Santorini, Greece

The honeymoon continued from Mykonos, to Paros, and now Santorini!

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Santorini is the remains of an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements on the island.
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The result is a giant central lagoon that is surrounded by high steep cliffs (about 980 feet!) sloping down to the Aegean Sea.

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We got off our ferry and took a bus up to the town of Fira. We then backpacked our way to the Kavalari hotel.

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Our hotel, like most, was build right out of the cliff on the island to take full advantage of the sunsets over the caldera.

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The hotel almost resembled a little village of it’s own.

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We even go upgraded to a cave room!

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It was literally a room carved out of the side of the island!

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The view from right outside our room of the volcano and surrounding caldera.

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We took a seat on the terrace and prepared for our first sunset.

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A little bubbly to celebrate!
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We photographed just about every second of the sunset, it was breathtaking.

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Finally the sun went down and we set off to the streets of Fira for dinner.

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Fira at night was beautiful!

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All of the streets in Fira wind up and down the side of the caldera leaving you with views of the town and water almost everywhere you look.
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We ate dinner at Argo per a recommendation by the hotel staff. Bread and olive tapenade to start!
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Followed by the Santorini salad. With its fresh and sundried tomatoes, parmesan, currants, pine nuts and balsamic, this was one of the best salads I’ve ever had!

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Will ordered the Shimp Pasta.

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And I ordered the Lamb Shank. Both were phenomenal dishes!

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The next day we rented a bike and took off for the beaches!
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Our first stop, the Red Sand Beach! With it’s red sand from volcanic rock, this beach was one of the most impressive!

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Next we went to Perissa beach (seen above) and Kamari beach. Both beaches had beautiful black sand!
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We had read about how beautiful the sunset was in Oia – a town about 6 miles northwest of Fira. Naturally we rode to Oia that afternoon to check it out!

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Oia is one of the most photographed villages in the Greek Islands because of its many popular white and blue Byzantine churches.

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Like Fira, Oia had amazing views of the caldera as well!

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We gathered with other tourists on top of ancient castle ruins to watch the sunset.

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We all waited in anticipation!
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Cue the sunglasses.

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Absolutely gorgeous. The sunset seemed to be even closer than when we watched it in Fira! There was a round of applause from the crowd once the sun finally set.
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We spent some time exploring and shopping around Oia before heading back to Fira.
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When we arrived back in Fira we stumbled upon a Greek dance performance going on in the town square!

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Dinner was another amazing salad – the Caldera Salad (arugula, tomatoes, mozzarella, croutons,and balsamic) along with Shrimp Saganaki and Calamari.

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We had some local beer from a Santorini brewing company called Yellow Donkey. it was quite delicious!

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Our last day in Santorini began with a hike down the 600 steps from Fira to port.

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We chose to walk, but alternatively you can ride a donkey up or down the steps as well!

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The donkey’s just stand around casually waiting for the next willing rider.

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The whole walk down had beautiful views of the ocean.

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After the long trek to the bottom, we decided to take the cable car back up!

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It was a rather quick ride!

After 2 days on the island, we made our way to the Santorini airport to catch a flight to Athens!

Kalispera Santorini!

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