Greece Honeymoon – First of Many Recaps

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Sitting down and finally going through all our Greece pictures to discover that I have over a thousand pictures.  Of those thousand I probably have 750 that I want to share.  Naturally that is not feasible but it is a testament to how truly beautiful it was over there.  What I decided to do is make this recap the personal one about Mark and I.  Then, I was going to break down each island as a how to.  I know a lot of you have expressed you may want to travel there or it’s on your bucket list, therefore I wanted to gear those to you.  You know me, if I am going to do something, I want to educate myself enough to be the expert on it.  So naturally I am going to pass on all that hardwork and time spent researching onto you with easy to follow bullet point checklists with beautiful visuals.  So today is the Greece Honeymoon recap and tomorrow is all about Athens!  Next week I will have Santorini and Mykonos.

Greece Honeymoon

First things first.  If you have a significant other who has thought Europe and Greece was exorbitant and out of reach.  Think again.  The Euro is at an all time low so now is the time.  Plus I will exactly outline for you what you need to do so all the guess work will be out of it.  I literally thought of every worst case scenario and tried to account for it.  Thank goodness for that….more on that to come.  Let’s get this recap going.

 

We left bright and early on the first day of the honeymoon to fly up to JFK.  I didn’t want to chance any late connection.  We arrived no problems and then promptly got club passes in the Delta lounge.  100% worth it.  Budget it into your travel if you have a connection into New York.  It was $29 a person, unlimited food and drinks.  There were showers if you wanted to freshen up, plenty of space to spread out and very fast wifi.  I was able to hammer out the rest of my posts and grade papers before we boarded our plane.  There was also a sky top terrace which was beautiful to sit outside and catch some sunlight before the long flight.

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Next let’s talk about the plane.  Whenever I fly I check seat guru.  I mean do you believe that people take the time to actually review their seats on a plane online with pictures???  I mean thank you to them.  We were on an airbus 330 from delta.  I upgraded our seats to the economy plus and once again….worth it’s weight in gold.  You get sky priority boarding (right after the first class people).  That way you don’t have to to worry about not having overhead space (remember we only brought carry ons).  The seats are wider and recline back farther.  I was able to sleep very comfortably with the help of this pillow.  Get one.  Life changer.  Plus it has it’s own cover.  Also, with international travel (through Delta) unlimited movies, HBO, streaming TV etc.  They had tons of current movies and HBO series.  Free.  Also the planes had wifi and outlets.  I could go on and on about how happy I was with Delta.

 

We landed in Greece at 9am.  I made Mark and I sleep on the way over (more to come on how to prevent Jetlag).  Our representative was waiting for us at the Gate and arranged for our taxi to the hotel.  Make sure whenever you book hotels to have trip advisor open.  They nailed it with all of our restaurants and hotels.  Our first hotel, the Hotel Grande Bretagne.  One word.  Stunning.  It is one of the oldest and most grand hotels in the city.  Plus it is walking distance to all the sites or you can easily hop on and off the open top buses to see all the sites.  Our room wasn’t ready yet so we headed upstairs to the beautiful rooftop pool and bar.  I mean seriously check this view.  I instantly felt my blood pressure relax as I sipped my first frappe of many of the trip.

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After we got into our room we freshened up and headed out for sight seeing.  I have an entire post on how to see Athens in a day but let me tell you the history is impressive.AcropolisAthens

Our favorite part was the Olympic stadium.  You know just racing each other it’s all good.

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We soaked up as much touristy sight seeing as we could and then got ready for dinner.  Are you ready for this view?  It seriously doesn’t even feel like real life.  You know dining al fresco with Greek Ruins lit up as your backdrop.

Hotel Grande BretagneAcropolis at night

We headed to bed at a reasonable hour since we had an early wakeup call for our ferry over to Santorini.  I am trying to forget about that ferry.  It was long.  Like 5 hours.  I want to know what constitutes “high speed” in their minds but I digress.  At least I slept for part of it.  If you can find cheap airfare in between the islands…..go for it.  The trip was worth it though.  Santorini is single handily the most awe inspiring place in the world I’ve ever seen and I’ve travelled to a lot of beautiful places.

