3 Lessons I Have Learned at 27 Years Old

Over the weekend, I celebrated my 28th (I still don’t know how that happened as I still feel 22) birthday in one of the best ways possible – doing things I love with the people I love. Saturday started with an Orangetheory Day Out at the beach. It was a great way to get to know students in my classes as well as people I work out with each week. Plus, the weather was the perfect day for the beach. Sunday started with teaching 4 Orangetheory classes followed by celebrating my birthday with my family which included my favorite dinner (chicken pot pie and mac and cheese – talk about comfort food). I took off from work on Monday to spend the day at the spa with the hubby. We had mud baths, got a massage, lounged at the pool and relaxed to the fullest! Although the birthday celebration isn’t over just yet, this weekend was everything I could have asked for.


Reflecting on my 27th year, I was pretty quick to say good bye to this year. While there were some very high highs, there were some very low low’s. Throughout the year though, one thing has remained the same – I have been blessed immensely with an amazing family, supportive friends and the best thing in my life, my husband. While I treasure the amazing places we visited around the world (Portland, Miami, Thailand, Greece, New York and Boston), the gorgeous wedding we got to celebrate with family and friends and the exciting opportunities I have had this past year, I am so incredibly ready and excited for 28! This year my goal is to “do what what makes me happy!” Life is too short to do anything else but that. I have been fortunate this past year to do many things that I love and I look forward to a year of continuing to do those things as well as many more.

As I have reflected back on my 27th, I wanted to share 3 important lessons I have learned in the past year at 27 years old:

  1. Love what you do – I have seen both sides of loving what you do and not this year. I absolutely love teaching cycle and coaching at Orangetheory. I mean why else would I willingly wake up at 6am on a weekend? :) Teaching brings me joy, keeps me sane and gives me back as much as I put into it. On the other hand, sadly I have witnessed what it looks like to not love what you do. It definitely puts life into perspective and creates some growing pains. Most people have to work for themselves or their family so why not at least do what you love each day?
  2. Give everything a try at least once – I think this goes with #1 because how else are you going to find what you love? I enjoy making lists of things of activities I want to try. This has led to me finding some things that I love and bring me so much joy (paddleboarding baby!) while experiencing others that are not for me. Trying everything at least once helps to expand your horizons, learn new skills and meet new people. So why not try that new fitness class, sport or food you have been wanting to try?
  3. Throw your timeline out the window – I was talking with my best friend about the “timeline” that people make for themselves and/or others. These timelines group everyone in the same category but people are rarely in the same spot in life. At 28, there are some people married with kids, there are some still sleeping on a futon, others have reached their dreams, others are still trying to figure out what that is. I always thought I would be married at 23 with 2.5 kids, a white picket fence home and a stay at home mom. Life sure did not work out that way but guess what? I am so happy it didn’t and I threw the timeline out the window to let life just happen. Like my favorite podcast host says (Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential) “Stay in your own lane” and focus on yourself.

Tell me: What is one thing you haven’t done that you want to try? I still have a few things on my life list to try – a barre class, Crossfit, surfing and a duathlon are top of my list this year!

Travel Thursday: The Freedom Trail

Boston was the last stop on our honeymoon trip. Our plan was to spend one full day walking the Freedom Trail from start to finish. Although it was pretty warm, we enjoyed walking the Freedom Trail and getting to see the city on foot. We were very fortunate to be in Boston during Memorial Day weekend which allowed us to get an extra special experience of American history. 

  • Boston Common (MUST SEE) – We spent a large amount of time in the Boston Common area enjoying the Boston Common Park! It was such a nice area to enjoy the weather and beautiful park grounds.

  • Massachusetts State House – I was most upset about the State House being closed but we will just have to go again to visit in Boston.
  • Park Street Church – The beautiful church was once the first landmark travelers saw when approaching Boston.
  • Granary Burying Ground – The burial grounds of Paul Reverse, John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Of all the burial grounds this was the best of them all. 

  • King’s Chapel (MUST SEE) – The King’s Chapel was one of my favorite stops in the entire trail. I loved the paper tour they offered and the gorgeous historic church still intact.

