Stories of Santorini…Part 1

Listening now…


It’s good to get away and it’s good to come home again. Santorini was more beautiful and more of a dream than I ever imagined.  This post is going to be in parts because there are SO many photos and just so much to say about it.

I think we definitely accomplished all of our bucket list and more.


We stayed at the Heliotopos Hotel in Imerovigli in Santorini. I would highly recommend staying here as the hotel was stunning, the staff were so hospitable and accommodating, and the village it is located is in super quiet, yet central enough to the busier parts like Fira, which has more of a night life.


I could not have been happier with our stay!

Helio {sun} Topos {place} – The place of sun

I am having serious Greece withdrawals looking at our photos  (about 800 to be exact!) and want to cry now…I just feel incredibly blessed that we were able to go at all.




We did not know until we got there that we were at the very bottom of the hotel, so we basically had our own private area right by the water and this was our balcony and view…



This was our view looking to the left of our balcony…our neighboring hotel and the rock behind is Skaros rock. 


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100 % off duty….

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On one of our first days we did the walk from Fira to Oia….the view along the way was incredible!

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Once you arrive in Oia, you are greeted with this beautiful chapel and archway, with love locks!

I quickly became obsessed with the churches and tiny chapels in Greece. Many of them are white with the blue dome tops and a cross on top.


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The view of Oia you see as you finish your hike and venture into the town…

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oia shop

Oia is great for shopping, but prepare for spending your Euros…


We made sure to catch the sunset, especially when we first arrived, back at our hotel.

One thing I really cannot decide is if I love Greece more during the day or the night…



Here you can see the steps leading from Oia down to Ammoudi Bay to the right.

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But I think I love it the best when it is turning from day to night…

Welcome to the Santorini sunset.

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From pink skies…

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To fiery orange.


I think I will do a whole part on this alone. I could not stop snapping photos of the most stunning sky I have ever seen.


Actually, I could not stop snapping photos of every.single.thing.

I am so glad I did! Looking back on them now makes me want to cry, I just feel so blessed for being able to go.


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We rented a quad so were lucky enough to get to explore the whole island as much as possible! We really tried to maximize every single day. Frankie didn’t even allow me to take naps…. lol. #nonapsallowedingreece

But I am so glad we did. We visited the areas of Oia, Kamari, Perissa, Pyrgos and Exo Gonia (my absolute favorites), Fira(capital), Akrotiri… and many little places in between.


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More parts of our Greece adventure coming up… architecture, food, beaches, ruins….what would you like to hear about?


Thanks for reading!

Stay tuned….#800photos






32 thoughts on “Stories of Santorini…Part 1

  1. Your photos are stunning! Looks like you had a wonderful holiday. The quad looks like so much fun 🙂 Look forward to reading more – would like to hear about the food 🙂

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    • Thank you so much! It was absolutely wonderful… the quad was super fun once I got over my fear a little bit! I will definitely write a post dedicated to Greek food so no worries… thank you so much for reading!

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  2. Your photos are absolutely stunning!! I can see why you are having withdrawals, I wouldn’t want to leave that place!! Greece is right at the top of my bucket list and this post just made me want to go even more! Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. Loved this post! I went to Santorini this time last year, staying in Imerovigli and also did the same walk you did but from Oia to Fira – fabulous, but if I do it again I won’t be wearing flip-flops!!! The only thing that annoyed me was the vast amount of Japanese tourists taking selfies, often in the middle of our meal, like elbowing us out of the way to get the better view!! But we overcame it and took deep breaths, otherwise gorgeous!

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    • Jane- thanks for sharing your story!! I can totally see that happening… we saw a lot of Japanese tourists taking selfies with their huge selfie sticks lol glad you had a great time though!


  4. Everything! It’s so gorgeous there and I’m so happy that you were able to go. Like your mom and nana, I’m glad you’re home safe too. Sorry… it’s the mom in me 😉


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  5. OMG, Shannon!!!

    Your photos are absolutely STUNNING. I love that you took pictures of everything (PS: I’m totally the same way, and especially when I travel). I love your hat! Your hotel room view! Everything. This is exactly as I picture Greece to look, and how wonderful you were able to experience this every day for a while 🙂

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    • Thank you Charlotte!! It was even better than how I thought it would look in person!! I feel so blessed…Just wait till you see the next part I share even more pictures…i just could not stop snapping, you can never get too many photos when you travel!!! xoxoxox


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  7. I’m wondering what is the best time to visit Santorini to avoid all these tourists. I have heard from my friends that during high season it’s hard to walk as some places are full of people. But still it’s my dream destination. I have been to Greece as a kid but never to Santorini 🙂 I gotta save some money and go 🙂


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    • Hey Kasia- thanks so much for the comment! We went in May and I have to tell you ( the locals told us as well) that has to be one of the best times to visit. Initially we were not sure if it would be warm enough to swim. And it was in the high 70s every day but the sun there is SO strong! By the end of the day you def want to take a dip. And the tourists come mostly june- august is what we heard. I’d say June would be nicer in terms of the water not being as cold, though!

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