Life On An Island

September 15, 2014
I think I could leave it all on the continent and move onto the island.
walking on sunshine
Walking on sunshine

Just forget about the whole everyday madness, the crowded places, the anxiousness of the city, the roads people wander rapidly on without even knowing exactly why, the high expectations that come and then go when you realise things aren’t the way you dreamt of them to be. And go on a beautiful island where you can take it one day at a time.

one day
1 day

Working, I’m not saying otherwise. But differently. Having the most beautifully lighted bar on the beach, with the most friendly people, fun mood, tasteful food, loving crowd, great music and only happy thoughts in our free minds.

let's move here!
Let’s move here!

It’s not about the job. I love what I do. It’s not about the family and friends, love them (obviously), too. But just for a brief moment here I dream of living in the most cozy house on the beach, next to the love of my life. And we have “that”.

I am writing this while on the ferryboat that takes us from Skiathos back to the continent and I cannot stop staring back to the island and dream. Of a totally different life from the one in the city and the one I have always wanted myself to have (or at least I thought I wanted). Is this for real or is it just the sad idea of leaving the vacation temporary home?

don't want to leaaaaave
I don’t want to leaaaaave.

Or the island…?

Skiathos came to become more than I would have expected it to. We made plans of where to go and what to do and see. Yesterday was the last day spent on the island and we realized we didn’t even get to Lalaria, the most famous beach in Skiathos, nor to Skopelos (the island where Mama Mia was shot), nor to Windmill (a popular place to eat in the town) and I didn’t get to do water yoga. All because of the coziness we felt at the Skiathos Princess Hotel we stayed in. And we are not even that type of tourists.

I'm looking at you
Hey you.

We did most of the things on the agenda in the first days: riding the boat, eating in town by the tripadvisor.com rankings and sightseeing in the meantime. Then we, kind of without even acknowledging, slipped into the most chillout mood lately. Sometimes all you have to do is just go with the flow (?!?!?)… The breakfast was fully enjoyed every morning along with the large view over the sea, a chocolate crêpe and beautiful people in the restaurant. Rania, Christina and Yani, hello! Told you I will write about you. You (and the whole team) rock!

Off to the hotel’s beach or pool. It’s paradise.

And just when it was too hot, off we jump into the car, straight from the sun bed to see the surroundings. No plans, no nothing. The road was our guide to the wildest beaches, through the most beautiful pine forest (I wish I could attach the scent of it), with views that took our breaths away.

Megalos Asselinos beach
Megalos Asselinos
this is the way
this is the way
the ring above my head
The ring above my head.
this is our beach! Platanias
This is our beach! Platanias.


We formed our little, magical universe between the hotel area (beach, pool, beach bar, pool bar, lounge) and the splendid island neighbourhood, so at night we didn’t even bother to get out in town, we just stayed in and it was perfect. The hotel’s Pipeira (à la carte Italian fusion restaurant) turned out to be the best place to eat in Skiathos (that’s if you want to take a break from Greek food). The Leto restaurant is nicely designed and we picked a table where we could look at the chef while cooking for us. The chef was great and the staff the best. (Ha! You again!).


It was a full moon on the last night. Cannot even put into words the mixed feelings…

how can I make this moment last forever?
how can I make this moment last forever?

Well, I’ll try. My eyes weren’t dry in the morning when we left at 6 a.m. to catch the ferryboat I am writing this from.

the sunrise over Skiathos as we leave :(
And the sun is up again… over Skiathos

And I’m back…

On my arrival, my dad: Aww my chocolate is back! On my tanned skin.

Me: Yeah, I should be more on holidays! Just to be get the whole tan on the planet and by tan I mean the whole experience above.

Dad: You should! That only depends on you… 😉

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It is still summer. In Skiathos

September 07, 2014

Paradise… Just another word for vacation.

Hello, vacay!
Hello, vacay!
Mom, dad, I'm heeeeere!
Mom, dad, I’m heeeeere!

It is a cool (as in great, not cold) weather right now. It looks like it is going to rain. Or not. Here, on the beach. Because it is September and I am a pleasure delayer. Not on purpose. I wanted turquoise waters and boat rides, he wanted a nice hotel. This is how we ended up in Skiathos and the timing couldn’t be any better. We’re in for the hot days on beautiful beaches and for the thrill of watching (and being under) the most beautiful thunderstorms. As we speak, actually. It rains, after all. Wish there could be a way to attach the fresh air to this. You can close your eyes, though, inhale and imagine. The beach, the sea, the sand, the sunbeds, the relaxed people, the sound of the waves and… the rain! And just when your skin starts to burn… Tadaa!


Goosebumps. Both metaphorically and literally
Goosebumps. Both metaphorically and literally

The sun is back. Yet again. I don’t know if it’s always like this or just now, in September. We’ve been here for almost a week and every day is like a surprise. You don’t know what to expect. But that’s the fun of it. As with life. You never know. You just have to enjoy the ride. Because this is all we have. And the view after it all is just… Magic.

The calm after...
The calm after…

Greece has a lot of islands, with estimates ranging from somewhere around 1200 to almost 6000 (inhabited between 166 and 227). Skiathos is a small island (12km long, 6 km wide in average) in the North West Aegean Sea and West to the island of Skopelos (where “Mama Mia” was shot. Remember those beaches? This is what I was after.) Among the European destinations, Greece seems to be the perfect one for untouched-by-human beaches. And the turquoise waters. And the boat rentals without any skippers. It’s just you, the sea and the sun. It’s paradise! Told you.

We gone take it to the moon, take it to the stars :D
We gonna take it to the moon, take it to the stars 😀
Yasas Agia Eleni beach!
Yasas Agia Eleni beach!
Takes us to the moon and stars
Takes us to the moon and stars

Forget about the clothes, the heals, the hair and make-up, the Internet, the worries! It’s just you, the bathing suit, a good book, maybe your favourite tunes and your dreams.

Sun, clouds, sea, beach, heaven
Sun, clouds, sea, beach, heaven
Dream on...
Dream on…

And the good food. The day beautifully starts with the hotel breakfast. I love it and I know I always say this. I cannot help it. This is how much I love it.The view over breakfast is all you need to see every morning and the staff is smiling. And you smile…

At night it’s all about the tavernas and the rides to them. It’s the time to get a glimpse of Skiathos town and its surroundings. The place we’ve visited twice already is Marmita (our favourite so far). Ranked the 3rd in Skiathos town, it has a beautiful vibe, fun owners and good sea food tagliatelle. The 1st ranked in Skiathos town is Kookonaris and its view over the port at night is marvelous. The desert that we received on the house, too. From my Greek experience, the host is a big part in tavernas. So is in the 1st ranked in Skiathos island restaurant, called Anastasia’s. The owner is as delightful as the food. And the wine. Retsina is the traditional Greek wine.

The rain stopped. Off to my sunbed. And dreams.

My dream...
My dream…

PS: my dream is to have a house on the beach someday… With flowing, white, silk curtains. And love.


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