Thursday, September 10, 2009

Honeymoon in Greece


We arrived exhausted after a long flight from San Francisco and just 3 hours of sleep the first night at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens. Were we crazy to wake up so early to catch an 8-hour ferry to Santorini?

I realized we were not crazy the moment we stepped onto the island. White villages perched hundreds of meters above the Aegean on the huge horseshoe-shaped remnants of a volcanic island. We're in the exquisite village of Oia at the northern point of Santorini as close to Crete and Egypt as we are the mainland.

Pomegranates, oleander, fig trees and bouganvilla everywhere. Gentle breezes blow.

Joe and I are having an absolutely amazing time. Just ate a delicious salad, Greek-style, outside in candlelight looking at the stars and caldera. Love the Santorini white wines (Sigalas and Boutari), olives, oil, fave, cheeses, and the freshest fish..... Our little village and our villa sits on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the caldera. We ate at 1800 Restaurant last night. It's an old sea captain's house. It is also a Slow Food restaurant. Fantastic! We hiked 10 km. today from our village of Oia to Imerovigli. Here a few more days then to the island of Hydra. I'm just waking up to the fact that I have two dreamy weeks ahead of me in Greece!

Already thinking about the breakfast I'm going to make tomorrow. Maybe a little thick creamy Greek (of course) yogurt drizzled with Greek (of course) honey.

4 comments:

ornella said...

Hi honeymoon people,

lucky you to be in Santorini....I was there a long time ago...but it's a magic island...please enjoy your stay there and make babies....

ornella from Piedmont, still in harvest time and still wating for the white truffles so far no rain so no white truffles.... ornella

The Italian Dish said...

I might have known you're going to cook on your honeymoon! Sounds like you're having a wonderful time. Enjoy.

robynwebb said...

Joanne,

Congrats on your marriage, so glad for you! Remember yrs ago when you came to Alexandria and we were sitting in a restaurant discussing your love life?!

Anyway, I LOVE Santorini and ate at 1800 as well: isn't it fabulous!

I'm returning to Greece next yr, but to Rhodes after we do Turkey.

Again, many congrats, he's handsome!!

Alice Thomson said...

Excellent blog!!! The most popular wedding and honeymoon destinations in Greece are Santorini, Mykonos, Antiparos and Crete Island. Greece is a top romantic destination in the world. Good Luck....