We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. -J. Nehru
While planning our trip to Greece the first destination I decided upon was Santorini. I knew I wanted to go there when multiple times I read it described as one of the “#1 Honeymoon Destinations.”
(I took these pictures during my trip to Greece in August 2010, and wrote this shortly after.)
The night ferry ride from Athens to Santorini is 8 hours. We were on the boat from 12:00 midnight – 8:00am. Tickets to sleep in a cabin with beds started at 180€ a night. Tickets to sleep on the boat wherever you could find a spot were 30€. We opted for the floor. Luckily, by “ferry” I mean huge & beautiful yacht. We found a corner in the lobby and snuggled up under blankets and a sleeping bag Dani brought. It certainly wasn’t ideal, but it was all part of the adventure. There were 100’s of people with the same tickets as us, sleeping everywhere you can imagine all over the boat! If we had been on the Titanic we would have been the last people helped off, haha.
I had read it is highly recommended to pull up to Santorini during the day, as opposed to at night, so you can enjoy the views. The guides didn’t lie.
Waking up with a slightly stiff neck from sleeping in the lobby quickly went away once we were on deck. We rolled up our things into our backpacks, bought coffee with sugar & milk and made our way upstairs to the huge deck. At 8:00am the air was crisp and it was a beautiful, sunny day.
Here are some pics I snapped while we pulled up to what would become my favorite island (out of the two I visited – lol)
Santorini is a dream island.
You feel like you are hanging off the edge of the world.
The island was created by one of the largest volcanic explosions (which means soft black sand beaches). The natives move at the pace of island life, which is perfect for relaxing vacationers…
The rotation of the sun and moon are more dramatic on the small island. Naturally and immediately you become in-tune to the amazing power of nature.
Dani and I rented an ATV and took turns driving. It is so much fun riding around between beaches, towns and restaurants on an ATV. All of the tourists were happily scooting around on them. Plus they were really cheap to rent- only 15€ a day.
The roads to Oia, at the very north of the island, were suuuppperr windy. The kind of windy mountain roads where you if you fall off, that’s it. On the midnight rides home from Oia, I crouched behind Dani trying to hide from the wind while admiring the reflection of the moon on the rippling water far below.
Not like they need me to toot their horn, but I loved using the Lonely Planet guide book. As far as the Greece edition went, we used it for everything except picking our hotels.
Everyone watches, almost in silence, as the sun slowly sinks below the horizon. (This would be the part where you feel like you are hanging off the edge of the world…)
As soon as the sun had set…. someone started the “slow-clap.” Soon everyone was applauding and cheering one of natures greatest shows.
Oia was one of the highlights of my entire trip to Greece. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…