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I’m going to talk to you one last time about Mykonos, ok one second-to-last time, and then I promise to stop annoying you until next year.
Yeah, seriously – because I’ve obviously decided to go back.

I came home from Mykonos feeling inspired, in great shape, and with lots of wonderful memories…

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The landscapes

It’s kind of surprising at first — the dry, grassy hills that drop into the blue sea. It’s a kind of pure, almost severe, beauty that you learn to love, and once it wins you over, it’s deeply relaxing for the soul.

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The people

The Greeks are known for their art of living, of course. They’re super welcoming, they like to party, and they love to share.

And then there are the hoards of tourists. I mean, it’s not like I discovered the island myself — it’s a VERY touristy place where you can’t find parking and you hear all kinds of different languages spoken around you. But in Mykonos, it doesn’t bother me at all.

It’s summer, it’s fun, it’s busy. It’s all part of the ambiance.

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The style

Especially since there’s a real nightlife in Mykonos, people take style very seriously. And people get dressed up to go out in the evening — they bring out the dresses and heels.

It’s a thing that’s disappearing at an alarming rate, which makes me sad, because I really love it — spending the day at the beach, going back to take a shower, getting dressed up to go out for the evening, and then staying out all night until early morning.

In Mykonos, people still do that, and I love it.

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The rhythm of life

When someone said “meet you at the restaurant at 10:30!” for the first time, it didn’t quite register. In New York, it’s not uncommon to meet for dinner at 7:00 and to be in bed by 10:30.

In Mykonos, you learn to take your time, and you get used to it really really fast. Shops are open until 3:00 in the morning. You can stay at the beach until 7:00, no problem (my favorite time to go to the beach is between 5:00 and 7:00 or 8:00 to see the sunset). You get to the restaurant around 10:00, you start eating around midnight, and leave the restaurant at about 1:30 or 2:00. Then you go out dancing if you feel like it.

Honestly, having long days like that really changes your life.

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The parties

You’ve probably already heard this, since every time I said I was going to Mykonos, people gave me a funny look, but it’s really The Party Island.

You run into tons of kids risking their lives on scooters to get to the clubs, and depending on which kind of beach you go to, you might end up at a kind of rave party with girls dancing in their bathing suits and guys with big cigars. Not exactly my thing, but hey. The good news is, it’s easy to avoid them if you want to. There are also plenty of very very peaceful beaches.

And the other good news is that the party spirit is kind of contagious. People dance in restaurants and bars, the music is good, people want to have a good time and share — getting together for a drink can quickly turn into a party.

I even almost went to see Bob Sinclar’s DJ set one night. Oh, I also almost went to see Julio Iglesias in concert on a beach on another night. Come on, I said almost.

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The food

I don’t think I have to describe it to you in detail, everyone already knows — you eat amazingly well in Greece, and plus it’s very healthy, very fresh, and very simple.

It’s very relaxing, actually, just like the landscapes.

Between that and my daily swim, I came back with tons of energy. And a little thinner too.

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The sky

There was not even one day of bad weather, and apparently it’s like that all the time. The only thing is, it can be windy pretty often. At first, it’s a little strange, but you get used to it. It cools you off when it’s too hot, and it keeps the clouds from sticking around too long.

It makes the weather kind of like this:

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The sea

There’s not a single jellyfish in the sea, and as a Corsican who was depressed to not be able to go swimming in Ajaccio the week before, I have to say, it changes everything. The sea is as calm as a swimming pool, the way I like it (if you like waves, be on your way) and you can go for really long swims with a snorkel and fins. Sublime, cool, relaxing — pure joy.

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The houses

If you know me very well, you know that the white houses in Mykonos, painted white inside and out, with very simple furnishings, are kind of my ideal decor. Tomorrow, I’ll post photos of the hotel where I stayed and it will give you an idea of the style I want for my next house. Total and complete inspiration.

