Travel Guide: Athens, Greece

Every year my family & I usually go on a trip all together, and I always look forward to it. It makes me feel like I am a kid again. We usually go to Aruba since we have timeshare, but we went to Greece this time around (second time!). We were so excited to go to Greece again and believe me, we all had count downs going on! Anyway, my brother and I did a ton of research to figure out what islands we wanted to go to and where to stay. When we went in 2016, we visited Athens, Naxos (our fave!), and Santorini. We actually got our engagement pictures done in Santorini, and it was so worth it! But, we always start off our trip in Athens.

Anyway, Athens is not only the capital of Greece, but also the place with the most Ancient History. You fly into Athens, and it has so much history. I love seeing the history and the ruins because it is part of me and who I am. I personally wouldn’t suggest staying in Athens too long. It should be more of a hub to stay a night and then travel to the islands. My family and I stayed there for a few days because we had a wedding, but you don’t want to stay more than one or two nights since there is so much more to see. But, I am going to share some fun places to see, places to eat, and where we stayed.

Another thing you can do is take day trips to areas outside of Athens. I will touch up Lake Vouliameni in Places to see below. We went there for the wedding and I highly recommend checking it out. It was gorgeous!

I am going to do a round up of my outfits first and then will share the rest 🙂

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  • Visit the Acropolis – Make sure to bring your walking shoes, because it’s a hike but so worth it. This was honestly the highlight of my time in Athens (other than watching the changing of the guards). You have to do some walking to get there, but once you do, seeing the history and the beauty it still has is well worth it. Make sure to bring your phone or camera because the views on the top are stunning.
  • Go to the Plaka – If you are looking for a village feel, this is the spot to be. I love the Plaka because it makes me feel like I am living through history of where my grandparents grew up. They grew up on islands, but the village feel is the same. When I am in Greece I miss then 10x more, and it makes me feel at peace and at home. The Plaka has the cutest shops and is the perfect place to get some souvenirs. I found some of the cutest souvenirs and bracelets to bring home! I also love their Grecian dresses and clothing.
  • Visit Lake Vouliagmeni – Take a day trip or a night stay trip to Lake Vouliagmeni. It is seriously STUNNING, and a perfect little getaway out of the craziness of Athens. It is about 35-40 minutes outside of Athens and you can either rent a car and drive there or take a cab.
  • Visit the Hellenic Parliament – Outside of the parliament is where the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is, and they have The Greek Presidential Guards there 24/7, the Evzones. They are in their traditional Greek Uniforms, and you can see their traditional ceremony for changing of the guards. You can also take pictures with them, but they will not smile and you cannot touch them. It really is impressive and nice to see. It was originally a palace but is now the house of parliament.

Honestly I purposely didn’t take notes or pictures of anything because everywhere in the Plaka or Monostaraki has excellent restaurants and food. Mine main favorites in Greece are Moussaka, Grilled Octopus, Gyro, Souvlaki and so much more.

ACROPOLIS GEM: This AirBNB was seriously so nice. We usually stay at hotels while we are here, but opted for an airbnb since there were so many of us. This comfortably fit 7 of us, with 4 beds and 2 baths. The place was literally immaculate and so nice. Everything was so clean and we enjoyed the view from the balcony. It had a gorgeous view of the Acropolis from the the dining area, the balcony, and one of the bed rooms. It also was within walking distance to Plaka and Monostaraki.

ATHENS MANSION LUXURY SUITES: Ok this place was seriously gorgeous and we will be back here for sure. This is in a part of Athens that they are trying to rebuild with a stunning view of the Acropolis. Right now there are a ton of abandoned buildings in Athens that have Graffitti all over it and this was one of them until they fixed it up. They hope to do the same with all the surrounding buildings and re-build them like they use to be. Anyway, it is stunning and I highly recommend it. They have good & Free breakfast on the rooftop in the morning, and good food throughout the day for purchase with a full bar. So gorgeous!

Travel Guide: Napa, CA

I recently traveled to Napa, CA for my friend Anna’s Bachelorette Party and it was so much fun! Due to a few cancelations in flights, we did not get to spend as much time as we wanted to there, but still had a ton of fun. Just incase you plan on traveling there I wanted to share where we stayed, what we did, and where we went 🙂

PLACES TO STAY

We stayed at the very beautiful Hampton Inn & Suites in Napa, CA.

The hotel was extremely clean, gorgeous and their breakfast was to die for. I always try to look for hotels that include breakfast and kind of always assume it will be a regular small continental, but this was everything and more. They had a waffle maker, eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, yogurt, cereal, and so much more. The rooms were so nice and there bathrooms were gorgeous. They also offered free wine at 5pm everyday, which is so nice. The hotel had various wineries within a 10-30 minute drive (we used Uber’s) and had wine rooms right in the center of town which was a 10 minute drive. They also had a shopping center next door which had a target, in and out burger, food store, and much more.

THINGS TO DO

  1. Chandon Winery:

The bride requested that we go to Chandon Winery because they are the makers of her wedding gown. So of course, the maid of honor booked us some time there and we did an awesome cocktail class. It was SO much fun! They provided all the ingredients and the directions and we got to make three awesome cocktails.

Afterwards we got to sit there and enjoy our drinks. So, we got some platters that they offered and made a day out of it. It was such a beautiful place and the ambiance was amazing.

 

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2. Starmont Winery:

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3. Capp Heritage Tasting Room :

Our first stop was a wine room right in the heart of Napa! Capp Heritage was a cute little place with such gorgeous chairs, a small stage for live entertainment, and cute decor. We did a wine tasting and their wines were amazing. I’m a red wine kind of girl and everything was so good!

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How cute are our shirts? The bride loves Disney so we found these adorable bachelorette Disney themed shirts! Etsy is always perfect for those kinds of things 🙂

4. Napkins

Napkins is the place to go if you are looking for a night out with your girls. It was extremely busy, but the music was good and everyone was up and dancing! It was a lot of fun!

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PLACES TO EAT

  1. BASALT

The food was absolutely amazing here. Although a bit expensive, the quality of the food made up for it as well as the overall atmosphere. We ate outside and it was so nice out and on a little river that you can look out on. The Garlic Fries that comes as a side is so good and I highly recommend it. For dinner I got the black pepper hanger steak and my friend got the Maine Lobster Risotto. Both extremely good and full of flavor.

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2. Red Hen Cantina

This place was so unbelievably delicious. The amount of food you get is un-matched by any restaurant. To start, we got appetizers of Guacamole & Chips. But, you also get chips and salsa as soon as they seat you. We each got different items on the menu, but I stuck to the steak fajitas that were so amazing.  The flavor was out of this world. I highly recommend stopping here if you have the chance.

All in all, it was an amazing trip and I cannot wait to go back there one day!

Have you ever been to Napa, CA? What was your favorite winery?

Xo,

Nina

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Not sure about everyone, but I am always cold on the airplane and when traveling. Between the airport and the plane, no matter the season, it is always chilly, and I love to travel in warm comfy clothes. I always look for travel outfits that are both comfy and cute, and love this one!

This is actually a sweat jumpsuit but doesn’t have that thick material that a sweatshirt and sweatpants would have. It is so incredibly comfortable and I love the off the shoulder aspect and the cut open knees! It’s literally perfect for traveling.

I have wider hips so I always worry about items like this that they would be too tight so I ordered a large and regret it I’m usually a medium in most things like this but didn’t know how it would come, and I had to really tight tight on the waistband and pin it in the back from the inside. I would suggest going with your normal size and looking at the measurements on the site. I will most likely be returning us for a medium since I know that would fit better!

What kind of outfit do you like to travel? Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO,

Nina


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