Chasing waterfalls at Watkins

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[Frankie showed me this song on our drive and it’s been on repeat ever since…]

 

For my birthday, my love surprised me with a camping trip to Watkins Glen State Park .   

We went chasing waterfalls! Cue TLC song….

 

Taken from the website,

“Within two miles, the glen’s stream descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, generating 19 waterfalls along its course. The gorge path winds over and under waterfalls and through the spray of Cavern Cascade. Rim trails overlook the gorge. “

 

We camped right at Watkins Glen State Park Campground which was amazing because our camp site was walking distance to the trails to the waterfalls! And we got a great site that was nice and private.

 

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Upon entering the park, you feel like you are in a scene from Indiana Jones. The lush greenery and the jungle like atmosphere make you want to swing across within the trees.  (Tarzan?)

 

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The heart shaped pool ❤

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My favorite part of the hike were the Rainbow Falls where you can walk right beneath the trickling water…

 

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When the lighting is just right…

 

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That night we ventured into Watkins Glen town and stopped at Rooster Fish Brewing

I really loved the atmosphere, especially that they had games available to play! The beers were delicious and we took a growler back to the campground.

 

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We found out that Rooster Fish also has a restaurant that sells their beers too, and it happened to be the restaurant I was thinking of for dinner anyway so it was an easy choice!

We had dinner at Wildflower Cafe and Crooked Rooster Brewpub

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I got their special mozzarella sandwich and sweet potato fries and we got a crab dip for an app, so good and worth every calorie. 

 

26 isn’t so bad, right?! 

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Later that night we had a bit of a photo shoot testing out different modes on my camera…

 

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I wore my new Lularoe leggings that have fish on them! ❤

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On my birthday day we had to head home but decided to stop in Ithaca on the way home and stopped for a bite to eat at the Carriage House Cafe . 

What drew me to this place was the Brie- stuffed french toast I saw on the menu and their local farm and non GMO style. #Eatlocal. The french toast was out of this world good and I also got a blueberry sorbet mimosa that was like desert for breakfast! (That’s what you do on your birthday…)

 

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We stopped at the Ithaca waterfalls on the way home too…

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Keep exploring…. : )

A Woodstock birthday

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This weekend was Frankie’s birthday and we celebrated by spending a great weekend in Ulster County!

I surprised him with a massage at a spa in Woodstock and I also got a facial 🙂 We went to the same spa mom, sis, and I had our girls spa day for mom’s birthday this year.

We ventured into Woodstock after to grab lunch and walk the town…

 

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I need this bike.

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We happened upon the Woodstock flea market and Frankie purchased a really cool Cigar box…

 

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I love this bar so much! We had already eaten so did not try the tacos, but I loved the atmosphere. [ Tinker Taco Lab ]

 

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We decided to stop at a creek I have been wanting to check out for awhile. It was a lot easier to find than we thought! [ Big Deep Creek ]

 

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Some Woodstock-ians were apparently trying to live #offthegrid as we stumbled upon their home…

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On Sunday we went paddle boarding in Saugerties and practiced our yoga paddle!

 

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What did you do this weekend?

26 funny feelings about turning 26

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– I just found this artist tonight. Thank you again, Discover weekly on Spotify. She is amazing!

 

Upon looking up inspiration for this post, I came across this read on Thought Catalog that summed up exactly how I feel about turning 26 in (less than) 2 weeks. It reads,

 

“It’s more like 26 shows up in the middle of coffee one morning and hands you a freshly printed memo that reads: “You’re going to get old one day and die. You’re cool for now, but it will happen. You’re officially on notice. You won’t be young forever.”

 

I am definitely not overly excited about this age. So I blog about it!

I wanted to make this a funny one because it’s 26 and let’s face it… 26 is not funny at all. Wasn’t it just yesterday I was turning 25?!  Also….my blog birthday is on August 17th– 2 days after my birthday! This year will be our 2nd birthday.

 

I wish it was only my 2nd birthday too…. at least then I would not be closer to 30.

 

 

26 funny feelings about turning 26:

 

 

1.) By this age, my mom had 2 kids and a house….

By this age, I am living in my mom’s house. Lolz. Working on that! …This is funny, right?

