Podcasts I’ve Have Been Loving Lately..

When I started my previous office job, I went through a phase where I got sick of music. I would listen to the same songs over and over. I ended up coming across some of  my favorite podcasts during that time and have been hooked ever since. I have listened to many podcasts, usually giving a podcast at least a couple of episodes before deciding if I would continue with it. There have been some podcasts I have listened to since the beginning of their start, others stumbled across and become obsessed. All of my current favorite podcasts can be found on Itunes!

1) The Skinny Confidential : Ask Him & Her 

I have mentioned this podcast multiple times on the podcast and social media. Lauren and Michael are HI – LARIOUS! Every one of their podcasts makes me laugh but also leaves me with smart business advice. They offer business advice, perspectives on real life situations, travel planning and amazing guests.

Favorite episode: Episode 12 “Live from Florence, Italy” 

2) Zero to Travel 

Jason hosts an amazing travel podcast that combines two of my favorites together (see below). I love that his travels include less of the tourist destinations as well as relatable content such as how to find travel deals, cycling around the world and how to quit your job and travel (oh how I wish I could).

Favorite episode: “How to Quit Your Job and Travel The World: Zero to Travel” 

3) Extra Pack of Peanuts Travel

This podcast is the best podcast for wanderlusters! It is so hard to say my favorite episode because every single one is educational, insightful and interesting. Travis, along with his wife and fellow podcaster Jason  from Zero to Travel discuss their current travels, top lists and travel tips. For any upcoming trip, this is the podcast to listen to!

Favorite episode: Either “Top 32 Cities in the US” or “Top 10 Travel Wishlist” 

4) Blissful Bites

Nicole’s podcast is a must listen for any blogger or entrepreneur! There are inspiring and successful business people who share amazing insight to the business world. Every time I listen to her podcasts, I feel ready to tackle the world!

Favorite episode: Episode 120 “FF You NEED to stop doing this!” 

5) The Lively Show 

Jess offers such an uplifting podcast that I binged listened to once I heard my first episode. What I love most about her podcast is that I feel like I am just listening to a friend chat about life, relationships and work life.

Favorite episode: TLS #149 “Your Questions Answered – Travel Tips, Highs & Lows”

 

Tell me: What is your favorite podcasts?

 

Staying Healthy in Sin City

You’ve worked out consistently for weeks, ate every green vegetable you could think of and drank water like crazy – all in preparation for your upcoming vacation. You go on vacation, eat whatever you want and forget about the gym the second you hit the pool. When you get home from vacation, you step on the scale to realize you have not only gained back what you lost but brought a few extra souvenir pounds with you. Who else has been there??

Sadly this used to be a regular occurrence when traveling. I have learned however that a vacation doesn’t have to be the end to a healthy lifestyle. Now when I travel, I want to be able to enjoy my travels but maintain the hard work I have put in. While it requires a little planning, staying healthy while traveling is important and something you will appreciate yourself for after the fact.

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But how do you stay healthy in a city that is known for buffets, alcohol and lounging by the pool? Well as you are planning your next trip to Sin City, check out some of the best deals for hotels on Vegas.com for hotels and activities in Las Vegas.

To ensure you keep up your lifestyle, here are 4 tips for staying healthy in Las Vegas, Nevada:

Set aside time for a workout

You don’t want to let your hard work go down the drain so start your day off on the right foot with a sweat session. Whether you visit the hotel gym or fitness studio in the area, make sure you set aside time to workout (I know I plan to visit the Orangetheory in Vegas the next time I’m there). Whether you love to workout at the barre or have a gym membership, find a workout that you love to do so you will stick with your workout routine through vacation. Better yet, set your next full or half marathon to be in Vegas (Rock “N” Roll Vegas was one of the best I have done) so you can enjoy a runcation. If all else fails, dance some calories off by hitting up one of the night clubs! Even if you don’t want to leave the hotel room (and may have enjoyed your night out a little too much) use a no equipment needed workout to get your heart pumping and burn some calories.

Use your feet to explore

I can’t tell you how many times I have walked up and down the strip. With traffic and congestion on the Strip, walking to your destination is the way to go! This has led to also finding great bars, restaurants and casinos along the way. A great way to get your steps in while exploring Sin City is walking around the city. Another fun activity? Walking to get a bird’s eye view of Vegas on the stairs to the top of the Stratosphere! Remember walking may not get you sweaty but you are burning calories to prepare you for the time you will spend sitting at the tables or next to the pool.

Allow yourself one cheat meal

Like I mentioned, Vegas is known for delicious food. Vegas has some of the most amazing restaurants (now my mouth is watering for some Grand Lux Cafe!!!) but they could also pack your daily calories into one meal! This is why people gain back the weight they lost if not more when on vacation. They simply take in more calories than they are burning. Allow yourself one meal, drink or dessert that you will indulge in (I got through my half marathon telling myself I would get a Sprinkles cupcake after). It is all about balance so make sure to keep your 80/20 rule so you are only indulging 20% of the time. The 80% of the time when you are not eating a cheat meal, utilize some of the healthier food options that Vegas does have like Skinny Fats, Canyon Ranch Grill and Protein House.

