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Kamari, the black sand beach of Santorini

Darkness is the absence of light. Black is the darkest color, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light.

Black sand beaches exist in areas with volcanic activities originating from ground lava that has evolved over centuries or created merely overnight through a large amount of lava flowing into the ocean.

On a random note, the opposite of love is not hate but indifference.

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Walking down the street to the beach. Here, you can get anything you need for a day by the beach. Towels, hats, sunblock, swimwear and what not. You name it and they’ll have it.

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An entire stretch of cafes and restaurants by the beach. Reminds me a little of Phuket but less crowded with lesser people calling out to you.

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Probably closed till summer.

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That does not look like a leisure stroll. I think we were walking purposefully to get our feet wet. Hahahaha.

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Then attempting to avoid the cold waves. The irony. Hahahhaha.

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Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I’ll be right beside you dear

Santorini, not just in blue and white

I’ve actually heard a couple of people mentioned that Santorini is overrated and I was looking forward to checking it out myself.

Did I find Santorini overrated? Not really. Although I would have planned my trip differently had I known what I now know.

The best way to enjoy Santorini, in my opinion, is to get an awesome accommodation, one with an outdoor pool with a seaview in Fira and spend a couple of days just lazing in the pool and enjoying the view for most of the time.

Santorini could be overrated if you’re looking to explore and wander around (what I did) since that wouldn’t take up too much time plus it gets really hot in the afternoon (thus the need for a pool).

I did love these random kinda doors popping up everywhere.

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We took a 19 euros caldera tour with a local agency. Was choosing between including transportation or not and ended up choosing the latter cause someone wrote that going down to the old port of Fira on foot was an experience not to be missed. Absolute bullshit.

At least for me cause #1 I’m not a fan of donkeys and #2 definitely not a fan of walking down 588 steps covered in donkey shit.

Old port of Fira.

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First stop, the famous volcano/island Nea Kamani. More than 50 shades of grey.

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My mom and my sis with their bright green umbrella. A touch of colour when all seems grey.

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Stacking stones. This was super common in Laos but it was actually my first time seeing this in an european country. We ended up standing there trying to Google the story behind stacking stones but there were too many; prayers, a form of worshipping, a gesture of asking…

Regardless, I decided to join in by stacking my own stones. Hurhur.

Oh and seriously, how cool is it that we get 3G on a volcano!

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Overlooking Palea Kameni from Nea Kameni.

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Thirasia where we stopped for lunch and ice cream.

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It was a rather small and quiet island with a couple of abandoned shops/cafes.

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Quick stop by Oia for passengers to get down in time for the famed sunset. I find it interesting that on just one island, you could get 3 different coloured sand beaches.

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Blue and white up next.

Planned elopement to Santorini – the ceremony

Wedding in Santorini, Saint Irini Chapel

This is seriously, a dream come true for me.

Why Greece? Some time at the start of our relationship we were talking about the places we would love to go some day and Santorini came up. Shortly after, LF gave me a framed jigsaw of Mickey and Minnie in Santorini and we kinda agreed that Santorini was going to be our honeymoon destination.

So when LF proposed in December last year (one day before the said doomsday – how romantic), I excitedly started to for plan our honeymoon, not wedding. Hahaha. Since we were hoping to have a small ceremony and were already set on traveling to Greece, holding our wedding ceremony in Santorini was an easy decision to make (plus there was a sale going on at Emirates!).

Tah-dah!

Our ceremony was held at (the courtyard) by the Chapel of Saint Irini overlooking the gorgeous Aegean Sea. In all my excitement, I actually did not notice the chapel on that day itself.

Wedding at Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini, Aegean Sea

Our perfect wedding get up aka #OOTD (HA), not one we had planned for but through a series of (extremely) fortunate events. My dress and LF’s shirt was bought in Santorini (the white house), flowers picked from the backyard and bundled together by my parents, hat from Kamari and the veil handmade by the sweetest friend. 😀

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Truly a day in white!

Wedding at Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

The ceremony was conducted in both Greek and English.

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

Exchanging of rings. As you can tell, I was extremely happy. Hahahaha.

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You may now kiss the bride, if she manages to stop smiling. 😛

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

Signing of the papers. No turning back now as the pirate ship has left the dock and thus the victory sign. 😛

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A shot with our guests and a toast to the newlyweds. Hurhur.

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Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

Ended the ceremony with a wedding lunch at Pyrgos where we did a second walk in. Pretty much like the Chinese weddings in Singapore where the couple would do a second walk in with a change of clothes, we did ours with a change of head piece (for me).

Wedding lunch in Santorini, Pyrgos

It was truly an amazing day for me, having my dream come true, everything falling into place perfectly, the gorgeous set up, having my family with me and most importantly, marrying my soulmate. I was actually tearing and mumbling to LF about how perfect everything was as we marched in to a song I can’t recall now. 🙂

On a side note, we hired a wedding photographer whom covered the ceremony plus an hour photoshoot at Oia, so photos in this post are from our official photographer. Excluding the one we engaged, we actually had 6 photographers – our guests. All of whom were so busy snapping that only our wedding coordinator clapped when we marched in. That said, I very much prefer the photographs to the sound of clapping. 😛

And so, WE ARE MARRIED!

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female.  

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.  So they are no longer two, but one.  

Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.          

Mark 10:6-9