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Foreign Engagement

My first day of being engaged, I rediscovered my joie de vivre. Everything suddenly seemed incredibly novel. In that first hazy stage of wakefulness, which any other day I’d simply snooze through, I insisted we scramble up to the roof with our duvet and pillows to watch the sunrise.

Waiting for sunrise is agonizing; it always seems to be on the very verge of happening but keeps holding out. I whiled away the countdown snuggled up in blankets staring at the new sparkle on my ring finger.

Finally, the sun came up. We basked in it for all of ten minutes before ordering up room service. No better way to start our first day as a betrothed couple than champagne breakfast overlooking the Aegean!

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After our breakfast of creamy strained yogurt, grilled vegetable omelettes and the most sinfully delicious gooey Greek doughnuts, we were ready to head to the beach for our morning swim. I donned my new macramé suit, swiped a couple of towels, and trotted down the sandy trail to Agios Stefanos.

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After we were all cool and salty from our dip, we lunched on a festive Greek feast.

Traditionally inspired freshly fragrant selection of Greek dips with pita bread

Traditionally inspired freshly fragrant selection of Greek dips with pita bread

Airy fish roe puree, squashed eggplant salad, tzatziki, and velvety fava

Airy fish roe puree, squashed eggplant salad, tzatziki, and velvety fava

Greek salad with tomato, cucumber, sweet green peppers, red onion, Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, caper berries and barley bread

Greek salad with tomato, cucumber, sweet green peppers, red onion, Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, caper berries and barley bread

Green salad with octopus carpaccio, capers, marinated artichoke hearts,  and red wine lemon thyme vinaigrette

Green salad with octopus carpaccio, capers, marinated artichoke hearts, and red wine lemon thyme vinaigrette

Grilled calamari served with freshly diced tomato, capers, and basil salad

Grilled calamari served with freshly diced tomato, capers, and basil salad

We passed the afternoon hours playing Bananagrams and sipping Bloody Marys.

bloodys roofAnd we relished our last Mykonos sunset, before heading off for dinner. It was a whirlwind of a trip, but an unforgettable adventure – one we will recall often over years to come.

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Greece, Love & Happiness

There are some places in this world that just stick with you long after you leave. I knew by my first full day, Mykonos would be one of those special spots I will remember vividly forever.

I could hardly sit still through breakfast, I was so excited to scurry down to the beach like a little crab. Agios Stefanos is a sandy local beach with crystal clear shallow water, perfect for wading and snorkeling.

M1 M2 M18 M7 M8 M9A morning swim in the sea is like a cup of coffee – a wonderful way to start the day! We paddled around and then lazed on our towels in the warm sand until lunchtime. When our tummies started to rumble, we didn’t have to go far – we just breezed into the beachside grill and ordered up a plate of barbecued sardines, and one mean salad – pomegranate, pinenuts, sun-dried tomatoes, and big squidgy chunks of Greek cheese. M20 M4M10 M13 M12 M11 M14 M15

At the end of the day, with our swimsuits hung out to dry, we scrubbed up, dressed in our dinner clothes and headed up to our private rooftop to watch the sun set. As the sun dipped down behind the end of the island, champagne was popped – and so was a big question!

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How can a little box hold so much happiness?

Over dinner, we laughed and gasped and sighed, and celebrated our engagement.  Our candlelit table for two overlooking the sunset was the most amazing place to dine on three courses served to us right there on our private rooftop.

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I think it was the happiest sunset I ever saw.