Honeymoon in Santorini

The pictures you see online and go like “those must be edited” well they are not.  It is truly that beautiful.Greece Honeymoon SantoriniImerovigli Santorini Gold SuitesSantorini Fashion Santorini view of the Caldera

We stayed in Imerovigli at the Gold Suites which is the highest point of Santorini in the middle of the Caldera so we had a panoramic view of the sunset.  Everyone says Oia is the place to see sunsets but they clearly had never been to Imerovigli.  It trumped it in my mind.  The first night we were like “oh the fog is rolling in“…..oh it wasn’t fog.  It was the clouds.  We were literally so high up the clouds were rolling over us.

Imerovigli Santorini Gold Suites

 

Every morning they served us breakfast on our terrace overlooking this.  I mean can you even believe it?  It still doesn’t feel real.  I was so obsessed with the door on the edge of our terrace and oh yes that is a pool off our suite.

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We actually were thinking of calling and seeing if we could stay another day and delay Mykonos because Santorini is the most beautiful place in the world but we packed up and caught the ferry over to Mykonos.  Mykonos is gorgeous and we are glad we went there as well.  It is completely different than Santorini. Santorini is calm, serene and limited wifi.  Mykonos is lively, up paced and you get the wifi code when you sit down to dinner.  Our hotel Cavo Tagoo was out of this world.  Side note.  I’m really proud of this picture.  Shot on manual mode with absolutely zero editing.

Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

I mean the infinity pool overlooking the water.  Or our suite which was larger than my old condo.

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Plus the breakfast every morning.  It was like a wedding spread……I am still dreaming of those chocolate croissants.  Anything you could think of was greeted with and “of course!”  More to come on our hotel in Mykonos but they had a car service that brought you back and forth to the downtown area.  Major score. It was so nice to have that and not have to worry about walking on the windy streets at night.  The streets of downtown were darling with the whitewashed walls and blue shutters.  It was definitely a party scene that is for sure.  Also if you remember from this post (seriously it’s one of my favorite ones to date…read it for a great laugh).  Mykonos is the capital of it.  Sooooooo lots of house music flooded the streets at night.  Once again completely different vibe from Santorni.

Honeymoon Mykonos

We were spoiled at all the places we stayed with amazing accommodations and service.  Everyone spoke English and we felt safe during all of our travels.  You always have to be mindful but it was overall a very safe and welcoming experience.  I feel extremely fortunate I was able to see such an awe inspiring area of the world.  Mark and I had the most memorable and beautiful honeymoon we could have ever asked for.  Check back tomorrow because I will be sharing everything you need to know about how to see Athens in one or two days. Then next week I will have Santorni and Mykonos full recaps.  Please feel free to shoot me any questions that you have!  I would love to answer all of them for you and can include them in the posts as well!  Thanks for hanging in there for that long recap!  You can pin any of the images but please make sure to give credit back to Meet @ the Barre.  xoxoxo

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64 Comments

  1. June 3, 2015 / 5:42 AM

    So beautiful! I want to go back again so bad, I think Greece is my favorite country I have visited!

  2. June 3, 2015 / 5:52 AM

    Your pictures are absolutely amazing girl! SO jealous of your trip an I definitely need to go to Greece one day. Oh and can we talk about that gorgeous black maxi and that floral romper?! I need!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. June 3, 2015 / 6:09 AM

    YES to everything about this recap. First, all of your pictures are amazing, seriously my blood pressure dropped just looking at the gorgeous views. I never thought about buying a club pass for a lay over, that’s an amazing idea, lady. And people review plane seats, I had NO IDEA!

    Your Olympic stadium pictures are my favorite, such amazing history, wow!

