So, in Part 1 and Part 2 of my Santorini Travel Guide I took you sightseeing, now what's the final stop? FOOD. Well, food, transportation, weather and hotel. But Food is pretty much what you need for fuel to see all those sites, so we'll start with food first!



Fira, Santorini, Greece, 847 00

5/5 Stars

My sister and I spent a day & an evening in Santorini and when we asked the driver for the evening what the best place to eat was he answered without hesitation this place. And, when I tell you my mouth was in heaven at this place, I'm not even exaggerating here.

Now, of course you can't go to a place to eat and NOT get Greek Salad. Something that surprised my sister and I was the Feta Cheese. You know how usually when you get a Greek Salad there are pieces of feta? So, in Greece that's not actually how Greek Salad works. Their Greek Salad is styled with a feta cheese block.

Now, let's get to the main meal. So I actually never tried Octopus before, but the way it was described on the menu had me and my sister gravitating towards it. There was just the right amount of crunch to it 10/10 would recommend getting this if you find yourself in Santorini anytime soon. It comes with a side of grilled red & yellow peppers, zucchini slice and a hot pepper (ya girl loves a good spice but not in public because hello tears from eating the hot pepper. So, that hot pepper stayed chilling on that plate.)

I have good news too, they have a website! And on the website they have the menu there. 

And, the best part is that it's pretty nicely priced. 
Grilled Octopus: 14.50€ [enough for two people to share]
Greek Salad: 7.50 €


Oia, Kikladhes, Greece 84702

4/5 Stars

In Travel Guide: Santorini [Part 2] I mentioned I opted out of viewing the sunset in Oia at the Castle because I didn't have a chance to eat all day. So, this is where this food place comes in! From this place, I ordered Calamari stuffed with cheese (not sure which one, sorry!!) and peppers. This was a very heavy/filling meal. It's the type of meal where you feel you need to walk 3 miles to fully digest. So although it tasted amazing, it's a bit on the heavier side. If you want something filling but light I'd opt for a standard fish. My sister ordered the fish and they even gave her a plate to put all her bones in (which is y'know great because who wants their bones getting in the way of everything else on the plate).



Lolita's Gelato
Oia, Santorini, Greece
Oia, Kikladhes, Greece 84702

5/5 Stars

When I was on my day-tour, the tour guide said this specific gelato place was the best in all of Santorini. So, once I walked off my stuffed calamari above, I walked straight into Lolita's Gelato. The tour guide mentioned that the best flavors to try are the Pistachio & Hazelnut!

I just wanted to show you guys the sign they had above because I was straight up laughing for 20 minutes:



There are two types of transportation:

Take a private mini bus from your hotel to town - 10€

Take a taxi from town to your hotel - ? 
{we were told by the hotel that the price largely depends on the driver}

There are two sides of Santorini - The Mountain side & the Beach side.
My hotel was on the Mountain side and for my sister and I to go to town - Thira - it was 10€. That is the standard price, there is no price inflation during different times of the day. Once you're done, you just call the number back and they come and pick you up. 10€ going and 10€ coming back.

Now, something I saw a lot of tourists do was get on a bike/buggy and explore the island that way. Now, I would have loved to do that except the road was extremely bumpy and the road loops around constantly. Knowing myself I would have turned a loop and found myself down into the sea. Also, my mom told me specifically (because she knows who I am and I love adventure) not to ride the bikes/buggies for my own safety. 

Funnily enough, I then saw this boat sign and UH MAMA DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT DRIVING A BOAT

My sister kind of wasn't on board because to her we would have re-created the Titanic even though there wasn't an iceberg in the sea.


Now, if you couldn't tell by Part 2 of my Travel Guide, Santorini is WINDY. I'm not talking light wind, I'm talking this is Mary Poppins flying weather. So, when choosing what to wear just make sure it's something the wind can't play with too much!


