Now, I know that Greece isn't feeling too good at the moment. But that doesn't stop it from being one of my dream destinations. I have fantasised about island hopping around Greece for several years now, I even have the Lonely Planet guide to Greece which I leaf through every now and again. Ideally, I would get on a yacht and do the trip in style, but in reality I'll be relying on public ferries. And honestly, I think it will make for a far more exciting and sociable trip.
My Greece packing essentials...
1. Shorts - And lots of them! A pair of denim shorts will be perfect in the evening while cotton super short shorts will be great during the day and at the beach. Plus, they're easy to clean in the sink.
2. Basic tops - Cotton t-shirts and silk-mix camisoles aplenty! Plus a thin denim shirt for cooler evenings and a bralet or two to go dancing in!
3. Short dresses - Cute, floaty dresses that I can throw on over a bikini at lunch time while I eat delicious greek food, plus a light crochet dress for evenings that I can accessorise with glitzy jewellery that I will buy at local markets.
4. Maxi dresses - These two quiksilver dresses will be perfect when I want to cover up in the sun, plus they are pretty enough to wear at night with wedge sandals.
5. Beach goodies - I'll bring as many bikinis as I can fit in my bag, plus a large sun hat to protect my pale skin.
6. Shoes - A pair of espadrilles in a summery colour. I get mine from Spain as they are so comfy and simple, and you don't have to pay extra for a label like you do in England. A pair of pretty flip-flops, and a pair of neutral summery wedge sandals for the evenings.
7. Backpack and essential items - A colourful backpack like this Roxy beauty will be perfect for the beach and will be comfy while I'm taking in the sites and sounds of Greece. I'll bring a lomo camera to capture magical moments, my kindle loaded up with lots of Penguin Classics, my favourite sunglasses and of course a travel journal so I can relive my trip back in dreary England.
Top three must-see sights and attractions...
Since I heard the song 'Mykonos' by Fleet Foxes, I have wanted to visit the island. It is very popular with tourists, but I'm not afraid to take myself off on an adventure of the more secluded parts of the island. I hope to lose myself in the incredible architecture and ancient sites, including a 15th century byzantine church, as well as a secluded beach or two.
Slightly obvious, I know, but I will not be able to resist at least 4 days in Athens. Having fallen in love with Rome, I have a sneaking suspicion that I might also fall in love with Athens. There is so much to see and do in Athens, I'm sure I will have to pack myself off to a serene island afterwards!
3. Restaurant Barbarossa, Paros
The fact that I will be near or on the sea for the majority of my trip, I will want to sample the best seafood dishes that Greece can offer. The Barbarossa in the harbour town of Naoussa on the island of Paros is the definition of picturesque dining. I will be able eat delicious fresh seafood right by the water. What more could I want?!
Have you been to Greece, or are you dying to visit?
Much love, Bemsy x