  4. June 3, 2015 / 6:50 AM

    Wow! I love all of the tiny details you shared about how to make this awesome, from start to finish. And then when you were there–the pictures!!! If I wasn’t already fiending to go to Greece (I am), you have me convinced even more that I need to go! Love that you shared the little teases throughout your trip but now I get to see all of it! Beautiful. Can’t wait for the rest!

  5. June 3, 2015 / 6:55 AM

    I don’t think you’re even going to believe this but my mom and I stayed at the same hotel in Athens!! I seriously love this guide! I love that you guys went inside the olympic stadium that is one thing our guide sort of skimmed over in our tour – but it was also the hottest day ever!! The backdrop where you were able to take those pictures – amazing!! can’t wait for more! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston

  6. June 3, 2015 / 6:59 AM

    *sigh* such amazing pictures! greece is definitely on my list of places to go because it’s so beautiful there with all that history. looking fwd to the next recap.

  7. June 3, 2015 / 7:37 AM

    My gosh. What a fairytale like trip! I can’t wait to read more about it. So cool that you got to go to a place with such history.

  8. June 3, 2015 / 7:42 AM

    Sooo much helpful information in this post! I can’t wait for more posts. I once had a 9 hour layover in New York when I went to Africa. I wish I would have known about the lounge! It would have been SO worth it. I’ll definitely keep that in mind the next time I travel internationally or have a long layover. All your pictures are gorgeous! Keep them coming.

  9. June 3, 2015 / 8:06 AM

    Annddddd pinned this so I can remember everything for later! Those hotels look beautiful!

  10. June 3, 2015 / 8:16 AM

    Your pictures are absolutely stunning! I keep thinking I want to do Italy and Switzerland or London and Paris when we make our way back across the pond, but I think you totally just sold me on island hopping in Greece <3

  11. June 3, 2015 / 8:26 AM

    Wowsa, these are freaking amazing! I can”t wait to see more! I’m so glad you got to have this experience!

  12. June 3, 2015 / 8:40 AM

    Obsessed with your entire honeymoon and the beautiful of Greece!!! It sounds like THE PERFECT PLACE to unplug and unwind!!! Can’t wait to hear all your tips and see all 750 pictures!! ;)

  13. June 3, 2015 / 8:42 AM

    Delta is, by far and away, the BEST airline in service. Even though we no longer live in a Delta hub city, I make sure hubs maintains status with them and we pay the extra $50-$75/ticket to fly them from Dallas. If you have status with them, it’s like you’re a king! Free SkyLounge, free Economy Comfort/first class upgrades, free drink tickets on the plane in you’re stuck in coach… I’m stopping. I’m just excited you love them as much as I do!

    So glad you had such a great time and were able to manage any problems that came your way! I took a “high speed ferry” from Seattle to BC a few years ago, and that took about 4 hours. I was like, “Is this ferry serious right now? I could row a boat faster, for sure.”

  14. June 3, 2015 / 9:33 AM

    I don’t think I’ve ever actually used the term breathtakingly beautiful…until now!!! It is STUNNING! And magical and wonderful! Greece has really never been on my radar for future travels, but you have completely changed my mind.

  15. June 3, 2015 / 9:35 AM

    What a perfect trip!! Must get to Greece ASAP – everything is so beyond gorgeous! Looking forward to the rest of your recaps!

  16. Darcy
    June 3, 2015 / 9:38 AM

    STUNNING! I would totally be okay if you shared all 1,000 pictures haha. Great tip to pay for the lounge at the airport!
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

  17. Tracy
    June 3, 2015 / 9:44 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing…I have been waiting for all the picts and recaps…looks amazing and you two look happy and so in love….Congrats again and cant wait to see the rest of the trip….

  18. June 3, 2015 / 9:56 AM

    ugh these photos are amazing girl! how fun was athens and you two racing haha. and the rest – breathtaking. i just love it! can’t wait for the rest of your recaps :)

    xo cheshirekatblog.com

  19. June 3, 2015 / 10:22 AM

    Incredible! I’m so glad it was everything you dreamed of and more!!

