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Mykonos

75 °F

Wow, talk about a tourist destination - that’s Mykonos in a nutshell. The island is a massive rock with very little vegetation. The main center is filled with meandering walking streets that caters to the party crowd and the cruise ship day trippers. Shops and restaurants on every corner and in every nook and cranny available. If you want to leisurely stroll the streets, do it early because once the day trippers and partiers arrive, you will have to pay more attention to your surroundings as not to accidentally bump into someone. This island is also very expensive, nothing is cheap. The beaches are nice and the bus system works well but like everything else, they are very crowded. The island homes are trimmed in all different colors, yes you’ll see your typical blue trim but also green, red, lavender, and tan amongst other colors. No consistency in colors, not offensive just different. There are also a lot of rock homes which makes sense with the island being one big rock. Would I visit this island again, probably not - it’s just too crowded and too expensive.

A different perspective
Jetsettogether

Mykonos town

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Beaches
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Windmills
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Vistas
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Church’s
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Posted by joannereyes 06:51 Archived in Greece Comments (0)

Paros

77 °F

Just what the doctor ordered. Yes, after the crowds and swindlers of Istambul this Island in Greece was such a treat. A beautiful little town with their white structures, blue trim, and a sea view as far as the eye can see. My day consisted of walking along the sea, soaking in the rays, eating, drinking, and just plain dilly-dallying around. I know, it’s a tough life but someone has to do it and I am lucky enough to pursue a dreamed life.

The hotel was fantastic (Apollon Boutique Hotel) with nice size rooms (especially after the tiny room in Istanbul), a nice garden and a very pleasant staff. I don’t usually recommend hotels but this was such a wonderful experience, I thought a shout out was well deserved.

I stayed here seven days and could have easily stayed another seven. However, if you are looking to party, this isn’t the Island for you. I’m sure it gets more crowded during high season, but the weather was still nice in October so not a bad time to come, albeit shops start closing for the winter in October. Personally, I like this time of year for traveling, less people and cheaper rates - win-win.

If you want to drive around the island, check to see if you are required to have an international drivers license. I’m from California and couldn’t rent even a scooter (yes, there are a few places that will look the other way, but the fines for you are steep). It really isn’t necessary because Paros has an excellent public bus system in place, the bus ticket is around 1.80 euro per ride.

Took a day trip to Antiparos but wasn’t impressed. I know, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have a summer home here but the island was just okay. Maybe I needed more than a day here to appreciate all it has to offer.

Below are a couple of links to get a different viewpoint.

Parikia, Greece by Drone

Beautiful Naousa by Drone

Jetsettogether

Parikia
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The Church with the 100 Doors (Gates)
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Old Town And Port Of Naoussa
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Antiparos
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Posted by joannereyes 06:43 Archived in Greece Comments (0)

Istambul, Turkey

73 °F

Not my favorite experience. I was here last year and was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it, so it seemed like a good idea to stop here on the way to Greece. Well, I was wrong. The crowds were overwhelming and the sales people were unbearable (buy this, eat here, I have the best carpet deals, on and on). I mean, I did enjoy Istambul last year but I properly prepared for it, meaning, last year when preparing myself for the visit, I created a scenario that was so bad that when I got here it was nothing compared to the nightmare I had envisioned. Hence, I actually enjoyed Istambul. Unfortunately, this time around, I forgot the bad stuff and didn’t prepare myself for the crowds and the aggressive sales people. Oh, and the three earthquakes didn’t help either. You read that correctly, three earthquakes in two days. Really, if I wanted to experience earthquakes, I would have stayed in California. Also, during one of the earthquakes, we were having lunch and the owner decided to enlighten us on the BIG one that would destroy the city (Expected Istanbul earthquake could kill up to 30,000 people, expert warns). Yes, I’ll have the lamb with a side of shaking.

I purposely haven’t read my last review of this city because I wanted to write something from the perspective of someone who has traveled here before. I am including the link to my past review if you want a different perspective.

https://joannereyes.travellerspoint.com/29/

Blue Mosque
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Hagia Sophia
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Grand Bazaar
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Spice Bazaar
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Out and about
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German Fountain - The fountain was built in 1898 to remember the visit of the German Emperor Wilhelm II in the same year.
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Galata Tower
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Posted by joannereyes 07:52 Archived in Turkey Comments (0)

Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

60 °F

Another destination that I wanted to visit but didn’t expect to visit a year later. What I remember from my first visit was how much I wanted to come back so I could walk the ruins of the ‘84 Olympic bobsled, so that's what I did and yes, before you ask, I was very sore the next day. I’m in decent shape but you really don’t use the muscles that are required when trenching downhill. The old town is beautiful in a way that is a bit different than a typical old city. Yes, there are gorgeous buildings but they’re not abundant like other old towns. What sets Sarajevo off from other old towns are the surrounding mountains. Of course, those same mountains are where the invading soldiers tried to conquer the city during the war, but for now, the peace and serenity is breathtaking.

