Lefkes, Paros

Saturday, 9 August 2014
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Outfit: Love Sam lace blouse, Etoilé Isabel Marant skirt (similar), K.Jacques St Tropez sandals, Chanel sunglasses, Christys' panama hat, Hermes Cape Cod watch and Monica Vinader bracelet.

The three of us were such wussies when it came to the stifling heat in Paros............ okay, mostly me.....that we spent the day curled up on the sofa with the A/C turned up at full blast. Rule number one when traveling to Greece in the summer months - air conditioning. Rule number two: air conditioning. Rule number three: air conditioning. You get the idea. Little wonder the streets of Parikia are emptied out of any living creatures other than crickets in the afternoon. Even the cats lay in a comatose state in shady spots under a tree.

Remember my godforsaken bikini shopping? Yes......I ended up getting one for €8 at H&M. Other than trying it out in the fitting room, it did not touch my body once. I simply can't fathom the idea of baking oneself in the sun. Perhaps it's just me because I look like a lobster after half and hour in the sun and my head will pound for days after. I know wearing a bikini is the norm on the beaches of Europe. It doesn't matter if you've got an awesome toned body or one that kinda just hangs (like mine)......you know the kind where gravity has taken hold..... NO ONE gives a toss here. Still. I can't. I really can't. It's like walking around in my underwear. #shitIworryabout

After several days of lazing about, we finally ventured into the charming and sleepy village of Lefkes with its traditional Cycladic white washed houses and brightly painted blue doors and shutters. The friendly locals often waved a friendly Yasas! as we walked past. Unlike most Greeks who'd converge at the tavernas at 9pm, we were barely coherent from hunger by 7pm. Heather and Lil L are far more adventurous than I. They're happy to eat anything that flies, crawls or walks...... like the deep fried snails that came with a divine garlic cheese sauce. Despite my initial hesitation, it was the highlight of our meal in Lefkes. We overdosed on seafood and ordered the salad to appease our conscience. 5 a day and all that jazz.

If you're wondering why ALL my outfit photos look fairly similar. That's because I travel light and simply can't bear the idea of hauling heavy suitcases around for the duration of my trips. I hope I'm not boring y'all with my travel photos - there are literally dozens. I was a little trigger happy with my camera so more photos will make their way to this blog soon.









15 comments:

  1. The pictures are gorgeous, I'm not going away this year so more lovely pics please. Not boring at all!

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    1. Thanks so much. I was getting worried about boring everyone with gazillion photos of Greece.

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  2. I adore your photos. I am wondering if Greece will be too hot for us next summer :-(

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    1. Fiona, it's SERIOUSLY hot. If you can't bear the 38˚C heat, I suggest you go outside of the summer months.

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  3. Great pictures Marlene and as for the bikini, I'm sure you don't just "hang" honey. Me on the other hand..................

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  4. Not boring at all! More please! Also, can you let us know where you are staying? I'm on the lookout for family friendly accommodations in one of the Greek islands (Paros is at the top of my list)....anything you recommend for a small family of three (with a 2.5 year old) would be great!

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    1. Hi Caroline, I wouldn't recommend the apartment we stayed in if you have a toddler because of the steep stairs. I found ours on AirBnB which had pretty fantastic options. We stayed at Parikia but Naoussa is just, if not more beautiful. I would high recommend an apartment somewhere in the town center and air-conditioning is a must. We looked at Naxos which used to be very affordable but not these days. Food prices are very reasonable in Paros unlike in Hydra or parts of Peloponnese.

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    2. Thank you for your response! Coming from The Netherlands air conditioning would be a must for us too!

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    3. I was going to ask where you found the apartment. Thank you! The octopus looks yummy. Please say you tried it.

      It was 115 F in Greece when we went there a few years back. Def air conditioning.....

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    4. We had octopus several times, thanks to LL who is addicted to all wriggly things. I was rather bummed we didn't make it to Naoussa because the fishermen were drying octopus on the clothing line.

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  5. My gosh the food looks beyond delicious! Beautiful photos, I simply adore the last one, so much love there. Perfect outfit Marlene :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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    1. Daniella, it was the only time I could pull out the skirt without turning into a iced lolly.

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  6. It seems like absolutely EVERYONE has been to Greece this year. Absolutely everyone apart from me that is. Bah. As for the bikini....I'm firmly in the bikini camp. I'm way too pale so when I do make it to the seaside, I let it all hang out. I probably shouldn't, but I do. :D

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    1. Kristina, you're fair and probably look years younger than anyone else on the beach! Hah! Bet you look better in a bikini than I do.

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