Good Morning my friends! Have you ever wondered how does it look like a day in Oia? Well this was my very first one! In Malta, it’s very hard to wake up early. Seriously, the Maltese Island has such a lazy vibe that is very contagious! But here in Oia (Santorini), I woke up at the same time than Mr. Sunrise!Indeed, at 6 AM I woke up and didn’t wait a second to prepare my camera and shoot the sunrise from my terrace at the Andronis Luxury Suites. Such a wonderful moment! I could see the fishermen boats lying on the sea, the breakfast terrace had nobody yet, and the pool was empty. I bet everyone was still sleeping. Well not me!
One hour later, I was actually the very first to take my breakie at the terrace and the sun was already pretty harsh (Hello Sun blocker). Yes, I do use sun blocker meaning I don’t tan (or at least I reduce the lobster effect).
Being naturally very white (not like white-milk but white-pinkish) I either tan well or become a lobster and sometimes even half half: some areas I’m tanned and others I’m lobster. So I decided to use very strong protection. I could tan a little but never enough to show off I went on vacation or to a sunny island (I mean, I already live in a sunny island…).
After the breakie, I really felt I had to switch clothes from a white/black dress to a Blue one (you know how much I love dresses right…) and indeed I was very happy with my choice. What do you guys think?
I spent the day walking around Oia and exploring the narrow streets of the town and its hidden gems. Santorini has such a precious calm and peaceful vibe I couldn’t describe. A beauty we can only feel (watch my live video to discover more here).
Some people took a boat and went to the volcanic island which was as well something I considered to do, others snorkel and diving. But for me, first day in a new place means walking, walking, and walking! I don’t take guides, I love to take my time, discover place by place and just getting lost. I quickly understood group visits/tours or museums were not my thing either.
I take my time to admire the view, take my photos, check the local stores (even if I don’t purchase anything, it actually became a rule), stop in a nice spot to take an ice cream, cappuccino or juice. I love to make my own tour which actually is a simple “let’s walk around and see what we will find out”.
Hope you enjoyed some of the landscapes I took from the caldera in Oia. During the morning we had an incredible blue sky but around 3-4PM, the sky got bright grey instead of blue. But nevertheless, I loved Oia and its white architecture, its irresistible traditional houses and orthodox churches.
Oh btw! I switched from heels to black flat sandals, don’t worry, I wasn’t exploring Santorini like that, I just wore heels inside the hotel. As mentioned before, I really recommend to bring flat sandals with you (or sneakers)! Since I’m short (ok… 173cm, but still…) I love to wear heels each time I can or when there is any social occasion. They also make me feel slimmer and more confident.
After a full day walking around Oia, I came back to the hotel and chilled on my private jacuzzi located in the terrace. The water was so hot, I just loved it (in fact, I hate when the water of a jacuzzi is neither hot or cold, just like so-so. Jacuzzis are meant to be hot! Really Hot!).
I was so relaxed (you know that feeling where you are ready to lay down and sleep) that I didn’t have the adrenaline to go out, so I ordered a sandwich from the room service and ate it on the terrace. The view was so extraordinary that I’m sure I wouldn’t have had better in a restaurant (last 2 pictures).
Well my sweeties, time for me to go to bed and wish to all a good night! Tomorrow is another day, and more to explore and do!
See you soon!
Location: Oia & Andronis Luxury Suites
Photography: Diogo Novo