So we did it. A little over a month ago, Ivan and I got married. I haven’t received our full set of photos from our photographer yet, so I’ll wait to recap the wedding until I get the pictures. So we are going to jump forward a bit and talk about the honeymoon.
First off, here’s our honeymoon video. If you’d rather watch that and skip the photo recap… that’s totally cool. I just thought it would be a fun way to remember our trip. I’m going to try and get our photos printed and make a book, but I don’t know that it will actually ever happen. The video seemed like a fun way to hold on to those memories and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.
We got married on September 9th and then left for Greece the next day, on the 10th. Getting there was a little bit of an ordeal, but we had such a fantastic time. Our flight left out of Chicago, so we got up on the day after the wedding and drove the 3.5 hours to the Chicago airport (we got married in Michigan). From there we caught an overnight flight to Zurich. We had layover in Switzerland and then finally made it to Athens at about 7pm local time. We were scheduled to arrive at 4pm, but alas, flight delays.
We had planned to go out for a fancy dinner our first night, but by the time we made it to our airbnb – we just wanted food quickly. We were staying right in the heart of Athens; about a 15 minute walk to the Acropolis, so there were plenty of choices.
That photo above is a picture of our first official meal. Well, part of it. We also ordered a greek salad and some sort of bread. We did not know that it’s customary for the restaurant to provide either an appetizer or dessert as well. Needless to say, we overate.
The next morning we got up, got ourselves some coffee (I am now obsessed with Greek coffee) and walked over to the Acropolis.
The Acropolis was just unreal. I’ve read about it in multiple art history classes and I’ve of course seen pictures of it, but being there is just something else entirely. We got there at around noon and it wasn’t too busy. I had planned on getting their earlier to avoid being in the heat, but we decided being lazy that morning was a better option.
The next big thing on our agenda was a morning run at the original Olympic Stadium. Every morning from 7:30-9am they allow joggers to run on the track. I didn’t see anything about this when I was planning our trip, but I just happened to stumble on the info while we were in Greece. It was a short walk away from the apartment, so on our second day in the city, we got up early, got more coffee and walked down to the stadium.
I have to say, it was one of the coolest parts of our trip. The stadium was practically empty and the whole concept was so cool. I still can’t believe they let you do that.
We also went to the National Archeological Museum of Athens while we were in the city. That was really cool for me, because I studied a lot of the pieces located there in college. After the museum, we went and had a romantic dinner to cap off our final night in Athens.
On Thursday, we got up super early to catch a ferry to Santorini. We decided to splurge a bit and booked first class tickets. I’ve never booked first class anything before, so I was rather pumped about it. Ivan slept most of the ride and I gazed out the window. It took a long time – even on the high speed ferry. We left at 7 in the morning and arrived at about 12:30 in the afternoon.
Santorini was my favorite. Have you even Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? That was filmed in Santorini. It was so magical and it was the perfect place to end our honeymoon.
On our first day there we went ahead and rented an ATV. That is the easiest way to get around the island, not the mention the most fun.
We decided to have a quick dinner in Fira that first night. I ordered the lamb gyro; which did not come in sandwich form. It was still delicious though.
We also checked into our airBnb – which was like something out of a fairytale. The view was unreal and the architecture and style was exactly what I was hoping for.
Ivan and I decided to make the most out of Friday. We got up, got a quick breakfast at the corner store near our place and then drove the ATV down to the Volcanic beach. The hotel front desk employee recommended Perissa, so that’s where we went.
It was about a 25 minute ride on the ATV and the views along the way were breathtaking. Once we arrived, we rented a cabana and setup camp for a bit. One thing to note if you go… bring water shoes. It isn’t really a sandy bottom – it’s one giant, very slippery rock. You could easily spot the tourists, because we were all crawling out to the deep water.
After lounging in the sun for a while, we had some lunch in the local town. Then we hopped back on the ATV and drove up to the other side of the island to Oia for clip jumping.
Have you ever seen the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2? Well it’s filmed in Santorini and it’s where the girls go clip jumping.
Do you see that flat rock where people are standing? That’s where you jump from. You start where the photo is taken and then you swim out to that large rock. There are steps on the other side. I’ll tell you what… it feels much higher than it looks. Jumping off the cliff was my idea and I went first, but I was pretty damn scared. It was so much fun though. We have a video of me jumping and I screamed the whole way down. I even hurt my throat because of it. Totally worth it though.
After clip jumping, we went back to the airBnb and got ready for dinner. We were able to catch the sunset before settling in for our last night in Santorini.
The next morning we caught the ferry back to Athens for our final day in Greece. Our ferry was running behind schedule, so once we docked, we headed straight to the hotel. We stayed right next to the airport because our flight left at 6am the next morning.
So that was it. We had such an amazing time and I couldn’t have asked for a better honeymoon.