  • King’s Chapel Burying Ground – While I loved the history and the location was easy being next to the chapel, I think it was worth skipping.
  • Benjamin Franklin Statue – The statue was being renovated so we were unable to see it.
  • Old Corner Book Store – Not much more than a bookstore to buy books, I don’t think it was worth the stop. 
  • Old South Meeting House – Although the meeting house looks like a church, it was a meeting house for the Puritans to worship. A really great interactive tour was included in the cost.

  • Old State House / Site of Boston Massacre (MUST SEE) – The Old State House was my absolute favorite stop of the Freedom Trail. From the second you walk into the house, there were interactive games, information and displays that shared the history of Boston during the Boston Massacre which happened right outside the State House. Plus you got to be a character during the Boston Massacre while you were walking around which made the tour even better! 

  • Faneuil Hall – The Faneuil Hall was the spot of the first town’s meeting and has become a shopping center. A great learning stop for those with children. The hall also had some delicious food options and a large amount of shopping unique to the area and a great spot for souvenirs.

  • Paul Revere House – The Paul Revere House was very small but extremely interesting to see how homes used to be in the past. In each room there were detailed explainations of the typical home set ups during the times. (No pictures allowed)
  • Copp’s Hill Burying Ground – sadly, by the third one the burial grounds seemed to be less appealing than the first but interesting none the less. 
  • Bunker Hill Monument – the monument was close to the USS Constitution so it was worth walking to. Otherwise not much to see or  much being taught about Bunker Hill. 

  • USS Constitution (MUST SEE) – Our last stop was the USS Constitution which we were able to explore on the ship and under the deck. I love all things ship related so this was a highlight for me! 


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Weekend Trip to Napa Valley & San Francisco, California

Lesson learned from this trip – don’t forget to check in when flying Southwest. Getting out of San Fran into Oakland this evening was a nightmare which resulted in being one of the last to board and sitting solo. Thank goodness the flight back home is less an hour and they serve alcohol on the plane. This was also the only hiccup of the entire trip so this was one of the best weekend trips we have had. Our trip started on an early (too early for this lover of sleep) flight to Oakland. With no checked bags and the early hours, within an hour we left our place, passed security and were up in the air.

We landed in Oakland before 8am, got our  rental car and were on our way to Napa. The drive was just a bit over an hour and gorgeous when you start getting closer to the vineyards. We met up with our friends who got to Napa the day before for a brunch at Oxbow! The husband and I absolutely loved it because it reminded us of one of our favorites – The Gansevoort Market in New York. After a delicious mix of donuts and breakfast tacos, we made our first to our first winery stop – Stag’s Leap.


I will be doing a review of all the wineries we visited in a seperate post because some of them were worth going on a second trip to (and yes we have already decided Napa might be a regular trip for us). Our day started with a Fire and Water tour at Stag’s Leap (thanks to our friends John and Eryka who were members). We then stopped at the Mondavi, Grgich Estate and Consentino wineries. For dinner we headed back down to Downtown Napa for a highly recommend restaurant – Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & BBQ. The food was to die for and the atmosphere was even better! We checked into our hotel after dinner and were pleasantly surprised at the unique hotel / bed and breakfast. It was a large house with 2 connecting houses that offered common areas, homemade breakfasts, libraries and DVD rentals and bonfires out back. While it was different from the chain hotel, it was a welcome change.


Our second day started with champagne tasting at Domain Chandon then wine tasting at Castello di Amorosa, Hall and V Sattui wineries. For dinner the husband and I enjoyed italian food (and more wine for me) in Downtown Napa. Throughout the entire weekend the weather was perfection and most of the wineries were not crowded. The husband and I both left wanting to stay longer and with the plan to return again.


On Sunday morning, we checked out of Napa and drove down to San Francisco for the day since our flight was out of Oakland. We started by driving across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Golden Gate Park which reminded me of a smaller version of Prospect Park. We enjoyed the Dutch windmills and the beach before driving to the Coit Tower for views of the bridge and bay. There was a heavy fog over the bay but the views of the ocean and port were still spectacular. We could even see Lombard Street in the distance. Our next stop was to Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf for seafood. We walked around the pier enjoying the street performers, the ocean views and people watching of course. My food highlight was the Baked Bear custom ice cream sandwich! We made sure to walk off the calories by walking to Lombard Street (hello uphill) before heading back to the airport. Traffic getting to the airport was rough but we eventually made it before walking fairly easily through security and onto the plane.