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The islands

I didn’t go to all the islands, but obviously, a lot of people who are looking for a quieter vacation choose a different island than Mykonos. I only visited Delos, a mythical island where you can visit ancient ruins. We went there in a lovely little fisherman’s boat and then went to see the ruins and we went swimming in the clear waters.

Now I want to visit all the islands one by one, of course.

So that was my vacation! What about you? Where did you go?

Translated by Andrea Perdue.

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  • C’est beau! Ca semble vraiment apaisant!
    Davantage que la Chine que nous sommes allés visiter cette année, tout l’inverse, même!

  • blans et bleu et rien de plus! :)

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  • Wowwwww! Qelles belles photos! Ca me donne très envie d’y aller!
    Il y a tellement de lieux magnifiques dans le monde…!!!!
    Bises

    Le monde des petites
    http://www.lemondedespetites.com/

  • That looks simply amazing!!! I’m sitting here in rainy Germany and am longing for a sunny island-holiday so very much! Thanks for bringing a bit of summer to my day!

    Love from Germany,

    Bambi

    http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/2014/08/books-on-food.html

  • Wouaw le paradis! Très heureuse pour toi!

  • cette année c’était la Sardaigne et ses plages magnifiques !! mais Mykonos a l’air pas mal du tout aussi !

  • Staycation in New York and weekends away in Long Island and Vermont for me. Beautiful blue on your pics, thanks!

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  • This seems a stunning place, I ‘d love to have a week there too!! Maybe next year, tomorrow Barcelona… Can’t wait!!
    XOX, Gap.
    http://www.gaptoothedgirl.com

  • ha le meltemi ca m avait rendu folle !!
    moi aussi iles grecques ms pas dans les cyclades ….ailleurs plus tranquille…et je confirme les iles grecques: c est top destination !!!

  • The gorgeous whites and blues always strike me when it comes to Greece. So crisp, clean and beautiful.

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  • Pour toi Garance: <3

  • I went on a roadtrip from Latvia to Italy this summer and it was so, sooooo good. But next year we are thhinking of going on a roadtrip from Latvia to Greece!!!! Especially after seeing your super cool posts!!!!! Plus all the countries in between… oh my, oh my! Gotta be so good!

    Madara
    http://www.madarafreimane.com

  • tu as raison sur le cadre reposant qui doit faire partie du brief vacances ! Difficile de se vider la tête en allant à LA ! Normandie et Sardaigne du sud pour moi, j’espère rentrer trèsss trèssss zen.
    Baci, Ali
    http://www.alidifirenze.fr

  • I just got got back from Corsica and am already planning to go back next year, this time with a car to explore the north and the east of the island. I have never been anywhere like it, and I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved the beaches (we went to a different one every day), the pace of life, the food, the amazingly clear water, the cafes, the little streets in the Ajaccio’s old town, the hiking…i could go on and on…! Such a special place!

  • Hello Garance, merci de partager ces belles photos avec nous, trop sublimes, trop rafraichissantes, trop envie d’y aller aussi!
    Moi j’ai eu la chance de découvrir beaucoup de coins différents et j’ai compile un carnet de voyage sur Blush&Beyond, voici le dernier post paru :

    http://www.blushandbeyond.com/2014/08/08/carnet-de-voyage-6-chateau-la-coste-quand-art-de-la-vigne-et-art-contemporain-se-marient/

    Et demain l’Ile d’Yeu…

    Bisous et bon retour
    Alix

  • Merci pour ce tres beau reportage qui me donne envie de partir…..le temps de faire ma valise…..
    La photo de l’enfant dans le hamac : magnifique !
    Ce bleu pur et ce blanc eclatant m’emeuvent particulierement (souvenirs d’enfance.)

  • I love this description of Mykonos! Whenever I wanted to go, all my Greek friends were saying: It’s so touristy!, So, I haven’t visited yet but I always had a feeling that I have to go. After your description, I am totally convinced. So far, it has been Summer in NYC for me. I cannot complain but I miss seeing the never ending horizion of Maine coast..I have to admit

  • Hey, je vois que ton iPhone est toujours réglé en ºC :-)
    Moi aussi, française aux US, j’arrive à m’adapter à pas mal de choses mais la température, je crois que ma référence restera toujours en ºC.

