Real Honeymoon: Greece & France

I haven’t met my sister’s friends Erin and Austin before, but after reading about their honeymoon in Greece and Paris, I feel like we have a lot in common.  Prioritizing their honeymoon around beaches and good food?  It’s like we have ESP or something.  Check out their amazing honeymoon in the Greek Isles and Paris below:

When and where did you honeymoon?

Santorini, Mykonos, and Paris [June 2013].

Santorini honeymoon

How long was your trip?

Santorini for 3 nights, Mykonos for 3 nights, and Paris for 7 nights.

Santorini honeymoon

How did you decide on your honeymoon destination(s)?

One of Austin’s best friends was getting married in Mykonos, so we planned our wedding dates to coordinate. We also really wanted to go to France because going to fabulous restaurants is one of our favorite things to do!

Mykonos honeymoon

The best part about our honeymoon was…

I don’t think I can narrow down one best part because there were so many awesome things we did. Food was definitely one of the highlights. We heavily researched our restaurant selection for Paris and it really paid off; we had unforgettable food and dining experiences. We also had a great time celebrating Austin’s friend’s wedding, it was a beautiful setting at the lovely Mykonos Grand Hotel. Another highlight was the boat ride we took in Santorini. Only one other couple was on the boat, and they were also on their honeymoon! It was beautiful, the crew cooked us an amazing lunch, and our boat even got a visit from a playful dolphin! In Paris we also did a lot of walking through neighborhoods and sitting on park benches – it was fabulous.

Paris honeymoon

If I knew then what I know now, I’d change…

I would have packed warmer clothes and closed toed shoes for Paris! We were there the second week in June, but it was fairly chilly and it even rained for one whole day.

Paris honeymoon

How much planning did you do in advance?

I planned a lot in advance, but most of the planning was food related. I made dinner reservations for most nights of the trip about a month ahead of time. One of our friend’s travels the world just to eat delicious food, so we had awesome restaurant suggestions to work with. I also looked at all the menus and read tons of Yelp reviews. We were only disappointed with one restaurant (L’Atelier de Joel Robouchon) mostly due to their terrible and overpriced wine suggestion. I also booked the catamaran trip ahead of time in Santorini.

Paris cheese shop

What was your biggest honeymoon splurge?

We spent the most money on food in Paris… it was worth it!!!

Parisian food

Where do you want to go on your next big trip?

We would love to go to Italy next. The food, culture, and scenery are just spectacular.

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Below are some additional helpful tips from Erin… and one comment from me at the end because I couldn’t help myself :)

Greece:

  • Katikies Hotel – Santorini: The most breathtaking views of the whole island probably. They have small rooms but they are well appointed and the staff is very nice. You get complimentary room service for breakfast every morning on your balcony; it’s awesome!
  • Mykonos Grand Hotel – Mykonos: This hotel has wonderful views with American sized rooms, closets and bathrooms all at an affordable cost for this type of luxury. They also have a great pool area and a private beach. The food here is amazing and the staff is so nice.
  • While in Santorini, go to lunch or dinner in Amoudi Bay – the seafood and setting is to die for!
  • Santorini Sailing: This company was awesome, they make great food and the crew was really friendly.

Paris:

* Everyone I know is obsessed with this place!

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