A great deal of your time in Santorini will be spent climbing stairs.

Endless, endless cobbled stairs.

Quarter of the way up you’ll be scared you’re going to die. Half way up you’ll be afraid you won’t!

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But keep going… the view is well worth the climb.

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Sunrise and sunset are easily the best times to explore the island.

Especially our postcard pretty little town of Oia.

It’s much cooler than the stifling heat of the day and if you duck down some of the winding side alleys you’ll avoid the torrent of cruise ship tour groups pouring through the more popular main streets.

Then you can pull up a wall and cool your sandals.

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Off shoulder dress // Sunnies (55% off)

Lace up sandals // Leather bag

Val’s sunnies

Crochet dress // Greek sandals

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Both bathed in the pink sunset, layered in Pandora Rose.

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Sparkling Necklace // Wing Necklace // Pink Heart Necklace

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As a long time Pandora ambassador, I’m always having my collection raided by friends and loved ones!

Which is lovely because they become grownup friendship bracelets of sorts.

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Just the thing for remembering a holiday like this.

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Charm bracelet // Rose Charms

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Having caught our breath and taken in the view, we climbed a little higher.

Braving the crowds on the main drag to get to “Sunsets” restaurant.

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Here you can avoid the crowds and drink in the island’s finest view of the sunset, real drink in hand.

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Rose Rings

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We sat in the cooling breeze floating up from the sea, drinking, nibbling and chatting as the sun slowly dipped lower and lower in the sky.

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More than just a tourist trap, this place has genuinely spectacular nibbles.

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A big bowl of cold tzatziki.

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The very best tarama we had all week, topped with tender and tasty marinaded squid.

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Greek salad. Naturally.

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And a few carafs of the local good stuff.

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Of course it is possible to enjoy the sunset from the street…

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…but this is just so much more civilized!

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After supper we walked to a place that would soon become our regular haunt.

Lolita’s gelato shop.

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If you go, be sure to get the peanut dream.

It really is quite dreamy!

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The three of us strolled home arm in arm and marveled at the ever-changing beauty of Santorini in all its different lights.

Glowing gently with its swimming pools and hotel bars, it glistened like a particularly well looked after jewel in the cool night air.

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