Friday, July 27, 2018

Friday Favourites- Our Naxos Recap

Happy Friday, lovelies! Here's a recap of island of Naxos. I was the most torn about Naxos--- should we do Mykonos or should we head to Naxos... but put it out there in the www and the general consensus was that Naxos was an under discovered little treasure, cheaper and less crowded than Mykonos. It reminded me of some of the smaller, less touristy Caribbean islands and had way more Europeans than the other islands we visited. We spent three days there and it was such a beautiful, relaxing respite. 

 We took a tiny flight (and had to pay euros extra for extra luggage yikes) to Naxos from Athens. I should preface this by saying that I could not for the life of me fall asleep the night before so I was virtually sleep walking by the time we got to Naxos.

Our room wasn't ready so we sat at the beautiful pool with some refreshments they provided us with.

18-Grapes-Swimming-Pool (1) (Large)

We stayed at The Eighteen Grapes hotel. A boutique hotel very close to one of the best beaches on the island. 

Our room was light, airy and oh so lovely. 

After a nap relaxing a bit, we headed out to explore the town a grab a couple bites.

We walked through the town and onto the beach

We accidentally stumbled onto a nude beach but took no pictures #sorrynotsorry 

Dinner was at the Gorgona restaurant overlooking the ocean. They made their own wine.

Drinks at night at our hotel!

Bright and early the next morning, we headed out for an early morning hike to avoid so much sweltering heat.

The ocean was soooo beautiful.

This trek was one of the highlights of our trip. All that beauty!

I drank maybe four glasses of water when we came back to the hotel and lounged by the pool for a hot minute.

The fresh fruit juice was one of my very favourite parts of this trip.

We then headed to relax by the ocean for a few hours.

We spent about four hours there and also had some beverages/eats. Sidenote, I think I make better calamari than any I tried in Greece and this was a bit of a disappointment for me.

Dinner that night at the Taverna Giannoulis was followed by this delicious coconut cake and ouzo-- and it was complimentary!

We rented a car the next morning and drove through the island. First stop, Moni. So beautiful and so picturesque. So many tiny paths, lush grape vines and olive trees,  and stone houses

Beautiful hand-spun textiles.

We then headed to Apollon- the tip of the island. Such a beautiful blue beach once more. 

I was clearly and untentionally doing a very messy beachy wave in Greece. Also, my flat iron didn't work.

In the evening, we headed to the Chora or Naxos town where we explored the Kastro 

 More little pathways, small churches and so much beautiful stone

The portara or the doorway to the Temple of Apollo was so breath-taking  seemingly in the middle of the ocean.

For dinner, we started with a regular salad as I was getting a little tired of Greek Salads but then they included a greek salad with our meal LOL

The next morning, we explored another path and then it was time to head to our ferry to our final stop, Santorini!!

If you've made it this far and you are not family or a very close friend, congrats ;-D

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!

Linking up with
Andrea, Erika and Narci for Favourites on Friday

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What's Up Wednesday- July 2018

How did it get to be the end of July already?! A friend told me to start thinking of summer as the end of May to the end of September so that we can enjoy the sweet sunshiny mindset for just a little longer. So that's what I'm going to do  :-)

What we're eating this week?
Monday: curried chicken and cauliflower rice
Tuesday: grilled stuff
Wednesday: early dinner with a friend- Mexican takeout!
Thursday: thai tofu salad most likely.
Friday: leftovers and then happy house at a neighbour's house
We are starting back to keep things low carb and low sugar after indulging a bit on vacay

What I'm reminiscing about
Our trip to Greece seems like such a long time ago. Athens posted-- coming soon Naxos and Santorini
What I'm loving
The sweet sunshine... so much of it!

What we've been up to…
We've had two weeks of camp. Last week was horse back riding. It was A's first time and girlfriend was a natural!

What I'm dreading…
The end of August... I feel like time is a-flying

What I'm working on
Work LOL, incorporating the practice and closing off some stuff before we head to....

What I'm excited about…
NYC for 1 week with the girls. A whole lot of family time and some time in the city hopefully

What I'm watching/reading…
I just finished Jane the virgin--- Holy cliffhanger!
Just started The Fosters and loving it!

Lots of reading in the works but for right now it's When Life gives you Lululemons

What I'm listening to..
not a whole lot except some podcasts here and there

What I'm wearing…
Summer dresses! And I've finally found a kimono to wear though D says it's one step above a house coat LOL.

What I'm doing this weekend…
Happy Hour with our neighbours on Friday. Friends coming over on Saturday and Sunday is pretty chill with a playdate. 

What I'm looking forward to next month..
Some busy, some lazy, some family!!! NYC, day trips and meeting up with some friends

What else is new?
We celebrated a little lady with an ice cream party on Saturday. For her actual birthday, girlfriend wanted celebratory pancakes, a movie, some shopping , playing and dinner out with her family!

Nachos for the win--- and SO many missing teeth in this pic!

Happy hump day! 

 Linking up withMel, Shay and Shaeffer

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