I will be back this week to share some more on our trip to wine country!

I travel because…

Earlier this week, I was texting a friend about our upcoming Napa trip (follow me in wine country on instagram starting tomorrow). She had just returned from the bay area so I was getting her advice on outfits and the weather (because there nothing worse than packing the wrong type of clothes for a trip) when she wrote “I am a firm believer in always having something to look forward to, big or small.” She took the words right out of my mouth!

I am always looking forward to my next trip whether it be a weekend trip or a bigger international trip. I think by now my husband knows that before we have even taken the next upcoming trip, I must have another trip booked. Plus, you have to have something to cure those post vacation blues!! The husband can count on me talking about our next trip when we are on the airplane, traveling back home from the current trip. Although I am so thrilled and excited about Napa, I am just as excited for our next international trip to Spain in January. One does not take away from another, it’s simply double the excitement and anticipation! What can I say, travel offers me so much I can’t help to love it. Today for Travel Thursday, I wanted to share my top 3 reasons I travel.

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I travel because..

  1. Travel takes me out of my comfort zone – I have shared before that traveling has helped me get over my fear of heights, flying and small spaces (fine almost over on this one). Travel has landed me in spots where I only knew how to say hi and thank you in the local language. I have been countries I felt very uncomfortable in but was forced to step out and ended up having the time of my life. Getting out of your comfort zone is necessary for growth and usually ends up being a wonderful decision.
  2. Travel leads to personal growth – Speaking of growth, traveling has been a huge part of my personal growth as an adult. I really don’t know why it took me so long to travel. Traveling was always something I thought about. Even after high school, I dreamed of traveling to France but it took me until my early 20’s to travel overseas. I have learned so much about myself, the world, what I have to be grateful for, what others experience, culture, history and on and on. I’m telling you, take a trip and you are bound to expand your horizons and thoughts.
  3. Travel makes me happy – It does not get more simple than that. Travel is the hobby that incites excitement, is something I am passionate about and genuinely fills me with joy. No one should deny themselves what makes them happy and I am even luckier that I get to travel with the person who makes me most happy. #winninginlife

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Top 5 Beaches To Visit in Mykonos, Greece

The second island we visited during our honeymoon trip to Greece was Mykonos. From the moment we got off the ferry until we got back on to head to Athens a few days later, we loved every minute on the island. We spent a large amount of time at the Old Port enjoying the restaurants and the ocean view. At the Old Port, we saw the Windmills and spend many afternoons getting lost in the white alleyways in Little Venice. My favorite part of Mykonos was the ability to enjoy a large amount of various beaches. Although we did not get to visit every single one, we tried to get to as many as we could to see the difference among the beaches. We wanted to visit the more well known beaches like Paradise Beach as well as get recommendations from locals on their favorite beaches. Here are my top 5 beaches to visit in Mykonos, Greece:

Top 5 Beaches To Visit In Mykonos, Greece

  1. Ornos Beach – We spent less time on the beach because of the high winds but we sat at a bar off the beach enjoying a drink and the beautiful view. Even with the high winds, the beach was a beautiful front to decorated restaurants. The beach made me want to just sit there all day and enjoy the peaceful ocean. We stayed out on the lounge chairs until we could not take the wind any longer before spending the rest of our time reading, protected from the wind. I wish we would have been able to enjoy more of our time out on the beach but regardless it was still one of the best spots.
    Ornos Beach Mykonos Greece
  2. Platis Gialo Beach – Luckily since we visited Greece right before the peak season, the beaches were fairly quiet and calm. We really enjoyed our time at Platis Gialo as we used the shaded lounge chairs to enjoy the beach. I mean really baklava on the beach – that is a dream Greece scene! The beach had its windy moments but was a lot calmer than other beaches we visited. This was one of my two favorite beaches due to the fact that it was the perfect setting to lounge under the sun, reading a book and enjoying music!

