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The Rest of Greece

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Little Venice, Mykonos, Greece, 2017

The rest of Greece will touch on the two final destinations, that being the Island of Mykonos and Athens itself.

Few years back I visited Mykonos as a young soul, one that was willing, almost unstoppable. Time was not of concern, day could have been night and night could have been day. I proudly held up to the reputation of what the Island is all about, a party Island.

Since then few things have changed. Going back second time round the experience could not be more different. You know you’re getting older when you attempt to keep up with the momentum and buy tickets to see Steve Aoki at Cavo but fail to go because “I’m sleepy” and well, it’s “too much effort”. I question myself at times, what happened to the old me?!

I laugh at this with my girlfriends, it’s simple, we’ve come to terms with the fact that ‘Hey, it’s okay, we’re getting old, let’s just accept it’. That was then and this is now …

Now: On the brighter side of things, we happened to enjoy a more luxurious side of it which is just as good, if not better. Spending time by the pool side and at the beach after country hopping ain’t so bad. The town is as is, except we went overkill eating at ‘Souvlaki Story’ – try it if you find yourself there.

AthensAthens, Greece, 2017

Finally, the bees tire away and the sun comes out, it’s the stopover before we head home. Athens as you see above is a big city covered with white buildings and history, one that is calm but very hot in the summer time.

With no energy left, Athens was spent looking out from a balcony window and reminiscing on every moment my husband and I spent together during this sweet month. One place I definitely recommend you try is “Kalamaki Kolonaki”, a super casual, authentic and delicious food.

When everything is available, appetite is bound to ebb away. The lesson is that God is Magic and patience is a virtue. Trust him and he will lead you. Understand that it’s a blessing to be alive and my favourite part of all is that he will never put you through what you cannot get through.

Love,
Mrs Elfar xx

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Little to know about the South of Italy ..

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As of late, the ‘Amalfi Coast’ often circulates in conversation as soon as the country Italy is mentioned. It’s undoubtedly gorgeous and it is essential that you try and make your way there some time or another. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen, it’s hard to believe that places like that even exist, God is magic.

The biggest dilemma before getting there is where to stay ? We asked around for recommendations and the general response is “It’s all nice, it’s the same” – well no. After visiting Positano (where we stayed), The Amalfi Coast, Ravello and Capri here is exactly what you should do …

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The Amalfi Coast, Italy

The Amalfi Coast itself is beautiful, however; it’s a little marketing campaign for the Italians. It generalises the entire coast because it’s designed to be the hub of transport and transit for the area. The town is bigger, busier and it’s perfect for young people to chill by the beach. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still breathtaking but if you’re after some colourful views here’s where to stay …

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Positano, Italy

Positano, wow. First of all, the fact that we made the right choice was everything, but most of all the views you see in the picture above was from our own room balcony – a scene that I’d like to wake up to everyday.

The place is just as you imagine it and more. It’s busy with tourist, yet not overkill. It has a perfectly sized town with shops, great restaurants and of course a beach. I strongly recommend that you stay there to get the overall experience of the colourful houses, water and hills and it’s also centre to all of the above Islands mentioned with just an hour drive or boat ride away.

Wait a minute, now, since we have stayed in Positano, the next time around we’ll be staying in  Capri … WHY?

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Capri, Italy

An elegant and classy Island, it’s much like the South of France. Just a boat ride away from Positano, we  took a day trip to Capri and spent few hours deciding on when we should come back (I’ll be pushing on that). It’s large and full of things to do, what I loved most is how fancy it is, it’s people are so chic, it’s fabulous.

By far, it’s the most expensive and it is a little prestige. The centre is surrounded by fancy restaurants and of course your designer brand shops so it’s ideal for shopping, relaxing and looking out at sea views – what more could you want?

The truth is, this was my sister’s dream, a place that her and I were meant to see together. I’ve promised her that we’d come back and experience Capri in fours, as for the husbands, well you know what they say, a happy wife equals a happy life.

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Ahlan from Marrakech

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I have waited a long time to visit this place, a city I associate with cultural depth and pretty colours, a place where I pictured myself as SJP, a dream I’m finally living in the heart of Marrakech, Morocco.

After spending two days here, the notion that Marrakech is an exotic place I’ve learned is far from the truth. It’s an idea portrayed to the Western world to encourage tourism, an industry that this country aims to build as it’s number one source of income over the next few years.

What I found most appealing is that from speaking to locals we were able to get an insight and an understanding if you may of how the city came about. As chaotic as it seems, the neighbourhood is really tight, it’s people are warm and friendly, their architecture is designed in a way to promote humbleness and simplicity from the outside (your interior home can depend on your wealth), an idea that wealth cannot define you nor differentiate you from the community, it’s an equal ground.

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There’s much to do and see here. The new city is nice to visit, but I encourage you to stay in the hub of the old city where you find the markets and the medina and the buzz that you expect to feel.

Overall, this really has been an incredible experience. I much love calligraphy, street art and mosaics, all of which you get to witness around the streets and in particular when visiting the holy places. Tea drinkers, this is your source of heaven!

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