📸 — Crete & Santorini, Greece

After our hike, we decided to take a road trip across the western side of the island of Crete and visit some of its famous beaches and small villages.

The water was colder than I expected and for some reason every time we approached a beach.. the sun would disappear and clouds would form. But the drive was always nice and sunny!

After Crete, we took a ferry on Olivier’s birthday to Santorini to wrap up our Greek adventure.

Santorini had mixed feelings for us. 1) It’s cool: It’s a geological wonder! It was a volcano that blew up and separated the once large island into small island pieces. And the Greeks thought it would be a good idea to then build a few villages on the cliffs of the mountain and stare at the remains of the base of the volcano (it is dormant now... but man, that eruption did something incredible!). 2) The main attractions of Fira and Oia are totally not at all what we expected. We call it influencer travellers who come and don’t appreciate what is around them, but just become so rude and over run with taking the perfect picture. Thus, there are so many people (and busy season hasn’t even started yet!) who are more focused on taking the perfect selfie rather than being spatially aware human beings enjoying a beautiful place.

But, after a hectic goose chase for a lost bad and terrible experience at the Santorini Airport — we have made it to Vienna and off on the next adventure.

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Gaming posture, improved.
Balos Beach, Crete. A woman at a luggage storage told us this was her favorite place 10 years ago. So we went to it.
You park on this terrible road, along side a steep cliff and walk 1km to the Balos beach. Red sand was blown into our rental car… and never left.
Right before the rain.
All the wild goats! If Maeghan becomes a rapper, this will be her album cover #BadgoatsBadGoatsWhatchaGonnaDo
Elafonissi Beach — pink sand and beautiful waters.
Trying to picture the pink sand. Its more of a shimmer than anything.
Just as we are leaving, the sun comes out.
Until next time, Elafonissi

We thought it may be cool to road trip and try to find (like in the olden days..) a hotel or place to stay while on the road and not booking inadvance.

That adventure didn’t work out too well as most places were booked. We ended up in a super shady place with no wifi (big deal..) but a super great sunset.

We head for Santorini tomorrow, but it’s also Oli’s Bday. So he had a pre-bday family Facetime.
The ferry to Santorini with all that we own.
Maeghan asked the boat attendant for a candle, and he looked at her crazy… so she made one to celebrate Oli’s bday morning!
We arrived in Perissa to our hippy hostel.
Then drank local Santorini Brew and local white wine for 4 euros to continue the party.
Hungover.
Then time for Fira and Oia. The main attraction.
the crazy tourist street is the one over, and it was rare to have any elbow space while walking the streets in Oia.
Let’s attempt the 9km ridge walk from Fira to Oia… in 30 degree weather with no shelter.. or water… #badplanning
soooooo many cruise ships.
The world cup makes europe crazy.
In other news: Oli took a shot and was whacked on the head with a baseball bat without consent or warning
The sunset was pretty incredible. But man, you can tell Santorini was a total gem a decade ago.. today its a bit of chaos.
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