Travel Series: Santorini

Our trip to the island of Santorini started very early. We left our hotel around 5am, which was one of the earliest departure times of the whole trip. Let me be the first to say, the ferries in Greece are a bit of a mess. We had to quickly run onto the ferry, frantically put all of our luggage in one area, and find seats somewhere on the boat, all within a span of about 10 minutes, with hundreds of other passengers trying to do the same. Luckily, everyone got on the ferry without too many issues.

The ferry ride itself was uneventful; almost everyone ended up sleeping because we’d gotten up so early. Getting off the ferry and to our hotel was another mess in and of itself. The parking lot area surrounding the port was definitely not big enough to handle the amount of traffic that passes through the area, and we were the lucky ones that got to take a giant coach bus on the winding road barely big enough for an SUV. Our bus driver got us out without too much trouble, but it was not a trip for someone with a weak stomach, that’s for sure.

Our hotel in Santorini was one of the best. Instead of traditional rooms, it was like we got our own little Greek cottages. The tiny white buildings were just what you’d expect, and it was right on the beach. If you didn’t feel like going on the rocky beach, there was a beautiful pool at our disposal as well. I spent most of my time in Santorini relaxing by that pool.

Our first night in Santorini, we made our way into the city of Fira. We had a nice dinner–probably one of the best dinners of the trip–with a gorgeous view of the sunset. I tasted an espresso martini for the first time at this dinner, and decided that that would be my go-to cocktail once I’m a sophisticated writer (maybe don’t hold me to this). After dinner, we went to a little bar in the city and danced the night away. This night was pretty simple, but it was one of my favorites of the trip, just because we were able to spend time all together as a group.

The next day was our cliff-side wine tasting and village tour. This was incredibly beautiful, but I must say that I enjoyed the wine tasting in Montalcino a bit more. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the tour of the little villages on the island, and the wine itself was amazing, but I wasn’t sure it was entirely worth the cost. Nonetheless, it was a great experience, and I think I may have run into my future self in one of the villages. There was an old woman selling art in a little shop, and she had about 7 cats running around the store. So, not only did I get some beautiful art, I also got to pet some sweet little kitties while I was at it. After the wine tasting and village exploration, we stopped to watch the sunset in Oia. This is the city that has the blue roofs that are iconic of Santorini. I can’t believe how beautiful the sunset was here. \

Our next day in Santorini was more for relaxation. Some of our group went into the city to spend the day at a pool party, but Jess, Sarah, and I elected to have our own little pool party at the hotel. We laid out for most of the day, soaking in the sun, and sipped on cheap mixed drinks. It was the perfect way to spend my last day on the island of Santorini.

Next up came the party island of Mykonos, the last full stop of our trip :(!

Stay tuned for more updates,

xoxo, second sister suzie

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