After spending two nights exploring Santorini, we had no fixed plans once we headed back to Athens so it was decided that we would go and visit G’s friend who lives close to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

This meant arriving into Athens with no rental car and no hotel bookings…the rental car issue was easily sorted at Athens airport and we were on our way to Katakolo where we managed to watch a spectacular sunset from the car as we were departing Athens…crap happens!

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

G is the most disorganised traveller I know and our trips normally have G calling the bank to cancel all his cards then only to find them 15 minutes later…so we were going to see his friend whom he hasn’t talked to in a few years, his friend doesn’t do social media or phones much you see…boys!

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

The road to Katakolo from Athens had much improved since our last visit however it almost bankrupted us due to all the tolls…thankfully we had enough euros on us!  We were  pretty close to Katakolo when we thought…hmmm…it might be time to find a hotel for the night so thankfully with my Three Mobile Feel at Home package (I love this package so much!), I used my free 3G to locate us a hotel…Orizones in Katakolo.  G asked why I decided on this hotel…I told him I picked the most expensive one…it was 60 euros so it wasn’t too bad and it looked extremely clean and tidy.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

On arrival at the hotel, we were greeted very very warmly…the staff at this hotel were so kind…and they knew G’s friend (N) or as I like to call him, G’s Greek twin brother and contacted him on our behalf…so after the shock that we were in Greece and in his neck of the woods (Greece is a pretty big country!), we went to bed and saw N the following day.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

G and I had a little look around Katakolo, it’s changed a lot since G first visited many many years ago…the town is used by cruise ships to visit Olympia (we visited many years ago so I have no photos from this trip, sorry!).  As it was November, out of season for cruise ships, most of the shops were closed (apparently they open if there is a cruise ship in!)...we just wandered along so I could take a few photos here and there…

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

…now you see me…

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

…now you don’t!  I sooooooo loved that blue building…a fashion bloggers wet dream! (yes I just said that!)

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

After having problems photographing cats in Santorini…my luck in Katakolo didn’t change…

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

…you can’t win them all…I’m pretty sure this cat is giving me death stares!

The town is rather cute and it was nice just to wander, without any tourists…

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

…fresh air…

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

…colourful buildings…

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

…colourful plants…

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

…and plenty of outdoor seating for a drink or two!

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

We had a really enjoyable two nights staying in Katakolo and visiting N and his family and we will definitely be back…those direct flights to Kalamata with British Airways are perfect for us!

I thought I would share some photos of Orizontes View Hotel…it was great value, family run and they were so friendly to us during our whole stay.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.   Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.   Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo. 

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

Travel Tips for Katakolo

  • We stayed at Orizontes View Hotel overlooking Katakolo which was a fantastic base and I would highly recommend and happily stay again.  If you’re visiting on a cruise ship and don’t want to visit Olympia then take the walk up the hill and have a quick bite to eat at this hotel and enjoy the views.
  • Katakolo is only a short drive from Olympia
  • There were only a few little restaurants open on our visit, it was November and there was no cruise ship in but we had a lovely meal in the town on our first night.
  • If you plan to hire a car from Athens and drive to the Peloponnese area then make sure you have sufficient cash with you, our tolls were close to 20 euros each way!!
  • You can read all my Greece posts here

Greece Travel Inspiration - a visit to the sleepy port town of Katakolo in the Peloponnese, a perfect place to stop for the night when visiting Olympia which is nearby. If you need a hotel recommendation then I have the perfect answer on the blog and it has amazing views over Katakolo.

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Weight: 97.8 kgs

“One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.”  – Jane Austen, Emma

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 2, 2017

My Life Goal, ze Weight

It’s come down ever so slightly considering my IBS is still raging out of control (and I gain weight during this time) and a lady at work has kindly given me her bug…this week I’ve really concentrated on eating healthy (no fads), just meat and vegetables all home made…it’s helped a little bit but still my tummy hasn’t settled…when my IBS kicks in, it can last between 4-6 weeks.  Normally by week 3, the IBS has gone from Irritable Bowel Syndrome to Irritable Bitch Syndrome…I normally snap when someone asks if I’m pregnant!

Shake Your Booty

So I’ve started to sell all my exercise stuff that I don’t use on eBay…best month ever to do this as people are going nuts.  While sorting stuff out last weekend I found my old Tae Bo dvds and have fallen in love with them all over again…I feel like I’ve bought them all over again!

This week, I’ve done tae bo, kettle bells and my osteopath exercises…I feel better for the exercise…or maybe it’s because we’ve entered a new year.

