Greece From Alyx’s Camera

I’m going to continue with Craig’s theme this month and show you some of the photos I took while we were on our honeymoon in Greece.

I know it probably seems like a cliche to honeymoon in Greece, but we both wanted to go somewhere we’d never been before, and we both wanted to go outside of the US.  PLUS, we got married in July, but weren’t planning to take our honeymoon until later in the year, so we wanted it to be someplace warm.  With those stipulations, that left out Paris, London, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.  Both of us had always wanted to visit Greece, so voila!

Due to transit strikes, limited ferries and uncomfortable beds, it wasn’t the idyllic trip one hopes for as a post-wedding celebration, but we still had a great time overall, especially picture-wise.

We both took similar shots, so I’m going to share some of the ones he didn’t already showcase.

Temple of HephaestusWe started in Athens, and got lots of great photos around the Acropolis, as Craig shared earlier.  So I’m going to show you a shot of the Temple of Hephaestus, which was situated in another group of ruins down the mountain from the Acropolis. This structure was actually more in tact than the Parthenon up on the mountain.  That may be because this one was shielded by the elements, since it sat in the shadow of the more famous structure, but it had enough decay to still make it look interesting.

Next, we planned to spend a good week on Crete, driving all over the island.  There weren’t as many famous relics here as Athens has, nor was anything as famous as Santorini, but for gorgeous scenery, you honestly can’t beat Crete (pardon the rhyme).  The mountains that we drove through there was breathtaking and we often found ourselves pulling over to the side of the road to just soak in the majesty of them.  We did take lots of pictures of the mountains, but neither of us felt we properly captured their essence, so we won’t be sharing any of those here, sorry.  I guess you’ll have to go and see them for yourself.  😉

Matala SunsetWe did, however, get lots of gorgeous sunsets on Crete.  We even hung around one particular town for a few hours, just so we could capture the beauty of the sun setting over the ocean.  Matala is a small coastal town near the southern most tip of Crete.  We’d never heard of it before, but the guidebook we’d brought with us said it was a must see for people staying on the big island for any length of time.  There were caves carved into some of the cliffs where it’s said people used to camp out during the height of the hippie movement.

The rest of Crete held amazing wonders for us, too, and then we made our way to Santorini.  We’ve already got some of the photos we took from Oia (the most famous town on Santorini) up in our shop–and Craig’s already shown you a sunset on our way from Crete to Santorini–but the sun wasn’t beautiful only at the end of the days . . . it was also gorgeous first thing in the morning, as this image of sunrise over Santorini shows.

Santorini SunriseCraig and I must’ve stood outside in our pajamas for a good hour or so in order to capture what we thought of as the perfect shots, but oh, they were so worth it.

I hope you enjoyed the longer vacation in Greece.  You can see these and other images up on our Etsy store.

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