    Bises

  • The times are American, though! Took me a minute, I thought 10h was morning…

  • Cristiana August, 14 2014, 10:37 / Reply

    Love, love, love Greece. I’m familiar with lots of its islands: Mykonos, Santorini, Creta, Rodi, Zacinto, Lefkada and the Ionian Islands. My absolute favorite one is tiny and lush Paxi: very laid back, but its fine beaches, grottos and vegetation make it look like heaven to me. You should check it out. Last time I was in Paxi, fabulous Valentino’s yacht was there.

  • Vieques! (Island of Puerto Rico.) Can’t wait to return. We went this winter, not this summer, and it was like paradise. Weather like in Mykonos. Perfect beaches and water. Maybe not fashion, but I liked the rough edges. This summer it is visiting my husband’s family in France, Alsace and Paris when it starts to wake up toward la rentree.

  • Carla I love Vieques too….die hard fan….been there a few times but never talk about it ,
    want to keep it all to myself : )))))
    and El Quenepo is one of my favorite restaurants in the world.

    hope it stays like that but unless the locals can stave off the big hotel chains …..i fear the worst

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  • That’s another thing we loved about Vieques, it felt like our own little secret, like everyone there was in the special club. Not commercial at all. We visited Hix Island House and it is amazing! We couldn’t stay there, our daughter is five, but as soon as she turns 16 (age limit) we are booking Hix Island House.

  • Carla….that is where I stay ! Hix House is just perfect ….or if you need something more conventional and , unfortunately , a chain hotel…the only luxury hotel on the island for now , the W, is not bad….but I hate resort hotels and chain hotels , so I stay at Hix and take a jeep and go to beach 1 , beach 2, beach 3….every morning and afternoon a different beach
    W makes for a conventional holiday in Vieques , Hix House is the adventure holiday…and then you also go to day trips to Culebra etc
    Dang ! I miss Vieques
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  • That sky! Looks like a beautiful adventure. Thanks for sharing.

  • Bonjour Garance,

    Je viens juste de passer 8 jours à Spetses (iles saroniques) et je partage à fond tes impressions sur la Grèce. Cela fait maintenant 4 ans que je vais là-bas chaque été et je ne me lasse pas de la douceur de vivre des grecs, des petites criques désertes où l’on accède qu’en bateau, de la nourriture si goûteuse et saine, de leur rythme si décalé par rapport à nos habitudes, bref j’adore aussi leur enthousiasme et sens du service. Je suis certaine que tu adorerais aussi Spetses et sa voisine Hydra. Si tu veux des recommandations, please feel free to ask.
    xx

  • Thank you for this post about Mykonos, Garance. Your photos and text made me feel as if I had been there.

    I spent my summer vacation at Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Beautiful wide beach, lots of sun, great seafood and ‘arrogantly shabby’ as the locals like to say.

  • Sublimes photos, ça donne très envie d’aller en vacances à Mykonos. Pour ma part, hormis quelques jours chez moi à Biarritz en Juillet, les vrai vacances commencent Lundi. Direction la Grèce aussi mais moi, j’irai à Paros, Morgos et Kouffounisi. Je ne connais pas en encore la Grèce mais je sens que je vais adorer! J’ai hâte :-)

  • it looks like you had an amazing trip!! Mykonos is amazing!! I love Greece! I go on vacation tonight…I’m going to the Hamptons, NYC, Montreal and Vegas!

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  • Est-ce que tu saurais par hasard quelle app elle utilise pour la météo? Merci !

  • mademoiselle mauve August, 14 2014, 11:58

    l’appli de l’iPhone :)

  • After seeing your posts with Mykonos,it will be my next destination for the summer of 2015.I enjoy going to Greece every summer and to explore it’s beautiful islands,and this year I will explore Corfu.So excited of it!