  20. June 3, 2015 / 10:23 AM

    Doesn’t even look real! I cant believe the clouds are around you… gorgeous.
    Yep – a flight that long, I’d totally upgrade & get more comfy seats… or I’d go nuts!!!!

  21. June 3, 2015 / 10:29 AM

    OMG. you should be a travel guide/planner. i’m definitely revisiting your posts when I plan my own vacations/honeymoon!! GORGEOUS pictures!

  22. June 3, 2015 / 11:03 AM

    Gorgeous pictures! Now you’re making me want to go back! Love that sky club at the airport too. Sounds like the way to fly if you’re going on a long journey!

  23. June 3, 2015 / 11:12 AM

    Your pictures are spectacular. I mean absolutely beautiful. It is truly amazing to know that places like that exist in this world. You two look great too. :-) OK, moving on… You’re spot on about the memory foam neck pillow too. I bought one when we went to Singapore and yeah life changer right there!! Haha. Love that white floral romper too. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip too. So that I can share all of this information with Chris. :-)

  24. June 3, 2015 / 12:14 PM

    reading this and looking at your pics takes me back to my trip last summer! ANd we stayed at a hotel in athens where you could see the acroplis – not the same one though. Looks stunning, now i’m itching to go back!

  25. June 3, 2015 / 1:17 PM

    Seriously, every time I see pictures of people in Greece, I get sooo envious. I want to go there so badly. What an AMAZING place for a honeymoon. You look beautiful and the pictures look incredible.

  26. June 3, 2015 / 1:20 PM

    So, so gorgeous! It almost doesn’t look real. So happy you went and such an amazing time! I loved following you on your trip on IG, I was living vicariously through you.

  27. June 3, 2015 / 1:26 PM

    i hope i can see your jet lag post before i leave ;) just kidding – seriously, so glad you all had a beautiful time. all the places you stayed sound amazing and the pictures are gorgeous. Greece is definitely on my list though it is expensive – hopefully we get there one day!

  28. June 3, 2015 / 1:35 PM

    Wow… just wow. Looks like about the most perfect honeymoon ever! The pictures are just stunning!! You guys look so happy:)

  29. June 3, 2015 / 1:51 PM

    Those views are breathtaking! That one photo of you looking out towards the water is so gorgeous! We were supposed to go to Greece when we lived in Europe, but riots broke out all over Athens, so we did a longer tour of Italy. I really want to make it there someday!

  30. June 3, 2015 / 1:54 PM

    I could sit and stare at these pictures all day, I can’t even imagine actually being there! Just stunning.

  31. June 3, 2015 / 2:11 PM

    Ah that view is to die for!! Love that floral romper!! (and the Gator shirt on your hubby! haha)

  32. June 3, 2015 / 2:17 PM

    Wow I hate you jk but seriously I would KILL to go to all of these places!!! Call my husband and convince him ;) y’all are such a gorgeous couple!

  33. June 3, 2015 / 2:20 PM

    I would like to pack everything up and be there right now! The pictures are STUNNING! You did the trip right and I am seriously in awe of all of these sites! Can we also discuss how gorgeous you look? I think you’re meant to live there ;) p.s. where is that black bag from?

  34. June 3, 2015 / 2:40 PM

    Wow! Beautiful pictures!!! What an amazing honeymoon! Cannot wait to read about the rest of your trip!

  35. June 3, 2015 / 2:54 PM

    Travel posts are my favorite to read, I love learning tips from others – best way to learn before you travel! All your pictures are so gorgeous! You guys look like true newlyweds and so happy!

  36. jillian
    June 3, 2015 / 2:59 PM

    ahh youre making me miss santorini so much!! good to know about the ferry btw… we flew so next time we go we’ll do that again! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  37. June 3, 2015 / 3:20 PM

    I cannot even handle this. Those views! The ocean! The colors!! Ahh! I need to make a trip there!!!!! You have some great travel tips too, FYI!

  38. June 3, 2015 / 3:26 PM

    i don’t even know if i have the words. i love following along with your insta posts. this is just straight up beautiful. and how fun is it to see your hubs with a ring in pictures!!