    Platis Gialos Beach Mykonos Greece
  3. Super Paradise Beach – While Paradise wasn’t much beyond loud music and dancers on the bar, Super Paradise was a perfect mix of good music and a calmer beach. The water had clean sand and beautiful see through water. We spent the longest time at Super Paradise because of the atmosphere. The husband spent a huge amount of time in the water which wasn’t too cold in mid May and I spent a ton of time enjoying the sun. This was probably one of my two favorite beaches while this was the husband’s favorite beach of all that we visited.
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    Super Paradise Beach Mykonos Greece
  4.  Psarou Beach – Our guide who took us to the hotel told us Psarou was one of the more expensive beaches, often frequented by the wealthy and celebrities but that we had to visit just to experience. The beach was very pretty (even on the overcast day we visited) and had luxurious day beds and expensive restaurants. It is more enclosed in a bay with beautiful homes and hotels surrounding the beach. The beach also offers water sports like jet skis and kayaking. We did not spend too much time at the beach but I completely agree with our tour guide, it is a beach you have to visit just to say you did.
    Psarou Beach Mykonos Greece
  5. Agios Stefanos Beach – Agios Stefanos was the closest beach to our hotel so we spent a few mornings relaxing on the beach. The water was a perfect blend of green and blue. The beach was one of windiest beaches making the beach more ideal for the morning because the wind really kicked up by the afternoon. There were great restaurants off the beach that also served the lounge chairs as long as you purchased two items. I would highly recommend the beach for families due to the separation away from the party beaches.
    Agios Stefanos Beach Mykonos Greece

Have you booked your ticket to Greece yet? Pack that swimsuit and head to the island! 

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Feeling A Little Deja Vu

Although I worked on Friday, I was in weekend mode Thursday night because I got to meet my sister in LA. We had a quick drink and app at SUR Restaurant (and sadly no sighting of anyone from the show) before heading to our meet & greet with David Nail. He is an artist we have followed for almost 6 years across California so meeting him in person was a HUGE deal for us. We enjoyed front row spots for the concert and sang our hearts out for two hours. The rest of the weekend included a cycling class, dinner with the family, an Orangetheory Night Out and time by the pool.

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Feeling A Little Deja Vu

My Saturday night was spent with members and fellow teachers from my Orangetheory gym. Our monthly night out was at a fellow member’s home for a BBQ and pool day. What began as a plan to stop by for an hour turned into a fun, four hour hang-out. I was the only coach who was on the schedule for the next morning so I headed home at a decent hour to prep for the class and get some zzz’s. I woke up at 6am on Sunday morning to teach 4 back to back classes for the day. Although it was my first time teaching more than two Orangetheory classes in a row, I was excited for the challenge. From start to finish, the classes some of the best I have ever taught! I loved getting to meet new students, loved the strength workout of the day and enjoyed every moment of coaching and motivating. As I was driving home, I could not help but be in a great mood. I am teaching at a gym that I love to be at because it really feels like a family. All the way from the studio manager down to each student I have met. On the other hand though of my happiness, I had a bit of a deja vu moment from about a year ago when I wrote this post.

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When It’s Time To Take A Step Back… Again

Last year around the same time, I scaled back some of my classes and tried to make my schedule more accommodating. Within a few months however I was offered a new teaching gig and my schedule went right back to being jammed packed. Driving home on Sunday, feeling as happy as I did about being a coach at Orangetheory, I could not lie to myself any longer. It was time for me to “take another step back.” This time however that meant quitting one of the gyms I work out. Since February, I have taught cycle at a new gym that just wasn’t working for many reasons. I think because teaching at the gym was a dream of mine, I tried really hard to make it work. In the back of my head I knew it never felt right but I hoped it would change. Unfortunately, 6 months later and the nagging feeling that it isn’t working only got worse. This weekend just made me realize I had to take an action and quit. Am I sad about it? Yes, but the relief that I feel is worth any small sadness I do have.

While maybe coincidental that a year ago I felt the same way, I think I am lucky that I have things in my life to compare to. I have a gym that I have taught at for two years that I still get excited to teach at. I have a new opportunity at Orangetheory that has confirmed my love of teaching and fitness. Life is just too short to spend any of your time doing things that do not bring you joy. I just needed the honesty with myself to cut what wasn’t bringing me that joy.

Have a wonderful Tuesday! Catch you back soon for some travel posts.