  • je suis branchée maintenant Nana Mouskouri :))))
    ooooh soleil soleiiiiilll !! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-jiOEnW7EI

    thanks a lot for photos and text

    take care !

  • mademoiselle mauve August, 14 2014, 11:55 / Reply

    canon ton post Garance !
    sublimes photos !
    ah tu m’as fait rêver :)

  • Looks so pretty!
    XO CHAMAFASHION
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  • Kalimera Garance!
    Aaaaah les îles grècques… j’en suis tombée folle raide dingue il y a plus de 10 ans… des amis se mariaient à Patmos au mois de juin et depuis j’y suis retournée chaque été… tes photos évoquent beaucoup de choses pour tous mes sens! Cette année j’ai l’impression d’aller au pôle nord car… direction la Bretagne! ouille ! 20° en moins, j’en grelotte déjà, moi la méditéranéenne! La Grèce quel paradis… tu peux en parler et en reparler, ne te gêne pas !

  • Ce qui me fait rêver est surtout la gastronomie et les villages immaculés, je trouve ça merveilleux et j’adorerais aller en grèce, surtout à Santorin <3!
    Cécile
    http://www.maxcebycecilej.com

  • Virginie August, 14 2014, 12:17 / Reply

    A Mykonos au San giorgio, c’était tout comme t’as dit. Sauf qu’il a plu toute la semaine et que j’ai pas trouvé les plages avec la bonne musique;-)

  • Marie du fau August, 14 2014, 12:31 / Reply

    Bonjour,

    Pour moi les vacances ont été fabuleuses, en suivant votre blog j’avais l’impression d’une vie parrallèle..même achats….même ciel bleu….mêmes impressions….
    Pendant 15 jours j’ai visité serifos, sifnos et paros trois iles super calmes des cyclades….j’y retournerais c’est sur pour visiter de nouvelles îles on se croisera peut-être…..
    Encore merci pour votre blog que je parcours assiduement…..

  • Ohhhh quand je disais il y a 5 ans que Mykonos c’est tellement cool et bien loin de l’idée du clubbing hard que l’on s’en fait ! Je rêve d’y retourner (Paros est une Iles sublimes aussi).
    Je reviens d’une semaine au Cap Ferret, tu devrais y aller, bonheur aussi pour la vie calme (tout se fait en vélo), des paysages sublimes, une nourriture saine, le rêve! La, je pars 5 jours aux roches Rouges (tu me fais peur avec ton histoire de méduses…..) et ensuite une semaine dans le Lubéron pour faire le marché le matin et flaner de village en village… Bref, vive les vacances d’été!

  • Quelles magnifiques photos! C’est tellement zen ces images…
    J’ai bien hâte de vous voir à Montréal ce lundi, Madame la commissaire du FMD

  • Wanted to go to the Med but did not have enough time….discovered Turks and Caicos : divine

    Garance : these greek pix are absolutely gorgeous….eye – wateringly beautiful

    http://www.fashionsphinx.com

  • we spent our vacation on Greece too….love this…. and a special and amazing island that we went was Amorgos….fotos in instagram @juneagontijo….love to see your pictures…

  • Kalispera….

    je suis partie en Sicile et j’ai adoré. Je comprends que tu es adoré la Grêce. J’ai déjà fait La Crête et Rhodes et j’ai adoré. C’est trop beau. J’ai adoré profiter de la plage… et du meltem (le vent)…. J’ai hâte de faire d’autres iles… A bientôt.
    Ciao

  • As a greek person that have visited many greek iskands , and also knowing Garance style, i have a hidden gem to recomend to you: you will be crazy about snatorini too but the gem is koufonissia ! It is a small island , part of “small cyclades”. THE place to stay: http://www.myislandhome.gr : no tv and no mirror. Life is good!

  • Les photos sont magnifiques!
    Je ne connais pas Mykonos, mais je suis allée dans les Cyclades, dans une petite île loin loin de la côté grecque: Amorgos.
    Et c’était magique. Moi aussi je veux y retourner pour retrouver ce ciel toujours bleu, ces maisons blanches et ces montagnes pelées.

