Santorini Day 3

The Hike from Fira to Oiá….

iIf you go to Santorini, and you stay in Fira, you have to hike over to Oiá. It’s 8 miles, in the blazing hot sun, but it is so worth it, and in my opinion the best way to see the island.

Plus, all those beautiful blue church domes… are in Oiá! You can bus back to Fira in 20 minutes. The hike can also be made from Oiá to Fira.

I recommend leaving pretty early to try and beat the heat, plus then you Arrive in the city center around lunch time.

We were exhausted by the end of the hike… 8 miles and it is NOT flat. So I wouldn’t recommend it unless you feel as if you’re in fairly good shape. It’s super hilly and there is a lot of loose rubble so it is easy to lose your footing if you aren’t careful.

There are also donkeys that you can ride who will make the journey for you! My mom, unfortunately, decided she wanted to complete the entire hike on foot.

I would venture to say my family is pretty in shape, and the hike took us 3 hours and 45 minutes. We stopped to take a bunch of photos though so that could have factored in to how long it took us to finish.

We are back home now! Greece was amazing. I am going to do a final thoughts and recap post later if you want to check that out!

Talk to you soon,

Tay

What I’m Reading- “The Girl On The Train”

I know… I’m late to the party on this one! I haven’t seen the movie, but I just read Into The Water by Paula Hawkins, so I figured I would just hop on the train.

Pun intended!

I think the best part of this entire situation is the fact that I bought the book at one of the first book stores in Santorini- Atlantis Books.

And, to top it all off and make it official, they even put a stamp marking their store on the inside of my book! So nerdy and so happy!

Happy Page Turning,

Tay

Santorini Day 2

This was a big day.. so I apologize in advance for the long post.

We went on a catamaran tour of the island, which stopped at the sulfur hot springs, and the famous red and white beaches of the Volcanic Thera island (the actual name of Santorini)

Below is a photo of the Sulfur hot springs on the old volcanic island. It is no longer an active island, but tourists travel here to bask in the mud baths. It was really fun, but if you go, make sure to wear a bathing suit you don’t care about because it will get stained and it’s impossible to get out!

Along the tour we passed the oldest lighthouse in Greece. It was hard to snap a really good picture because it was so far away, but I did my best 🙂

My parents celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by having the captain of the ship renew their wedding vows. My mom also got a beautiful new wedding ring, selected by yours truly.

Finally we ended the day with the most delicious meal with a breathtaking view at one of Greece’s Michelin star restaurants called Idol. If you don’t do anything else in Fira while you are here, you HAVE to do this. The food was to die for and so was the view.

Wishing you the best,

Tay

Santorini Day 1

Hey guys!

So our first day in Santorini was pretty uneventful! The ferry ride took a REALLY REALLY long time. Then we checked into our hotel called El Greco (very beautiful) and took a nap.

My sister then proceeded to force me to go out in Santorini and we hit up a couple of the local bars and clubs- tbh it was like college all over again except people were chain smoking cigs instead of weed (not my scene just at all. Not my scene in the states and not my scene in Europe, but I love spending time with my sister… so I put up with it!

I’ll keep you all updated,

Tay

The Girl In The Ice – Book Review

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This book was 5 star quality all the way. It was a classic murder mystery / thriller, with a bad ass female character as the main protagonist. It was well written, with an interesting plot- which I’m really picky about. I feel like almost every James Patterson novel is a little been there done that. It’s like the chicken and the egg questions. Did James Patterson write this first, or did criminal mind do an episode on it first or vice a versa.

I have read my fair share of true crime and murder novels. I love novels about serial killers, no idea why, so I am VERY critical about plots and characters.

This book has an incredible twist and I devoured it in one day, which totally sucks because I’ve run out of books to read on vacation!

Happy Page Turning,

Tay

Mykonos Day 3

We just couldn’t get enough of the beautiful beaches here in Mykonos. I have a horrible sinus infection, so I don’t feel like writing too much! It didn’t, however, stop me from cliff jumping at the locals favorite spot- far away from the many many tourists on the island. The good news is that pharmacies in Greece hand out Z-packs like candy so I’m hopefully on the mend. Today our boat travels to Santorini!

Here are some photos from our adventure yesterday!

Talk to you soon,

Tay

Into The Water Review

I finished Into the Water yesterday and I was underwhelmed. I think it’s written well, but I guess it just wasn’t my cup of tea. The plot progressed rather slowly, and because she switched between character so much, it was harder to keep the plot like linear in my head… but that could just be a personal thing hahaha.

Regardless, If you’re in the market for a good mystery novel, you should pick up a copy.

I guess I’m more of a thriller / horror type of gal.

Mykonos Day 2

Today was the most incredible beach day ever. I mean I must have been in paradise. We went to a beach club called Pinky Beach! The chairs were incredible, the service was excellent, and the water was perfect.

We bought an inflatable swan to swim in the ocean with from the local market! Everyone thought we looked ridiculous but it was the best part of the day.

I also finished my book, Into The Water, and I have to say… it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t a book I could not put down. I found myself having to force myself to open it with the hopes of maybe becoming more intrenched in the plot. Great twist at the end though!

Here are some photos from the day!

Mykonos Day 1

First of all, Mykonos is everything it is cracked up to be. It’s an amazing time, the people are fun, and the water and buildings are so beautiful they look fake.

We took the ferry from Athens, which was quite luxurious. The ride was about 3.5 hours. Then we settled down on the beach and went on a tubing ride, which was extremely wild but I got some great pictures! We then walked around and explored the city center. It is made up of tiny little streets surrounded by shops.

We made it down to the beach and the part of the city known as little Venice. The famous Windmills of Mykonos are also located there! It was extremely windy but it looked like a scene from a movie.

We also stopped at this little bar and cafe along the coast line of little Venice. The view was spectacular. It was literally right on the water. The place was called Breeze if you ever want to check it out. They had some very fancy, and very expensive cocktails, but according to the rest of my family they were delicious. I’m not much of a drinker.

As we were walking back to the bus, we found this medieval bakery. It was a little hole in the wall, literally, filled with the most delicious pastries and desserts. They still had the medieval ovens on display. It is easy to miss, but it is a must visit gem, that tourist skip right over.

We haven’t hit the “clubbing” scene of the city, which is what the city is famous for, but maybe I can give you some insight tomorrow!!!

Sleep tight,

Tay

Athens Day 2 Part 2- The Temple of Poseidon

The Temple of Poseidon was about an hour and a half bus ride out of the center of Athens. It is dedicated to the God of the 7 seas.

If you ever visit, I would recommend coming here to catch sunset. The ruins are beautiful but the view of the sun setting over the water is absolutely breathtaking. See some pics below!

It was definitely a moment, amidst the busy travel and sightseeing, to stop and be take a moment to be self aware and mindful, to reconnect yourself to the earth. It was a moment to be grateful for life and allow gratitude to be your gravity and humble you.

I’ll keep you guys posted,

Tay