Part Two the Nicolette Files
Skiathos is the town we flew to before heading off to the Mamma Mia island of Skopelos. The flight is around thirty minutes and super easy and then from there we took a ferry to Skopelos. I am hands down in love with Skopelos (as in might take a note out of Donna’s book and move there and run my own hotel) the streets take you to this nostalgic place like you are walking into the past and everything is just so quaint and breathtaking. We stayed at the cutest Airbnb, with the sweetest host including balcony views, rooftop seating, and many other truly European amenities.
One of our favorite local bars is called The Hidden Door, it is small and if you are not looking out for it you would miss it, but it has the friendliest bartender and owner and the coolest set up. Food is everywhere making it impossible to choose where to eat, take your time eating because the Greek are in no rush and are never trying to push you out. The portions are large and the dining is so cheap. The only thing that is a little inconvenient is the water is not safe to drink out of the tap so you have to buy bottled water everywhere you go.
The charm of this place goes on and on, even having a bell that chimes on the hour throughout the city. To go to the famous Mamma Mia church we rented an ATV. In order to rent a motorbike or scooter you have to provide an international driver's license, which we do not have but they did let us take the ATV anyways. The church was about an hour drive but well worth it because the whole drive is one of the most scenic views I have ever seen. The company that rented us the ATV was very kind and even called immediately when we had left behind an item to make sure it got returned for us before our departure.
Once we reached the church it was 200 stairs to the top. It is not as bad as it sounds I promise. Very doable and an exhilarating view. It was not crowded, seeing as we were not there during tourist season and it was everything I imagined it to be, although not exactly accurate to how it is depicted in the movie.
All in all it was a must do in completing my childhood dream and a pleasant experience. Some other things to account for, there is wifi everywhere to connect to so you can communicate well with your loved ones back home, but it is not high quality, so connecting to emails and social networks is hard outside of your living accommodations. The people were always friendly but also had a lot of questions for us. Nothing is better than seeing their faces light up as you attempt to communicate with them and they truly appreciate the effort you put in to speak to them in Greek.
- Good Vibes and Adventure