Walk with me around Oia

Our first two days in Santorini have been pretty overcast and it’s even rained, nonetheless I’ve taken to the streets of Oia with my camera and I’m here to take you along with me.

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It’s a bit windy, too…

I hear the weather is going to cheer up for our last two days here, so hopefully I’ll have some more cheerful shots to share with you on my return.

Til then,


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  1. Joanna - Me-And-My-Itchy-Feet
    17th May 2016 / 08:50

    Despite the weather, it still looks beautiful. Say “hi” to Oia from me. I will visit the island one day 😉

    • 18th May 2016 / 15:38

      It so was. And the good thing was that it wasn’t too hot, so we could explore at will! I said hi from you, and promised you’d be paying a visit before too long. I hope you make it!

  2. 17th May 2016 / 11:28

    Beautiful photos! I’ll be interested to hear your take on the island. I recently read where someone was underwhelmed by it after hearing so many great things. Your pictures are beautiful though!!

    • 18th May 2016 / 15:39

      I’m so glad you liked them! I have quite a few thoughts about Oia and the island in general. Overall positive but with some caveats… I think I’m going to let them settle and coalesce into something coherent (here’s hoping) before I post about it, but if you are planning on booking a trip send me an email and I’ll ramble on at length about it 🙂

  3. Kerri Taylor
    17th May 2016 / 13:30

    every. single. one. of. these. photos. haha even the wind-blown hair one! but seriously take me there immediately. i’ll join you. we can have some tea and it’ll be grand 🙂

    xoxo cheshire kat

    • 18th May 2016 / 15:40

      It was sooo windy! My hair was one big knot by the time we got home, ha. And YES I so wish you could have joined me, tea with a view would have been amazing. Ahh, next time, right?!

    • 18th May 2016 / 15:40

      They were stunning. And that was with dense cloud! They got so much more vivid when the sun came out 😮

    • 18th May 2016 / 15:41

      Yeah the cat was so cute. There were quite a few animals roaming the streets, aside from the cats there were plenty of cute dogs, too. I think they were all owned because they had collars on, but it was nice to stop and pet a furry animal whilst admiring the view 🙂

  4. 17th May 2016 / 16:54

    Even though it’s overcast, it’s still just so beautiful! The water is so blue, and everything is just perfect! I can’t wait to hear all about your trip!

    • 18th May 2016 / 15:42

      I know! There’s not many places you can say the same about! All the views were stunning. Luckily it cheered up the next day so I’ve got plenty more where these came from 😉

  5. A Mindful Migration
    17th May 2016 / 17:14

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love the picture of you with your hair blowing! 🙂 And the water looks blue. Can’t wait to hear more about it and so glad you’re having a wonderful time!

    • 18th May 2016 / 15:43

      Haha! Always like to bring a dose of realism around here 🙂 The water was amazing, I wanted to just dive in the entire time. I’m back now and really sad about it, but I’ll be writing about my trip very soon!

  6. Jen
    17th May 2016 / 22:07

    What a stunning place! One of these days I will make it there. Your photos are amazing.

    • 18th May 2016 / 15:43

      It was so beautiful. I really hope you do make it, it’s an incredible place and so unique.

  7. 17th May 2016 / 23:14

    THESE COLOURS! These photos are so so beautiful, Rachel. No matter how many times I see photos of this part of Greece, they never fail to make me want to get there ASAP! Seriously jealous right now 😉

    • 18th May 2016 / 15:45

      The colours are insane, right!? It’s a beautiful part of the world, I really hope you get to visit one day. I just loved the million shades of blue. Everywhere blue! If only my hair didn’t keep going in my face so I could have seen more…!

  8. 18th May 2016 / 04:53

    Rachel, what a dreamy place. There is not excuse to stay inside. Keep having a great time.

    • 18th May 2016 / 15:46

      Dreamy is the right word. It was like something out of a storybook with all the different cool stuff they have on the island. I had an amazing break thank you, back to reality with a bump now!

  9. 18th May 2016 / 10:20

    Oia is such a pretty little village! I really enjoyed popping down to the fishing village below Oia called Ammoudi 🙂

    • 18th May 2016 / 15:47

      Ooh yes that looked gorgeous down there- we had a good look at it from up in the castle but didn’t make it down. Mostly because we ran out of time, but also because I saw the faces of the people who had just walked back up the stairs again…!

  10. 18th May 2016 / 13:28

    I love your pics of Oia! I especially love the one of your hair in the wind 😀 Even though the weather hasn’t been the best for you, it still looks beautiful! It was so sunny and hot when I visited last summer, that it was almost too much! But I have to admit the bright sun brings out the beautiful whites and blues of the Island! Hope the weather cheers up for you soon! 😀

    • 18th May 2016 / 15:49

      Hah the wind was not my friend that day. The weather brightened up the day after so we had 2 days of sun which was amazing. Just in time for my birthday! Thank you weather! With the sun out it got really hot really quickly, it was just about manageable but I’m not sure how I’d have managed in the height of summer. Especially with the crowds. Anyway, I’m really glad you enjoyed your trip too, hopefully this brought back some good memories. High five for Santorini!

