Spring break 2017 was one for the books. My friends and I decided at the beginning of the semester that we wanted a relaxing, warm destination for our spring break. We had all dreamed of visiting Greece and figured this week and a half we had off would be the perfect time to do it. Let me tell you, it took a lot of planning and flight watching and research and deciding to get this trip to happen. And to only complicate things even more it was Holy Week (Easter week) so everyone in Europe was off on holiday. But we did, we pulled the trigger and paid a little bit more than we were hoping but we figured, hey this is a once in a lifetime trip! I will say I was a little skeptical that it was all going to work out and that the weather was going to cooperate but all the worry was for nothing because it was truly a trip of a lifetime.
One of my friends and I had spent a few days in Rome before heading to Greece so we met my roommates in Athens. We then took a (long) bus ride to the coast, then hopped on a ferry for two hours to get to our first stop in Corfu. It was a planes, cars, buses and ferries adventure haha.
The first part of our Greece Getaway we had known all along we were going to stay at the Pink Palace in Corfu (Yes everything at the resort is pink!! swoon!). This place is legendary. My Dad stayed there in the late 80s! The Pink Palace is a mix between a hostel and motel. It is no 5 star hotel by any means but for college students studying abroad it was paradise. My friends and I were all able to stay in the same room and breakfast was included! And for a (very) small extra cost dinner would be provided too. I mean this deal couldn’t be beat.
After a wild ride along the mountain side we arrived to The Pink Place. We were greeted with welcome shots of a famous Greek alcohol called ouzo. It was definitely an interesting stay but one full of so many memories and stories we will be telling forever. We contemplated exploring the island or downtown but once we went to the beach the following morning we were hooked on staying and just relaxing on the deck above the rocky beach below us. The views of the water were truly stunning.
Because it was considered off season there was hardly anyone there while we were so it was as if we had the entire place to ourselves. After a crazy busy last few months of traveling and go-go-going lifestyle it was so nice to finally be in a place where we could just relax and soak up some much needed rays. Our three days on Corfu consisted of laying out, napping, reading, walking the beach and swimming. People thought we were crazy to swim but I didn’t think the water was that cold! Oh and the water was soo clear and salty!
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Also the Greek sun is so strong! We all overcommitted in the tanning department day one and ended up looking like tomatoes with the sun burns we had. Lets just say we had to venture down the road to the market to pick up some aloe and some stronger SPF sunscreen.
We were going to take the bus and ferry back to Athens where we would be catching our next flight but last minute found a cheap flight that would only be about 15 dollars more than the bus and it gave us an extra day at the beach! Score! (the only downside…we would be spending the night in the airport…but more on that later 😉
Our three days on the Greek Island of Corfu were just what we needed mid semester. It was so nice to catch up on sleep and just relax. My friends and I made so many amazing and hilarious memories. One of them being singing the Momma Mia soundtrack nonstop because we were in Greece!
Stay tuned for the next installment of my Greek Getaway tomorrow!
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