An Authentic Paradise: Peloponnese, Greece
Old & new, there is so much to fall in love with in Greece...
Going for a romantic, long weekend in the Peloponnese region of Greece, discovering the local area was the first order of business. Riding bikes through the hilly terrain, the scenery was breathtaking. The Cyprus trees stood elegant and tall, the olive trees were immense and the farmer herding his goat gave us good reason to slow down and take it all in.
Visiting the nearby World Heritage archaeological site of Mycenae brought fantasies of ancient Greek civilization, dating as far back as 1400-1300 BC. I was also pleasantly surprised to learn about the culture’s sophistication and luxury taste level. When the site was excavated in 1841, thousands of artifacts were discovered, including beauty accessories like combs, creams and perfume bottles, as well as various types of gemstones and jewelry.
Inspired by all that I had witnessed, I felt as if I had then hit the jackpot when I discovered that the boutique at the hotel sold nearly exclusively Greek brands. With quite a few unique and stunning jewelry designers in their assortment, I instantly felt a connection from the ancient jewelry I had just witnessed, to the modern designs in front of my eyes. Two of my favorite brands were Ioanna Souflia and Tonia Poulaki.
I was then drawn to the colorful and intricately patterned caftans by the brand Christian Zen. The multi-colored one pictured below brought me great joy, yet I also loved the traditionally Greek blue & white version.
Last but not least, the Callista Crafts handbags looked like something I could have found at Bergdorf Goodman. The tan colored snakeskin clutch was super chic yet edgy with its tasseled zipper and the perfect compliment to any outfit. The large white leather tote was timeless and translated to any urban and/or vacation setting. Since my trip, I've been following the new styles from Callista and have written a follow-up post which you can read here.
If you have the opportunity to go to Greece, I highly recommend taking a few days to discover the gorgeous Peloponnese region, just a few hours drive from Athens. The Amanzoe was a peaceful retreat with beach access, making you feel like you could be on one of the islands. There were so many exciting things to discover and do but my favorite aspect, by far, was the sheer beauty of it all.