What I’m Up Too…

Well I decided to do some baking this morning which obviously I totally excel at…

Kelly Michelle's Diary Week 2, 2017

…please check out the melted chopping board, lesson learnt!  I also broke a large baking dish…apparently it wasn’t dishwasher proof and broke into very large pieces this morning as I was removing it from the dishwasher…second kitchen lesson of the day!

Still sorting through the house at the moment, cleaning and listing things on eBay…you honestly don’t understand how much crap you have until you start doing this…my mind boogles over the stuff I’ve bought over the past few years…just such a waste of hard earned cash.

I updated my weekly spreadsheet with my spending last night…holy moly, doing this weekly is an eye opener…okay probably didn’t help that there is a £300+ lens that finally arrived this week but still…jeezzzz.  I was hoping to go out and play with the lens today but instead I will be sanding the skirting boards in the shoe room and then painting them…my least favourite DIY job!

My justification for my new prime lens was that I like photography and I wanted to take better photos…it’s an investment in something that I enjoy doing and not something that will sit in the corner that I will never ever wear.

On the blog front, I’m quite proud of myself as I managed to get two posts out this week…a rather long round up of our two nights in Santorini and then of our quick visit to Hitchin to eat cake.  I will endeavour to write up my posts on Katakolo and Nafplio for next week…obviously this just depends on my work load during the week, I fit in posts around this.

I’m a huge fan of Anna’s blog, Travel with Penelope & Parker so if you have ever thought about visiting India but are still undecided on the destination then you need to check out Anna’s recent posts as they are full of very handy tips and beautiful photography…we’ve not booked a trip yet for 2017 and are still very undecided…the following options have popped up for G and I – Oman (yes again), India, Egypt (were thinking of visiting Aswan again!), China, Ukraine or maybe Russia…and then there are the spots that I would like to travel to like Colombia, Sudan, Nepal or The Stans!

Anyway enough of my babbling…time to find something to eat!

xx

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On the last day of 2016, G, his mum, his brother and I all headed for a whistle stop visit to Hitchin so we could scoff some cake at Molly’s Tea Room…they were under the impression we were going to be having afternoon tea, they were sorely disappointed…so much so I told G he had the rest of the year to get over it, thankfully it was only another 12 hours or so until 2017 rocked up!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

Hitchin is a rather pretty market town in the desirable county of Hertfordshire and with an easy commute from London Kings Cross, it has eye watering house prices…alas it still has a rather pretty town centre.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

My love of taking a photo of a door or two was met with ease on our way to Molly’s Tea Room.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

People hate going to work however I love it due to having chats with various people and hearing about fantastic new places to visit (as well as playing with spreadsheets all day of course!)...one gentleman tells me all about his vintage tea room adventures with his wife and this is how I heard about Molly’s Tea Room where the chairs are all wearing little socks….

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

…the socks on chairs totally had me sold, obviously!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

^^R’s crutch and my broomstick obviously…it’s the only way to travel…and another chair with socks!

After G realised I hadn’t pre-ordered afternoon tea (you need to give them 24 hours and there is an additional £1.50 charge for the gluten free version), I ordered a piece of yummy gluten free orange drizzle cake and an egg and mayo sarni which was all lovely…

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

…except I don’t know what happened to the rest of the salad and I was slightly shocked at the additional 50 pence charge for gluten free bread (the only bad point of our whole visit).

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

G’s brother scoffed his fluffy scones in a few mouthfuls, G’s mum had a cheese scone and a few bites of my cake and well G…after the moaning session of not booking an afternoon tea, he went for a bloody tuna salad…I wanted to stab him with my cake fork…and then as I was trying to be nice, I offered him the last two bites of my cake which he accepted…if he wanted to make it into 2017 he should have declined but hey ho!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

^^There were a couple of gluten free cakes on offer, it’s lovely to have options so you can choose whichever tickles your fancy.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

The tea rooms are rather quirky and oh so adorable…I can guarantee my mum will love that teapot as Polly is one of my nicknames…I shan’t tell you why mum calls me Polly occasionally but she does along with Kellie Wellie…which then confuses people on how they should spell my name.

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

G’s brother (R) managed to take a half decent photo of me and my copious amounts of double chins and I took one of R so he could pass it onto his girlfriend…everyone should have a chance of love even if they have disabilities. (I did wash my hair that morning, it looks greasy thanks to putting oil in my hair the night before…that explanation is for my mummy but just incase you were wondering also…and yes no make up…hello bags under the eyes!)

