Travel – Places I can’t get out of my head

Santorini – the island of Instagramable buildings, beautiful sunsets and fantastic memories. It’s one place I can’t get out of my head which is why I thought I’d take part in the Travel Link Up as hosted by  Adventures of a London KiwiSilverSpoon LondonFollow Your Sunshine and The Travels of Mrs B.

We travelled to Santorini back in September 2010 and it was our first holiday together.  I remember the flight being delayed, then boarding the plane and an hour later getting back off the plane. This meant we didn’t get to our hotel until gone midnight and everyone was just frazzled.

We stayed at the Kastelli Resort in Kamari and it was in the Small Hotels of the World group. Our room was typically Greek with antique furniture and crisp white painted walls. There was also an incredible spa at the hotel where the treatment room had its own Jacuzzi – we had massages one evening and it included a bottle of fizz…I remember feeling slightly giddy!!

There’s a couple of memories I have from this holiday. One is hiring a car for a couple of days so we could go and explore the island. In true tourist fashion we got a little lost and pulled over at a restaurant at the top of a mountain. We didn’t expect to see the fantastic 360 degree view of the whole island.

We also went to Oia for the sunset one evening. As it was early on in our ‘stepping out days’ (as my Nan called it) we were taking it in turns to pay for dinner each night. Oia was my night and we went to a restaurant where you could see the sunset. However because of this, it was INCREDIBLY expensive…and at the time I wasn’t exactly flush with money but never told JB until a few years later!!!

JB has also reminded me about the group of older folk that were also staying at the hotel that took us under their wing for the week. They told us at breakfast every morning which restaurant they had been to the night before and if it was worth it!

We were only staying there a week but it felt so much longer.  We were incredibly relaxed, had no set agenda and just lounged by the pool most of the week.  It’s been a while since we had a holiday like this one to be honest!!

As you can tell, photographers we were not back in 2010 so these are the best of the bunch!

Where have you travelled to that you would love to go back to?!

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16 Comments

  1. 04/04/2018 / 10:49 am

    Santorini looks stunning, it’s on my ever growing travel list! x

  2. 04/04/2018 / 10:50 am

    Santorini is just THE BEST for a holiday. Not a trip, but an all-out relaxing vacation! I feel if you don’t get lost driving around Santorini, you’re not exploring enough 😉 We went a couple years ago for our honeymoon (stayed in Imerovigli) and it was everything I could’ve ever wanted. Hope to go back someday! How did you like staying in Kamari?

    • happywiseowl
      07/04/2018 / 10:00 am

      We loved it there – not too busy but not too quiet, just what we were looking for x

  3. Sarah
    04/04/2018 / 2:36 pm

    I loved reading this. Sometimes the best travel memories aren’t solely about the place, but also the person we saw it with! You’re reminding me of the first long-haul vacation I had with my boyfriend, when we went to Morocco. I can’t get Morocco out of my head but it’s almost more because of who I was there with 🙂

    • happywiseowl
      07/04/2018 / 9:59 am

      I’d love to do Morocco – it looks incredible x

  4. Erin
    04/04/2018 / 9:16 pm

    Oh wow they all look incredible. I would love to go to even some of them, they look amazing!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  5. 05/04/2018 / 11:17 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Santorini, but I have so many places on my wish-list that it’s getting out of hand! x

    • happywiseowl
      07/04/2018 / 9:59 am

      I’d love to just spend a year travelling the world…! X

  6. 05/04/2018 / 1:46 pm

    I absolutely love Greece but have yet to go to Santorini, I have read lots of fantastic things about it and of course seen lots of dreamy pictures! Reading your review makes me want to go even more, what a fantastic place to go on your first holiday together.

    • happywiseowl
      07/04/2018 / 9:58 am

      It was pretty special – we’d love to return one day x

    • happywiseowl
      07/04/2018 / 9:57 am

      I can’t recommend it enough to everyone!! X

    • happywiseowl
      07/04/2018 / 9:57 am

      It’s so beautiful!!

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