  • Hi Garance,
    To answer your question….
    I went a looong time ago, this means thirty years ago, to Mykonos and the most of the islands around it.
    I spent there, tipica, at that times, with my backpack for four weeks and it was fabioulos!! Still thinking about it. At Andros, I was on the other side of the island, at a beach totally lonely (with my boyfriend) and when I saw myself at the mirror after one week of only having beach and tent, I barely recognized myself. Soooo tanned, soooo wild looking…..never will forget that.
    Also I remember my first time of getting drunk… Hahaha, also sleeping at the beach, I had to throw up, because that wine was really to heavy for me. But the worst thing was, that I had to wash my mouth with seawater, because there was nothing else…
    Al that you made me remember now. Shurely everything had changed, but like I read in your posts it shure is still very exiting and worth to visit.

    Now, I am living in Bolivia. Veeeery far away from Greece….but you never know. My son whould love to go there. Maybe….in next summer?

    Nice, to get an impression of Greece through your eyes….your opinion means a lot to me, because you like the same things, that I do….at least, that is my impression, that I have since reading your post every day.

    I hope, you can still enjoy the memories a bit , even you are back in NY.

    Kisses from Bolivia
    Patricia

    http://www.patriciayclea.com

  • I loved this feature! More like this please :)

  • I’ve been to Mykonos several times,like five summers in a row!Everything you say is so true! Once you visit this island you want to go again and again. Now that we have a baby we’ve chosen Pelion in Greece, where the mountain meets the sea, a wonderful place for calm, relaxing vacations in both summer and winter! Google it!

  • Je voulais aller dans les Cyclades… mais je pars en Corse deux semaines, j’ai hâte ! :)

  • Merci pour cette carte postale Garance. On en a bien besoin ici à Paris :-(. J’aime ces destinations pas si loin (de Paris) et pourtant dépaysantes et qui offre tout (le calme, la fête, la bonne bouffe, le soleil, la joie…). Ca me fait penser à l’espagne aussi.
    En tout cas ça avait l’air parfait pour se reposer et se laisser aller pour de super vacances. D’ailleurs j’ai vu que la rentrée s’annonce sur les chapeaux de roues : tu vas être un des jurés de Project runway couture s’il vous plait???!!! Woooooow OH MY GAAAAWD quoi ! Notre Garance nationale (un peu chauvine sur les bords quoi) à la télé aux US !!!! ze grande classe !!!!!!!!!! Tu nous en diras plus?

    Gros bisous

  • Pas de vacances pour moi cette année, moi qui… vis en vacances !
    Bon, non, en vrai je bosse, mais bosser sous le soleil de Tenerife, il y a pire non ?
    Bel été à tous et toutes…

  • Garance, thanks for sharing these pictures and notes. I also want to add, you have a great eye for photography–I love these photos in every way.

  • Ahh…love Mykonos and this brings back so many beautiful memories! I also love Santorini and my absolute favorite is he island of Crete. The beaches and the food there are simple amazing.

  • j ai adore Mykonos mais je suis tombee amoureuse de Paros et Santorin… Santorin un petit hotel a Oia surplombant la caldera…juste le paradis, toutes les iles sont belles et uniques a la fois!

  • I have never been anywhere like it, and I can’t even begin to describe how much I loved the beaches

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  • Absolutely beautiful post, Garance! I’ve been dreaming of Greece lately. I hope to finally take a trip there next year!:)

