Oia - (EEE-yah)
--sometimes it's easier to express feeling and emotion through speaking. I recorded myself reading this post to better convey my message. feel free to listen!
--to listen and look through the images, it's best on a desktop/laptop
It's been almost two and half months since we returned from a two week trip to Greece, Italy, Switzerland, and France.
And I figured that I should share some images and words from my trip before I leave on another (Honolulu!!!).
If you didn't know, I've wanted to visit Santorini since I was fifteen. I remember seeing an image of the white-washed homes and bright blue domes. This island is the aesthetic of my creative life. Bright, bold, colorful, clean, crisp, and blue. Blue is my favorite color to photograph, to paint with, to wear (besides black - duh). It's the color of the sky, ocean, my husband's eyes. Blue is used in therapies because it evokes calmness. It symbolizes confidence and strength. Blue is my favorite color.
Santorini was a dream that came true. It was everything I had hoped and wished for.
You may have wondered why I've barely posted any images from our trip. And to be completely honest, they've been edited since Thanksgiving, lol.
During our trip and upon returning, I was SO excited to share my words, tips, daily activities, the memories made, and of course, photos.
But I became protective with these images and memories.
Before our trip I decided that I wouldn't be sharing as much as I did when I first went to Europe with my dear photographer friend, Bri, in Spring of 2017. It's different traveling with a photographer friend vs. a spouse. Since I was traveling with my husband, I wanted to be in the moment with him and not on my phone making sure I updated my instastory. So I shared our day activities just before bed for the first few nights. But then it got to be too much. It felt forced and invasive into an intimate trip. I understand that it's totally based on how much I was willing to share but I was very surprised that I was developing these feelings and I didn't know how to handle it.
I decided that I was going to take a break from sharing on social media because it became overwhelming and quite frankly, it was putting me in a less desirable mood - which is bananas because we were in freaking SANTORINI.
The break was really needed to fully soak in this incredible experience. I have to admit that it was hard to not reach for my phone because it's such a habit. After a day or two, I found myself not even thinking about my phone. Nothing was more important than being hand-in-hand with my husband and walking through the quiet, beautiful, and romantic village of Oia.
When we returned, I had/have major vacation blues. Major. Which is another reason why I haven't shared the photos. Looking at them made me sad. Seeing photos of Santorini on Instagram made me sad - I had to unfollow Santorini travel profiles so that I wasn't reminded that we weren't there anymore.
Days and weeks passed by. Sadness turned into happiness. Feelings turned into words. And protectiveness turned into mindful sharing.
This was a trip that we'll remember for the rest of our lives and one that we'll tell our children (that we'll never have/in ten years) about.
I was debating if I wanted to share these feels because it sounds like such a downer but my intention is to be open and honest. The truth is that, I became more mindful and aware about who I'm living for... and that's me.
I truly am excited to share these photos because I hope it will inspire you book a ticket anywhere and make many, many memories!
I will also share what/where we ate, saw and did at the end of this post.
But the memories we made will stay in our hearts. <3
Terracotta Cave House -you can read my review!
Lotza / traditional Greek foods, great views
Skala / traditional Greek food
Skiza / pizza, pastries, ice cream
Apsithia / traditional greek food
Dimitris / seafood, long hike down & up, they can call you a cab to go back up :)
Candouni / cute, romantic area, yummy risotto
Niko's / best gyros, grab & go, near the bus area
Passaris Bakery / baked goods and beverages, choc. croissant is SO GOOD
There are lots of beautiful shops. It's fun to window shop. My favorite was the bookstore, Atlantis Books E.E. It's right at the entrance of the village.
- We were in Oia from 11/3-11/9. It was the beginning of their slow season. Some restaurants and shops were already closed. When we visit again, we'll aim for mid-late October.
- Oia is typical Santorini- clean, romantic, beautiful, touristy. Fira is more active and has more nightlife. Imerovigli is romantic as well.
- Oia is a pedestrian only village. When you arrive, the driver drops you off/you park in the public parking area. There aren't any street signs or house numbers so if possible, hire a porter to direct you. Our airbnb host set us up with a driver and porter to and from the airport.
- You can walk through Oia in just a couple hours (if that). It's a small village.
- Do a sailing tour. Our hosts set up everything for us - we just had to show up at the meeting point. We paid $100 euros/pp and it was worth it. We swam in hot springs, visited three beaches, got wine drunk, the staff made a traditional, authentic lunch while some snorkeled, and watched the sunset.
- Have yogurt & honey everyday. Thank you to Melissa for recommending this. *AMAZING*
- Take a 15 bus ride to Fira. Walk around, stop in some shops, and eat delicious food.
- Infamous sunset is in Oia. Tourists/day-trippers gather to the ruins in Oia to watch the sunset. Our Airbnb was right next to the ruins so a couple evenings, we watched the sunset from our balcony. <3
- Oh, you can't flush your toilet paper in Oia.
I hope you enjoyed looking through these photos. They hold very special memories for us. <3
Stay tuned for:
- Athens, Milan, Geneva, and Paris