Friday, October 12, 2012

Absolute Bliss


Every Friday I blog for Sunday Hatch. Here's today's post!

Since Sunday I've been suffering from PTSD: Post-Trip Sadness Disorder. 

The ferocious heartburn/ulcer I seem to have brought home from Greece as a souvenir and the relentless jet lag aren't helping, either. What's strange is I was ready to come home. We were both ready to come home. We just weren't ready to go back to life!

Greece was unlike any other place I've been. We were there for 10 days and merely scratched the surface of a country that's so old you have to use your imagination to imagine it.

We started our trip on Santorini Island for three days. It was absolute bliss. Here are some photos from our three days there. We want to go back.


Our hotel was Altana Traditional Houses & Suites.


This is the view from our hotel suite. We got a free upgrade to their private suite. 
In our opinion, it was the best room at the hotel and cost twice as much as the one we reserved!


View from the rooftop pool. Our hotel claims to have the highest pool on the Caldera. 
We had almost a 360 degree view of the island.


Sunset view from the pool.


There are so. many. steps. in Santorini. 


 There are so many steps that donkeys take people up and down steps that lead to the ports. 
We refused to ride because according to the locals they are malnourished and mistreated. 
Poor Donkeys.


Sunrise view from our hotel suite.


Breakfast every morning in Santorini out in front of our hotel reception.


Breakfast included spinach pies, nutella pastries, cheese, yogurt, fresh melon, 
and sour cherry juice.


Sunrise and Breakfast was our favorite time of day on Santorini.



Red Beach on Santorini. One of the beaches we visited for a swim. 
The water was perfect in temperature and clarity.


None of these beaches have sand! 
On Santorini - because it's a volcano - all the beaches are pumice or pebbles.



Even though Santorini was supposed to be our three days of lazy lounging, 
we hiked A LOT and it was super hot. These are our not so happy hot faces.


Because it's an active volcano, there's no fresh water on Santorini. 
The only plants that grow naturally are ones that do so without needing water.
Naturally, I was in succulent heaven.


We met this precious pup on one of our walks. He so wanted to come play! 
This was the only dog we saw penned up the whole time we were in Greece - 
there are so many strays and wandering dogs!


Another Sunrise.



Our cozy little bed nook.



We ate lobster spaghetti at this little seaside (literally) restaurant. 
They were unloading the fresh fish catches right below these tables.


Another sunset.


The rest of the trip will have to wait. I can't handle any more bliss this morning. 

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