Okay, okay. Before you run away screaming with your hair on fire, these are the last two Santorini posts. I realize that I’ve been going on forever, but, frankly, I focus all of my editing abilities to my design work, so I feel justified in throwing caution to the wind here on the personal blog. Or so I tell myself.
Also, it’s HARD to pick your favorite moments from your honeymoon. Nobody should be forced to do that. So, I’m taking a stand (or something) and have shown you 300 too many photos from our trip. Shall we continue?
We took the bus up to Oía (via Thíra) with plenty of time to explore the city before settling in for the sunset.
We I over budgeted by a LOT. But since when is having extra time in one of the most beautiful cities in the world a bad thing?
We took a quick pass through some of the most trafficked areas to ascertain what looked good and where we might want to eat later. I loved the look of a little restaurant named Karma so we earmarked that for lunch. (Spoiler alert: it was an excellent choice!)
Unbeknownst to us, there was a cruise ship (driver?) strike happening while we were there and as a result many holiday makers weren’t able to make it to port. That fact coupled with us being there at the very, very beginning of the season meant that we had the luxury of near-empty streets and restaurants until just before sunset.
After food and a bit more roaming the city started to fill up. Always a planner at heart, I ducked into a secluded bar/restaurant and made a booking for about 35 minutes before sunset so that we could enjoy the view over bubbles and nibbles without having to perch. I know that it can be quite difficult and uncomfortable to jostle with the crowds for a good shot or view of the sunset in Oía, but people did seem really organized and respectful and just happy to enjoy the moment together while snapping away. It wouldn’t have been the worst thing in the world to head up to some of the more popular photo spots but, ya know, honeymoon…bubbles…chairs…I think we had the right idea for us. 😉 Anyway, more on that tomorrow.
Oía was just stunning. Before the wedding, I would scroll through Instagram looking wistfully at photos from Santorini, thinking that maybe near the end of season I can surprise Ryan with a trip… I’m still totally floored that he managed to keep me from having a full-on meltdown during wedding planning AND surprise me with this amazing trip. This is a city that I hope we can come back to again and again (and again) as we go through life together.
I know that sometimes this blog can be a bit like your uncle’s slideshow that will. not. end., but if you’ve stuck it out this far I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading along. In the spirit of DJ Khaled’s resurgent popularity, I feel comfortable saying that travel is a major key for me and Ryan. It energizes and motivates us and it’s the very thing that brought us together. It’s so special that I can share all that with people who read the blog or follow along on Twitter and Instagram.