  11. 18th May 2016 / 16:13

    Oh my goodness, Santorini looks amazing – even in grey weather! I’m absolutely dying to go there too!!! Just wish I had the time and money to do so already this summer!! Have lots of fun there!

    • 21st May 2016 / 22:20

      Yep, the cloud did nothing to dampen its beauty! It’s a stunning place, I really hope you get to visit one day. It’s expensive though, that’s for sure :/ I’m back now and I miss it already!

  12. Grey World Nomads
    18th May 2016 / 17:26

    Despite the cold windy weather and the grey sky you managed to take some beautiful pictures in Santorini. Hopefully the sun comes back! #TravelTuesday

    • 21st May 2016 / 22:21

      Thank you! The good news is it brightened up the very next day so I could get back out with my camera with renewed vigour. And suncream. Everything was even more beautiful, if that can be believed.

  13. 18th May 2016 / 18:16

    I’ve seen so many beautiful pictures of Santorini and i’m always blown away, but i still believe it’s one of those places where the pictures don’t do it justice. am i right? 🙂

    • 21st May 2016 / 22:24

      Yes! And no, actually. Having come home, I’m reflecting a bit on the place – the beauty of it is absolutely outstanding, however all those shots you see have been carefully composed to crop out the crowds of tourists and countless semi-professional photoshoots going on daily around the island. Which certainly gives it a surreal air. I don’t want to be too down on it though – maybe I’ll write a longer post explaining my thoughts…

  14. 19th May 2016 / 08:58

    Would like to see more of Santorini;)!

    • 21st May 2016 / 22:24

      Never fear! There’s plenty more coming your way 😀 You’ll be wishing for them to stop before too long!

  15. 19th May 2016 / 15:33

    Beautiful pictures! I love those blue doors 🙂

    • 21st May 2016 / 22:25

      I love the blue doors, too. Blue is my favourite colour (in case you hadn’t already guessed) so I was basically in paradise the entire time.

  16. 19th May 2016 / 16:38

    KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITTY. find more kitties 🙂
    gorgeous pictures! so jealous and i kinda dislike you right now. okay just kidding.

    • 21st May 2016 / 22:26

      I found lots more kitties, they were all adorable. And quite a few puppies, too! Which were also cute, and may have benefited from some of my lunch 🙂 It’s ok, I kinda dislike myself right now. Actually I really didn’t like myself when I was trying to brush the knots out of my hair after taking that last photo….

  17. 19th May 2016 / 19:27

    Santorini has to be one of the most picturesque places ever! Every picture I’ve seen looks amazing, I love the white and blue. Hope you’re having a fab time! xx

    • 21st May 2016 / 22:27

      It is! It’s like a film set or something, with everything beautifully composed. You can literally just point your camera anywhere and end up with a masterpiece. It’s out of this world. I had a brilliant time, thank you!

  18. 20th May 2016 / 04:18

    You have got such great photos! I had a giggle at the hair one though, have one of me like that on a really windy day on the great Ocean road. I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to have my photo taken there, even though you can’t really tell it’s me with the hair everywhere, ha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • 21st May 2016 / 22:28

      Yep, it’s got to be done. I bet the scenery from the great ocean road was unbelievable – and probably a great deal fewer people around too! Some photo opportunities are not to be missed, regardless of the weather 🙂

  19. 23rd May 2016 / 02:21

    Love your photos..what a beautiful spot and I love the kitty !!

    • 24th May 2016 / 11:24

      Thank you! The kitty was adorable. It just sat in a high traffic area, constantly being petted by passing tourists. Not a bad life!

  20. 23rd May 2016 / 14:09

    The pictures in this post are so pretty! I especially love the image of the pink tree next to the blue door. And that cat! So adorable! 🙂 The water makes me swoon…

    Ok. enough. Guess I have to add another place to my bucket list. 🙂

    Quit visiting beautiful places that I haven’t been to yet. It’s not fair. 🙂

    • 24th May 2016 / 11:25

      Yes! That pink tree was amazing. We had to go back again for more pictures of it. The water was amazing, I would have wanted to swim all the time except it’s pretty hard to get to down the cliffs!

      Sorry, will try and rein in my wanderings for the sake of your travel budget 😉

  21. 23rd May 2016 / 14:10

    These photos are so so beautiful! Such vibrant colours! – love the windswept hair shot too! hehe 😉

    • 24th May 2016 / 11:26

      The bougainvillea just brighten everything up so much, even though it was a gloomy day. And a windy day… Didn’t really spoil the beauty at all though. It’s an incredible place.

  22. LydiaCLee
    24th May 2016 / 03:01

    The white contrast with the colours really makes it, doesn’t it?

    • 24th May 2016 / 11:28

      It does! And it’s even better when the sun’s out 🙂

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