I?ve always thought I would love to live by the Mediterranean. The beach side bars, beautiful mountains, and no-judgment zone beaches made my ten day mini vacation to Greece feel like a trip to paradise. Was this to precious to give up? I often found myself wondering what life would be like living in the quaint town of Nafpaktos, where everything seemed so perfect. The water was always clear, streets were busy with motor bikes, the bars were filled with laughter and the cafes were bursting with locals and tourists alike.
The endless amount of cafes encouraged me to enjoy a life entwined with the locals. My favorite caf?, Delfini (Navmaxias 46, 30300 N?fpaktos), is right by the ancient port where the Greeks once beat the Turkish army hundreds of years ago. My days were spent on the beach and in the evening I would take in the view of the sea under the lights from the surrounding town of Patras. There are also beautiful hotels near the beach, my favorite is the Nafs Hotel (Athanassiadi Nova 33, Nafpaktos 303 00) is just a few steps from the port and the beach.
Packing for the trip was the hardest part ? I couldn?t decide how much or how little to bring. An assemblage of panic attacks ensued. Should I pack the leather peplum? Just in case. What about heels? Will I be on the beach all day? I ended up bringing two pairs of heels, neither of which I wore. What I did find was that there were many great boutiques, and that deflation may not be good for the economy, but it was excellent for my wallet. I suggest traveling light ? bring a few pieces to throw over your bathing suit (which you will never take off), like the Sophia Moroccan Caftan by Nude is Rude. The locals usually walk around town in flowing pieces of clothing, it gets too hot to wear anything tight, any of the bright printed caftans form Tambourine will be spot on for days or nights in town . Also don?t forget to pack a pareo, to wear to the beach side cafes, Haremlique has a variety of perfect, prints and colors. I also suggest you bring tons of bright accessories that will double as conversation starters, the Green Multi Cartagena Mochila Bag by Miss Mochila is perfect with It?s bright and eccentric style, the locals will love you for it.
Suraja Phata Necklace, Pink Paisley Tithli Crepe Caftan, Aqua & White Stripe Beach Towel & Sarong, Aegean Blue Lotus Earrings and Red Waves Pareo
At the end of my trip, my friends had to pry me away from the three bedroom villa I stayed in a few blocks from the beach. I also didn?t realize how comfortable I had become eating salad every morning, with feta cheese as a side dish, I had actually shed ten pounds magically from all the healthy food I was eating. I strongly suggest you try a vacation in Greece, maybe a life by the Mediterranean is as perfect as it looks.