About Jo Yee

Jo Yee is a food and travel photographer based in London. She has a penchant for intriguing food stories which has taken her across the globe to countries including New Zealand, Morocco, Spain, the Czech Republic and more recently Greece. In addition to photography she enjoys cooking and writing for her blog candids by Jo.

Mykonos
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Epicurean Journey In Greece : Mykonos

On the first weekend of October Jess and I traded one island for another. We arrived in Mykonos bleary eyed from a 4AM wake up call in order to catch the first flight out of London but eager to start the first destination of our epicurean journey experience in Greece. Though I’ve never visited the Cyclades I knew to expect a vibrant party town atmosphere in Chora, 16th century windmills perched on a hill and whitewashed cubist buildings.

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Santorini
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Epicurean Journey In Greece : Santorini

On the 65th day of August we sat in a candlelit cellar that served as a winery cave 400 years earlier and tasted a flight of wines from grapes cultivated out of volcanic soil. Any calendar might have indicated it was early October but on that arid Greek island the summer heat lingered far longer. I savored the cooling taste of a lemony finish from the Assyrtiko and caught the pineapple notes of the Katsano, both made from white grapes, while scrawling furiously about the unique nature of wine in Santorini.

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Athens
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Epicurean Journey In Greece : Athens

There I was standing on the ancient grounds of the Acropolis, a mortal mingling in the land of gods. It was October and I was in Greece on assignment with The Luxury Collection to photograph their hotels’ culinary offerings, and in part to experience the country’s cuisine and cooking traditions. Twelve days. Five destinations. Seven hotels. A gig of a lifetime.

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Crete
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Epicurean Journey In Greece : Crete

It was 5:45AM when the doorbell buzzed. Breakfast arrived in the predawn darkness along with the soft clanging of plates under silver domes. The strapatsada, Greek scrambled eggs with tomatoes and feta, still warm and bougatsa pies flaky. Alison and I both reached for coffee first and after taking a few photos settled in our front row seats for a quiet sunrise on the balcony at the Luxury Collection’s Blue Palace Resort & Spa overlooking our private plunge pool and the gulf surrounding Spinalonga island, an old leper colony that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Costa Navarino
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Epicurean Journey In Greece : Costa Navarino

In Messinia, the southwestern part of the Peloponnese, I found the spirit of Tuscany in Greece. Specifically at Costa Navarino. It’s not just the curvaceous rolling hills or cypress trees lining the roads. Nor is it only the vineyards that cover patches of green land with olive groves that seemed to fill the rest. It was also the scent of lavender, the touch of sun on my skin and fullness of the space that coaxed deep breaths.

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