You have been warned. This post has A LOT of photos.
I have just too many amazing pictures to share with you all from my recent trip to Greece earlier this month. I had many questions about what I was doing there and my overall itinerary, so I wanted to share some highlights, a little backstory and some of my favorite moments in this post and then I will plan to break down each of the islands I visited for a more thorough travel guide.
Kristin and I were sent to Greece in collaboration with Grabr – a peer-to-peer service which connects hard-to-reach items with travelers heading there already (who will purchase and deliver them to the person who requested). Our mission was clear. Custom Greek Gladiator Sandals for everyone! You all HAVE to remember how excited I was to score a pair of embellished lace-up sandals earlier this year – except, since I wasn’t going to Greece in the near future, I purchased them from Shopbop (and overpaid). HAD I KNOWN I could have had a person traveling to Greece pick them up for me THERE, I totally would have done it!
We promoted the sandal orders on our blogs and social media before we left and were amazed at how many of you wanted a pair of your own – we honestly wished we could have kept the orders going… but we could only carry home so many!
We were also tasked with sourcing other Greek fashion items once we were on the ground! Kristin and I loved popping in and out of the local shops in Santorini, Naxos, and Mykonos – talking to the store owners and seeing the “big sellers”, learning about how they make the items, and what makes them special. We ended up sourcing beautiful pieces of turquoise jewelry, handmade embroidered clutches, dainty “Evil Eye” necklaces, straw market totes, Turkish towels, and leather crossbody bags and added them to Grabr’s online storefront. If you were following along, you could see that the items had a particular amount of time in which they were “live” – meaning, you could only order the item while we were in the vicinity of that item, so we could head back to the store and pick it up for you! We saw so many orders come in and it was so fun to interact with our readers while we were on the ground in Greece – hearing about why you wanted the item (“that clutch would be perfect for an upcoming wedding in Mexico I have”), bringing them back to the states with us and then shipping the items out to you!
- Day 1. Flew into Athens overnight from JFK – about a 10 hour flight
- Took smaller regional jet from Athens to Santorini (under 1 hour)
- Since we were staying in Oia (the opposite side of Santorini where we flew into), we needed to take a transfer from the airport in Fira (where we flew in) to where we stayed in Oia (about 45 minute drive)
- We purchased all our ferry tickets we would need for our trip in Fira on the way to the hotel (we kindly asked our transfer to make the stop for us since we were passing through). We purchased business class tickets in order to guarantee us a seat.
- Day 2-5. Santorini/Oia – stayed at Alexander’s Boutique Hotel for 3 nights
- Day 5. Took Ferry in Fira to Naxos (about 1.5 hours)
- Day 5-8. Naxos – stayed at Taki’s Place for 3 nights
- Day 8. Took Ferry from Naxos to Mykonos (about 1 hour)
Day 8-10. Mykonos – stayed at PortoBello Boutique Hotel for 2 nights
- Day 10. Flew back from Mykonos to Athens (less than 1 hour flight)
- Flew from Athens to JFK – about a 10.5 hour flight
It’s definitely going to be picture overload here for the next few weeks – I have a few outfits to share from Greece and then will be working on travel guides for each island we visited (since so many of you have been asking for recommendations). I will plan to break down a little more about where we stayed and why, where we ate, what we did (or wish we had a chance to do), and what we packed (or should have packed, or shouldn’t have packed).
I will also be doing the same for our Italy trip as well from earlier in the summer – so if you have any questions for either trip, feel free to leave me a comment below so I know ahead of time what you’re looking for!
SHOP WHAT I WORE
A huge thanks to Grabr for sponsoring today’s post.