Just ask any of my friends or parents- I’ve been raving about wanting to visit Santorini for probably the last ten years. As a photographer, I thought it would be the most photogenic place in the world and could not wait to visit it. Well, after my study abroad program ended, I finally did! Although I will say it is very much hyped up, it is still a really cool place to see. Elizabeth and I got there early in the morning by ferry, which was so much better than I expected… We used Golden Star Ferries to get from Mykonos to Santorini which only took about an hour and was pretty reasonably priced. Once we got there, we found out that Oia, our destination in Santorini, was about forty minutes away. We were haggled by taxi drivers, but thankfully our hotel, Oia Mare Villas has free transport services! The drive up is pretty rough… shout out to my mom who I know would have been miserable in the car, ha. It was pretty easy to get nauseous, but once we were there was worth it.
The hotel also had a porter who came and grabbed our luggage, which we could not have survived without. Oia is made up of a million stairs, many of which are very steep, and it is not very easy if even possible to carry bags. The streets and views were gorgeous, and we were so excited to see our hotel. We had a really good experience there, but I will say it is for sure overpriced. It was over double the price of our hotel in Mykonos, which was probably nicer. The perks were really great, though. The pool was nice, but small, which I think is pretty common in the area.
We mostly relaxed in Oia, but did a lot of shooting and one of my pictures of Elizabeth was actually featured on Triangl’s insta, yay! They are probably my favorite bikini brand, so that was pretty cool. After being fried in the sun, whoops, we went out for dinner at Thalami, which the hotel suggested to us. The food was alright, service was pretty poor, but the view was really nice. We made more kitty friends again like in Mykonos, and did a lot of exploring.
The shops are also really fun there, and on our last day there we had an amazing lunch at another place with a cool view. You’d think I would be sick of Italian food after my studying abroad there, but their spaghetti carbonara was delicious.
Later that evening, we watched the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen in my life… these pictures are barely edited!
Santorini is definitely as beautiful as people say- I wish I would have had more time! To anyone going- it’s worth spending a while here.