I Love the Burg, but…Greece!

It’s true what they say, pictures don’t do it justice. Greece is total ‘gram porn. White cliffs, mega yachts and hot bodies everywhere you look. Here’s where to go when you’re there:

Santorini

Be sure to try the local wine sold in plastic bottles for around 5 euros. They’re not too hard to find.

Stay in the Fira area for the best sunsets.

It’s highly recommended to hire a boat to explore the various islands and to catch the best sunset. If there are enough of you, get a private boat and share the cost. Most will run you in the 1,000 euro range for a 5 to 6 hour cruise through sunset with meal and beer and wine included. That’s a deal!

While everyone will recommend the sunsets in Oia, honestly we get just as good or even better ones in the ‘Burg.

Mykonos

It’s quite difficult to get a cab so be sure to schedule transport with your hotel. Stay in Mykonos city to be close to everything including beaches, restaurants and shopping.

Fair warning, Mykonos is incredibly expensive. Save up and plan to stay only two or three nights which is more than enough.

Be aware that in the high season, it’s almost impossible to get an Airbnb for less than 7 days. A good alternative is the PortoBello in which has a villa with a private pool which would 6 people comfortably. Again, pricey, but they’ll accommodate for a few nights.

One of the best eats that you shouldn’t miss in Mykonos is Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurant Matsuhisa in the Belvedere Hotel. From the moment you step in, you know you’re in for a treat. Serving new style Japanese cuisine with the freshest seafood from the Aegean sea, the experience is truly perfect for the setting. Just a tip, make your reservations for dinner right before sunset. It takes it to another level. We were actually in great company as we spied Tampa Bay Lightning player, Steven Stamkos, enjoying date night at Matsuhisa at a table across us. Small world.

Athens

Athens can be confusing till you can grab your bearings. Our suggestion is to grab a hop on hop off bus to get the lay of the land. There are three companies offering tours for about 17 euros. For a few euros more, you can have a 48 hour pass and easily get around the city.

The rooftop bar at the Hotel Grande Bretagne (gbroofgarden.gr) is not to be misssed for evening views of Acropolis with a delicious crafted cocktail.

Stumble across the local restaurants in the city center for a good priced meal in authentic Greek style. Start out with a crafted cocktail at The Bank Job and then make your way to Noel Bar for a reasonably priced meal in an eclectic decor setting.

Finally the trip to Acropolis itself may seem daunting, but once you arrive, the experience is humbling. Learn even more at the museum with original artifacts for just 5 euros.

Finally, we have to give a smack in the face to American Airlines for being terrible at keeping their word. After years as a customer and being upgraded, the airline sold our business class seat at the last moment though we had been scheduled for weeks. Very bad show on their part. It may be time to switch alliances.