Ios – The Party Island

To begin with, as it would have it, I don't seem to have any photos of Ios – oops. I do however have a video of Lachy being hit over the head with a bat?

Anyone who knows me knows I'm the type of person who needs to be in bed by midnight, so in saying this in Ios I managed to make it until 3:30 before needing to hit the hay (go me!)

In Ios we hit up what we were told was a tapas place for dinner… the prices were certainly tapas price between 4-6€ for each plate, however the size of the meals were main meal size, they were huge! We ordered probably 6 plates and that was way too much! But the food was amazing and so cheap! Our whole bill came out to €41 including 1/2L of rosè for me and two beers for Lachy.. honestly felt like we were stealing and we ending up leaving like a €10 euro tip..

Hitting up the supermarket after dinner to get drinks for pre drinking on the yacht because despite it being like 1030 we weren't heading out until midnight – which as I said early is my usual go home time.. so after a few pre drinks and a few rounds of never have I ever (how else are you supposed to get to know people super quickly, if not knowing about the dirtiest things they've done) and a couple rounds of kings cup, we headed out to the silent disco club hush. As we were leaving everyone grabbed a roadie to drink on the way to the club – I however had decided that I'd had enough alcohol and grabbed a bottle of water which turned out to be everyone's saving grace.. if you have ever had to walk from the port up to the town in Ios you'll know how many stairs/ how steep it is and with Ios being the hottest island so far (around 30 degrees Celsius) water was definitely had by all.
Anyway back to hush, as it would seem our tour leader knew everyone and so we got in without paying entry and having to line up, total bonus! Having never been to a silent disco I wasn't sure what to expect but it was so much fun, there were three channels you could choose from but definitely enough variety there was something everyone would like! Added bonus is that when ordering from the bar you don't have to shout and it's totally quiet when you take the headphones off – except of course of the sounds of people singing or more like screaming lyrics which is hilarious because everyone's listening to different things!

After hush we headed out to another club, I can't remember what it was called and Lachy and I didn't stay there long wasn't really our vibe.. We ended up leaving to go look for this bar Lachy wanted to hit up called Slammer Bar.. you can pay for a shot and the opportunity to be hit over the head with something (wearing a helmet of course). I don't know but males are weird..
Anyway took us an hour to find this place after trekking around the streets with a gyros stop for obvious reasons! We ended up finding this place.. it was the club next to the club we had left just before.. which we would've seen in we walked the opposite way.. anyway since we were alone and not with the group we had to pay a €5 entry fee but that did get you a free shot which cost €5 inside anyway so not really an issue.. Lachy did mine since I was hitting the water pretty hard and then went and paid for another shot and to be hit over the head with a bat.. (insert video) like I said males, I'll never understand.

By this time I was definitely done and ready to get to bed (to be honest I was done at midnight but pushed through), Lachy is a bit more of a partier than me which is why I ended up going out to begin with and not just go to bed, but he also gets to a point where he's done and ready to go home, so I didn't have to drag him home, he was happy he had done the one thing he wanted to in Ios – get whacked over the head with a bat (I'll never understand) but that is the end of our Ios time..

I know there are so many places to go and we didn't really experience Ios the way it should be experienced but we did what we wanted and experienced it how we wanted to experience it..
Also definitely hit up the tapas place if you're ever there, it's called Banana (tree/leaf) I can't properly remember and neither can Lachy, but it's by the port on the side with the supermarket and definitely worth a visit!

Travel Tip!

Hey guys, just a quick little travel tip.
Sooo I essentially hate the leaving the airport part of travelling, I hate the lines, the waiting, pretty much I aim to get out as quick as possible, but as a visa holder on entry to the U.K every time I need to fill in a landing card which takes time and generally means you're going to be in a line behind other people especially in the huge airports like Heathrow. So what I ended up doing was taking a stack of landing cards and now I can pre fill them while I wait to board my flight or on the flight, which tends to make me feel like I'm saving time haha

Paros


Not the best photography but this is pretty much how we spent our first week here in Greece, living the yacht life on our Topdeck tour. I think the best thing about this tour was that each day we got a swim spot that if we weren't on our own yachts, with Greek skippers we wouldn't have gotten to see. Our first swim spot was about 2 hours out of Mykonos, the first thing I noticed about the oceans here were that even though the water was about 9m deep you could still see the bottom, ridiculously clear and salty enough that you can float with barely any effort.

Paros was the next stop, I wish we got more time on this island, the down side to this tour was we only got about half a day in each island (depending of course on sail times). It took us about 3 hours of sailing from the swim spot to get into Paros, having us arrive quite late in the afternoon, about 5pm.

We did a little bit of exploring on our own, seeing the church that was built in the 4th century, as you can see the sun wasn't in my favour and therefore the photos aren't amazing, so I apologise for that.

We also stumbled across this adorable little church? I'm not sure but I did realise throughout Greece that these are everywhere, I mean everywhere, look on a random hill top you'll see one, head past a what seems to be a deserted island you'll probably see one.
Now, it was time for dinner, which meant our walk happened to coincide with sunset..

