November 12, 2013

Vacation Pics | Santorini & Mykonos

Photo overload is about to commence!  
But at least it is of the most beautiful place on Earth!  Well at least in my opinion!  Santorini was my most favorite stop on our Greek cruise.  When you think of Greece... white buildings, cobalt blue doors and roofs, and breathtaking views, this is it!

The island of Santorini was built on top of a volcano rock.  And everything is on top of the rock.  There literally is nothing in the middle of the hill... small ports on the water, and all of the towns were on top.  

We started with a speed boat ride from Fira to Oia.  Oia was my favorite!

 The terraced patios were my favorite!  I could sit out on one for the whole day!

 I loved the doors to the properties!  They opened up to more stairs down to the actual house.  How amazing would it be to come home every day!

This was my favorite little porch.  The pink bogenvilla with the blue trim just popped!

Of course we stopped to taste the food!  The greek salad was beyond amazing... the cucumbers and capers were so large!  All produce was grown on the island, and honestly I have never tasted anything better!
Then we took a bus over to Fira, the main port town to eat some more food and enjoy the view!  After a long lunch we decided to head back to the boat.  To get back down the hill there was 3 options... a tram, walk down 500 steps or ride a donkey!
 The wait for the tram was well over an hour so we decided to take it slow and walk down.  But less than 1/4 of the way we came to the line of donkeys...

My mom asked the donkey guy if he could help my grandma up on a donkey.. and before my grandma could protest he picked her up and put her on the donkey!

As you can see in the first picture the donkey guy tethered the donkeys together and walked them down the path.  But for some reason he must have thought I was a capable donkey rider because he just let me go out in front by myself!  You can see how packed the steps were with people and donkeys... I literally ran into that poor lady to the right in the picture above.  I ran over a lot of people and despite my yelling of stop, and whoa... my donkey did not speak english!  
We finally made it down... all in one piece!

The next day we were in Mykonos.  It was rainy that day so mostly we shopped, snacked and drank!  The town had a very similar feel to Oia, but all at sea level.  My new favorite dish is Moussaka!  Potatoes, ground meat in a tomato sauce, eggplant, zucchini and topped with a béchamel sauce... So amazing!  I think I had it every day for lunch when we were in Greece!

Next stop on my trip Athens!  I will share more next week!


House Envy said...

Tiffany, this looks like an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing the photos. They are postcard worthy! Incredible views and architecture!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Oh I love these pictures! What a beautiful place and what a wonderful time!!

Maria Malaveci said...

I saw this post come through in my email and was like !!!. There has been so much talk about the island lately with me, and then yesterday I had someone tell me that their daughter went there for a honeymoon. It is such an incredible Island, and I am so happy that I have had the chance to visit 3 times. I hope to go back one day soon! Looks like you had a wonderful time.

Katrina ChicLittleHouse said...

What a fantastic visit, I've always wanted to go there it looks magical and amazing!! I would have freaked out about riding the donkey down the steps, lol -- its so cute seeing your grandma on one! :) Looks like an amazing time

the cape on the corner said...

absolutely breath taking! and I am so glad you took a picture on the donkeys-I would have thought they had a special path, or something, not on the same route that everyone else is walking on! hilarious!

Vel Criste said...

ooooh, breath-taking all the way! Glad you had a blast!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Tiff, these are unbelievable. I am now dreaming of Mykonos and Santorini. I know how dreamy and special this trip was for you. Im sorry it had to end! What a fabulous memory. Reality is tough to get back into isn't it? xoxo Nancy