I do want to warn anyone who hasn't been or whose only exposure to the Greek Islands is through Pinterest that it isn't all glamorous. We did see a ton of unfinished construction, which we assumed was due to the economic troubles the country is experiencing at the moment. Also, the charming picturesque towns you see in movies are isolated to small zones. The rest of the island is just unsettled dusty desert, which you'll notice as you're flying in; this actually shocked my sister who said she was kind of disappointed when we first arrived in Thira. We encountered quite a bit of donkey poop in Oia and Fira; the donkeys are used to haul humans up and down the steeper paths. This made me really sad as the donkeys just stand in the hot sun and they don't seem to be treated all that humanely. Plus, there are a few restaurants that are affected by the smell of the poop so keep that in mind as you're walking around trying to decide where to eat. Lastly, because these are small islands with old plumbing, you cannot flush anything down the toilet; you must put your toilet tissue in a "hygiene sac" and then toss it into the rubbish bin. So yeah, the Greek isles look super romantic on Pinterest and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but there are several not-so-charming aspects that I wanted to warn you about because hey, this is good information to have. Nonetheless, all three islands that we visited were definitely some of the most charming places I've ever been so please don't let my PSA deter you from going.
We rolled our bags along the dark streets of London for the short two minute walk to Victoria Station. We hopped onto the Gatwick Express; like I mentioned yesterday, it was just a 30 minute journey.
The Red Lion.
By the way, I kept hearing everyone saying "oy-a" for Oia but it's actually pronounced "ee-a" so if you care at all or have any respect for Greece, you'll pronounce it correctly!
We paid about $200 per night, which in the high season seemed like a pretty good deal.
And here's my map of our Greek isle spots (visited spots are in red and didn't-get-to-visit spots are in blue):