KICKIN’ IT SANTORINI STYLE: VIDEO DIARY

This time last month I was waking up in beautiful Santorini and was being blown away by the incredible views and amazing streets! If you missed my guide to Santorini then you can see it here! It really would be the most amazing place to spend your honeymoon! While you’re here though make sure you check out what…

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO OIA, SANTORINI

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A couple of weeks ago myself and my sister, Lydia had the pleasure of travelling to the beautiful Greek island that is Santorini, and when I say beautiful, I mean BEAUTIFUL!! It was a paradise of colourful buildings, winding pretty paths and warm, wonderful people. If you’re thinking of honeymooning here then I would highly recommend it! Here I’m going to share where we stayed, the best local restaurants and let you in on the little hidden gems of Santorini!

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STAY

We stayed at the most incredible airbnb accommodation called Rose’s cave and I have to say it was incredible! Let me start with the views, every morning when I surfaced out of the cave it would literally take my breath away! Gorgeous seas in front of me & to my left and right an array of colourful houses built into the side of the island! We had the perfect place to sit outside eat our breakfast & read plus we could sunbath on the loungers provided for us too! One of the things that really struck me about the accommodation too was how close it was to everything, yet how private it was! We were literally a 5 minute walk up the steps onto the Main Street of Oia, it was perfect. 

Inside the cave was so much more spacious that I imagined, it had an open plan living/kitchen/eating area when you walked through the door & a back room which had a double bed & wardrobes. The sofas in the living area could also be made into beds if wanted and we then had an awesome shower which embodied the cave theme too! 

Our airbnb host Rose was absolutely fantastic! He arranged transportation to and from the airport for us, had someone meet us to carry our suitcases to the cave & greeted us there with a bottle of wine when we arrived! He then told us all about the local area, his favourite restaurants, where we could shop and even gave us a Greek mobile phone that we could take with us everywhere to call him on in case we had any questions or needed help with anything! I seriously can’t recommend airbnb enough you guys, it’s a much more personal experience and you get to know the best spots recommended by the locals!

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OIA

Oia is the small town where we stayed and is the the most famous part of Santorini for it’s colourful buildings built into the island, this is where you’ll get those perfect photos that literally look like a postcard! There tends to be one main footpath through Oia filled to the brim with restaurants, shops, market stalls and view points! Me and Lyd spent most of our days wandering through and admiring all of the greek creations, if you wander off the path you’ll find supermarkets, ice cream parlours and more wonderful restaurants! The one thing about Santorini is that it’s a maze of beauty, no matter which road or path you take you’ll be greeted with amazing places, sights people and sometimes donkeys!

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Off The Record: Happiness, Having Fun & Holidays

Yay! Happy Friday people! I hope you’ve got an awesome weekend ahead, since Emily came back from Greece yesterday we’re going to spend the evening at Emily of Mermaid Gossip’s house drinking wine and catching up with the girls! You’ve gotta love a girlie blogging night right! But first, let’s talk about what we got up to this week, one of our absolute highlights was being featured on Wedding Chicks!! We absolutely adore this wedding blog and are so chuffed to say that our confetti sprinkle shoot was showcased over there, GO check it out people! NOTE: seeing this shoot may result in wanting to eat any sugary treat in sight, but YOLO.

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Here’s what else we’ve been loving this week…

JESS LOVES…

Going to San Carlo in Bristol to celebrate James’ birthday! This is definitely my favourite Italian restaurant in the UK (so far!). For our main course we ordered the ‘trio of pasta’ where the chef chooses 3 random pasta dishes from the menu and you get all three to share between two people. We ended up with a salmon dish, a creamy mushroom penne and a chorizo parpadelle and my god it was the bomb!! 

Going to Underground Fest, we may have got a little bit too drunk on the train up but that just made the entire thing even more fun! We saw some awesome up and coming artists and took way too many selfies.

Having roast dinner at James’s Nans! Lots of family came over to celebrate and it was so nice to catch up with people we hadn’t seen for a while over some delicious food! 

Breaking Bad. Man I know I am late to this party but we’re already on series 3 and I have to say i’m addicted! 

Chorizo Stew! It tastes so much better than it sounds I promise and it’s super low in calories and takes less than 10 minutes to cook too, WIN! Here’s the recipe if you’re a chorizo lover like me!

EMILY LOVES…

As I mentioned last week our hotel was situated right next to Laganas Beach – a national marine site with protective measures to ensure the conservation of Caretta Caretta (The Loggerhead Sea Turtle). This was really special for us as not only am I passionate about conservation but the turtle is Mr T’s absolute favourite animal which is where he got his nickname of ‘Turt’. We could not have visited this resort without going Turtle spotting! What do you know within minutes of leaving the dock we had our first turtle spotting and our views were amazing! Definitely the highlight  of our trip.

Taking a tour of Zakynthos Island, the views were amazing and the dramatic cliff tops were breathtaking! We got to see the famous Poseidon’s face carved into the cliff side and I was totally impressed when the captain of the boat navigated our ship into the magical blue caves. If you ever visit Zante this trip is a must!!!

Stopping off to visit the famous shipwreck in Smugglers Cove. The sea was so blue and inviting, we had so much fun taking lots of pictures and I cant wait to share them with you soon!

After our first Turtle spotting we were determined to find another during our visit to we hired a pedalo for the morning complete with a melon for breakfast and scoured the clear blue seas of Laganas. Unfortunately we never did spot another Turtle but the morning was amazing and I loved spending every minute of it with Mr T, it was like we were on an adventure!

We got to eat in lots of different restaurants whilst on our holiday and experience lots of greek style cuisine – being vegetarian I was a huge lover of the cheeses especially the crumbed Saganaki (haloumi deep fried in bread crumbs) whilst Mr T had a meat feast for the week enjoying dishes like Lamb Kleftiko and Beef Stifado. The food is outstanding and I would definitely recommend you give all the local dishes a go – they are so dang tasty!!! 

WHAT WE’VE BEEN LOVING AROUND THE WEB…

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Pear Pies Studio DIY

 Vanilla-Cardamom Pear Hand Pies! These would make awesome favours don’t you think?! (Above Photos via Studio DIY)

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