TRAVEL DIARIES

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Four short days af­ter their so­phis­ti­cated nup­tials at Oheka Cas­tle in Hunt­ing­ton, New York, Vic­to­ria (née Mardovich) and Frederick Catanese em­barked on a 10-day ad­ven­ture around the beau­ti­ful and cul­tur­ally rich coun­try of Greece. The ex­cited new­ly­weds, who had never trav­eled to Europe be­fore, jumped at the chance to ex­plore three idyl­lic lo­cales: the cap­i­tal city of Athens and the isles of Mykonos and San­torini.

Athens, Greece

The first stop on their hon­ey­moon was the po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural cen­ter of Greece: Athens. Upon checking in to King Ge­orge, a Lux­ury Ho­tel in the very heart of the city, Tori and Fred­die quickly went about em­brac­ing the his­tory that the lo­ca­tion had to of­fer, as they were only stay­ing for two nights. They made sure to hit all of the ma­jor tourist at­trac­tions be­fore they de­parted. “Our ho­tel was walk­ing dis­tance from pretty much ev­ery­thing – it even had a view of the Acrop­o­lis and the par­lia­ment build­ing,” notes Tori.

The new­ly­weds en­joyed im­mers­ing them­selves in the rich back­ground of the coun­try by vis­it­ing well-known spots as well as sites they dis­cov­ered through their own re­search. “We learned a lot about an­cient Greece and the Greek gods and god­desses,” says the bride. “It was all so in­ter­est­ing and some­thing Fred­die re­ally wanted to know more about.”

With a process of trial and er­ror, Tori and Fred­die nav­i­gated the city on their own ac­cord. Af­ter tak­ing Athens by foot each day, the pair in­dulged in the up­scale at­mos­phere of the ho­tel, a prop­erty they would rec­om­mend to other trav­el­ers for their Gre­cian ac­com­mo­da­tions. Though this leg of their trip was sim­ply planned as a stopover on their way to their next two des­ti­na­tions, the new Mr. and Mrs. found them­selves en­joy­ing the en­vi­ron­ment of the great city.

Fol­low­ing their two-day ex­cur­sion packed with in­cred­i­ble ex­plo­ration and a ton of new knowl­edge, both Tori and Fred­die were ex­cited to jet off to their next lo­ca­tion for some much-needed rest and re­lax­ation.

Dis­cover travel and hon­ey­moon tips from one re­cently mar­ried cou­ple.

Mykonos, Greece

Upon land­ing on the is­land of Mykonos, the trav­el­ers checked in to their ho­tel, which started this leg of their va­ca­tion off on a high note. “Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge is pos­si­bly the most amaz­ing re­sort I have ever stayed at,” muses Tori. “The ser­vice is be­yond ex­cep­tional. They give you a cell phone when you check in and say to call them with any­thing you need – and they mean it. They will be there within min­utes with what­ever you re­quire.” As they mapped out their itin­er­ary for their four-night stay, both bride and groom agreed to fo­cus on repos­ing over more stren­u­ous ac­tiv­i­ties. “Our fa­vorite things to do in Mykonos were just hang at the ho­tel pool, have some drinks, play cards, swim, and walk around the town to visit the shops and en­joy an amaz­ing din­ner,” Tori re­veals.

When they felt like ex­plor­ing, the cou­ple sought out sea­side des­ti­na­tions. “Mykonos is known for its beaches,” ex­plains the bride. “We re­ally liked Nam­mos Beach, which also has a restau­rant called Nam­mos. It was quite pricey for a ca­sual lunch restau­rant, but the dé­cor was beau­ti­ful and the food was amaz­ing – also, it ob­vi­ously had a gor­geous view of the wa­ter.” On a rec­om­men­da­tion from Tori’s cousin, the new­ly­weds ven­tured to an­other restau­rant called Re­mezzo, which won the hearts of the love­birds with its top­notch cui­sine and ex­cel­lent out­door bar. As their ho­tel was just a stone’s throw away from the main part of town, it was easy for Tori and Fred­die to get around. “We wanted to visit Mykonos be­cause we heard it was the ‘fun’ place to go in Greece, and ev­ery­one was right!” she smiles. “The town had so many great shops, restau­rants, bars, clubs, and more.” Of their three des­ti­na­tions, the trav­el­ers credit this is­land lo­cale as be­ing their ab­so­lute fa­vorite. “We def­i­nitely plan to bring fam­ily and friends to Mykonos one day!” the bride gushes.

HIGH­LIGHTS

Din­ing with a view. “Our fa­vorite restau­rant was called Dionysos. Not only was the food amaz­ing, but it had the most beau­ti­ful view of the Acrop­o­lis!” Walk­ing through the city. “We de­cided to walk to din­ner from the ho­tel and left ex­tra time in case we got lost… which we did! We found the streets to be very con­fus­ing, but we en­joyed it be­cause we were ex­plor­ing Athens.” Spend­ing time at a neigh­bor­ing ho­tel. “The ho­tel next door (with the same own­ers), Ho­tel Grande Bre­tagne, was also very nice. We found our­selves at their rooftop bar both nights we were in Athens.”

“We went in June and the

weather was per­fect!”

HIGH­LIGHTS

Try­ing ex­tra-for­eign fare. “The ho­tel rec­om­mended a Chi­nese restau­rant called Ling Ling. At first, we were hes­i­tant about hav­ing Chi­nese food in Greece, but boy, were we wrong. The food was ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.”

Lay­ing out on the sand. “Nam­mos Beach it­self was re­ally awe­some, but take note: you need to re­serve your spots in ad­vance or get to the beach re­ally early to get lounge chairs!”

Dis­cov­er­ing sur­pris­ing des­ti­na­tions. “Our most mem­o­rable moment was when we ac­ci­den­tally went to a nude beach. There are two dif­fer­ent beaches: one is called Par­adise, a typ­i­cal beach, and the other is called Su­per Par­adise, the nude lo­ca­tion. We went to the wrong one by mis­take!”

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