Nautilus Dome Hotel
Sgia Irini

I loved how spacious the room was - I was sharing with my sister and there were two beds, a closet, and a little section with a mirror before the bathroom where you can stand to see if everything looks okay before you're out the door. Also, just to note! The bathroom in my room did not have a bath, just a shower - just incase you're a bath lover I just wanted to give a heads up!

What I loved:
- The people at the receptionist desk were really kind and even when I had WAY too many questions, they answered all of them.

- The room was nice and spacious, we had leg room to actually maneuver around the room which was great because what I don't love are rooms that are teeny tiny and don't have any room to walk inside.

- THE VIEW. See below and you'll see why I wrote that in Caps Lock:

- Since this hotel was on the mountain side, what was great was that there was a pool right in front of the hotel. Although obviously if you're in Greece you want to go to the Sea, the pool was nice if you just wanted a nice evening in to relax and go for a quick swim before calling it a day.

- There is a convenient store about 1 minute away by walk! 

- It was a small but nice selection for breakfast - they had great sunny side up eggs & fruit. When in Greece eat all the fruit, it tastes amazing!

What I didn't love:

Places to eat were all in town - Thira. Which meant that in order to get any sort of lunch/dinner I had to take a bus to town. I would have much preferred there to be a few places to eat nearby in walking distance.



So, I kind of didn't know what to call this section. You may be wondering where this photo was taken:

also yes those are pineapples on my hijab/scarf 

This was taken in Thira. If you want to take a similar photo / go to the same exact point, when you get to Thira, follow this path right up:

You'll see a church in about .5 seconds. Right across there's this area to see the sunset.

I'll just leave you with this tip for this area:

There are a lot of people, so getting a photo of just you in it will be difficult. What you don't see in this photo is a selfie stick trying to make it's way into frame.

So, I think if you really want to get a nice photo and there's someone in your way, ask them politely to move a bit to the side until you've taken your photo OR wait until they're done. Everyone generally speaks a few words of English, so you should be fine if you ask them to step a bit to the side for you to take your photo.


At the hotel I stayed at, there was a little roof section you can walk up to. On that roof my sister and I watched the sunrise. I spoke a lot about sunset, but sunrise is honestly just as beautiful. Though, please wear glasses because that sun will great brighter and brighter before you know it!


So, do I have any cliff lovers here? Well, I should say Cliff-jumper-lovers here. Although I didn't get to, one thing Oia has is a cliff to jump off of (y'know, safely into the water).

Here is a blog post I came across that details how exactly to get to said cliff & safety tips!

Another thing to write on your list of things to do in Oia is riding a Donkey. This is probably not what you expected me to write, but a few people in my tour group spent the evening on donkeys and it sounded like so much fun! 

I genuinely wish I had more time for cliff jumping & riding a donkey - though seeing as Santorini took 3 Parts for me to discuss it in all it's entirety, if I had an extra day something is telling me this I would have a 5 Part Santorini Travel Guide instead of just 3 Parts.

I really hope you enjoyed reading this last part of my Santorini Travel Guide. This travel guide for Santorini (all three parts) took me a lot longer to write out than I thought it would. I didn't realize I did so much until I was writing everything down + giving tips on each location!

I visited 2 more islands Paros & Mykonos however since I was on a boat for both I don't have much sightseeing to give tips on. So, it'll just be a Travel Guide on Hotels in Paros + Mykonos & places to eat dinner & dessert.

also ps. I can't tell you how happy I am that I have one Travel Guide left, I've missed writing crash courses & reflection posts. Don't get me wrong I love writing these Travel Guides. I actually wouldn't have ever written them if over on Twitter people didn't respond when I asked if it would be helpful to write about what I did + tips.

 These guides have been a massive step outside of my blogging comfort zone + I love helping others - so any tips I would have loved to know, I'm writing them down to help others get a better picture of where they may be planning a vacation.

Crash Courses & reflection pieces are what I love the most to write though, so I'm really excited to get back into writing my crash courses & reflection posts.


And we're back with Santorini - since I happened to do a lot in Santorini it's getting split into three parts. If you haven't read my first part, you can read it here: Travel Guide: Santorini, Greece [Part 1]. Now, let's get onto more of the sites to see!