Lululemon Love

Although I have a Monday through Friday job that requires business casual, even more of my laundry is constantly filled with workout clothes. However, I have been noticing more of my workout clothes starting to get old and/or become worn out. As I have shared in the past, my love of workout clothes (especially Lululemon) is strong. Well this weekend I decided to update my workout wardrobe. With my new job at Orangetheory, which requires a lot more demonstrating, more than ever I need to make sure my workout clothes are in great condition. Over the weekend I utilized my fitness instructor discount and went a little crazy at my local Lululemon store. After working out in most of my purchases, I had to share some of the Lululemon items I bought:

Energy Bra – My new favorite sports bra. I got this bra in white as well as grey striped with colored straps and love the fit. The multi strap back looks adorable under tanks and offers strong support when working out.

Lululemon Energy Bra

Sun Runner Crop – The details on these crops are perfection in a pant: three pocket waistband, zipper pocket and mesh panels! The fitted crops hit just below the knee and offer mid rise so I feel completely covered when working out.

Lululemon Sun Runner Crop

Run With The Sun Bra – This sports offers a little more support and coverage which is better for some of the HIIT workouts. The bra comes in many colors and still plays up the cute factor with a more unique back.

Lululemon Run With the Sun Bra

Twist and Toil Tank – The only tank I have yet to wear but my favorite tanks are the ones with a cute back. Especially when teaching cycle, the mirrors make it so the students have to look at my back for an hour, might has well have a cute design!

Lululemon Twist and Toil Tank

Compassion Tank – This tank is so flattering and feels amazing on. It reminds me of compression workout clothes that are extremely fitted and stay in place while you run, jump and move about.

Lululemon Compassion Tank

Goal Crusher Tank – This tank is so lightweight and offers a sexy, see-through design on the back which allows me to show off my new sports bra!

Lululemon Goal Crusher Tank

Tell me: Do you have more sports bras, tank tops, shorts or leggings in your closet? I have tank tops galore and probably two plus weeks worth of sports bras.

 

Delos, Greece

While staying in Mykonos, we took a day trip to the island of Delos. When we started planning our trip, Delos was one of the spots I was most excited to visit. Our trip included not only an educational tour by an archeologist who showed us some of the “hot spots” of the island but an additional hour to explore the rest of the island and/or the Delos museum.

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The beautiful island offers scenic views of the Aegean sea is a short boat ride from Mykonos Island. Delos is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Delos is one of the most historic spots in Greece. The history spans from the Greek mythology to the Byzantine era. The island is now an archeological site being restored and preserved by archeologists.

Some of my favorite historic landmarks on the island included:

  • The House of Dionysus– a high class 2nd century private house which had a mosaic floor of for the floor mosaic of the God of Wine riding a panther.
  • The Theatre – a marble theatre, much still intact, which hosted plays and musical acts.
  • The Terrace of Lions – the well known lions are dedicated to the God of Light and stood guard to Apollo’s Temple. Originally stood 12 lions where only seven of the lions remain now.
  • The Temple of Hera / Heraion Temple – temple of Hera, queen of the Greek Gods.

 



Note: When visiting, make sure to wear comfortable shoes as some of the spots (i.e. Heraion Temple) require walking on uneven terrain and can be on loose steps / stones. Bring sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat as the island offers little shade.

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I love fitness. I love travel. Therefore, the best combination is when I get to travel for fitness or enjoying while traveling. As I have shared before, when the husband and I travel we always do our research before we visit a new city. By planning before we visit, we are able to plan how we will work in our exercise whether it be dropping into a local class or finding a great spot to run. Websites like Eventbrite, help to make it easy to find, schedule and even create events and that had me thinking about where I would have my dream yoga retreat! Of course it is easy for me to start dreaming of the perfect summer vacation to enjoy a yoga retreat. On a beach, overlooking the ocean? Perched on the top of a mountain, breathing in fresh air? In the snow or the heat? There are so many options that offer my perfect combination of travel and fitness.

Where would you go for a yoga retreat?

