My love affair with Santorini!

A while back, I was in Greece, one of the most stunning, sun-kissed countries on the planet!  My husband and I had the pleasure of spending 2 days in Athens and 5 relaxing days on the island of Santorini.  Now, I’m sitting at my desk writing this post and wishing I was still there.  It’s times like these, I’m glad I keep a travel diary so I can reminisce.

Santorini

After one night in Athens, we took the Blue Star Ferry to Santorini. The trip took about 8 hours but we were excited to slow down after a week of hustle and bustle in Italy.  We even booked a cabin so we could grab a few hours of sleep.  Once we arrived, we took a taxi from the port into Fira where we met, Yiannis, the owner of the house we rented from VRBO.  (Side note: This one was amazing!)  He drove us from Fira to Oia where we stayed in a pretty awesome two bedroom Cave House at Villa Ariadni.  

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Oia

As we checked in and got the scoop on our rental, I couldn’t help but look at the ridiculous view just outside our door. I was sure this was the most beautiful place I had ever been. Our plan for the 5-day trip was to relax as much as possible and disconnect from work, social media, and America.  I admit, at first, it was difficult but by the end of the 2nd day I had it down. Most of our mornings were spent lying on one of our 3 patios reading and soaking up the Mediterranean sun.

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In the afternoons, we ventured out into the main area of Oia to shop and drink with the locals. Some of the most charming parts of Oia where the marble streets, the white-washed buildings, and the colorful rooftops.

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facebook post size feature image PThe rest of our days were spent eating fresh fish, crisp Greek salads (I assume they’re just called salads in Greece), and delectable desserts, most involving Greek honey! One of my favorite meals was in Amoudi Bay where we stopped for a lovely seaside lunch.  I even got my hubby, who loves sashimi but is super picky when it comes to shell fish, to try a few new things.

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Each night, we witnessed phenomenal sunsets where the sun seemed to melt into the Aegean Sea. It was during our very first sunset that my husband and I deemed Santorini our spot. We decided to go back whenever we needed to recharge our batteries. (Side note: in the upper left-hand corner of the photo below – just above the white building – is the famous spot.) “The Fortress Ruins” is where people gather in Oia to watch the sunsets. Luckily, we were able to relax on our patio with lots of wine and cheese!

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Fira

On our last night in Santorini, Yiannis, made dinner reservations for us in Fira. The atmosphere on the patio dining area was sweet and serene and the food was to die for. This was definitely the best meal we had during our two weeks in Europe. This was a great way to end our trip to this charming island.

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santorini oia fira

This time next year, we plan to go back to Greece to relax, disconnect and eat! I’d love to hear about your favorite places to get away from it all.  Leave your comments below.

 

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    • yiannis
    • October 25, 2014
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    Hi Mia! So nice to read tour blog! Hope to see both of you again in our newly renovated Oia cave houses… All the best!

    1. Reply

      Hi Yiannis! We’re sad we couldn’t make it back this year but we already have plans to come back next year. Looking forward to seeing the renovations and taking in that view! See you soon.

      Mia

  1. Reply

    Oh it’s just one of those places everyone dreams about isn’t it? So far I’ve only been to Crete but I’d love to see Santorini!

    • Lolo
    • August 4, 2015
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    This is a great post! I hope to make it here one day! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Reply

    I wish I would have seen this before I booked my hotel! Where you stayed looked amazing. You just got me more excited for my trip in September!

  3. Reply

    Hmmm… great food great experience 😀

  4. Reply

    Greece is high atop our list too! Cannot wait experience those views!

  5. Reply

    The husband and I were just discussing, saying we should visit Greece soon. And we should definitely do a cruise while we’re there. This is a great way to experience both!

  6. Reply

    Too bad we didn’t get to go to santorini. We were in Athens but then that was years back when there was a strike so yeah. I should make it a point to go back to Greece and visit the islands 🙂

  7. Reply

    Sounds like an amazingly relaxing time.

    • Simone
    • August 7, 2015
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    Yes Please! Santorini is my dream, I cannot WAIT to visit 🙂

    • Nic
    • August 7, 2015
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    I can see why you fell in love with the place, it looks so laid back and cultural. It’s on our bucket list but it might have just moved up a few spaces!!

  8. Reply

    My husband and I fell in love with Santorini when we went there for a friend’s wedding. I literally had tears in my eyes at the beauty as I first stepped out over the caldera. I often wish I could transport myself back there.

  9. Reply

    Santorini is such a beautiful destination. I have been there about 20 years ago, and since then never returned. I did visit Greece a few times and the food is so good!! Anytime, I guess it is time to visit Santorini again after reading this story 🙂

    1. Reply

      Santorini will always be on my travel list. I have so many other places I want to see but I will always go back to Santorini!

  10. Reply

    this is such a beautiful place! i hope i can bring my children here one day soon!

    1. Reply

      Yes, it’s stunning! I hope to get back soon but I know you and your children will have a wonderful time!

  11. Reply

    I love Santorini too! Went in 1986 and again in 2004! I’m overdue for another visit! I recommend to everyone to arrive by ferry so you can enjoy the view from the boat as well!

    1. Reply

      Santorini, is one of my favorite places in the world. I can’t wait to go back. We will take the ferry again as well!

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