  39. June 3, 2015 / 3:30 PM

    Greece has officially jumped up to the #1 place I must go ASAP. I just keep rereading your post and gazing at these beautiful pictures! absolutely perfect!

  40. June 3, 2015 / 3:36 PM

    All of your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!!! I don’t really know that I ever had Greece on my radar as a must visit place, it was always Italy. Buttttt now I think I am changing my mind. I cant wait to read more!

  41. June 3, 2015 / 3:39 PM

    What a dream of a honeymoon! Santorini looks beyond breathtaking and your suite looks like something our of a travel magazine! Can’t wait to read more!

  42. June 3, 2015 / 3:53 PM

    Wow. Stunning! Every. Single. Shot. Being able to look back on these posts will be so fun later on, too. :)

  43. June 3, 2015 / 5:19 PM

    These photos are absolutely stunning! And I’m LOVING all of your outfits! Greece is at the top of my travel list.
    xo Southern Style

  44. June 3, 2015 / 8:38 PM

    Great post! Your photos are all so gorgeous! Greece is one place that I still need to check off my bucket list. One of these days, we’ll get there. I’m saving this for future reference. Can’t wait to hear more about your trip – and see more photos! (You sound like me – I always come home from vacations with 1000 or more photos!)

  45. June 3, 2015 / 9:17 PM

    I’m glad you guys had so much fun! It looks like you had the most awesome time with each other.

  46. June 3, 2015 / 10:34 PM

    holy shit girl. holy shit. LOVE this recap. more more more!

  47. June 4, 2015 / 8:33 AM

    Ah! I’ve been waiting for these posts! Ever since you posted a few on Instagram, I knew there was much more to follow. How can you not go somewhere that beautiful and like 1000+ photos? (; I think it’s lovely you had such a positive experience and can share that experience with others. Plus it was your honeymoon, it should have been magical!

  48. June 4, 2015 / 11:45 AM

    You should just upload all of your pictures to Flikr or something so that I can put them on presentation mode and have it cycling through them all day at work because it looks SO relaxing and beautiful! Greece has officially jumped up to top 3 vacations I need to take ASAP. You are looking absolutely stunning in these photos too!!

  49. June 4, 2015 / 12:38 PM

    Amazing post!! You are really making me consider Greece as an option for my 30th birthday next year! You did an amazing job recapping too, thanks so much for all the specifics! I could totally see myself planting my ass in Santorini for a solid week, sounds right up my alley! Glad you had such a wonderful time!

  50. Kristina
    June 4, 2015 / 6:43 PM

    Ahhhhh- I want to go there ASAP!! I wish we could go there on our honeymoon, but Ryan has already been and wants to go somewhere new. Womp womp :( I can’t get over those views.. glad y’all had a great time!! xo

  51. June 5, 2015 / 4:29 PM

    thank you, thank you, thank you for these guides!! You are seriously my life saver! I can’t wait to finally book our trip! PS who makes the white floral dress/romper that you have on in your pics? SO cute!

  52. June 7, 2015 / 9:24 PM

    Girl those photos! It looks like heaven! Can’t wait to read the rest of the posts about each city.

  53. June 9, 2015 / 9:55 AM

    Heaven! HEAVEN!! It is so incredibly gorgeous there! Oh I’m DYING to go someday! Good thing I can live vicariously through your posts until then ;) Heading over to read about Athens now but I can’t wait for the rest of your recaps!

  54. June 11, 2015 / 5:12 AM

    Beautiful, beautiful photos! They make me so excited for my own honeymoon later this year! xx

  55. June 12, 2015 / 12:19 AM

    Beautiful photos and great planning. I could write a whole post on preventing jet lag having flown to far off destinations several times. You guys were wise to sleep on the flight (though I suck at sleeping on planes).

  56. Carly
    June 12, 2015 / 10:52 AM

    I’m obsessed with all of your outfits– it definitely looks like you guys had the best honeymoon! Your photos are all amazing!

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