Here are the top five places around the world I would pick to go on a summer yoga retreat:

  1. Limon, Costa Rica – Costa Rica has long been on my list of places to visit because of the large fitness influence in a country that thrives on being outdoors. While I have longed to zipline, bike through the nature or raft through a river, the perfect compliment to a long adventure filled day would be winding down through yoga.
  2. Bali, Indonesia – Bali is currently the home to many yoga retreats making it one of my top choices for a yoga retreat. Although Indonesia is an island, the scenic background would offer not only ocean views but mountain escapes as well. In addition,  the heavy influence of yoga and spiritual growth would offer exactly the foundation wanted for a yoga trip.
  3. Kauai, Hawaii – This is the probably the easiest to picture. White beach and blue waters to look at while you breath in the salty ocean air as the sun warms you up. If you love the beach then yoga on the beach is a picture of relaxing perfection. My love of paddleboarding is strong and my dream retreat would involve trying yoga on a paddleboard in the middle of the ocean.
  4. Whistler, Canada – While most people think of Whistler for snowboarding (which I also want to go to Canada for) there is much to offer in the summer that many people look over. Life can get so fast paced, resulting in me sitting around wondering where the time has gone. Therefore, going to a yoga retreat in the middle of a rainforest or overlooking a lake are an ideal summer trip.
  5. Aspen, Colorado – Again, another city most often thought of for their ski lifts, Aspen offers amazing mountain views with clean crisp air. When snowboarding in the winter, I always feel like my lungs can expand much better being in out of the city and in nature. Enjoying the air while doing yoga would only help to enhance your breathing while practicing as well as offering a serene mountain backdrop.

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Looking for a yoga retreat or fitness event in your area or at your next travel destination? Check out Eventbrite’s page for yoga and fitness events around the world. Can’t find an event in your area? Create one using Eventbrite’s RSVP page to host an event in your area.

Tell me: Where would you want to go to attend a yoga retreat?

Top 5 Places To Visit in Santorini, Greece

Our honeymoon in Greece started off on the island of Santorini. Short and simple – the husband and I both agree Santorini was the highlight of our trip as well as the best place we have both visited. The island is a blend of adventure, relaxing, flowing wine and delicious food. The flight from Athens to Santorini was extremely short (less than an hour) and the people on the island were extremely friendly. We stayed on Kamari / Black Beach, enjoying the calm beach and the boardwalk filled with shops and restaurants. Today I am sharing the Top 5 Places To Visit In Santorini, Greece which should show you that the island is a stop you must make when in Greece!

TOP 5 PLACES TO VISIT IN SANTORINI, GREECE
1. Santos Winery – Before visiting Santorini, we read a lot of recommendations to watch the sunset in Oia. However, when we arrived in Santorini, we were told by many locals that we should check out other spots for a better sunset. The top recommendation was at the Santos Winery. We arrived before sunset to enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers (both delicious). The service was amazing and the views were incredible. Watching the sunset over Oia and the Nea Kameni volcano was one of the best moments of the trip. Of course pictures can never really capture the beauty of a sunset but I would highly recommend you check it out for yourself.



2. Nea Kameni volcano – I am so glad we went to the Santos Winery the night before we went on the Nea Kameni volcano tour. We took a quick boat ride over to the still-active volcanic island of Nea Kameni before exploring the island by ourselves. The island offered remarkable views of Fia and Oia with the green and blue ocean in the background. We were able to hike up to the top of the island and see the land formations that have been created over time. It was extremely warm as we hiked up to the top but it was worth the views. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes because there were many loose rocks and uneven terrain.

3. Hot Springs – Located at Palia Kameni, off the side of the volcano island, you can access the hot springs which was like a large open spa in the middle of the ocean. Our guide advised the water along the coast has a temperature of about 30 degrees Celsius and contains sulfur that is good for the skin. Unfortunately, since boats are not allowed on the coast, in order to swim up to the hot springs, we had to jump in very cold water. Since we had just hiked along the caldera, we were sweaty and warm so the water was refreshing. Floating throughout the water you can see pieces of sulphur that people were even putting on their faces! My skin did feel amazing after though.

4. Fira to Oia – One of the highlights of our time in Santorini was hiking from Fira to Oia. We started early in the morning in Fira to avoid the heat. As we hiked through homes and hotels along the coast, we got to enjoy some of the best views of the island, ocean and volcano. We passed two monasteries on our adventure and were able to enjoy spectacular views of Oia that you could not get anywhere else on the island. If you do make the hike, make sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen and water because a long stretch of the hike is uncovered which can get pretty warm.

5. Kamari / Black Beach – The island of Santorini has many beaches but we spent a large portion of our time at the Black Beach. Most afternoons were spent sitting on the boardwalk, enjoying a glass of wine, the slow pace of the Greeks and the beautiful ocean view. Our hotel was right on the beach which made it even more convenient. The sand was exquisitely unique with blue, calm waters.

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