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

After our morning tea, I managed to locate myself a drunk wobbly house (you know how I’m obsessed with these buildings, even more so after my visit to Lavenham!).

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks! Warning: the images will make you drool. Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

Even though we only visited Hitchin on a little whistlestop tour to visit a tea room, it was a truly delightful way to see 2016 out!

Molly’s Tea Room – 96 Bancroft, Hitchin SG5 1NQ – website 

England Travel Inspiration - A Whistle Stop Visit to Hitchin & a very cute little gluten free spot to check out called Molly's Tea Room where the chairs wear socks!  Warning: the images will make you drool.  Pop over to the blog to see the chairs wearing socks at least!

 

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I know folks don’t like bucket lists but I love them…I have a variety of different ones and I love that I have a bit of focus on where I want to travel too.  I travel to destinations that inspire me rather than where is popular.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Santorini has being on my bucket list for years…and years…and years!  Even my folks and sister made it to this Greek Island before me and they live in New Zealand.  We only had 2 nights in Santorini however it was enough time for us to get a feel of the island.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

I know that Santorini is slowly becoming a marmite destination; folks either really love and rave about the island or they disliked it as it was overpriced, crowded and felt like Disneyland.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

I will be honest and say that I am an inbetweener…it was okay, it was beautiful but I didn’t feel overwhelmed and my heart didn’t miss a beat…unlike with my three visits to the pyramids in Egypt (and I know how some folks don’t rate the pyramids either…we’re all different).

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

We arrived really early into Santorini by air, into the smallest airport you’ve ever seen (actually maybe Apia International Airport was smaller…hmm!)…we jumped into our transfer that whipped us across to Oia and met the lovely Elvis who carried my bags and showed us to our accommodation…poor Elvis, he possibly got more than he bargained for with my suitcase…

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

…then there were the donkeys.  As we arrived early, nothing was open and most of the shops would continue to be closed during our stay as it was winter.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

The views from our terrace were spectacular…

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

…while G had a little nap, I went out exploring with my lack of sleep and a glass of champagne headache that I still had from the day before (I’m pretty sure that I’m allergic to alcohol now!).

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Santorini was different to how I was expecting it to be; firstly it reminded me slightly of Split with its slick main pedestrian street and pretty crumbling buildings…

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

…I was rather in my element with the beautiful doors…

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

…there were quite a few obviously…

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

…okay maybe there were more than three…

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

…to the rambling bougainvillea…

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

…and to the donkeys that decided to run directly towards me laden with rock while I too busy photographing something to see them coming hurtling towards me…I survived!

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

I joined G for a little nap after my mini exploring session of Oia as a 4am start two days in a row is never a good idea even if it does mean you’re in Greece and can eat your body weight in feta cheese!

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

After a nap, we headed out for lunch (to a place I’ve forgotten the name of!)….

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

…where the views over the sea were stunning….

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

… we scoffed our way through a lovely, albeit expensive meal while taking in the views…and listening to two American girls with their…like…just like…you know likes….I did giggle with G as I said that they say like more than I say F*** and that is saying something!

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Deciding we needed to walk off the calories we wandered down the pedestrian main street…

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

…we found the supermarket and bought some supplies i.e. feta cheese (I’m obsessed with the stuff…I’m pretty sure I was Greek in another life!).  This little supermarket also has gluten free pasta…great if you are self-catering while on Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

I managed to take a million more photos as Oia is rather photogenic to say the least…

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…G asked, didn’t you take all these photos already….

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….ummmm…

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….yes…

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….maybe….

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…no!

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Follow me to see the sunset…

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We decided to watch the famous Santorini sunset from our terrace along with about another 50 tourists that had popped over to Oia to watch it (they didn’t join us on the terrace!)

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

…it wasn’t that specular at all especially after listening to everyone rave on about it…that’s a gamble you take with mother nature.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

We jumped into the hot tub…when I say jump, I mean slip in very elegantly or as elegantly as I could…I apologise now if anyone’s house in Oia got flooded as a lot of water left the hot tub…eek!

I had every intention of waking up early to watch the sunrise but forgot to charge my phone hence no alarm…doh!  So waking up late, we scoffed feta cheese in bed (totally up there with eating scones in bed which I highly recommend at least doing once in your life!), dressed and went out to explore another little section of Oia that we didn’t see the day before.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

It was all rather blue and wonderful….

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…taking Monday Morning Blues to a new level!

