Striped bell sleeve top: Madewell top is sold out, but this striped one and this one with ruffle detail are similar. And how fun is this embroidered one?! // Lace shorts: Similar pair and this pair is under $50. // Sandals: Target, These are under $20 and so so comfortable! They also come in black glitter. This is an identical pair just without the glitter detail. // Hat: Nordstrom, but it's not available online. This floppy hat and this boater hat are similar and both are under $30! // Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Off the shoulder gingham dress: ASOS, This dress is a steal at $26.50! This almost identical gingham dress comes in 3 different colors and also petite sizes. This H&M gingham dress has a longer sleeve and this dress would be great for transitioning to fall and is only $22! // Scallop flats: Chloe, These are my favorite pair of shoes and fit like a glove! For a more budget friendly option, this pair is very similar. // Straw hat: This similar black and white stripe hat is under $18. I love this chic white hat with black ribbon and this fedora style hat. // Silver hoop earrings: Lord & Taylor, This pair is slightly smaller and under $20!
I don't know if it was the movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants or Instagram, but I'm pretty sure one of those things skyrocketed Greece to the top of everyone's travel bucket list. I'll admit that I was one of those people that put Greece on my list after seeing the movie because it looked liked too picture perfect to be true and I wanted to see it for myself. And let me just say that the pictures don't do it justice because it's ten times more breathtaking in person.
And since I'm desperately missing those incredible views, I thought today would be the perfect opportunity to share all about what I saw, did (and occasionally ate) at each island during my European adventure. Today I'm kicking off a series of posts that will highlight where I went and what I saw at each island. So hop on board and let's sail away to Mykonos and Athens to kick off the weekend!
Mykonos (pronounced mee-con-nos) is located in the Aegean Sea and is known for their whitewashed buildings, tiny winding streets and windmills. It became one of the most popular tourist destinations thanks to the Onassis family (aka Jackie Kennedy Onassis) and is known as a party island. The island is home to many churches, a labyrinth of streets where you can find the most darling shops and offers spectacular views around every corner. Every time I passed a hidden street full of the most colorful blooms I literally felt like I was in a dream.
We did a walking tour of the city which was actually really helpful because the streets were built to be as confusing as possible in order to keep the pirates from escaping. And I'm 100% that if I was a pirate I would have probably be lost in there. There are no street signs or names so asking for directions won't get you anywhere either, but sometimes getting lost is fun...just not when you have a boat to catch. After visiting a church and a maritime museum, we ended up at a restaurant on the harbor for some appetizers and ouzo. Greece is known for this licorice flavored liquor, but I was not a fan. The appetizers were delicious though! There was feta, stuffed grape leaves, fried calamari and of course hummus. It was totally different than the hummus we have in the states and I would have loved to know how they make it. I guess I just need to go back to find out, right?
The next stop was in Athens, the birthplace of Ancient Greek culture and home to some of the world's most ancient ruins like the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus and the first Olympic stadium. After coming from an island it was so weird to see just concrete buildings. And fun fact: there apparently was a trash strike going on so there was trash all over the streets... not the best impression of a city but, such is life.
Being from Texas I would like to think that I am used to summer heat, but the day we were in Athens it was at least 109...umm let me just say that's freaking hot! Thank goodness we opted for bus tour that showed us more historical places instead of walking because I probably would have gotten heat stroke.
The big highlights of the excursion was going to the new Acropolis museum and visiting one of the great shopping areas of town called Plaka. The museum is literally across the way from the actual Acropolis so we got to see what the guide was talking about but in the comfort of an air conditioned building. I'm sure it would have been even more amazing to see it in person and get to see the Parthenon up close, but being inside that day was a lifesaver.
We stopped for a Greek salad at a darling little place situated under the trees and of course did some shopping. I picked up a pair of leather sandals, some different infused olive oils and some Greek coffee. I'm interested to see how Greek olive oil tastes in comparison to Italian olive oil and of course, I had to try the coffee because it's definitely not the same thing as coffee in the US.
It was definitely hotter than I expected the first two days, so it was a bit of a challenge to dress. I wanted to be as cool as possible but also to be semi protected from the sun. The saving grace about Mykonos is that they have a pretty steady breeze, especially by the harbor, but that does prove to be a challenge when you wear a hat. This bell sleeve top (last seen here) was light and breezy and my lace shorts did just the trick to keep my cool. I snagged this darling hat (sadly it's not available online) before I left and it was SO perfect and how cute is the striped bow?!
Athens on the other hand had no breeze, so this gingham off the shoulder dress was a perfect choice because it wasn't clingy at all. And there's nothing worse than wearing clingy clothes on a hot day, am I right?! My fun black and white striped hat kept my shoulders from burning and my Chloe flats were so comfortable even though we did a ton of walking!
Mykonos was definitely my favorite one out of the two and is definitely a place I would consider going back to. The people were actually pretty friendly and it's one of those places that you could totally get lost in, but literally and figurative. I would definitely make sure that I took a trip to the beach next time as well! Be sure to check back on Monday to see where I'm taking you next! Comment below if you have any ideas of where the next two stops are.