Tuesday, October 29, 2013

bougainvillea heaven

The view from our hotel room and balcony was fantastic.  We were on the edge of Mykonos Town (we wanted to be a good walking distance from the heart of the island).  And the hike up and down the some 100 odd stairs to the town were great for our calves!  What we loved about Mykonos town was that there were Bougainvilleas everywhere, on each corner was a cute little restaurant, and getting lost in all the little alley ways was awesome.  In a way, it reminded us a lot of Venice, which was a good thing!  And every little street we turned down was prettier and prettier.  We couldn't complain!

~ Diane xo 

Quote of the Day: Following straight lines shortens distances, and also life - Antonio Porchia

Monday, October 28, 2013

first glimpse

Hello!  Hope you all had a super fun weekend!  I photographed two Halloween parties this weekend and saw some really cool costumes!  They will be on my blog soon! :)

For now, it's back to Greece we go.  Next stop: Mykonos!   These photos were taken in the first hour of being there.  We walked immediately to the area called Little Venice, where cafes and restaurants are right up against the water.  It makes for a beautiful setting for some relaxing and drinking in the late afternoon sun.  Anyway, more later!

~ Diane xo

Quote of the Day: Make your optimism come true - Author Unknown

Thursday, October 24, 2013

my phone's eye *87*

The weekly update!! This week brings you: a rainbow (I made my husband pull over so I could take a picture of it. It was the first time that I had ever seen both ends of the rainbow. And it was a slight double rainbow too!); a date with my coworker (who loves oxfords just as much as I do); my awesome friend (aka massage therapist) who's doing a 30 day yoga challenge (I'm so proud of her!);  and all the photos below are from the annual spa day (my boss rents us a limo and we take it out to Ste Anne's Spa and she treats us to a full day of pampering and relaxation. I'd say I'm pretty lucky!). 

This weekend's going to be a busy one! Hope yours is great! 

~ Diane xo

Quote of the Day: Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny - Don Sutton

my phone's eye *86*

Because of my lack of posts lately, my hoarding tendencies have returned and I have one too many Instagram photos to share.  The change of seasons is evident as the t-shirts and bare legs become pants, hats and closed toe shoes.  So what's in this post exactly? My sister in law's engagement party, Kingston the dog (as per usual), more shopping dates, the tall boy's diploma arriving in the mail, a photography delivery, my sister's classroom, pool times, a really pretty starbucks, my bunny (Coconut, aka coco, aka coconutty, aka stupid face... that last name isn't so nice, is it?), my nieces and their braids, fall decorations, a hike to see the changing leaves, a double date, my favourite new shoes, and some tomatoes.  Hahah!  Have a great weekend everyone!

~ Diane xo

Quote of the DayLife: It is about the gift not the package it comes in - Dennis P. Costea, Jr.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

from milos

I'm pretty sure that I already mentioned that Milos was my favourite Greek Island.  So I present you with the last of the photos.  Now don't get me wrong; we saw other islands that were so beautiful, but this one was different.    It was pretty, but also quiet, laid back, and not overrun by tourists!  And the view from our place was fantastic. Sometimes I didn't even want to leave my lawn chair where'd I'd sun bathe the afternoon away.  We quickly fell into the routine of beach, relax, nap, relax, wander, dinner and wander some more (that makes it sound like we only had one meal a day - so not true!).  We loved going into Plaka in the evening for a stroll.  And driving our nearly dead car along barely paved roads was an unforgettable experience.  Ahhhhh I'm sure we'll be back!

~ Diane xo 

Quote of the DayThose who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life - Rachel Carson

Monday, October 21, 2013

crystal clear perfection

In the three weeks that the tall boy and I spent in Greece, the four islands that we visited, and the countless beaches that we swam in, this one was my favourite.   While planning the trip months before, I found this beach, and I knew I had to go there.  You can't even search it in Google Maps.  We managed to find its coordinates (yes, we went as far as to find the coordinates), and were able to enter them into our GPS (whom we've named Helga).  We still managed to get lost and ended up on a dirt road.  Well, a few days before we left, I stumbled upon the itty bitty tiny piece of information, that the only way to access the beach is either through a) a boat or b) a steep path down a cliff, equipped with two ladders and a rope (what?!?!).  No thanks!  But, the tall boy made me do it, and I'm so glad we did.    Honestly, I thought I was going to die.  One wrong step and down the cliff we'd go.  It didn't help that I had a one-strapped bag stuffed full with two beach towels, my camera, snorkel, underwater camera, fruits, three bottles of lotion, and two large bottles of water (all probably weighing as much as me).  We got there so early, there were only two other people.  What I loved about this beach? That when everyone managed to make it down the path to the beach, it was a sense of victory; that we all decided to attempt going down the trail, and that we all made it successfully (despite a few crying kids).  In stark contrast, it felt like the people that came to the beach via boat totally cheated; they didn't get to do any crazy rock climbing . Anywho, the beach itself was gorgeous.  Clear blue water and super small.  And it made me realize that these are the types of beaches that I love the most.  Those loooong white sandy beaches, are not for me.  And the snorkling was fantastic.  Ok, enough rambling for today, enjoy the pictures!

~ Diane xo

The rope leading down the path.  :\

Quote of the Day: The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea - Isak Dinesen

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Well, what can I say other than I hope you're ready to see a whole bunch of photos from Greece.  And frankly, there's no rhyme or reason in how I'm sharing these photos, but I'll try to keep them organized for you!  These photos were taken on the island of Milos, which also happened to be our favourite one of the trip.  We stayed in the middle of nowhere, drove around in a small, old car, and loved the rural feeling of the entire island.  And the beaches; my oh my, the beaches were fantastic (I shall share my favourite one later).  The white landscape that you see is part of the white beach.  We could have driven there from our hotel, but we decided to take a small pathway on foot and I'm so happy that we did.  We found a secluded little beach, and the coast was incredible.  And everywhere you go, there are stray cats.  This guy was just too cute.    Hope you enjoy these and all the photos of Greece to come! 

~ Diane xo 

Quote of the Day: Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe - Anatole France

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