 

2.) Wrong. Things like that are no longer funny. It is no longer a joke to not have your shit together. Which is funny- because most people at 26 do not have their shit together…

 

 

3.) You are now officially closer to age 30 than to age 20.

 

4.) Your clock strikes midnight on your 26 birthday and so begins your life clock…tick tick ticking away….

 

 

5.) You are now officially an adult.

 

 

6.) And you are in that weird phase where everyone you know is either still going out partying a lot, (was never my scene) OR getting engaged or married, and having or already has kids. It is a confusing time for all of us.

 

7.) If you are like me and have been in a relationship for a long time and are not already engaged, the questions from everyone you know about “why” said engagement has not yet occurred will occur even more often.  Be forewarned.  We have joked that our answer from now on will be ,”Oh, we already had the wedding, you didn’t know?” Leaving said question asking individual to wonder silently how and why their invite somehow got lost….

 

8.) You are at that weird age where anyone under 22 seems really young to you and oh God, why am I saying things like “when I was your age….” Make it stop. I work with teens and young adults up to age 21 so continuously hear phrases like “on fleek.”

 

 

9.) This is the age where those same teens ask you, “how old are you anyway?” and you secretly cheer when they guess younger than you are.

 

10.) And although 26 is your new number, you still have no clue what you are doing with your life. I feel like most people by this age have a stable job that may have OK pay and good benefits that they could stay with for awhile, but they are not satisfied or don’t feel inspired by it. (me right now) Most of us have not yet fulfilled our dreams.

 

11.) My 10 year high school reunion is in 2 years. Woah.

 

 

12.) Your biggest milestone years from here on out include each new decade….16 you can drive, 18 you are legal, 21 you can drink, 25 you can legally rent a car, 26 you…..can no longer be on your parent’s heath insurance. Woo hoo!

 

13.) You are at that age where you are wondering if your Sims, Animal Crossing, and sticker hobbies are becoming too young for you.  Lol. JK- this will never happen. Keep that youthful spirit forever!

 

14.) ….Perhaps it is time for your Simming to get much more serious, though. No more drowning Sims in the pool or making them cook repeatedly to cause a fire. You will make more serious Sims lives now, give them more stability. Because are you are 26 now. You will now live out your 26 year old dreams for yourself vicariously through your Sims more now than ever.

 

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15.) Life choices feel much more….serious. At this age, it’s almost like you feel like you don’t have enough time to make mistakes!

 

 

16.) At this age, we are caught between struggling to still make small decisions, like what desert to order when you are out or which wine is the cheapest but the best quality- all while plagued with the sudden pressure that 26 brings to make those big decisions. Like whether to buy a house, marry, or have children.

 

 

17.)The feeling like you might really have to start that “having a family” thing soon, but don’t feel adult enough yet to care for yourself 100% yet, let alone a child.

 

18.) For me, this thought of turning 26 feels like I am caught between the urge to do something really out of my comfort zone and the urge to settle.

 

19.) The feeling of old and young happening simultaneously…

 

20.) You are now that age you used to think was “old.”

 

21.) I feel I should stop avoiding looking at my bank account balance…

 

22.) And save money so I don’t have to be afraid to look. : )

 

23.) 26 is realizing how far you have come..

 

24.) And how far you still have to go!

 

25.) It is learning to embrace age because with it comes wisdom from your experiences.

 

26.) 26 feels like I will be celebrating the small victories a lot, while I try to master this “Adulting” thing.

 

If you have passed this 26 milestone, any advice? Share with me 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Monday motivation

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Happy Monday!

 

 

 

 

 

I am writing this post for motivation for you guys and for motivation for myself.

Honestly guys, today was just one of those “blah” days at work- lots of boring trainings online for a new program I am working for with my job.

A little uninspiring, to say the least.

I am trying not to let it get to me so instead….I blog. I will blog about inspiration when I am feeling uninspired and I will blog about motivation when I am feeling unmotivated.

 

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Weekend Roundup

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Friday night Frankie and I went to a summer concert series on the water and one of our favorite bars that has a corn hole and a fire pit. There were two separate concerts- this one down below and a Pink Floyd tribute band that was also really good!