Take an active day trip

Vegas really is the center location from a lot of national parks. You are a fairly short drive to Red Rock (the closest), Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon. Why not take a day trip to enjoy nature? Hiking in some of the most beautiful parks around the US is a great way to further expand your trip and get your heart pumping. In addition, Vegas is close to Lake Mead, Laughlin and Havasu where you can enjoy water activities like wake boarding, water skiing, boating and kayaking. Especially during the warmer months, you get to burn some calories and cool off in the water! Even if you do not want to drive, you can set up a tour (Vegas.com) to get you to one of the nearby destinations to do some exploring!


Tell me: Do you work out when you go on vacation?

Travel Thursday: Words to Describe Travel

Wanderlust is a word I have written about often on the blog. It is a word that truly describes my strong desire to travel. As I am constantly reading travel blogs and articles, I have come across words from different languages that describe travel in a better way than English words can do. Today, for Travel Thursday, I am sharing some great words that can be used to describe traveling and the feelings surrounding the life changing action.

5 Words to Describe Travel 

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Fernweh

This might be my new favorite word. Fellow travelers will understand that the ache and desire for travel is a constant craving. Every single day I feel that desire to travel and either think about past places I have been, places I want to go or when I will be able to travel next.

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Saudade

Like I just mentioned, I live very much in the past. My thoughts long for past places we have been, people we have traveled with, beaches we have walked, food we have ate. It is very common for my husband and I to be somewhere and say “This reminds me of..” Nostalgia always stands for my first love, Paris and most recently for Greece.

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Resfeber

Much like the excitement before a big race or leaving for a vacation, this is the reason I usually do not sleep well the night before. My excitement and anticipation take over and just want the day to be here already! When I know I have a trip coming up, this usually takes over weeks, sometimes months before.

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Sehnsucht

Basically see ‘Saudade’

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Coddiwomple

Some of the best traveling is done vaguely with no plan but to travel to a destination. While we have gone back and forth between scheduled and leisurely traveling, some of our best eexperiences have happened from traveling a new city with no specific place in mind. Aimlessly traveling can land you in a moment you will be so glad you have.

Missed Past Travel Thursdays? Check them out on the Travel Page. 

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Travel Thursday: Wineries in Napa, California

I shared a recap of my trip to Napa but by far my favorite part of the trip was visiting different wineries. I mentioned in the recap that the husband and I decided that Napa would be a regular trip for us. We absolutely loved the beautiful wine country. Plus, with the large amount of wineries, we could visit new ones each time and make it a unique trip each visit. Today I am sharing my rating and review of the wineries we went to in Napa. I understand that someone may read my review and not agree but this is a blog which means it is simply my opinion and experience of the wineries we visited. There are some people who love the wineries I didn’t and others who might not agree with my favorites. Almost every wine tasting I made sure to have a mix of red and white to have a fair comparison across the board.

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Robert Mondavi Winery

Ambiance/ Estate: B
Wine: B

We did the wine tasting at Mondavi which was great but nothing spectacular. The grounds were simple and well kept. While it was a nice stop to enjoy on their open patio,  I wouldn’t need to visit again.



Grgich Hills Estate

Ambiance/ Estate: C
Wine: C-

Surprisingly when I got back to work, 2 of my co-workers talked about how this was one of their favorite wines! All four of us were very unimpressed with the wines and estate in general. We split a tasting and moved on fairly quickly from the estate.

Consentino Winery

Ambiance/ Estate: B
Wine: A

This winery was a stop we pulled into as we were planning to make our way back. The wine tasting room was small but the wine was spectacular. This was the first place we bought a bottle of wine (Cabernet Sauvignon)  and spent a decent amount of time talking to the sommelier about restaurants to try in the area.

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Ambiance/ Estate: A+
Wine: A

Stag’s Leap was easily one of mine and the husband’s favorite spots of the weekend. While we were treated to an amazing fire and water tour on behalf of our friends, the estate was beautiful and the wine delicious. While we got an extra tour of the cellars and grounds, the grounds would still get an A in my book.

Domain Chandon

Ambiance/ Estate: A
Champagne: C+

Domain Chandon was a great start for the morning with champagne instead of wine. We did the tasting which had a few champagnes I really liked and others not at all. The grounds however were filled with greenery, a pond and beautiful flowers. We enjoyed some walking around to enjoy the well kept landscape.

Castello di Amorosa

Ambiance/ Estate: A-
Wine: A-

We were a little hesitant about the wine from other people’s reviews but we had to visit the castle at least once! Our trip ended up being very enjoyable. While the castle was crowded and a little overpriced just to visit, we loved the wine tasting. We got the wine tasting and even got two free tastings which resulted in us purchasing two bottles of a white and sparkling red.

Hall Winery

Ambiance/ Estate: A+
Wine: A+

The best of the best. My absolute favorite of the trip. There was unique art throughout the grounds and tasting room. The wine was spectacular with every tasting. We enjoyed a fun game of corn hole outside on the beautiful grounds. This is a winery you must visit!

V Sattui Winery

Ambiance/ Estate: B
Wine: B

We stopped at V Sattui for a picnic lunch. Although the grounds were fairly crowded, we made our way to the market to get a spread of bread, dips, cheeses and of course a bottle of wine. It is the more popular picnic spot with tables under shade next to the vineyards. If you are looking for a lunch spot, this is a great stop.

Check out my Napa Valley recap or past Travel Thursday recaps on the Travel page. 

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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!

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.


Happy Travels & Cheers! 

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.
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  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!

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  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! 

Check out other travel recaps for Greece on the Travel Page! 

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.

Check out the other Greece recaps on the Travel page.

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.

Check out other Top Travel Lists and past Travel Thursday posts on the Travel page. 

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