The Island of Mykonos

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Early Morning Haul to the Bakery
The Island of Mykonos
Early Morning Haul to the Bakery

When the kids are still sound asleep, the town is quiet and charming. You only meet the locals, and maybe a few tourists on their way home from a party. A great way to discover the local life whilst picking up baked delicacies and fresh juice.

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Turquoise Waters
The Island of Mykonos
Turquoise Waters

We discovered this charming beach where locals meet and lunch. What a view!

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Bohemian Lilfestyle
The Island of Mykonos
Bohemian Lilfestyle

For someone like me who loves hand made, artisanal, local and bohemian. This island has a lot to offer for.

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Sandy Feet
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Sandy Feef

Driving around the island and stopping where ever we feel like. That's a holiday to remember.

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Sea Urchin Orgy
The Island of Mykonos
Sea Urchin Orgy

Greek salad, olives and sea urchin. I think I landed in heaven. Everything is fresh, local, without preservatives just the way I like it for my gang, here and at home.

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Evil Eyes for all
The Island of Mykonos
Evil Eyes for all

Good vibes for my gang. Evil eye bracelets gets rid of negative vibes from close and afar and protects the soul. A gift with love, made by an amazing lady from Mykonos. Supporting local and independent where ever I go.

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Under the Olive Tree
The Island of Mykonos
Under the Olive Tree

Don't mind spending my day here! Lunching under the olive tree on home made Greek, Mykonian dishes made of local produce while the kids go for a swim in the turquoise water. Life is beautiful!

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Vegetarian Mykonian style
The Island of Mykonos
Vegetarian Mykonian style

Home made is best, where ever you travel to. Personally I eat meat, but not much of it, especially after watching Food Inc. I like to know where my food is from and hope that things are animal cruelty free. This plate looks perfect. No meat needed.

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You'll find me here
The Island of Mykonos
You'll find me here

Just another bay, where we stopped for a dip in turquoise waters.

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The Island of Mykonos
These things we like

At San Giorgio there is beauty where ever you look. Handwoven, hand made bowls and baskets in the open face kitchen of this bohemian chic boutique hotel on the South coast of Mykonos.

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Katrins Kitchen
The Island of Mykonos
Katrins Kitchen

At Katrins Kitchen you dine with the locals. A family run local restaurant that attracts many visitors as it does locals hidden in the midst of the labyrinth of the white stone washed seaside town.

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Moroccan lounging
The Island of Mykonos
Moroccan lounging

A hotel that has as many niches to chill, eat, drink, meet friends or take a nap, is all about the wellbeing of the guests. This was one of my nooks for reading and writing my diary.

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a private deck
The Island of Mykonos
a private deck

A plunge from the private deck of San Giorgio comes in handy when temperatures reach +35C

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Farmers Market
The Island of Mykonos
Farmers Market

I love to discover the local markets, meet the farmers, taste new produce.

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I've got this thing with baskets
The Island of Mykonos
I've got this thing with baskets

I've got this thing with baskets. May I call it a slight obsession with hand woven beauties like these in the pop up shop at San Giorgios.

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Sustainably Chic
The Island of Mykonos
Sustainably Chic

Travelling light. I like my on board bag to be handy as well as stylish. Not a big fan of famous brands, I source online and connect with creators from around the world. Always going for hand made, sustainable, luxurious in the way of uniqueness.

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Breakfast out
The Island of Mykonos
Breakfast out

Waiting for my cup of coffee and the spinach ricotta pie at Poppolo.

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Little Venice
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Little Venice

How could I resist. A classic point of view of this charming town of 10'000 habitants in the Aegean sea.

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the Island of Wind
The Island of Mykonos
the Island of Wind

Mykonos is called the island of wind, hence all the windmills perched on top of the rocky volcanic hills. Charming as can be, even if they aren't used anymore.

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Bougainvillea Abundance
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Bougainvillea Abundance

A striking beauty I never tire of.

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Breakfast at San Giorgio
The Island of Mykonos
Breakfast at San Giorgio

A table full of home made delights. Nothing else needed but my partner and my kids around these long wooden farmer tables to start the day right.

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If romantic were an architecture
The Island of Mykonos
If romantic were an architecture

Charmed by the architecture of Mykonos. Mykonos is the most cosmopolitan island in the Cyclades and one of the finest examples of Cycladic architecture. Traditional and cubic houses with flat roofs, wooden coloured doors and windows create a unique atmosphere which reflects the main features of the traditional style which is popular worldwide.

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Alemangou Beach Bar
The Island of Mykonos
Alemangou Beach Bar

A remotely located beach bar, assuring rose filled lunches, is a stylish chilled spot from dawn to dusk.

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Design Hotel
The Island of Mykonos
Design Hotel

With a 60's boho chic vibe, and a down to earth gypset vibe San Giorgio is a chilled place to vacation.

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The Island of Mykonos
Mykonos village

From the dazzling blue waters, to the quaint alleys, picturesque white houses, famed for its nightlife, Mykonos is a Grecian paradise.

If you are like me and Mykonos was on your bucket list for a long enough time, then go online and book your trip. Keeping things on lists, saving things for later, is the way I might have led my life in the past, but once I turned 40 I like to look forward and with that, be adventurous, spontaneous and take go for it.

