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Greece: Santorini [In Pictures]

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After spending a long & tiring (but amazing) weekend in Mykonos, we got on this tiny ferry-boat thing that sped us straight to Santorini in about three hours. We hardly saw it go by as we were all fast asleep. Before I knew it, we were getting off on an island that has been a dream vacation spot for me for the last 8 years or so. It’s just one of those places right?

I’ll hold my stories for another post, but for now I want to share the beauty of this place with you. Well, I’d like to try. You really just need to go- it’s one of those places EVERYONE needs to visit. You’ll be standing in the city center and you take one turn and you’ll be staring down into the Caldera- middle of the island where the volcanic island sits.

My ferry on the right hand side, this was my first view of Santorini in the early evening

Corner- our favorite breakfast spot in the city of Fira. SO. YUMMY! (stay tuned for a post on food to see what I ate there, mm.)

Shopping along the ocean front in Fira

Stairs everywhere you go! The one downside to an island on a high cliff.

Santos Winery for our first Santorini sunset. The winery sits at the very top of the cliff overlooking the Caldera which you can kind of see in the distance.

A better idea of our view from our seat at the winery…

The setting sun over the Caldera

What the sky looks like the moment the sun disappears. I know, crazy right?

The ridiculousness of the 600 stairs that leads to the dock to get to the boats for the excursions. Imagine hundreds of donkeys running up and down and hundreds of people either walking or on their backs. RUN FOR YOUR LIFE.

So I climbed a volcano, you might remember I mentioned that a few times? I’ll write more about it in another post, but this is the view of some of the hills we had to climb to get to the very top (the less steep ones, let me tell you). It was AWESOME.

Oia, Santorini. ❤
We came one evening to watch the sunset, and I love that you can see everyone sitting on the walls to watch too. It’s a pretty popular thing to do.

 Me in Oia (pronounced Eee-ah. I did not know that until Greece either, trust me.)

A blue church picture in Oia? Well that’s just classic.

White Beach, which coincidentally was actually white cliffs with black sand!

Red Beach. Also, only red rocks but the sand is black. Hmm.

Is there a better place in the world than your feet in the ocean? No I don’t think there is.

The four of us on our last night in Santorini. You can tell we all got some sun right?! My friend on the left is Irish so trust me when I tell you she’s quite brown for her 🙂

Santorini is just as beautiful as you see on the internet, but there are also a lot of things that you never see. I’m excited to WRITE more about my trip, but I had to get the first round of pictures out so you all have an idea how I spent my time there. Going back through my albums every day is making me so sad, you can’t even imagine. It’s crazy when you stay in a place for just 6 days and you feel like you’re leaving a new home.

Have a great weekend! 

Have you entered my giveaway yet to win a care package from Greece? It ends tomorrow so enter right here

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I can’t believe I’m already writing my post about being home from Greece. GREECE. My very first trip to Europe & my longest away from Montreal.

It was amazing.

There was actually so much amazingness to it, I’m not sure where to begin. But there are going to be a lot of posts and I’m going to hash out lots of details for people who are thinking of visiting Greece and want some tips. I’m very excited. If you’re reading this, I hope you’re ready for a week of photos, tips, stories, and more photos.

Today though, I’m going to focus on being home. I’m jet lagged, I’m still living half out of my suitcase, and I have lots of other little things that I need to catch up on.

Before I end this short post, I have a few things I want to announce.

First, go to Greece ASAP (haha, did ya see that coming?) I will share one photo for now, just because I’m home and I want to and you’ve all been very patient:

Standing at the top of Nea Kameni, the active volcanic island of Santorini. Behind us to the left: a view of Oia! 

Second, thank you to ALL my guest bloggers. While in Greece, I checked up on you all here as much as I could, and I loved seeing you share your posts with your readers. So thank you for writing something for me, I can’t wait to plan more posts with you all in the future (hopefully) and, most of all to readers, I sincerely hope you had fun meeting new bloggers and checking them all out.

Third, while I was away I had a guest post featured on the lovely Dana‘s blog about life at the age of 21. Check her out, and check out my story about my 21st birthday!

Fourth, if you read this far well then lucky you, because I’ve been thinking about this a little bit and I’ve decided that I’d love to host my very first BLOG GIVEAWAY!!! Obviously, it has to do with Greece and my guest bloggers and souvenirs.

It’s really not much, but it’s all hand chosen things from my favorite places that I visited. So if you feel like potentially winning a little care package from the Greek islands, well good.

What I’m giving away:

(from left to right)

– one bracelet from Santorini made of real turqoise, lava stone, and the Greek key

– one evil eye bracelet from Mykonos

– one handwritten and stamped postcard from Greece

– one magnet from the most beautiful beach in Kefallonia (a personal favorite too!)

– one key chain with the evil eye and other cute little things on it

– one bookmark with some of my favorite scenery on it

– One surprise of some sort that is not pictured but that I’ll be adding in 🙂

And there you go! That’s what I’ll be happily sending you. Here’s how to enter:

1) You must be a follower of my blog. Let me know how you follow me in a comment for an automatic entry

You must also do at least ONE of the following. Each thing you do gives you an additional entry: 

2) Follow me on Twitter & tweet me about my giveaway, then leave me a comment telling me you did so. You can tweet me this if it’s easier for you (but if you @reply me something witty I’ll give ya an extra entry!)

I’m participating in a giveaway on @melissaa24’s blog ‘Press Play’ to win a care package from Greece! https://imlivinginadream.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/home-2/

3) Go visit one of my guest bloggers’ blogs (not your own of course) and link me in a comment to a post you really like of theirs for an additional entry

and finally…

4) If you leave them a comment on a post & link me to it, you get a final entry

… and if no one enters, well I’ll just have lots more souvenirs to hand out or to keep for myself hehe.

The giveaway closes at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Sunday, September 4th 2011. I will announce the winner on Monday in my blog post of the day. You have to be willing to give me your home address so I can ship you the package of course!

And that’s all I’ve got for you for today. Tomorrow I’ll start writing full posts about my trip and sharing pictures, so prepare yourself. What have you been up to? How’s your life? I’m catching up on my Google Reader slowly, but let me know how you’ve been anyway. I missed blogging!