I love this bar because you feel like you are sitting under a huge willow tree, which reminds me of my childhood. My nana’s yard had this huge willow tree we used to climb all day in the summer! Between this, the fire pit, and the lights lighting the path it has a really cozy feel to it.

 

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Saturday I went to a wine, chocolate, and strawberries festival with my friends- a girl’s dream come true! #Hudsonvalleywinery

If you want to check them out- this is them!

I ended up buying the Spiced apple wine which is amazing and will be wonderful in fall warmed up!

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The Strawberry and Raspberry wines were my favorite!

 

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Sunday we wanted to explore and this hike has been on our list for awhile now. (Pratt Rock Hike)

“New York’s Mount Rushmore”

 

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“Let virtue be your greatest care,

And study your delight,

So will your days be ever fair

And peaceable your nights.”

 

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What did you do this weekend?

 

 

 

 

20 somethings guide to an indecisive mind

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I am obsessed with Willow Smith right now. And this song especially. Don’t be indecisive about hitting the play button…

 

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It’s time for another 20 somethings guide! This one kind of related to my 20 somethings guide to an anxious mind post.

I feel like the 2 are intertwined here. The world has so many options.  This is great but also terrifying. It can become a cycle of indecisiveness, leading to anxiety, and anxiety leading to indecisiveness. And exhaustion!

 

 

 

I struggle with this a lot lately so I felt the need to write from what I have experienced myself. I am not saying I have overcome this and this may be something that always plagues us as humans, naturally, who crave perfection. So I thought I would create a guide because what else do I do when I am going through something- help others…and pretend to know what I am doing!

 

Start somewhere. 

 

 

Take the first step, through the insecurity and indecision.  “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

Take that class even if you are not sure if you want to do that for the rest of your life. Realize that you don’t even have to finish that degree just because you started. Those classes could still contribute to you getting your dream job. It’s okay to change your mind once you are “in” something and move onto something else.  In my opinion, this is way better than sitting around thinking about starting something and remaining stagnant. Growth is moving forward, in spite of your mind shouting “what if’s” at you. Better yet, what if you don’t start? Usually that is a worse outcome in our minds. (And IRL.)

 

Stop being commitment phobic and fearful of making a mistake. 

 

 

While sitting here trying to think about why it may be that we are indecisive, the thought came to my mind that we are afraid to commit and that we are fearful of mistakes. The 2 are also intertwined. Us humans are commitment phobes. What are mistakes, anyway? They translate into life experience….necessary, raw, and real life experience.

 

You can make decisions without being impulsive. 

 

 

What I mean by this is- say you are thinking about exploring a new career but don’t want to leave your good job immediately for something you are unsure about. You can take a class after work or around your schedule to see if it’s something you would like first, before jumping all the way in. You can keep your safety net close by while you explore thing “unsafe” and “scary” new possibility. Also I love the quote, “Don’t make a permanent decision on a temporary feeling. ”

 

Find yourself and you will (hopefully) find your decision

 

 

Journal, volunteer, meditate. Work on yourself and try not to focus on the pressure of this decision so much and through these things, you may end up actually coming to one.

 

Even if the decision ends up ultimately being something different than what you originally decided, you still learned something from it. Those classes you took were not a waste and can be applied elsewhere. That thing you did may have been what you needed to do in that moment at that time.

 

Trust your instinct….Even if the path is not “clear,” trust that it will lead somewhere. 

 
And it does not have to look clear to anyone else, either. As long as you trust that the decision will eventually lead you to where you want to be, that’s all that matters.

 

“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.”
― Hermann Hesse, Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

 

 

Currently in July

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This song has been stuck in my head lately. The beginning is sad but it gets happier… I think it’s good that songs like this are raising mental health awareness. I encourage you to give it a listen! That number the song is named after is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number. I have never struggled with this personally but truly feel for those who do. This is for a friend who reached out to me last week who was struggling…

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has been awhile since I have done a “Currently” post- since March, to be exact! Looking at those snow pictures is crazy because it does not feel that long ago at all that that was outside! This year is flying by. How is it July already?!?

I loved posting about my Greece trip, and I still may do one part, but I was too excited to get back to my normal blogging routine.

 

 

Currently celebrating…

 

 

 

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A double rainbow after a beautiful summer thunderstorm…

 

 

Summer time (my favorite time ever) is in full swing and I am just celebrating sunshine and swimming as much as I can.