  • Coucou Garance,
    Je partage ton enthousiasme sur Mykonos. Par contre j’y suis allée hors saison et cette foule en été me fait un peu peur. D’origine grecque et corse (si si ça existe) j’essaie d’aller le plus souvent possible en Grèce et sur l’Ile de Beauté.
    Mykonos fait partie des Cyclades et je t’encourage vivement a aller voir un peu les autres îles de cet archipel (le plus beau du monde ;). Paros, plus tranquille, ses plages dorées et ses villages splendides. Naxos, plus grande, le sable plus clair et la aussi plein de petits villages (c’est ce qui m’a manqué à Mykonos). Alors bien sûr l’accent est moins mis sur la fête, il y a moins de beautiful poeple, mais il y a les vrais grecs, amoureux de leurs îles. Touristique mais incontournable, Santorin. Il faut le vivre pour le croire car c’est encore plus beau en vrai qu’en photo (et vu comme les photos sont belles, je te laisse imaginer). C’est une perle, vraiment. Sinon Milos et ses paysages lunaires.
    Je vois que pas mal de blogueuses cette année ont choisi la Grèce, et je suis très contente, visitez ce beau pays qui a grandement besoin des touristes.

  • It is always a wonderful thing when a vacation refreshes your spirit and energises you to move forward on your path, whether its with a partner, or newly solo. I have been dreaming of Greece myself for this sort of rejuvenating trip, and you are definitely tempting me!!

  • A HUGE fan Garance!! Love how you see the world.
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  • Oh, what a post! We were in Mykonos a couple of years ago but in low season, so we didn’t had that party feeling. But the rest… I totally agree. And the light? Didn’t you love the light? It was so pure and bright!
    I came back thinner too!!! Which, let’s face it ,is really strange for me. I always put on weight, always. If I’m on holidays, if I’m stressed at work, if it’s Monday, if it’s Spring… I don’t care. But in Mykonos I didn’t!!!
    Oh, see? Now I want to come back. That’s why I never get to know more parts of the worls… I’m always nostalgic about what I’ve visited or where I spent nice times…
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  • C’ est magnifique!!! Les Cyclades sont adorable! Moi je suis a Naxos, un ile aussi beau ou tu dois aller ;) je vais montrer quelques photos biantot sur le blog si tu veux voir !

  • Je suis allée sur l’Ile d’Yeu et mon fils nous a fait remarquer que les maisons ressemblaient à des maisons grecques, tant elles sont blanches. C’est vrai qu’il y a pas mal de points communs : les paysages, les gens (localisés à quelques endroits, car il suffit de pédaler un peu pour être seuls), les maisons, la mer, les ciels, les plages à choisir selon le vent (c’est facile comme l’île fait 9 km de long sur 4 de large), et j’ajoute : la tarte aux pruneaux. Après la Corse, c’est l’île la plus éloignée du continent, sur place, nous avons marché ou fait du vélo, surtout pas de voiture, et ça change les repères. C’est une île très préservée et authentique, j’aimerais y retourner en hiver, quand elle est encore plus sauvage !

  • Consuelo August, 15 2014, 6:19 / Reply

    J’adore les Cyclades et surtout Tinos.

  • Ah Garance, I miss the Mediterranean a lot! The stillness of the sea, the beautiful towns and the lifestyle. I love it! That is the real Summer for me. One where the day starts with the smell of coffee and chats with the locals, continues with the watermelon at the beach and ends with a dinner on some terrace near the sea. Pure life!

  • Beautiful! You have inspired me to go to Mykonos.

  • Wow! It looks gorgeous! Mykonos is definitely on my to-do list when it comes to vacations!
    My vacations start in a week, I’m going to New York for the first time and I can’t wait! I’m super excited and want to be on the plane right now!

    ¡Besos!

    Daiana

  • Sissy - Athènes August, 15 2014, 9:01 / Reply

    Merci Garance pour ce post excellent!

    En ma qualité de grecque, je déclare officiellement que :)

    1. La Grèce est un paradis avec d’innombrables options de vacances.
    2. Mykonos est super sexy, Santorini est l’île la plus magique, et Paris est la ville plus belle, la plus magnifique au monde :)

