My Greek Summer – part 2

As I told you in the first part, our Greek summer vacation left us craving for more, so we just had to come back for Sukkot holiday – this time, accompanied by my good friend Tali Kogan, about whom I wrote here many times. She joined us with pleasing spontaneity and we all sailed together to the islands region to the south of the Aegean Sea – Kos and neighboring islands. The weather there made it possible for the summer to continue, but despite the comfortable temperatures, the tourist season was over and many restaurants and shops were closed. However, even this didn’t stop us from having a great time again.

 

Fashion blogger Luba Jakobson white dress Greece
me and the camera

 

Fashion blogger Luba Jakobson Greece
on the beach

 

 KOS

The island of Kos in the capital of the south Aegean region. The drive from the airport to the old town marina was dissapointing, so I arrived with low expectations. To my surprise, I discovered an adorable island with fascinating history, a picturesque old town and lots of bars and restaurants. They say Kos is great for shopping, too, but I didn’t have the chance to explore it just yet- must come back!

 

LEIPSOI – Nisos Lipso

A tiny (population 790) island, which I viewed mostly from sea during my morning swim. Not far from it we discovered a beautifull and mysterious white church. We just had to pay it a visit, and take some photos – naturally :)

 

 

An unforgettable memory here was a colorful ice cream parlor and bakery where I found the most delicious cherry jam. After I tasted it, I rushed back to buy more, but only one jar was left – it’s the end of the season! The jam led to an invention of a very addictive desert, Greek yogurt with cherry jam. We ate it every day, until the jam was gone. Words can’t describe – you just have to taste it.

 

Fashion blogger Luba Jakobson vacation Greece
out side the bakery
lipsyice
yogurt and cherry jam – the best!

PATMOS

Jerusalem of the region – due to an abundance of holy Christian places. Perhaps not for this reason, but I loved it more than the other small islands. The fun coffee shops, the atmosphere and the view did the trick, and a few open shops didn’t hurt either.

 

 

KITHYRA

Not yet occupied by Israelis and other tourists, thanks to a lack of direct flights and good hotels, and that’s the beauty of it. I discovered Kythira last year, when I was invited by an Israeli friend who lives in Brussels and married a Greek born and raised here. They spend every summer here with their daughter.

With my friend’s help and guidance, I discovered the island has a lot to offer, actually – it’s the home of many curious villages, each with a distinct character, churches, caves, waterfalls and breathtaking beaches.

 

KITHYRA WATERFALL
KITHYRA WATERFALL

You can get to Kithyra from Crete by flight or a long sail, which goes through some other charming spots – Hydra (a small island famous for being Leonard Cohen’s home in the past, and for the donkeys who greet you in the marina), Milos (a smaller version of Mikonos – bars, restaurants, good shopping, and an opportunity to ride a horse and carriage).

Photos from Hydra:

 

The Greek islands have no end, and we’re already planning our next trip, to Lesbos and the north-eastern Aegean islands. It’s pretty incredible that only an hour-long flight away, there’s such an exotic destination with friendly people who always welcome us. I think this is something to be celebrated and appreciated.

that's what I call coffee!
that’s what I call coffee!

 

see you next year
see you next year

My friend Tali also wrote about our magical trip on her blog – you’re welcome to read it!

the Gullet
the Gulet

If you’re convinced and want to experience Greece from sea, I highly recommend a boat vacation, and it’s surprisingly affordable, too. You can rent a Gulet with six bedrooms (fits three families of six couples) starting from 1,500 Euro a week per couple (depending on the season) including meals and sports activities. One of the companies offering this service: www.turkyacht.com.

 

my fearless kids
my fearless kids

Have a great vacation,

Yours,

LJ

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