All this week I’m sharing snippets from my wedding with tips and advice for planning, finding suppliers, setting up and creating a day you’ll remember forever.
After 12 months of hard work, stress and many (many) wedding meetings, when the whole thing was over there was nothing Rob and I wanted to do more than… well, nothing. Nothing at all.
Luckily, just a few days after the wedding we headed off to Santorini. A place where doing nothing is not only possible but highly enjoyable.
Oh, Santorini. You are so beautiful.
We spent a couple of days in London (watching Les Mis, eating steak at Hawksmoor) before flying from Gatwick to Thira. From there we travelled to Oia where we spent 5 days eating, drinking and snoozing in the sun.
We stayed in Theodora Suites in Oia – self catering cave apartments that are carved into the mountainside, with the most stunning views across the Caldera and of Santorini’s famous sunsets.
Our apartment was beyond perfect – we had a small terrace with sunloungers and a private hot tub, with a direct view of the sunset every evening. Our host brought us breakfast each morning and a glass of wine as the sun dipped below the horizon each night – amazing.
One thing that really struck me about Santorini was how beautiful the buildings are. Every single structure – whether an ancient church or a shop selling postcards – is spectacular. White-washed curves, intricate carvings and pops of colour everywhere, blending seamlessly with the endless blue sky.
Oia is a small town on the tip of Santorini island. Everything has been built into the mountain, and it’s a steep climb up stone steps from the port at the bottom. Our apartment was about halfway up, but those steps were an absolute killer in 30 degree heat!
Of course, the climb is entirely worth it when you discover the winding streets and hidden nooks of Oia. Cute and quirky shops sat on every corner, mixed with friendly bars and the most delicious restaurants.
Our days were spent discovering hidden doorways and climbing up to castles, admiring the view while eating Greek salad and drinking white wine. And our nights…
It was quite hard to pull ourselves out of that hot tub, but Oia has so many gorgeous restaurants – dinner was my favourite part of every day. The food was fresh and delicious, the wine was always flowing and the streets were buzzing with such a great atmosphere.
Spot the dog…
Santorini is such a glorious place, we never felt the need to stray too far. For us the honeymoon was all about relaxing and having some time to ourselves after the wedding. Despite being popular with honeymooners, Santorini doesn’t feel touristy at all and has just the right mix of the familiar and the exotic. It is a gorgeous, gorgeous place I hope to visit again and again.
Take us back!