Exploring Greece: A Summer Escape to Milos and Athens

Our second ever international Live Free Stop is in the books with our incredible Grecian adventure! 🇬🇷 We're switching things up this time around: we've invited one of our lovely guests to write the recap from her POV (and her lens! 📸) Keep reading to hear Abigail's take on the trip and to see some of the incredible memories she captured while attending.

Follow our journey on Instagram: @essentiallyrab, @elisa.feig, @julsmess.art, @puravida

This summer, our girl gang from San Diego, embarked on an unforgettable journey to Greece, immersing ourselves in the rich culture, stunning landscapes, and mouthwatering cuisine that this ancient land has to offer. Our adventure took us to the enchanting island of Milos and the vibrant city of Athens, where every moment was filled with discovery and sisterhood. 

Milos: Mesmerizing Beaches and Charming Villages

Milos welcomed us with open arms and breathtaking scenery. Our first stop was Sarakiniko Beach, a place unlike any other on Earth. The dazzling white cliffs against the deep blue sea made us feel like we had stepped onto another planet, a surreal start to our Greek odyssey. 

One of the highlights was kayaking at Kleftiko Caves. Gliding through crystal-clear waters, we explored hidden caves and even swam in a natural hot spring—a moment that felt straight out of a dream. Our guides, John and Kostas, shared not only their expertise but also homemade treats that added a personal touch to the adventure. 

Walking through Klima Village was equally enchanting. From the historic church overlooking the sea to the colorful boat houses lining the shore, every corner told a story of Milos's rich history and tight-knit community. 

Papafragas Beach offered us the thrill of cliff diving into the azure waters, reminiscent of Sarakiniko but on a smaller scale. Fueling up at Kivotos ton Gefseon with Greek pastries and coffee set the perfect tone for a day of seaside exploration. 

Our journey concluded with a sunset catamaran cruise, where we savored the last moments of daylight against the backdrop of Klima's picturesque village. It was a fitting end to our Milos adventure—a day filled with swimming, snorkeling, and indulging in authentic Greek cuisine under the open sky. 

Milos: A Foodie Delight 

The culinary delights of Milos were as memorable as its landscapes. Medusa Restaurant, nestled in a surreal location, offered us an unforgettable dining experience. From the amazing octopus dishes to the freshest seafood, every bite was a testament to Greek culinary excellence. 

Athens: History and Flavors 

Arriving in Athens, we were greeted by the bustling Monastiraki Bazaar, where the Acropolis loomed majestically in the distance—a perfect blend of ancient charm and modern vibrancy. Dining at Sin Athina offered us a spectacular view of the Parthenon illuminated at night, while Dioskouri served up the best gyro plates and fresh lemonade we'd ever tasted. 

Watching the sunset from Areopagus after exploring the Parthenon was a poignant reminder of Athens's enduring legacy and timeless beauty. 

Lessons and Reflections

Our journey through Greece taught us invaluable lessons. We learned to embrace new experiences with open hearts and minds, to cherish the kindness of locals who shared their culture with us, and to savor every moment of sisterhood and adventure. Traveling to Greece not only broadened our horizons but also deepened our appreciation for the diversity of our world. 

In the end, our summer trip to Greece was more than just a vacation—it was a transformative experience that bonded us as friends and enriched our lives with unforgettable memories. 

Keep exploring, 
Written by & Photos taken by photographer Abigail McHugh @essentiallyrab  

Thanks to Abigail for beautifully recapping this trip -- we can't wait to see where the Live Free Tour takes us next! Until then, we're sharing a full breakdown of what expenses looked like for this adventure per person for 6 days and 5 nights so you can recreate it for yourself: 


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