Santorini is no stranger for any travel enthusiast. It was voted one of the most beautiful island in the world last year and certainly has put Greece in the map. This island, also called Thira, is located at southern of the Aegean Sea. You could reached here via flight (which we did) or boat (from mainland).
It has been in my ultimate bucket list to visit Santorini this year. I tried to avoid the busy peak season hence booked the flights and accommodation 6 months prior, for the month of May. It will be spring, with plenty of sun but still breezy -sprinkled with awesome Greek food, white buildings, blue domes and friendliest people. Seriously, can it really be any better?
Anywho, we boarded our flight from Dublin to Athens and I think it took about 4 hours. It was a pleasant flight and we needed to wait for another 2 hours for the next flight to Santorini. We reached our hotel in the evening around 6pm and luckily the driver picked us up with ma name: Mrs. Ayot (not Mrs. Anak! Fuhh!) 😂 We quickly checked-in and of course your girl needs to take out her camera and snap snap snap! To my disappointment though, the clouds were hovering us and it was windy. WTH. I later came to know that the place I booked was at Imirovigli, which is the highest point of Santorini island. You could have the best sunset here, minus the crowd and it’s a midpoint between north and south. I was initially contemplating to stay at Oia, which is much more vibrant with shops, pretty sunset overlooking Aegean Sea but much much more crowded. But because we are like an old grumpy couple, we would normally pick place which is less touristic and you get more value for your money. So, I was quite pleased with my choice (your gurl gotta say that to make herself feels better, alright?)😁
Hokay, let the pictures speak for themselves. Shall we? ✌️
The place we stayed is called Andromeda Villa. But please look around. There are so many choices to cater for any needs and price range. I really wanted to have a hot bath in the tub every morning hence we picked this place. Nothing feels like walking into your hot tub right in front of your door step with so much privacy and a butler who served you every meals.
A bit too hungry on the night we arrived so we ordered some room service. It was just okay but we were fast asleep after bath as we were too tired 💤
The next morning though, we went a bit cray cray with the breakfast selection. Look at these!! There were more food that didn’t even make it to the table because it was fuuulll! Poor butler has to bring them all the way to our room 😂😂😂 I still love this breakfast selection. Everything except the cheese (cuz your girl is lactose intolerant yo).
We just walked around Firas which is 30 minutes walk from our villa. But because we did too many stops for the pictures, I think the whole walk took us about 2 hours. It was breathtaking and every 10 metres, there are cute cafes. But I forgot my sunscreen and completely burnt my forehead. It is still very shiny up to now 😂
In Firas, we had a cuppa, skipped lunch all together and shopped for some good old souvenirs. We bought some cool stuffs for our own collection too. Quite stoked.
The walk back home was rather painful without my sunscreen and as you can see my cheuffer has long abandoned me 😂
In the evening, we went out to Anogi, a really authentic Greek restaurant. There was a queue but we didn’t have to wait long. Sorry, no food porn. It went down too quickly 😝
It is a big day. I booked a photography course for full day and our guide was Olaf from Santorini Photo Tourz. I couldn’t recommend him enough. Originally from NZ himself, Santorini has been his home for the last 7 years. Like many others, he thrives with the opportunity arises from tourism in Santorini. He taught us about being curious and think outside the box so that our pictures stand out from other 1 million who took the pictures of the same dome. He also drove us to remote vilages so that we could master ‘exclude’ or ’embrace’. It was such a steep learning curve for me, very tiring but rewarding indeed 😊
Before we left, Olaf said something which made me burst out laughing: I’m quite disappointed you both has NO selfie stick. Guys, you can’t be Asian without one! 😭😭😭😭
Most of these photos were taken in Oia which is so colorful and full of energy. I love everything about it especially the never ending selection of cafes and restaurant. There are so many tourists of different nationalities 🇫🇷🇰🇷🇯🇵🇨🇳🇩🇪bringing their own pesona and take on picturesque Aegean Sea. I decided to come back again another day as your girl needs to shop!
Later that evening, we had these for dinner. 🍝🍤🍷
Again after a fresh hot bath and fulfilling breakfast, we made our way for next activity in the list which is Caldera Luxury Yacht experience. I was slightly worried as hubby has quite a bad travel sickness. One anti-histamine later, we hopped on and ready to go. Thankfully the endless supply of alcohol put his sickness to rest 🍺🍺🍺
Btw, we even had proposal on the yacht!! I am now hitting myself on the head for zero pictures but I was toooo emotional hokay?! I was just gonna shout YES if she didn’t reply soon enough! 💍💍💍 *put a ring on it* Seriously, sunset on the yacht, Caldera view and a bloody proposal?? I can’t even.
I decided to come back to Oia and explore more of the area. I took more pictures and we had a wonderful lunch overlooking Caldera. Every corner in Oia is insta-worthy. The shops offer unique hand made crafts and I have to say they are reasonably priced (compared to other EU destinations I have been to).
It is our last day in Santorini so decided to just chill and feast our eyes with the blues and the whites before going back to Ireland. I needed to even out my burnt forehead and went on to have a bake under the sun -with sunscreen of course. Had our last Greek meal in the hotel which took one hour, in Greek style (200% laid back)😭😭😭
Next stop, Amalfi Coast 😍