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Nothing like a trip to the Greek islands to jump-start your summer.  I’d never been so when a friend asked me to celebrate her 40th birthday on the island of Mykonos, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.  After a quick overnight stop in Santorini (read about it here), my friend Marlien and I headed straight for party central:  Mykonos.  And what a party it was.  Think swimming in the sea to the thump of the DJ on the sand, never ending magnums of Domain Ott Rosé, Greek salads for every meal, dancing on your table post dinner, and nonstop fun.  In fact, such fun that four members of team birthday were sent to the hospital in the first 24 hours with injuries that included a broken foot and tooth.  Ah, the good life.

STAY

Santa Marina – my fellow revelers and I camped at this beachfront Starwood property.  Our room was simple (and small) with a balcony boasting views of the sea.  It’s a hike up a hill to the rooms, so be sure to pack a bag for the day.  Great beach with paddle-boards and kayaks for rent and a seaside restaurant.

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EAT

We hopped a ten minute boat ride from our hotel to Kalua on Paraga Beach for a 2pm lunch.  We had a festive meal (for 80) with delicious salads, fried calamari and whole fish.  The rosé flowed liked water.  Our meal rolled into three hours of afternoon table dancing and l joined the DJ to spin some tunes.  Such fun that our hostess proclaimed herself to have had a ‘life realization’ that she is a ‘day’ party person.  I’m right with you girl!

At night we watched the sunset from the most incredible vantage from the deck at Capri in Little Venice.  Canvas deck chairs lined the wall facing the sea and the water would sometimes lap over the wall getting our feet wet.  Sublime.

Dinner followed at Caprice a few steps away with views of the sea so close you catch the spray on your face.  A gorgeous Mediterranean meal under those famous windmills and surrounded by the sea.  We got the party started when my friend Marlien dared me to dance on the table after dessert (read about that and more on Marlien’s blog, Le Catch).  Why not?  An hour later the entire restaurant was prancing from table top to table top shaking whatever they got.  Memories in the making.   Supreme fun.

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LISTEN

Daft Punk’s Get Lucky was the anthem for the weekend and let’s face it, also for the summer of 2013.

DO

Do NOT wear heels unless you’ve got a pair of flats in your clutch.  This island is so rocky and steep that flat sandals are the only way to go.

DO rent a car or a scooter or a four wheel ATV if you are sober enough to operate one.  The island only has 30 taxis and we found ourselves stranded on more than one occasion.

Thank you to sweet Annie for including me in your birthday bash and introducing me to this beautiful island and to the most incredible new friends.  I look forward to sharing more good times!

What would a Greek getaway be without a little Athens (mis)adventure?  Read about it in my upcoming post, Destination Greece:  Part Three!

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