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Trip Report 30-Year Wedding Anniv. Trip to Greece and Paris-Part 1

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My husband and I had been planning to visit England this Fall, but we unexpectedly had the winning bid on a trip to Greece at a charity auction. Neither of us had ever been to Greece, but we were very excited about the opportunity. I am a hands-on travel planner, so it was a little nerve wracking to have someone else picking out hotels and flights, but I just had faith in the process. And the trip which was organized by Gate 1 travel, turned out to be just about perfect…

We left for 3 nights in Mykonos on Aug. 25th and the flight was on time and uneventful. When we arrived at the Tharroe Mykonos hotel, we were more than pleased. It is a small boutique hotel with 26 rooms and a view to die for! We had a wonderful lunch at the hotel’s restaurant and then fell asleep by the beautiful pool. Around 6 pm we walked into Chora town (the main town on Mykonos) which was about ½ mile away. We walked around the small lanes and visited the shops, and then we had drinks and dinner at Katerina’s, which is in the Little Venice area of the town. There is a beautiful sunset view from the balcony at Katerina’s, and the food was excellent. We shared an octopus and pepper salad, grilled lamb, and shrimp saganaki.

The next day we just vegged and read at the pool. In the evening we again walked into Chora to eat at Nikos’ Tavern, which is a large outdoor tavern that we had noticed the evening before. We loved the noisy atmosphere and the food was very good. I even had a skinny little calico cat begging at my feet, so I kept slipping him some of my fish!

On day 3 in Mykonos we decided to take the1/2 hour boat trip to the island of Delos, which is an uninhabited island full of 2,000 year old ruins. The sea was really tough that day, so the boat ride was more of an adventure than we expected! My husband and I spent about 3 hours roaming the ruins and trying to imaging what life was like when the city was at it’s peak.

That evening we had dinner at Joanna’s Nikos Place, which is a rustic taverna on Megali Ammos Beach, a 5-minute walk from the town. If you have only one night in Mykonos, you must eat at Joanna’s. I had the grilled stuffed calamari and my husband had the lamb chops, and we shared an incredible platter of grilled vegetables. The sea literally comes up to the restaurant, and the sunset was beautiful…

The next morning we caught a flight to spend 3 nights in Santorini. Our hotel was the Santo Miramare Resort, which is on the east coast of the island on Perivolos Beach. Although not a luxurious as the Tharroe Mykonos, our room was very comfortable, and the 4 gorgeous swimming pools and private beach were wonderful. We swam all afternoon, and in the evening we walked down along the beach where there were dozens of bars and restaurants. We chose to eat at Meteora Restaurant, and it was a great, boisterous experience. I had the grilled local fish, and my husband had chicken Santorini, and because it was “Greek Night” at Meteora, we enjoyed watching traditional Greek dancing and plate smashing! It was fun!

More to come…

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