How was your July 4th?

Mine was filled with a puppy, ice cream, and swimming at a water park!

 

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This is my cousin’s new puppy Lucky, who is a Scottie poo. I love himmmmm! We went out for ice cream and he was pretty excited.

 

We had a bit of an early July 4th celebration with the family and mom brought out this amazing surprise.

Has anyone else ever had the Friendly’s watermelon cake? It’s lemon and watermelon sherbert with chocolate chip “seeds.”

 

It’s the best.thing.in.the.world.

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While writing this post I actually remembered we had leftovers in the fridge so I had some more…

 

July 4th week was not a good eating week for me at all, lol! But I did go to my spin class.

I have still been keeping up with my regular gym routine every week and spin class has been the most beneficial exercise for me that I have ever tried in terms of seeing results! I spin and then I go in the sauna and it is very therapeutic. Often I regret my decision to go within 5 minutes of class when I feel like dying, but I never once regret actually going once it’s done.

Currently doing…

 

On my days off, we have been hanging out at our favorite lake.

 

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There needs to be way more days like this….not working but swimming and laying in the sunshine! =D

This summer I definitely plan on exploring new swim areas though and have a few on my list.

The other thing I have been busy “doing” is working my new reception job at the animal hospital. I took this job to figure out if I wanted to go back to school for Vet Tech, which I had previously started. I really like the job itself and enjoy being around all of the puppers and doggos, but ultimately don’t think I want to be a Vet Tech.

I’m trying to focus on what I enjoy doing and am good at, which is blogging. I would love to do something creative, like this, that also integrates creativity for a cause- like working with animal organizations. I still have a passion for nonprofits (my other job) and I am going to take some Communications and Media classes this fall so that will be fun!

 

Currently loving…

 

I decided to stop into Burlington Coat Factory the other day on a whim.

I am so glad I did! I found these super cute “Bobs for Dogs” by Sketchers brand shoes. 

Every pair you buy goes to benefit the Best Friends Animal Society. They have a ton of cute designs on their site and now I want more of them!

 

They are also insanely comfortable with memory foam.

 

Another thing I am loving lately is this bathing suit that I got at Marshalls. I love the cut out side trend in one pieces right now and it is really flattering!

 

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I hope you are all having a fabulous July and summer!

 

Thanks for reading!  XOXO

Stories of Santorini…Part 4: Food!

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First off I wanted to say thank you for bringing us up to 700 followers!!

 

 

I am so incredibly humbled and every time I reach another mile stone it makes me want to focus on this even more and more. This is really my little sanctuary and I am so thankful for it. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I blogged about my 500 followers milestone!

 

So, what better way to celebrate big things than food?! In Greece they definitely celebrate their food…

 

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Greek frappes were an every day occurrence for us. #Caffeine

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A happy girl is a girl with Greek pizza and an orange lit moon with her man! #Pizzaforever

 

 

Speaking of food….it’s a good thing there are a million steps in Santorini. Walking up the side of those caldera cliffs isn’t easy, but oh so worth it. We managed to both come home actually weighing less than before we left! We counted 110 steps to walk up and down from our hotel every day.

 

Here is a list of our favorite places that we were lucky enough to wine and dine at on our trip:

 

Let’s start with Gyros. All day every day.

We thought our festival gyros at home were good until we tried them in Greece. They always put french fries on their gyros and paprika! Also in Greece I noticed they do other meat besides lamb, which makes me think that the lamb Gyro is the Americanized version.

We went to Lucky’s Souvlakis and we ended up going there like once a day. Lol. When in Greece!

 

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Heliotopos Hotel Restaurant and Wine Bar

 

We ate at our hotel, Heliotopos, a few nights and that was amazing. It doesn’t get much better than eating out on the Terrace overlooking the sunset.

 

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My wonderful mama sent us wine and a cheese plate! Heaven….

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This is where we had breakfast every morning- buffet style complete with fresh fruit, homemade jams and Greek pastries. 

 

Sunset in Ammoudi Bay

 

We were lucky enough to get to eat at Sunset Ammoudi twice- the first time for actual dinner and the seconds for appetizers and wine as we watched the sunset.