Emborio Village


TIP #1: This village was actually a fortress once - this fortress was meant to confuse foreigners so, everything looks the same. Essentially, it's a maze and if you don't know your way around, you're not getting out.


If you are not here with a day-tour, I'd recommend getting an in depth map of the Emborio Village to ensure you won't get lost.

TIP #2: Once you get to this village, there is a church. You are not allowed to take photos in there, so please be respectful and don't try to take a photo.

TIP #3: In this fortress, people actually live in there. There are homes within it. I found this really surprising because I had not the slightest clue if there was a supermarket nearby. So, this is more of a tip to remind you to keep your voice at a conversational volume - not too loud.

TIP #3: The walkways are a bit narrow in some parts, so if you're with a group of friends, you're going to have to go in a single file a few times. Also there's a lot of walking, so comfortable footwear that is not the color white is a must.

I say this as a person who wore white shoes :

TIP #4: If you are on a day-tour, PLEASE do not try and have a conversation with someone as the tour guide is talking. This happened when I went and I didn't hear half of the history crash course the guide was giving.


TIP #1: When taking a photo near the doors, do not knock literally on the doors you see. As I mentioned above, people actually live there!

TIP #2: Taking a photo of the church in front is actually difficult. At one point, I just took a video because no photo could do it justice. However, if you aim to take a picture of it, you're going to have to stand far from it to get it all in frame. Since there are a lot of people there, you probably won't get a clear photo of just the church.

TIP #3: If you want to take a photo near the church, you're going to either:

A: Take a photo with the whole church in the background with a tiny you in there

B: Take a photo with you in the center + the church being half in there but also you'll know it's a church behind you by glancing at the photo.

As I was running short on time, I only had time to take photos of my sister there.

TIP #4: Depending on the door you decide to sit in front of to take photos, there may or may not be a line of people waiting for that exact spot. When I took the photo below, there were people waiting. So, I didn't realize that my bag would be in frame when my sister took the photo. So, this tip is to make sure your bag isn't in frame & to be mindful of others waiting.

Santorini Winery


TIP #1: As I mentioned in Travel Guide: Athens, Greece I don't drink beer/wine. If you also don't then not to worry! They have an interesting apricot & orange juice mixed drink.

Not really a tip, but I wanted to mention that if you don't want to go to this place PURELY because it's a winery and you don't drink, no worries they've got you covered.

TIP #2: The word for cheers in Greek is YAMAS - regardless of what you're drinking, you may be clinking for glasses saying YAMAS multiple times. So, if one of the servers says YAMAS, you say it back to them and raise your glass.

TIP #3: Wear something that will not fly up with the wind. The shirt I was wearing was pretty lightweight which meant the wind was having WAY too much fun with me.  I'd recommend perhaps wearing a romper? At least that way you won't have to worry of your top/skirt going up! (or, if you realllly want to wear a skirt, make sure to wear lining/shorts!)

my sister was 110% done with me after I took this titanic-y photo


TIP #1: hi remember the wind I mentioned? Yes, the wind. It will play with you. So, if you have long hair, I'd recommend putting it half up/in a bun? Just to that way your photos aren't just of you with your hair in front of your face.

If you wear the hijab like me, be prepared to hold your scarf down with one hand.

TIP #2: If you're wearing a flow-y top, be prepared to hold it down.  If you're wondering how that went for me:

TIP #3: The view here is absolutely incredible - in order to get a shot of it all you can step back about 5 steps and capture it. However, I would recommend MAYBE using the panorama if you're using an iPhone. Also a video too because I felt like a photo couldn't capture all it's beauty.

TIP #4: If you're the one taking the photos there are three views to get:

VIEW 1: The cliff you are currently on in the background.

VIEW 2: The water with boats in the background.

When doing view 1/2:

You can either take a photo of your back to the camera & you looking out


Take a photo looking at the camera - though, if you look at the above photo that's how that went 

Back to tip #1 

VIEW 3: Both View 1 + 2 together.

