It’s all very Greek


For a very long time, Greece has held a special place in my heart. The many memories I have there with my mum as we visited the island of Crete every summer to stay in the village of Stalis. I decided it was time that I ventured out of Crete and travelled to a new greek destination and share my love of all things Greece with my boyfriend, Aiden.

In May we landed in Zakynthos. What a beautiful island. The weather during our stay was mediocre. It was around 18oC during the first few days and it rained a few times but after that it soared to over 30oC and I ended up with a nice little tan.

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Dionisos Taverna

If you are looking for a quiet week away,  I highly recommend visiting the small town of Tsilivi. This is a small town beside the sea with plenty of tasty restaurants, ice cream shops and beautiful beaches. We ate in a range of different restaurants including m-eating, Micri Acropoli Restaurant & Bar, Dionisos Taverna, Il Gusto and a small family restaurant in Zakynthos Town which we can’t remember the name of but did the most amazing homemade Garlic and Cheese Breads. We enjoyed every single one of these restaurants and we absolutely adore the food in Greece. The hospitality in M-Eating especially was magnificent and we thoroughly enjoyed our night there.

IMG_9679For dessert we opted to leave the restaurant and go to a small cafe called Gelato Cafe where we made friends with the lovely sisters who own the place. They were more than welcoming throughout our stay and even gave us free desserts to say goodbye when we were going home. They made the most incredible crepes I have ever tasted and yummy banana milkshakes. During the day we always had plenty to do.

Zakynthos offer many different excursions and boat trips and we did quite a few. We visited Shipwreck Beach (I highly recommend wearing a LOT of sunscreen if you plan to visit), The Blue Caves were absolutely stunning and the clear blue waters were breathtaking.

We visited Ancient Olympia which is a full day trip. You have to be at the port for 7am in Zante Town to get a ferry to Kyllini on the Peloponnese (mainland Greece). The ferry takes around 1 hour and after that you get a bus that takes around an hour to an hour and a half to get to the small town of Olimpia – the birth place of the Olympic Games. The site of the ruins is amazing and it is so easy to see what once stood in the place of the ruins. It is amazing to think that the Greek Gods once competed there and to hear the stories and the history makes it an enjoyable day. The tour takes around an hour and a half and then unfortunately you have a 3 and a half hour wait before the bus comes to take you back to the ferry. The town is very commercial with all of the shops in the town selling the same touristy things and selling the same tourist food unlike the authentic towns and villages in Zakynthos. We found it a tough day after the tour but it is definitely worth the visit, just prepare yourself for the wait.

I highly recommend renting a quad or something similar during your stay to get to see the island. There is so much to see and explore but still plenty of time for relaxing at the pool. We stayed in a beautiful hotel called The Contessina Hotel. It has a beautiful pool area and spacious rooms with nice bathrooms. The staff were very friendly especially the wonderful bar man Sot who merrily told us every night that one day he would own the hotel and told us of his hopes and dreams while making us his random potions.

We honestly had the most wonderful time in Zakynthos from start to finish and we would visit this beautiful place again and again.

Until Next Time,

Elisha.

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Roma, Roma, Roma.

I can honestly say I have never been to a city as beautiful as Rome. From the cobblestone streets to the hustle and bustle of Via Del Corso, they really aren’t lying when they tell you that Rome was not built in a day. It is a city enriched with history and every corner you turn there is something more beautiful to look at that the one before.

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We stayed in the centre of Rome in Via Del Corso in the Corso Boutique Hotel at the end of October. I would highly recommend this hotel to any couple looking for a few days away.

IMG_0881From the outside you wouldn’t even know a hotel was present but, inside you’ll find luxury and elegance. The rooms are modern and spacious and you have a beautiful bath/jacuzzi in your room for relaxing in after exploring the crazy streets of Rome. The staff are polite and so helpful. I would genuinely go back to Rome just for this hotel. We couldn’t have picked a better hotel for our 4 days in Rome as it was close to everything we wanted to see. We were a 5 minute walk from both the Spanish Steps and The Trevi Fountain.

IMG_0486The first thing I wanted to see was The Fontana Di Trevi and it was even more breathtaking in person than it is in photos. I expected it to be in some open space almost like St Peters but, it was tucked away down a little cobbled street in a small square surrounded by Gelato shops and cafes. We obviously did the ritual in which you kiss a coin and throw it behind your shoulder into the Fountain in hopes that someday you will return to Rome. For a fountain it is an incredibly special place that I don’t think you would ever get sick of looking at.

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On the same day we visited the Spanish Steps and I did not realise there were so many of them! I expected a few steps not what felt like a million. It was a beautiful place with a great buzz surrounded by tourists and locals alike. You can tell the Italians are proud of their architecture and are keen to keep it the beautiful Eternal City that it is…we even got told off for eating Gelato on the steps! While i’m on the subject of Gelato…

WOW! I have never tasted something so good. ever. I even had it for breakfast, lunch and dessert! I think we ate in the wrong places in Rome. Everyone I speak to tells me how much they loved the food and we just didn’t have that experience. We mostly ate in restaurants around the famous monuments which I’ve now been told is a bad idea and so the next time we go, we will be venturing out and into the more authentic restaurants.

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We spent a full day in Vatican City at St Peters Basilica. Isn’t it just the most beautiful church in the world?! While we were there mass was being said and the singing was so angelic and amazing. We visited the Papal Tombs and learned about the past and present Popes.

I was super excited the whole time we were away to go to the Colosseum. I remember watching The Lizzie Maguire movie when I was younger and thinking it looked so so cool  (that movie was the main reason I wanted to go to Rome). I just don’t understand how they built it. It is amazing. HOW?! They are still restoring parts of it but you can tell which parts are original. We paid for a guided tour because it gets you in quicker but left because we don’t really want to listen to them as we get a little bored and did our own thing. It is so easy to imagine the history and things that happened in the Colosseum and it really is a place you need to visit as some stage in your life.

 

Overall we really, really enjoyed Rome and this is just a few things we got up to. It really is an enticing city full of culture, history and breathtaking architecture.

Until next time,

Elisha.