 

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To get down to the restaurant, you have to walk the  Oia to Ammoudi Bay  steps, which I wrote about in my Santorini Bucket List. 

 

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As you can see, your table is literally on the edge of the Bay. The wine bucket was perched on the side of the edge of the table only held up by a metal piece. It was such a unique experience!

What made it even more unique was when we heard a splash and looked over to see a man swimming in the water.  (I wish I got a picture of that!) Now, Greek water in May is freezing on even a hot and sunny day. Our waiter told us “Oh yes, that is our staff- he jumps into the water to grab people’s things when they drop them from their tables.”

Talk about Greek hospitality.

 

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I am really not a fish person. But the waiter said, ” If you don’t like it I promise I will bring you something else and offer my sincerest apologies.” He said he would bring me the least “fishy” tasting fish they had.

I believe this was a Mackerel and it was actually good- although I would not order it myself.

Our waiter stood at our table for a good while picking out every single bone and explaining about the fish to us.

 

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Metaxy Mas- Exo Gonia, Santorini

 

This was our absolute favorite restaurant of the entire trip.

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The view outside of Metaxy Mas.

 

When you sit down you are greeted warmly with a complimentary dish of cheese, olives, and bread as well as what we thought was a jar of water at first. Upon drinking this strong liquid we realized this was definitely not water, but a very potent liquor oh which I am unsure of the name! Haha.

 

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While here, I fell in love with this pottery dish that our wine was served in. I asked Frankie if he thought they might sell them. Since it had their name on it I thought maybe they did! Who knows?! Anyway, we asked our waitress who very politely said, ” I don’t know, let me go check.” A few minutes later she came back with a carefully wrapped paper with tape. She said, “It’s a gift.” And handed me my beloved pottery!

Between this “gift,” the man who jumped into the water at Sunset Ammoudi to get people’s things, all of the complimentary dishes we were served, and our hotel staff, I am still truly humbled with the hospitality we experienced in Greece.

 

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We both agreed that this was the best thing we have ever eaten. Ever.

This was a 4 cheese pastry with a blackberry sauce.

Frankie seems to think it is the Greek Kataifi.

I am pretty sure we licked the plate clean and savored every second.

 

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Another complimentary dish!

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And the view isn’t bad either…!

 

Anogi- Imerovigli, Santorini

 

This was our second favorite place and we ended up going here on a whim on one of our last nights even though we passed it on the quad every day coming and going from our hotel. It was walking distance from our hotel and truly yummy! This is also where Frankie tried Ouzo, an extremely strong Greek liquor. It has a Licorice like taste, so it was not my favorite at all! But something I felt like I had to try : )

I wish I got a picture of my actual main dish…

 

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Greek food is definitely yummy and they really love their pastries, frappes, cheese, and olives.

Did I make you hungry?

 

Thanks for reading and stay tuned! I think I am going to do one more part : )  XOXO

Stories of Santorini…Part 3: Beaches

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Beaches make me feel at ease…this is why I picked this song!Also, it’s been on repeat lately.  Listen as you view…

 

I am sorry for the lack of posts lately everyone! A lot has been going on in my life as of late… a lot of changes!

We visited some incredibly beautiful beaches in Santorini. Ones that seem like a photo out of a calendar but are actually real life…

 

Red Beach:

Red Beach is located near the ancient village of Akrotiri- called “red” beach because of the red rocks and sand- or pebbles, that make it up.

It was a really wild thing to hear all of the pebbles wash over each other as each wave came along- reminded me of the sound of July 4th sparklers! Crackly pebbles washing over each other.

 

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My favorite among the beaches we visited!  You might be able to see why…

 

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The water was actually more blue in person….  #takemeback

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There were doors built into the rock walls for storage that I thought were so cool…

 

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Perissa Beach:

 

“Black Sand beach”…complete with a black doggy, too! (See below)

 

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Kamara Beach:

 

Kamara Beach is definitely your more “touristy” beach and beach town filled with tons of restaurants, bars, and shopping! This is definitely where you want to go to get your beach bar feel.

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Moon lit dinner…

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We got so lucky this night, the moon was SO orange and huge- hard to capture on camera…

 

See you soon for more Santorini! XOXO