    Bisous d’Athènes xxx

  • Quel chouette article, tu me,confirmés ce que j’avais pu entendre de cette destination toujours aussi désirable.
    Et me,donne envié de prolonger mes vacances!
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  • Garance, l’an prochain ce sera la Grèce pour nous
    , c sûr! Mes parents l’ont toujours encensée depuis qu’ils étaient partis en 2 dech depuis la France dans les années 70! Quelle épopée! Et quelle magie à cette époque que de vivre Chez l’habitant et d.en embrasser les coutumes le temps de vacances…bref, tout était encore préservé…cette année pour nous ce fut Cuba et chez l’habitant aussi: MAGIQUE! Cours y vite avant que tout change, c splendide y la gente; le cœur sur la main! Ton œil de photographe se régalerait…

  • Andriana Skoutas August, 15 2014, 10:45 / Reply

    We had a lovely family vacation in Greece this year and spent 4 weeks travelling the islands – 3 days of which were spent in Mykonos. I now know that there is no longer any other destination for me except Mykonos! The time spent there was not enough.

  • C’est un voyage organisé dans une agence ou t’as tout organisé toute seule ?

  • Love the shot of the white houses with the colored banisters, I love the liberal use of white as well! White on white on white on white… http://www.theseventhsphinx.com/tag/white/

  • I am glad you had fun in my country!
    Your photos are amazing…and the description so accurate!

  • amazing! what beautiful photos! it sounds like you had a fabulous time!

  • U fell in love with Mykonos and it fell in love with u …..merci

  • I visited for a few days Serifos (one of the many Cycladic island).
    You must try this island next years. Not so crowed it, but has wonderful tranquil beaches :)

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  • Je suis d’origine grecque et pour le dernier long été d’étudiante de ma vie, je me suis dit “allez cette année je me force à ne pas aller en Grèce”. Du coup, j’ai l’impression que le monde entier a décidé d’aller en Grèce pour me contrarier. Ma famille, mes amis, tous les blogueurs/instagrammeurs que je suis. Bilan, 3 semaines à la Côte d’Azur où le vent, la mer à 19°, les énormes vagues et les méduses ont fini de me faire regretter mon choix. Ensuite j’ai compensé ma tristesse lors d’une semaine à Paris avec moults macarons et Paris-Brest.
    Maintenant je n’ai plus qu’à attendre patiemment mes 15 jours de vacances l’été prochain pour retourner dans ce doux pays dont on ne peut que tomber amoureux.
    Contente que ça t’aie plu!

  • What a lovely post! You’ve described Mykonos exactly as it is, gorgeous and unique. I live in New York but my husband is Greek (we got married in Greece last summer) and you are right, Greece is a place that you want to go back to every year.
    I’m leaving on vacation this week, this time to your hometown, Corsica, and I’m as excited about it as you are about Mykonos! :)

    Veronica

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  • These pictures are amazing. Looks like a beautiful trip!

  • Polina Z August, 16 2014, 8:11 / Reply

    Somewher close to the middle of this post I relaized how badly I want to go to Mykonos)) now it’s going to be on my places-I-should-visit list) Thank you so much))

  • Hello Garance, I visit your site really often and I understand the pleasures of Mykonos. Next time you come to Greece, forget about those touristy packed places. Try Kimolos and take the fisherman’s boat to go to Poluaigos – the greek Carribean. Go to Crete, it’s a must to experience the local music and the people who dance under the same rythm for hours. Mykonos is fine, used to be chic, now a bit trashy but Greece has so much tranquility and vitality to offer. Still unexpolred, rough and magical…discover it xxxx

  • Je viens de passer deux semaines en Crète et à Santorin et depuis que je suis rentrée je déééprime… Le ciel bleu, les maison blanche, la vie en maillot de bain me manque ! Les îles grecques sont vraiment magnifiques et les gens tellement gentils ! Je lis tes articles sous les 20° français et j’ai juste envie de sauter dans un avion et de retourner là-bas !

  • Love your description Garance! I’m writing this comment from Agrari beach, Mykonos! This island is one of my two most favorite places on earth; the other being NYC! I’m visiting Mykonos 4-5 times every summer – couple of summers stayed there for almost a month! You’re right! Mykonos can be zen and luxurious, a crazy party setting and above all a place that offers variery of experiences and high-end services in terms of entertainment and hospitality. It has this beautiful energy of its warm people, the wind and the sun. I’m a fashion writer and for that matter I also have to say that the taste level in many aspects is really high! Plus there is some short of a fashion scene that’s really interesting! Famous designers such as Armani, Gaultier, DSquared, and Cavalli really love it! My next stop after Mykonos will be NYC for that Fashion Week in September! C U there!

