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Mykonos the Grand Greek Island

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Agios Sostis

As most of you may know, we recently took a trip to Mykonos, Greece. This wasn’t our first trip; we have been visiting for over 20 years. Our first trip to this island was dusty and gritty but scenic. It was filled with party beaches and hectic traffic, but mainly it was super sleepy and behind the times…which of course made it fantastically charming. Over the years we have watched the transition as Mykonos became the St. Tropez of the Greek Isles. This year we were called to a Big Fat Greek Gay Wedding which included drag queens, drones and a wedding party all in white. This wedding extravaganza was officiated by my husband, as the grooms are our besties. The circus-like atmosphere, was very Mykonos and did not disappoint. We had a blast.

Joanna's and Niko's Place

Joanna’s and Niko’s Place

Over the years, we have stayed all over the island, but this time we rented a private villa about 30 minutes out of town. Since we know the Island so well, it really was the perfect getaway.

We dined at our favorite beach restaurant on Elia Beach. The Greek salad is to die for as is the Taramosalata (roe salad my favorite), along with crisp Rose wine; it makes for the perfect lunch at the beach. Of course we have to have the grilled squid as well. Needless to say we ate well.

 

 

Elia Beach Restaurant

Elia Beach Restaurant

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One of the highlights was our photo safari. We photographed cows, beaches (Focos Beach) and fauna. The island is still full of hidden beaches, but they are getting harder and harder to find.

Focos Beach

Focos Beach

Mykonos

Mykonos is still a fantastic destination, even with the jet setters, helicopters and black SUVs moving in. The donkeys and cows still rule the landscape for now…

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Inspiration Monday {Drakothea Villa} Mykonos


One of my biggest inspirations is my friend Adonis (you may remember him from this post). He’s an artist and a builder in Mykonos, Greece. He and his partner Jerry Gardner DDS (from Atlanta) constructed their dream home on the most heavenly piece of property on the island! Frank and I try to visit them every year. Adonis is simply put… a genius! Today I would like to share their home {the good news is that they share it with people, by renting the property} Drakothea faces a gorgeous island and the views are breathtaking. Here’s a peek…





thanks for all the good times Adonis and Jerry and thanks for sharing your piece of heaven with us so graciously..xx

 

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Off to Mykonos!


Hello from Mykonos, Greece! We have been going here almost every summer for 20 years. The island was introduced to us by friends in our party youth, and we have loved it ever since. If you haven’t been to Mykonos, put it on your travel list. It’s a very rustic island, filled with beautiful people, known as the party island to most. We have since lost touch with our party pals, but a few years ago, we were lucky to meet our now dear friends Jerry and Adonis (that’s me with them above). They are the perfect hosts, and have the most beautiful home on the island, in fact their pool was named one of the sexiest pools in the world by Travelers Magazine, Conde Nast. August 2009. It truly is amazing. You can check it out here!


The last time we were in town Jerry and Adonis took us to Kiki’s. This is now my favorite place to eat in the world. The restaurant is teeny tiny and very famous! Jet setters from all over the world eat here, it’s just amazing food. Kiki’s is perched on a steep hill in a tranquil residential part of the island overlooking a quiet little beach.


Simple food, done the right way. Everything is seasoned with local herbs and roasted on an open flame. Word on the street is that until a couple of years ago Kiki’s used only a wood burning grill and hauled ice up the hill to ice down the perishables. There was no electricity until then.


The salads are fresh and full of flavor. My favorite are the vinegary sardines, done is a typical pickled Scandinavian style. The story is the when Kiki was young she came to Greece via Sweden with her girlfriend. Once they got a look at the beautiful dark Greek fishermen they never left. Kiki started feeding the locals and the rest is history. My husband thinks that a producer probably heard the story of these young Swedish ladies and pitched the Mama Mia story to a scriptwriter for the play, which became the Hollywood blockbuster. He is probably not far off with his theory.

Have a great weekend everyone! All of you traveling for the fourth, stay safe and have a blast!

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