Oia: The Place I Almost Missed

The final stop on our short trip to Santorini is the tiny village of Oia. It was our last night on the island and we arrived just in time for one of its famous sunsets. This is the place you picture in your head when you think of Greece – and the most photographed too! You’ll see its spectacular view sprinkled throughout postcards and magazines and it’s one of those places you have to see and experience for yourself. I had a very short list of things I wanted to do in Greece and walking around the village of Oia was one of them. It had been a long day (since we tried to cram in everything we could before we had to leave in the morning) and I admit that we were tired, but I still suggested that we take the 45 minute drive from our hotel in Kamari to see it. When we parked the car, everyone seemed content with watching the sunset over cocktails at a gorgeous outdoor bar we spotted on the outskirts of town. However, this was not what I had in mind when I suggested the trip to Oia. After a few sips of my cocktail, I knew that if I wanted to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity, I had to branch out on my own. So I ventured out, with my camera in tow, and let my curiousity lead the way.  All I can say is that I’m so glad I did! I took a lot of pictures, got lost in all the passageways and experienced one of the most stunning sunsets I have ever seen in my life in the company of strangers who gathered on rooftops, stairs, and passageways to do the same. When I look back at these pictures and remember the sights, sounds, smells and how incredibly alive I felt in those moments, I can’t help but shake my head and think…you almost missed this!

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August 17, 2011 - 12:40 am

Life with Kaishon - What a magnificent place. I am so glad you could go to visit. I love that you ventured out on your own and were rewarded with this magic. I don’t know too much about Greece so I am seeing it through your lens for the first time. Loving it.

August 17, 2011 - 4:16 am

Tiera - Every picture is so beautiful! The colors are SO vibrant… And this might be a little silly but this whole thing reminds me of Mamma Mia!

August 17, 2011 - 4:42 am

Sabine - So glad you followed your adventurous spirit, Maddy. The pictures are beautiful. I can never get enough of the blazing Greek blue and white architecture.

August 17, 2011 - 8:18 am

Sage Parker - oh my goodness, these photos are breathtakingly beautiful! i want to be there and watch the sunset too or just get lost walking around the streets, so dreamy. thanks for starting my day off right:)

August 17, 2011 - 8:24 am

Pris - WOW!!!!

August 17, 2011 - 8:40 am

Jorge Salazar - I love the colors, what a beautiful place, what an amazing sights, what neat pictures, you’re great girl! Thank you for sharing.

August 17, 2011 - 8:48 am

Lee Oliveira - I want to go there so badly.. these pictures are amazing.
The sunset photos are just incredible
lee x

August 17, 2011 - 9:08 am

Cafe Fashionista - Gah! Maddy these pictures are incredible! The colors are so vibrant – they literally leap off the screen at you. And the little cobblestoned paths/walkways, and robin’s egg blue doors? LOVE! I am seriously in lust with Oia! :)

August 17, 2011 - 9:30 am

Vanessa - OMG!!!! Beautiful Maddie. Thank god u did venture off. U took some amazing pictures and captured a beautiful moment. Who wouldnt want to see the sunset in another country/island especially if it’s known for that. Great job!!!

August 17, 2011 - 9:45 am

Amy - Stunning! Look at all those people on the stairways and rooftops … I love it! So thank you so for not missing out … because if you had, we would have missed out too! (and how many exclamation points can one comment have?! :)

August 17, 2011 - 9:56 am

Audrey Allure - It all looks so pretty! Now I wish I could visit!

August 17, 2011 - 10:04 am

Mindy - beautiful! I kept scrolling through each picture thinking ‘ah, thats my favorite’, until the next one, and then the next one. what a gorgeous place, so glad you got to visit!

August 17, 2011 - 11:45 am

Camila Faria - How pretty and colorful! Are all those people tourists? Amazing!

August 17, 2011 - 11:51 am

katrina - My favorite part of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants movie was the gorgeous location. I’m happy you were able to visit and capture these beautiful shots!

August 17, 2011 - 2:56 pm


August 17, 2011 - 3:48 pm

Piper - why is it that vacation is one of the only times i stop to enjoy the sunset?? this is absolutely breathtaking. i can only imagine how gorgeous it was in person!

August 17, 2011 - 4:35 pm

Bonnie - This place looks looks abbbbbsolutely gorgeous. Seriously, take me with you next time. I can fit in a suitcase. I promise.

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August 17, 2011 - 5:02 pm

Christina Lee - It looks magical, esp. the night pics!!

August 17, 2011 - 5:14 pm

Gloria - So happy you decided to go exploring around this gorgeous village – can you imagine missing out on all of this beauty? I’m bookmarking all of your Greece posts so I have a nice tour booklet to use when I go someday :-)

August 17, 2011 - 7:03 pm

Biana - Woah! Love the new blog, Maddy! And these pictures are absolutely heaven! Greece is still on my to-do list! I think I’ll move it a little towards the top of the list now ;) kisses!!

August 17, 2011 - 9:04 pm

Buckeroomama - I am SO glad that you ventured out. Look at all these awesome images you captured! The bursts of color in the shots make me giddy. :)

August 17, 2011 - 11:14 pm

Kristin - You captured some incredible images! Those blue roofs…GORGEOUS!

August 17, 2011 - 11:56 pm

camille - that sunset is just breathtaking! i’ve already told you that greece is my dream trip, and after these beautiful posts. i seriously need go to the place, like ASAP!

August 18, 2011 - 8:07 am

The Guilty Hyena - You’ve really captured the essence of this beautiful place and the sunset tableau! I can understand the thought that you nearly could have ‘missed this’.

August 18, 2011 - 10:59 am

Jennifer - Wow. Your curiosity led you to one amazing place. Too pretty for words… seriously. :)

August 18, 2011 - 12:03 pm

savvy gal - oh my gosh, this is beautiful.

August 18, 2011 - 3:42 pm

Sarah - Dodeline Design - How beautiful!!

August 18, 2011 - 4:04 pm

tinajo - These photos are nothing but magic – love them! :-)

August 18, 2011 - 9:52 pm

Rachel @ The Redhead Fashionista - Wow, wow, wow! It looks like such a beautiful place. The photo showing the view of the water and the mountains in the distance is amazing. It looks like such a breathtaking view!

August 20, 2011 - 6:33 pm

Nadette - Wow. That’s pretty much all I need to say. These photos are a breath taking, and you and I think alike when it comes to letting your curiousity lead you in a foreign land. Oh, how i wish I could be there right now, but your pictures will have to do until I can go.

August 22, 2011 - 8:42 pm

alexandra keller - i so have to see this one day!!! beautiful!

August 23, 2011 - 6:45 am

Lady Fi - I’m in love with this place and these magical shots!

August 24, 2011 - 12:30 am

Jade @ Tasting Grace - Simply stunning photos!! Found you through Communal Global and just love your photos. I’ll definitely be back for more!

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