There was no risk booking our summer trip to Mykonos. The windy Greek island, hence windmills stand decorating the dry hillside of this charming island in the Aegean Sea. The architecture is like in your dreams about Greece. The city of Mykonos is built in the traditional Cycladic architecture, the white cubic houses, with the flat roofs with colourful doors and porches, mostly blue. The white and the flat roof reflecting the sun, keeping the cool in the summer with its colour and shape. The old town is a labyrinth to confuse pirates in the past and tourists are just as confused nowadays. But it also gives shelter from the strong winds which blow into  the centre of the city.

What is sure is that you will always find a spot you feel is just right, a little cafe, a restaurant serving homemade goodies and always, smiling locals who are happy to help you out. In fact, I was most surprised by the high level of service. By the professionalism of the waiters and restaurant owners, artists selling their hand crafted charms, a lending hand at the chemist where I could find my stash of natural products all Made in Greece…There are not many places like this, where the people are so peaceful amidst the high season bustle.

A warm welcoming Greece, where we are already planning to come back to. For now here are of few of my favourite places I recommend to you. If traveling as a couple or with teenagers, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

The world is your oyster.

STAY

San Giorgio – Waking up to the beauty of the sea. This is a place of inspiration when it comes to bohemian gypsy style living. In the spirit of ‘less is more’ the hotel is designed by Annabell Kutucu, choosing pieces of original craftsmanship bringing warmth to the white washed spaces throughout the hotel. So many chairs, hammocks, bedouin carpets, pergolas and day beds to choose from, you will find it hard to leave. Excellent breakfast, lunch and dinners, serving classic Greek food with a twist and the fresh juices we like.

Aelia – new on the island, a small boutique hotel in a quiet area of Mykonos. Perfect for a short romantic stay in style.

San Marco -a family friendly hotel, one of the oldest ones on the island with a private floating deck on the sea, spectacular bedroom views and very friendly staff.

BREAKFAST / CAFE

Il forno di Gerasimo - fresh fruit juice, freshly baked bread and pastries, a to die for lemon tart, spinach pie and slices of pizza for garb cravers, any style coffee you may desire…a good place to wake up to.

Popolo – hanging out at the local cafe with the locals, especially when you rise and shine early like us, you will find yourself surrounded by the waiters and restaurant owners of the night before. The cutest cafe in town. If you are lucky enough to taste their spinach pie, you will know what a good one tastes like.

Matsouka Bakery – this is the cafe with the donkey and you know what they say? you know you’re in Greece when you see a donkey. This one likes attention particularly and will come running to the enclosure for petting time. The cafe is as local as it can be, serving the best coffee we had on the island. I did a little happy dance when I discovered that the place also makes their own Mikonian sweets! Fascinating to watch and so delicious. I bought a couple of boxes to bring home as gifts. Definitely worth a stop.

Gioras Wood Bakery – no website, hardly a sign outside, practically in a cellar, this is the creme de la creme of true baking. If this were down my road, I’d go there every time, literally roll there and back for the rest of my life. Everything is homemade, old style, no nasties, no fuss, just good freshly baked.

BEACH / LUNCH

Kiki’s Taverna – perched on top of a hill, overlooking the Aegean Sea. The cutest bay to plunge into. Make sure to go before you are hungry, because no reservations possible. Queue with a bunch of people whom you will most likely become friends with, sipping on free chilled rose wine, or going for a swim before the table is free for you. Grilled catch of the day, Greek tapas, an entire squid. Portions are generous at this authentic Greek taverna.

Fokos – another place that feels like home is this simple beach house restaurant by the Fokos beach. Local fish, BBQ, traditional cured pork, fresh salads with citrus fruit and creamy feta cheese. You can taste the sunshine in your mouth. No wonder chefs like Mr Nobu from around the world go out of their way to get a bite of it.

Alemagou Mykonos – hanging out with the islands hip gang here, lounging on deck chairs, doing a bit of shopping in the gypsy tent, cool music playing, Greek – international dishes one yummier than the next. You won’t want to leave.

Agios Stefanos – a hidden gem, where all the locals meet, families with Grandparents, a very non pretentious beach, bringing fresh air to the island with various beach restaurants to choose from. Our favourite? Petran Tavern on top of the hill. Small menu, fresh fish, Grandma in the kitchen, wine and ice cream scoops in the glass while sitting on handwoven rugs with a spectacular view of the ocean.

Spilia – need I say more? Set in the castle of Panigirakis, built half a century ago, overlooking the town the the bay of Mykonos, now a luxury hotel, a sunset bar and a spot for sunset yoga. Good vibes only!

Sunset bar – need I say more? Set in the castle of Panigirakis, built half a century ago, overlooking the town the the bay of Mykonos, now a luxury hotel, a sunset bar and a spot for sunset yoga. Good vibes only!

DINNER IN TOWN

Katrin’s – feeling home away from home. This is what this place is all about. With the whole family gathering in the kitchen, you’ll get a literal taste of Greece here. My favourite place in town!

Catari – a charming Italian restaurant in a courtyard great for people watching with a safe distance. Quite enough, loud enough, right behind the port of Mykonos town, serving delicious homemade pizza (can you tell I went for my kids?!), fresh salads and lovely wine. In fact Greek wine was great everywhere, especially the white wine.

Katerina’s – the best view of the sea from little Venice in Mykonos town. Greek food, middle Eastern desserts, top of the notch cocktails. Great for romantic evening as well as family time. As always, welcoming with smiles.

Watch this space for our pop up shop, bringing you a carefully selected Made in Greece selection.

Abi

Abi

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