We spent all winter looking forward to a trip to Italy and Greece, which helped us make it through the long, cold winter. It was our first just-for-us vacation in a while, since most of our travel lately has been for volunteer work in Cambodia. Our goals were simple: lots of photography, eating, and relaxing, with time for creative inspiration and dear friends in between. Here we’re sharing a bit from our time in Greece – and hope to share a few Greek-inspired recipes soon as well!
Greece was absolutely stunning; as beautiful as we’d dreamed. We felt at home the moment we stepped off the plane onto the island of Santorini and into our home for the week, a white-washed bungalow fit for the set of Mama Mia. We rented the place with some of our dearest friends: my childhood friend Milena and her fiance, and my sister (who lives in Laos, so visits are precious)! The time was filled with beaches, hikes with stunning views, fresh Greek salads, crystal blue water, and lots of laughing and bottles of wine late into the evening. Below are some of our favorite snapshots from our time there.
A few views from our house… (We found it on Airbnb and absolutely loved it. It was perfect for 5 people for the weekand had killer views. It was in the small town of Imerovigli, quaint and less touristy than the beautiful but busy Oia.)
Yes, this was the view from our window. We had to pinch ourselves a few times.
This view from our veranda was right into the caldera, which was created when a volcano erupted 3,500 years ago. The islands rose up out of the ocean about 300 years ago.
The Red Beach, a gorgeous beach with red volcanic rock.
Vlychada beach, another lovely beach with interesting rock features. We’re still not sure exactly what created these beautiful formations…
Greek salad was common to most menus. We made our own several times, and the fresh vegetables were intensely refreshing.
Below was the view to the left, looking off of our veranda.
Skaros Rock, one of our favorite places to hike and watch the sunset, just a 10-minute walk from our place.
With my sister, who lives in Laos. It was such a treat to spend time together, since we’re usually continents apart!
More Greek salad, with tzatziki in the background.
With Milena, our dear friend who is truly a sister.
Again, our favorite sunset watching spot…
Greek yogurt tastes even better in Greece. We had this yogurt with little honey pod (genius!) every day for breakfast. We miss it (and have never seen it in the States…)
Views from our hike from Imerovigli to the village of Oia, a gorgeous trek we’d recommend if you’re ever in the area.
Oia is extraordinarily picturesque.
This beet salad with mint vinaigrette and sieftalies were dishes at our favorite restaurant in Oia (Kyprida, below). The fresh flavors and creative vegetable dishes were fabulous. (And yes, that is meat. We flexed our flexitarian muscle a bit on vacation.)
And one more of the sunset.
Have you been to Greece, or thinking of taking a trip there? Let us know any thoughts in the comments!
Where we stayed: Villa Marily
Santorini Restaurant Recommendations:
Kyprida Restaurant in Oia – a fabulous restaurant with tasteful Greek dishes, prepared by a French chef
Skala Restaurant in Oia – a traditional Greek restaurant with fabulous views
To Steki Tou Nikou in Imerovigli – worth the trek; traditional recipes, no tourists, and great prices
About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious, and a recipe developer and healthy & sustainable food advocate behind the award-nominated food blog A Couple Cooks.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is photographer and recipe developer of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best new cookbooks” by Bon Appetit, and a recipe developer, photographer, and technical expert at A Couple Cooks.