Camel Valley Vineyard Cornwall

On Friday after a bit of a late start due to quite a boozy first night we made our way to the nearby Camel Valley Vineyard to do a tour of the estate and most excitingly do some wine tasting. We sat on a beautiful terrace overlooking the vineyard. We started with a selection of five sparkling wines and before moving onto five of their white wines. Each selection came with details of the particular wines and tasting notes. It was really interesting seeing and tasting the differences between them all. Collectively as a group our favourites were almost all the same. Our favourites were the Sparking Brut Rose and our favourite white wine was the Atlantic Dry.

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Boconnion Cornwall

Just as I was getting back from my Sicily holiday I got a text from my friend Craig inviting me down to his boyfriend Rob’s house in Cornwall for a long weekend. I didn’t really need or frankly deserve another holiday, but a lovely group of my friends were going and I couldn’t resist. Due to the fact that it was quite late notice the trains down to Cornwall were ridiculously expensive, so we ended up flying from Heathrow down to Newquay with British Airways. It was half the price of the train, much quicker, even with the the dreaded airport security and I even managed to use some of my many Avios to pay for some of the cost. We flew down Thursday evening and Craig picked us from Newquay airport and then drove us all back to the house.  Rob’s house is a gorgeous country house that he bought a few years ago and has stunningly renovated into a luxury holiday rental and wedding venue. If you want to rent it out or hold a wedding/ event there you can find more information here: https://www.boconnion.co.uk/

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Milos, Greece

After a weekend stuck in Athens unable to go anywhere by boat because of the wind I finally managed to get a ferry to Milos. To avoid more cancellations I booked a bigger ferry (heavier boats apparently are less subject to the wind apparently than catamarans) however they are also much much slower.  The ferry was scheduled as taking a startling nine and half hours to get to Milos, and in fact it ended up taking nearly 11 hours. A good chance to read my book and also watch some TV shows and movies that I’d downloaded on Netflix, but not exactly ideal. I arrived late at night starving, thankfully there was still some restaurants open and I was collecting the keys for my accommodation from a hotel with a 24hr reception. I stayed at a delightful little private room/ house called Katerina Rooms, really close to Milos Town and the port and great value.

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Milos is famous for its dramatic volcanic coastline and rock formations. As a former geography grad that sort of nerdy rock thing actually excites me. Its most famous export is the iconic Venus de Milo statue which is now in the Louvre in Paris.
I had a limited amount of time in Milos, so on the excellent advice of my hosts I decided to hire a quad bike to tour the island. I didn’t book in advance so I was lucky to find one available to hire as it seemed a very popular way to explore the island. You can hire scooters as well, but only if you have ridden one before, which I hadn’t. It was really fun bombing around the island on a quad, the wind rushing through was really cooling, though deceptive as I did slightly burn my arms In the sun without realising. Had a lovely time though. There’s next to no public transport on the island so you do really need your own transport to get around. There’s not a great deal of roads so it’s hard to get lost and the hire company gave me a map that was more than enough to easily find my way around. I only had to refer to Google maps once. There’s some really beautiful really stunning beaches and scenery around Milos and I wish I had a bit more time to spend there but unfortunately the wind curtailed my travel plans significantly and I had to get back to Athens to fly back to London. Still a perfect excuse to go back again in the future I suppose.

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Hydra, Greece

From Athens I got a boat to Hydra. I didn’t know much about the island but it was recommended very highly in Lonely Planet guide and the pictures looked stunning. It’s relatively close by boat to Athens, just a short one hour boat. The boat arrives right In the main town of Hydra and so I booked a hotel close by to the front to avoid a long walk. Hydra is completely car free and the only form of transport is either by foot or by donkey, and I didn’t fancy lugging my heavy bags across the island. There’s donkeys lined up at the port ready and waiting to help, but to be honest they stunk and I would feel bad for a donkey having to hike my bags in the heat. I stayed at the Glaros Guesthouse, which although not luxurious, was perfectly located right in Hydra Town.

Skorpois, Mykonos

On our first full day in Mykonos we met up with our friends Richard and Stephanie who had booked a cabana at Skorpois. Stephanie is super organised so had booked these literally two months in advance and I’m so glad she did. We had the best spot at the beach club, perfect vantage point to people watch and importantly out of the wind. Skorpios is absolutely stunning and I could easily see why it had recently been bought by Soho House Group. It has a very similar laid back, chic aesthetic. Sunday is far and away their busiest day, they reckon in the evening there is several thousand people at the open air night club. Thankfully at midday it’s much more sedate. Beautiful cabana boys and girls bring you drinks and food and it really is idilic. The sunset in the evening there was stunning, very instagrammable.

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