I didn't say it, but I was a bit concerned that I might be underwhelmed by Santorini. I'd seen so many photographs in blog posts, so many Instagrams and heard so much about how beautiful it was that I started to think nothing could live up to my expectations. Similarly my husband, Ian, wasn't expecting to like it at all - he'd been to Crete before and didn't think he was a fan of Greece.
Neither of us should have worried. Santorini is like paradise on earth!
This is the view that greeted us when we arrived in our hotel room on Friday 13th May. We'd flown overnight from London, changing in Athens, and had spent the morning partially comatose on sunloungers, every now and again getting up to stare, open mouthed at the view.
The two large pools were dotted with sun loungers - and giant bean bags, which we immediately took advantage of!
On our first day we ate in the hotel bar, but afterwards we actually found it was nicer to wander across the road to a local bakery, where the smiling girls served us freshly made, cool baguettes filled with feta, fresh tomatoes, lettuce and turkey ham. We washed them down with cola light bought from the pool bar.
We went to Santorini for a wedding, and we also spent a lot of time exploring Fira and Oia, but occasionally it was nice to spend part of our days just lounging by the beautiful pools, pina colada in hand, luxuriating in the stunning vistas.
The view stretches sideways over Fira, giving you a perfect view of the little white houses, hotels, bars and restaurants dotted down the cliff towards the deep blue of the sea.
And I haven't even mentioned the sunsets yet!
Sunset in Santorini is famous for a reason. We watched it from our balcony, Ian drinking the local lager and me with a glass of clear Greek white wine.
Tomorrow - exploring Fira!