24 Jul Santorini, Greece
We have all likely seen the gloriously stunning photographs of Greece’s Santorini island; with its blue-topped buildings (which I came to find out are all churches) and those majestic beach skylines with homes that look like they are crammed up on top of one another in completely random order. I, myself, have many of these very photos saved on a Pinterest board called “travel” and am now quite blessed to have taken some similar photos myself.
For many years I have wanted to visit Greece — Santorini being the final destination — but I still didn’t want to get my hopes up when traveling there this May, as things tend to look and behave differently in person. However, having spent three days on this island and in its water, there is absolutely no doubt and no denial in my mind that Santorini was the best part of the trip. Every last bit of it.
The majority of the wonderful people we had the pleasure to meet in Mykonos said they hadn’t been to Santorini but had heard precisely what we’d heard: it is stunning. The photographs I’d seen on Pinterest and in various other blogs didn’t even begin to do justice to the beauty that is Santorini island. It was the perfect way to top off an already fun and beautiful trip.
We took a very large hydrofoil from Mykonos, and upon arriving, hopped in a van to travel across the island to our magnificent loft apartment in Thira. We met a remarkable and fun couple from England in that very van, and are still in contact with them with plans to visit them in their home country next year.
Mind you, Santorini is not a large island. We visited Oia by bus for just a couple € on our second day. Oia was just a 40-minute bus ride, and we hiked up and down the streets taking photographs and enjoying the views. We also witnessed what was certainly a beautiful wedding photo session while strolling the small streets in search of our own perfect photo moment. Remarkably, there were quite a few stray dogs that lie around, and for the most part, people pet and care for them. It breaks my heart that they don’t have homes, but at least they have love, water, and food from the natives and tourists.
While in Thira, we found a store that I will never forget that had souvenirs, as well as some things we desperately needed like volcano soap, €9 pashminas, amazing Greek linens, and FREE CANDY. We loved them so much, we visited three times!
The woman who runs the accommodations at Margarenia Studios recommended a boat tour for us on our last day and we just couldn’t say no. (Also, please consider staying at Margarenia if you make your way to Santorini. It was absolute perfection.) Good thing we said yes to the tour because it was truly one of the most remarkable parts of the trip. (Sans sunburn, which my brother suffered from for days after the tour, despite putting on sunscreen. Somehow, remarkably, I simply got a tan.) We were out on the water for a good four hours; we were provided with a “home-cooked” meal and all of the wine we could handle; there was good music; there were awesome people; black sand, white sand, red sand beaches; pool noodles; a volcano; then we got to jump in to the “hot springs”! Normally, I am trepidatious about jumping into the ocean — because you know… sharks — but they don’t really have scary animals near Greece. If you ever have the opportunity, JUMP IN!
Ah, a new metaphor for life. Courtesy of Santorini, Greece.
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