Greece has always been a dream vacation spot for me. I always said that it was the one place I would give anything to visit. So when my husband suggested we go there on our second honeymoon after London, I could hardly contain my excitement.
Starting out in Firostefani, we stayed at the Homeric Poems which was perfect. The room was like something you would dream of, with views you’ve only ever seen on postcards. The staff were very hospitable and made us feel like we were at home.
Fira is only a 10 minute walk away and is such a fun part of town, bustling with locals and tourists alike.
Oia as you can imagine, was one of the most charming parts of the island. The sunsets were unforgettable and serene, with the blue rooftops that everyone talks about. We had dinner at a restaurant perched up on the cliff called Ambrosia. Speaking of food, the Greek food in Santorini failed to excite me. Perhaps because I had too high expectations of it. The view though, definitely made up for it.
Following that, we took a private yacht out and explored the Aegean ocean and the island of Thirasia. Very few people visit that island, but the yacht ride was definitely unforgettable. Getting to swim in the hot springs surrounded by volcanoes and having lunch on the boats deck – doesn’t get much better than that.
You could even take a donkey ride through the towns and explore Santorini that way! However, we chose to rent ATVs and ride through the villages and visit Akrotiri and Perissa – where the black sand beach is. After which, we rode up to Imerovigli, where we were treated to stunning views of the volcanoes.
On our way back, we stopped by Athens for a day of exploring. The Acropolis of Athens is actually breathtaking. It was built in 438 BC for the goddess Athena. Some of the communal baths were still standing! I was craving a Souvlaki badly and finally found a small family owned resteraunt that had them. I expected my mind to be blown away – but sadly, it was still intact after the meal. There is so much history in walking through the quaint streets of Athens away from the touristy parts, that I would definitely go back again.
My dream location was definitely unforgettable and one of the best Ive been on so far – always helps to have a masseuse on hand at one of the best airport lounges in Turkey to help transition back into daily life.