Greetings from Greece! Our kids flew over for spring break (coincidentally both of their schools were out on the same week), so we decided to take advantage of relaxed travel restrictions and spend the week in Greece. We’re at the point in Germany where I am in desperate need of some sunshine and warm weather, so this was the perfect quick getaway.
This is the classic Santorini snapshot: the blue-domed churches and the white washed buildings stacked on top of each other up the side of the island.
Fun fact: they repaint these buildings nearly every year, and the paint has limestone in it that is found on the island. They use donkeys to take construction supplies up and down because you can’t drive down the side of the mountain. That means your luggage has to get carried all the way up (or down), too!
It’s still low season on Santorini, so there was a lot of activity as workers were preparing the many hotels and resorts for the peak season, that begins in April. We were happy to be there without the thousands upon thousands of people who flock there in the summer. We were also happy to miss the 100+ temperatures!
We spent two days here and managed to do a ton, although we could have spent a week easily. The below photo was taken as we hiked around the top of the caldera (Santorini is a volcanic island) from Fira to Oia; it took us about 2.5 hours and was absolutely gorgeous. There was A LOT of elevation gain, though–I was a little sore afterward.
One of my favorite things was when we had evening cocktails with local Greek spirits and watched the sunset.
From what I’m told, the gases that come off the caldera make them especially colorful. It was definitely beautiful.
I had intended for this post to be a bit longer, but we are currently on the ferry that goes between Santorini and Athens and the WiFi isn’t quite as fast as I thought it would be. The photos are taking a long, long time to upload, so I’m just going to show a few pictures today and will come back with a longer post next week.
Have a wonderful Tuesday, and thanks for stopping by!