  • I love this report on Mykonos, beautiful images and a perfect summary of the diversity of the island, glamour and tranquility rolled into one. I visited Mykonos 13 summers ago when I was pregnant with my daughter and this has made me want to take her there next summer. Thanks for sharing this with us x

  • This place looks superb!! I love that people here like to enjoy life and dinner doesn’t start till midnight. Great post.

    Yuliya xx
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  • Never been to Mykonos but I’m sure it’s a really fun and beautiful place to go to! :)

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  • my favorite place in the summer since ages and i couldn’t have described the love to the island and people better!!!

  • I like your text style! So cool (: Can you send a link for those style or brushes (:

  • Bon Jour Garance!

    I am currently on vacation in beautiful Belgrade! There are very many interesting sites to visit and inspirational parts of town! I hope one day you may experience it! Th next place on my list to visit is Mykonos and Santorini! Can’t wait….

  • Agnieszka August, 21 2014, 10:11 / Reply

    I’ve visited Skiathos this year- that’t the island (together with Skopelos) where the film Mamma Mia was shoot :)) The island is only 48 km2, not crowdy at all, you can walk/run/ride to many beaches, where there won’t be a single person but you but if you only wish, you can meet people and party in Skiathos town. For me- heaven on Earth!!

  • Thank you Garance…. for being able to find the true, unspoiled, authentic, pure beauty that Mykonos is all about. This is exactly the Mykonos we love and keep visiting year after year. It never seizes to excite our senses and fill us with energy. Just like ‘true’ Greek people. Hope next week we come across each other, who knows.

  • Thank you Garance for the beautiful post featuring Greece! I came back 2 days ago from my annual trip to Greece (I’m Greek living in the States). Mykonos is among my favorite Greek islands, best enjoyed off-season (unless you’re in the 18-25 age range). Everything you mention except for the ‘party’ part is true for almost all parts of Greece (the sea, the sun, the food, the people, the style). Next time you visit, I’d recommend any (or all) of the following:
    – Patmos: Equally chic, elegant island with minimalistic architecture and landscape, beautiful beaches, and a bit quieter (no party life as the bars close at 2am – Patmos is a “sacred” island as St. John wrote the Apocalypse there and the monastery has set these rules).
    – Sailing the Ionian sea: I did this for a week this summer and enjoyed it so much! Sail into the small islands around Lefkada – the landscape is so different but equally beautiful (emerald green waters, cypress trees running till the beginning of the beach) and it’s less windy than the Aegean.
    – (last but not least) Crete: Many readers have recommended it and there’s a reason for that! Start from Chania and plan to spend 10-15 days exploring the island. The food is admittedly the best in Greece so the caveat is that you probably won’t return thinner that time :)

  • Sweet Garance, be happy!

  • Very nice place for the vacation.
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  • I can’t believe Caprice is still there…I won’t even tell you how long ago I went (over a decade ago). I remember Caprice and can picture the bartender vividly shaking cocktails after midnight. If you know where to go…Mykonos has the most beautiful beaches. I opted for a more mellow option this summer…Antiparos. Happy Grecian Island hoping…there is no other island like Mykonos but others have their own charm.

  • Oh Garance! I loved this post! I’m Greek, living in the States and this article made me feel so nostalgic. All the parts of Greece share the same qualities: food, life, generosity, simplicity, beauty. Each place in this country is different, but they all share the same light!
    Thank you reminding us this.
    xx

  • Greece is one of the most inspiring places on the planet and you’ve captured its essence. Wonderful!

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  • Ton article donne envie ! Tu nous dis qu’il existe des plages plus calmes mais c’est dommage que tu ne partage pas tes adresses avec nous :)

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