After 8 months of adventures in Belgium, Amsterdam, Munich, Paris, Tuscany, and the French Riviera with my “Swissties,” it was time for one final hoorah…in GREECE! (For those of you struggling with the what a “Swisstie” is, it’s a Swiss Bestie.)
The girls took off a couple of days ahead of me and headed for Mykonos. They were successfully upgraded to the Honeymoon Suite upon arrival at Pietra e Mare, which was a really fun surprise. I flew out EARLY on Wednesday morning to meet them. Here, a 6:00am flight means waking up at 3:15am, which also means sleeping for the entire flight and showing up at our lovely hotel like a zombie. Thank goodness for a driver and a sweet receptionist who were waiting for me at the airport and then at the hotel to connect me with my friends. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast with a view and a “frappe” (iced coffee appears to be all the rage in Greece), and I learned all about staging a photo for Instagram from the social media gurus. (I’m seriously going to be lost without them.)
After breakfast, my single focus was a nap by the pool. It was beautiful…the perfect spot to unwind!
After a while, we decided to take a walk down to the beach for some lunch and a change of scenery. I had a delicious entree salad complete with shrimp and avocado. Entree salads are hard to come by in Switzerland, so I get excited when I get to have one!
I wasn’t quite warm enough to get into the sea, but I always love the sound of the waves rolling in. It’s so relaxing. We stayed at the beach for a bit, but then I requested that we climb the hill to the hotel before too late in the afternoon, so we could enjoy THE HAMMOCKS! I saw these on the hotel website and was SO EXCITED to hang out in one! There was an entire relaxation alcove with beautiful flowers, palm trees, and hammocks!
There are only 30-something taxis on the whole island of Mykonos. I was only there for a whopping 24 hours, but all four of the cars I rode in were private drivers, because it’s so difficult to access a cab. We found a restaurant we wanted to try that evening, but little did we know that it would require a long and seemingly treacherous drive. To a local, I’m sure it was pretty standard, but to three girls who aren’t accustomed to narrow, dirt roads with A LOT of steep inclines, it seemed like an off-roading adventure!
It’s also worth noting that Greece has a lot of stray cats, but thanks to our driver, there is one less in the world. Ugh.
Needless to say, we arrived at Jackie O’ ready to get out of the car! The peak season is nearly over, so we were one of only three tables seated at the restaurant. It was some of the best service I’ve had in Europe, and the food was yummy. I had fish & seaweed salad, and we shared two fabulous desserts – lemon pie & some mint chocolate goodness! The music was a little bit too loud, but it was such a fun mix of songs!
The next morning was my time to say “see you later” to one member of the team. I will miss this friend who literally leaps through life (typically while rockin’ a fabulous pair of sunglasses).
Glad she took a picture of this message in the sand to remind us that we are “Swissties” for life!