The first day was a beautiful 80° with sunny skies. The next day the temperature dropped 20° with cloudy skies. The rest of the week was too cool for me but the rain stayed away so that was a plus.

I purposely haven’t read my last review of this city because I wanted to write something from the perspective of someone who has traveled here before. I am including the link to my past review if you would like a get a different perspective.

https://joannereyes.travellerspoint.com/41/

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White Fortress
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This is what war is :(
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Pigeon Square
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Old Town
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Animated chess game - they take this game to an all new level of anger and frustration - very fun to watch even if you can’t understand what they are saying - the gestures speak for themselves. :)
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When you don’t know the directions, look for these helpful markings
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Olympic Venues
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Tunnel of Hope
From July 1993 until the end of the Siege in late February 1996, the tunnel was the only way in and out of the city of Sarajevo. Built under the Sarajevo Airport Runway, it was the only means of supplies for the citizens of the city. The entrances to the tunnel are below buildings. On the Dobrinja side, under an apartment building, and on the Butmir side underneath a private family home. It took more than six months to dig the tunnel and was done using pickaxes and shovels. The only source of light the workers had was provided by “war candles”, containers filled with cooking oil and fitted with a wick made from string.

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Posted by joannereyes 07:03 Archived in Bosnia And Herzegovina Comments (0)

Ljubljana, Slovenia

70 °F

Ljubljana

I visited this beautiful city last year and made sure it was on my list of cities to revisit. I didn’t plan on the revisit happening one year later, but I was in the neighborhood, so why not. To be honest, as I was walking to my Airbnb (30 minutes) I was wondering why I added it to my adventure when I had just been here. Maybe it was the walk that had me second guessing my return visit or the location of my Airbnb but as it turned out, both thoughts were premature. My Airbnb was actually only a 10 minute walk to the city center meandering along the river. During that gorgeous walk, it didn’t take long to remind me why I wanted to come back. This city is spectacular in its walkability and its beauty. The food scene is heavenly and the street entertainment is magical. This time I took a walking tour of the city to better understand the history of the city and it was the best tour I have ever taken. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, personable and funny. If you ever take these walking tours, please tip them well, they are giving you a gift of their knowledge and are sharing with you the love of their city. My photos won’t give this stunning city the justice it deserves so if you are in the location, make this a must visit. Give yourself at least 5 days to see everything, you have Lake Bled and Postojna Caves each is a day trip. You can easily get to these places using the local bus, but it will take at least an hour each way maybe more with traffic. Other options are to rent a car or find a local tour group - choose wisely because the city bus may be cheaper but you will be limited on the times that the bus returns to the city.

Slovenia is surrounded by lakes, rivers, caves and castles but it is mostly forest. There is such an incredible amount of history attached to this country so do yourself a favor and read up before you come. This is a great destination for enjoying the beauty of Europe without the prices of cities like Paris.

I have more pictures from my previous trip here
https://joannereyes.travellerspoint.com/44/

Franciscan Church
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The Prešeren monument
Ljubljana is probably one of the few cities in the world whose central town square is adorned with a statue of a poet rather than some political or military hero. The statue that stands on a pedestal includes a sculpture of the poet, facing the window where his adored Julija Primic used to live, and a sculpture of a Muse above him sitting on a rock and holding a laurel branch in her hand. The Priest didn’t like the idea of the parishioner leaving the church and seeing the topless Muse so they would periodically put scarfs around her just to have some charlatans remove it as fast as it went up. The Priest then decided to plant trees in front of the church to block the view of the muse - which worked great until winter came when she was once again in full view of the parishioners.

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River scene
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Street scene
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Musicians everywhere
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Adam and Eve
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Ljubljana Castle
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Ljubljana University
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Town Hall
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Postojna Caves
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Posted by joannereyes 03:33 Archived in Slovenia Comments (0)

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