30 Days of Gratitude - Day 18

Today we are grateful for our cruise to Santorini and Mykonos, Greece in June 2006!

We took a short honeymoon to Atlantis in the Bahamas after we got married in December 2005, but we consider our Mediterranean cruise in the summer of 2006 to be our first big trip together. We cruised out of Rome and made stops in Italy, Greece, and France. We had so much fun on that cruise, and two of our very favorite days were the ones we spent in Greece. 

Village of Oia on Santorini

Village of Oia on Santorini

The blue and white of the Greek isles is as magical and idyllic as you imagine it will be. The white buildings, blue domes, and beautiful blue expanses of sea are simply breathtaking. 

Our favorite picture spot on Santorini

Our favorite picture spot on Santorini

In Santorini, in the tiny, adorable town of Oia,  Joshua and I took a picture in the exact same spot where my mom and I had taken a photo 5 years earlier.  And once we reached the town of Thira, we wound our way through streets up to a cute restaurant and had a delicious meal with saganaki fried cheese and delectably ripe tomatoes while we overlooked the azure of the Mediterranean Sea. 

Beautiful sea views on Santorini

Beautiful sea views on Santorini

Then we decided against the donkey ride down the stairs back to the sea and the ship and meandered down on our own, pausing to admire the views of the white buildings dotting the top of the crater while the waves lapped the shores in front of us.  It was an incredible day!

Having fun on Mykonos

Having fun on Mykonos

Mykonos is a smaller and more laid-back island, and we chose to explore the island on our own, instead of booking a shore excursion. It was one of the most fun days we’ve ever had traveling!  We picked up a map and wandered through streets filled with white walls, blue doors, and fuchsia bougainvillea, climbed to the top of a hill to take in the beautiful scenery and snap photos in front of a windmill, and had lunch at a restaurant right next to the water, while giant pelicans roamed around nearby.

Gorgeous Mykonos

Gorgeous Mykonos

Both Santorini and Mykonos are amazing islands, filled with astounding beauty, and we are very thankful for the wonderful memories we made during our cruise in Greece!

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