos of the food from the restaurant and surroundings!

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My cutie and his uniform; a Stetson I bought him for his birthday and a breathable Columbia shirt. Gotta stay shaded and cool in the jungle!

I went gaga over all the details! We were told the furniture and floors were sourced and made locally.

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The sitting area in our room that served mostly as a resting place for all our gear that we laid out for the follow day’s adventures.

I’m wearing the same Le Spec shades as above, a Free People tunic and Victoria Secret swim top.

After three nights at Ahau we moved over to our second location, The Beach Tulum.

The reasoning for this was simple, I just couldn’t decide on one place and since we had 6 nights it made sense to us to have two experiences. Turned out to be a great idea!

The hotel was everything I’d hoped it would be; chic with minimal decor, a fantastic staff, lush tropical plants (fiddle leaf figs everywhere!) and bright whites – such a paradise! They also had a restaurant and bar called Ziggy’s which we ate breakfast at each morning. More on that later as well!

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The hotel lobby had two beautiful Mayan dream catchers that I obsessed over! Seriously I bet Dustin was thinking “Ok, I get it, move on” haha but I didn’t and we went on a hunt for one. Ended up finding them but decided it didn’t match our home vibes and I went with a more monochrome style. Currently hanging in the bedroom!

Of the two hotels, we had the best experience at The Beach.  The biggest thing is that it was what we expected. When we arrived at Ahau they put us in a room that wasn’t what I booked and then tried to pawn it off as mine. After going round and round with me ending up in tears and pulling the “honeymoon card” they finally (sorta) admitted their mistake and offered to pay for the extras charged to the hotel room.  It was a frustrating start to our trip but after we agreed it was fair we shook off the bad vibes and began our trip of a lifetime!

I would suggest either hotel to anyone visiting Tulum, and regardless if you stay at Ahau you can always book an amazing massage with Julieta, she rules!

As you’d expect I took so many photos so I’m going to recap in several posts; next up our adventures, then a mashup of moments, then our favorite restaurant and finally the wildly popular perfumery- Coqui Coqui!

 

May 28, 2015

DAUFUSKIE ISLAND, SC

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If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen some sneak peaks of this post and also seen it postponed. That is because this has been one helluva week. It started out with a fun trip to Daufuskie Island. Then it ended with a semi truck plowing into our car as we were one exit away from our home’s exit off highway 20E. Before I stray too far from the real point of this post, lemme summarize what happened real quick in case you are wondering. Our friend was driving and we all noticed a wreck and traffic ahead therefore we were coming to a stop and the semi behind us didn’t.  The impact was so hard and unexpected that we weren’t able to brace for it. Dustin and I both had our heads fly back so forcefully that it felt like my brain and neck were on fire.  Thank goodness we were in a fancy Lexus SUV because it took the impact like a boss. The back window exploded into a million pieces but the truck and bumper really held up. We are very lucky to just be dealing with bad whiplash.  We’ll be visiting a chiropractor over the next month to get our necks and backs straightened out, literally. Any positive vibes sent our way would be awesome!

Ok, getting back to beachy vacation!

We set out on Friday morning with three other couples and drove into Hilton Head where we loaded up on food and adult beverages then boarded the ferry to Daufuskie Island. That night we ate at the Club House followed by cruising on the golf cart looking for wildlife and visiting the beach.  The following day we went hang at a different beach called Bloody Point (I know, has a bad sound but it’s actually pretty!) and on the way spotted a rum distillery and had to stop for a tour.

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Our tour guide Geoff, was so sweet leading us around giving us all the knowledge. After the tour and some Q&A we had a tasting of the two rums they currently sell. The group’s consensus was that the spiced rum was the yummier of the two and we each went home with a bottle. Gotta love small batch booze!

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My favorite moments of the trip were our adventures in fishing! Not that we caught anything, but we gave it a real good try! Derek was a master at cast netting so we did catch a ton of bait-shrimp, mullet, brim-but the only thing we actually got on a hook was a sassy turtle that kept stealing our bait. Did come close to snagging an alligator but it’s probably a good thing that didn’t happen! Here’s a photo of D and I getting real excited about Derek going after a small gator in a salt water run off! Little guy was too fast and smart for us, it was like playing whac-a-mole!

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One of the spots we fished at was a beach that was covered in oyster shells. Even though it was pretty dangerous walking around because those things are crazy sharp, it was so cool! This is a huge coral piece I found walking to said beach, brought it back with me for some porch flare!

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Here in Atlanta a group of my buddies joined a bocce ball league and when we spotted this legit course on the island we took advantage and got in some practice.  We split into teams and played one game until we decided it was beach time. Watching Jonny go from never having played to owning the course was worth ultimately losing to him!

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Another pit stop was the Iron Fish. It’s a workshop and shop (not pictured) by a local man that crafts beachy objects out of iron. I really wanted one of his mermaids for my mom but it cost an arm and a leg. Seriously the little one above was $345. Oh well, perusing around was worth the trip! And we found a few sweet cats, bonus!

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Here’s a photo of my dude looking all handsome and stuff next to a horse that was a spitting image of his old horse, Argyle, he had growing up.

The final evening we made a huge low country boil, a rum watermelon (cut watermelon in half, scoop out some, fill with rum, refridgerate and enjoy a few hours later!) and a dance party! What a trip! We certainly packed it out with all the adventures. There’s only so much you can do on the island but we definitely did most of it!

All photos snapped by Christina Moscoso, edits by me.