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Finding a new little café to visit which was right by our apartment (doh!) I thought I would suggest it to G…of course he was doing his best prune impersonation in the hot tub and was rather hungry so we decided to go try out the café.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

I had ice cream with strawberries and banana as obviously that is gluten free (they did have salads on the menu to be fair…but when on holiday, I will eat ice cream as my mains!) while G had a crepe…

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and then the Grinch received this as his coffee…

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…he was mumbling already about the Christmas decorations in November, so Christmas coffee art and my mum sending him Christmas quotes on Facebook, it almost pushed him over the Christmas edge.

The views were spectualar so we just sat there taking it all in…there are worse ways to spend a Monday that’s for sure.

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We decided to go for another walk down to the waterfront…I had a Mamma Mia moment as we walked down a number of stairs…

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….dodging donkey poo along the way…and looking over the white washed buildings…

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There wasn’t anything to see as everything was closed for winter but it was nice to see the building work getting carried out…

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…and to enjoy the perfect clear Santorini waters.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

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Looking back up to Oia, it was a view that I’ve never seen before and it was something very unexpected.

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Even though it was November, the sun was still blazing and we worked up a sweat by walking from Ammoudi back to Oia via the road…it was an interesting walk as we got to see a lot of new housing developments that I am in sure in years to come will join up to Oia.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Once we got back, we had another pruning session in the hot tub (I mean turning into a prune, rather than having a prune…thought I should clarify this now!), read a book on the terrace and waited for that sunset for a second night…

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

…it was slightly disappointing again but we did have fun listing our favourite places from Aswan, Cairo to the middle of Africa…and then we saw a magnificent sunset when we got back to the mainland!

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

That night, G decided to make us an omelette, I’ve talked about this omelette before and it’s basically gone down in travel folklore as it was just so not an omelette…we don’t know where the eggs escaped too…we sat down and watched a movie and just relaxed.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

The following morning I got up early as I remembered to charge my phone and caught the sunrise, it was such a peaceful experience.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Had my morning feta allocation and then wandered out to do a bit of souvenir shopping…still kicking myself for not buying at least 3 willy bottle openers! It was nice just to wander without having the pressures of trying to see the whole island…that wasn’t my plan for our week in Greece…it was more to relax and recover.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

If you love cats and dogs then you’ll love Oia…

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…they are everywhere…

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

…normally playing hard to get when you want to photograph them…

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

…I’m not sure why you would want to rent one as there are strays everywhere!

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Did I absolutely love Santorini? – as I said before, I’m definitely an inbetweeer, I didn’t fall head over heels in love with the destination however I didn’t hate it either…it reminds me a lot of Dubrovnik…it doesn’t feel very authentic but it’s very pretty to look at.  I’ve ticked Oia off my bucket list…I’m glad I’ve been able to see a bit of Santorini and it made me realise I wanted to see another island at some point in the future (however I changed my tune when we visited Nafplio, I’m a Mainland Girl…so many fabulous places in Greece…I could start my own Big Fat Greek Bucket List…scurries off to do this…actually I have a Greece Pinterest board instead!)

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

Travel Tips for Santorini

  • Choose your season wisely, I’m not a fan of battling crowds while on holiday so visiting during November was perfect for us plus it is the most budget friendly time to visit.
  • Prebook your transfers if possible – we got an offer for 3 person for 25 euros
  • If you are trying to stick to a budget then look at self-catering options as Santorini can be very expensive even in off season for food and it’s just easier when you’re gluten free as well.  As I said above, the little supermarket sold gluten free pasta but we just stuck with cold meats, cheese and vegetables and we survived very nicely.
  • There are direct flights during the summer months from London with British Airways or you can get a Ryanair or Air Aegean flight from Athens to Santorini which takes approximately 45 minutes (we used all the above from Heathrow to Athens to Santorini and it all went extremely smoothly!).
  • I would suggest to have some cash on you as we found a few places didn’t take credit cards
  • If you plan to walk everywhere which you most likely will do then I highly recommend flat comfortable shoes…in the end my superga shoes saved my feet…if you have wide feet then I highly suggest giving them a try.
  • You can check out my other Greece posts here including my Santorini posts on Lovers House with Oia Collection, Catching the Sunrise in Oia and What to Expect when Visiting Santorini during Winter

Greece Travel Inspiration - the Greek Islands are a bucket list destination for a good reason, let me show you how we spent 2 days in Santorini relaxing! Staying in Oia means you don't have to travel far to explore this beautiful spot and you can watch the sunset from your own private hot tub. Pop on over to the blog to read more of my tips for Santorini.

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