Not complaining because the sunset was amazing, I don't think I have ever taken as many photos of the sunset as I have in Greece but they are simply amazing here, so prepare to see all of the sunset pictures.
Another sunsetish photo from our restaurant where we had dinner, Del kitchen, the food was amazingly good and very well priced – a lot cheaper than Mykonos!

That pretty much was the end of our Paros experience, next we were off to Ios (the partyyyy island)

Last night in Mykonos

Just quickly guys, how amazing was tonight's sunset in Mykonos, our last night here and it did not disappoint 👌🏻

We followed this beautiful sunset with crepes and freddo espresso at The Taste Diaries – the second time we've been here this week oops

Officially needing that 6 week HIIT challenge I've signed up to do when back in London 😩

Greeceeee

So I've been so MIA on here, mostly because I'm currently on holiday in Greece (amazing) I really don't want to leave and head back to reality. I feel like if I did the whole trip in one post it may be too long so I might do it island by island…

We started our holiday with a Topdeck sailing tour of the Cyclades, strong winds delayed the return of a few of our boats and so our itinerary was slightly delayed, meaning we spent our first night on the departure island of Mykonos instead of in Paros. This actually worked better for Lachy and I since we had left London at 10pm the night before and didn't arrive in Mykonos until about 8am and hadn't slept (my mistake thinking it had been a good idea to fly overnight) But because after our Topdeck tour we had a week in Mykonos it didn't matter if we spent our afternoon napping on the boat.

Our Topdeck tour didn't start until 2pm and as I said we arrive about 8am that morning which meant we had 6 hours to kill with all our luggage and having not slept. We took an expensive taxi (€20 for literally a 7 minute drive- lesson learnt no more taxis) from the airport to Tourlos port (the new port) where our tour left from, we quickly discovered that there's absolutely nothing there and after walking around a bit decided to catch the sea bus into Mykonos town, much better priced at €4 for a return trip.

We ended up having breakfast at a cute little seafront restaurant called Raya, that was filled it comfy couches and an amazing view, perfect for two over tired travellers.
Breakfast was simple but amazing and fairly well priced, we ended up going back here when we arrived back in Mykonos after our Topdeck tour.
As night fell and we had met up with our Topdeck group we headed out for dinner to a lovely restaurant and then out for drinks to party our first night as a group.

More posts coming with recommendations of restaurants, things to do and my favourite islands!

MIA, London life 

So I’ve been pretty MIA on here, life is crazy and busy and I barely have time to breathe..

However I made a promise to myself I would put an effort into my blog and actually stick this through. It was my birthday yesterday and I treated myself to a new iPhone wooo…

My boyfriend took me to the Oblix restaurant in the Shard for dinner the night before and despite our initial wait for our table, everything was amazing, food was incredible as were the cocktails. The view obviously is one of the best you’ll find in London, in one direction you’ve got Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf and on the other you’ve got St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye and Big Ben. I honestly can’t fault a thing about the service and was given a cute plate with some ice cream and shortbread, with a candle and happy birthday on it, just a nice little extra touch. I ended up getting the lamb as my main and the flavours were amazing, more of Moroccan style flavours harrisa and yoghurt, the meals were expensive but they were well proportioned and I definitely didn’t leave hungry. 

Last night however I wanted to try this little Afghanistan restaurant on our high street called Ariana 2.. oh my god was it good, so cheap as well, ¬£32 for our whole meal and we ate so much to the point where I honestly could not eat another bite and had to get my food to take away because I didn’t want to leave it. For obvious reasons the restaurant didn’t serve alcohol (not a big issue for us) but you could byo if you wanted to. I’ve never really eaten middle eastern style food before but honestly the flavours are incredible, everything tasted so fresh and every bite was an explosion in your mouth. Cannot wait to go back. 

As far as my birthday goes, I ate some of the best food I’ve ever eaten and I spent it with my love in one of the best cities in the world. I am one happy girl! 

P.S I’m so bad at taking photos of food because I am just too keen to eat it hahaha

Today…

Being real here, but I’m currently exhausted and my job is draining me so instead of monitoring my staff I’m sitting here staring out the window, praying the day is going to speed the hell up and I can get the hell out of here. I’m having a pretty rough day today feeling all to emotional, which is probably related to the fact I’m averaging 5 hours sleep a night and I’m in a constant state of exhaustion.

Currently staring out at this, and the sun day dreaming of laying on a beach, with a good cocktail and a good book. If the next three weeks so my tired, exhausted and emotional ass can do exactly that on the beaches of the Greek Islands that’d be fantastic..

I guess the upside to my job is I get to stare at a park all day as opposed to my previous building which looked out on to more grey buildings. However, in that old building I got to experience some pretty amazing sunrises.

I mean my phone camera really didn’t do this sunrise any justice, but walking along Regent Street, and seeing the sun come up over the beautiful architecture that lines the street is definitely something everyone should see… Just maybe not in the summer months when the suns up even before I am, and I’m up at 5 am.

On that note, I might bounce and actually get back to my job…