When doing View 3: 

You: Stand towards the right hand side 
(not completely! Make sure you are 10 steps away from the end of the line on your right) 

Person Taking the Photo: Stand all the way to the right, and take the photo at a slight angle to get both the cliff and water in the background.

Because that may have sounded kind of confusing, here's the photo from above to show you what I mean; I hope I explained that well: 

Profitis Ilias Mountain


TIP #1: This is a bit rocky, so sneakers or Toms is a must here.

If you're wearing flip flops, it'd start to become uncomfortable on the feet!

TIP #2: If you have children with you, keep an eye/hold their hand. On the way up to the highest point (in the beginning) there isn't a barricade from the edge of the cliff.

TIP #3: If you are on a day-tour, you better move those legs fast up that mountain to get the perfect photo up above - time is not a luxury!

(The good thing is that there aren't a lot of people here at once!)


TIP #1: On the way to the highest point, there's a small cliff where you can sit and take photos there.
If you're feeling a liittle risky - take a jump shot! I was taking photos of a young American couple & when I asked if they wanted me to take a jump shot of them the guy was like OH HELL NO HAHA.

TIP #2: For this small cliff, I'd recommend getting a sitting down photo! The person taking the photo should be kneeling on the floor and leaning back to get the entirety of the view.

TIP #3: Now, for the top of the Mountain, there is a ledge there. And you already know what I'm going to say - get on there and take a jump shot! 

TIP #4: You see the whole of Santorini up there, although yes you want to be in the photo, be sure to take some stand-alones of just the view!



TIP #1: Most people are here because of the view of the Sunset from this point. So, there are a lot of people. If you're there with someone, make sure you have your eye on them or are holding their hand.

TIP #2: This is Tourist Central. So, there are a lot of shops here. A LOT. So, make sure you look around before settling on getting something for XYZ price. Chances are, the same thing you're looking at is cheaper at another lil shop.

TIP #3: Keep your purse/bag close to you. As I mentioned in TIP #1, there are a lot of people. Be careful with your things.

TIP #4: If you are there for the sunset, make sure to start making your way to the Castle (the best place to see it!) at least 30-40 minutes before Sunset. 

If you opt out of viewing it at the castle, which I ended up doing because ya girl did not eat all day as I mentioned in Part 1, you can also make your way towards the castle and go in the lil side streets/walking areas. Still a great view!


TIP #1: If you're in a side walking area, there a lot of people. So, when you get the chance to take a photo, make sure to get every angle you want.

TIP #2: Be mindful that others are waiting to take photos as well. When I went this girl must have been a blogger because she had a full fledged photographer with her, and she kept taking photos for about 30 minutes in that same spot - which was THE SPOT to take a touristy photo. Yes, I said in TIP #1 to make sure you take every angle you want, but please be mindful of others - half my photos are in the dark because I couldn't take any since she was hogging the whole section.

TIP #3: I'd say to take a photo with your back against the view - this is great if you want to get a literal postcard-vibe photo. (I took a photo with my back to the view but it's just way too dark, no editing can save it).

TIP #4: This is to the person taking the photo: Watch your footing. The side walking area I was in, was narrow and I had to keep watching the way I stepped.

TIP #5: To take a photo of all the shops, in y'know that aesthetic way, and not have a bunch of people jostling you around for standing in their way, there are a few less crowdy areas - the further you are from the entrance & Castle you're fine to take a photo without being bothered.


AND THERE WE HAVE IT - the end of Part 2 aka the end of sightseeing in Santorini! I saw all my sightseeing in Santorini with NST Travel

Pros of Day Tour: 
You see every part of the Island.

Cons of a Day Tour: 
You are short on time so, although you see every part of the island, you kind of don't get a chance to truly admire it all (if that makes sense) because you're already being bused to the next location before you get the chance to take it all in.

If there's one thing I wish I had more of it's more time in each place.

And, I promise Santorini is almost done! Now, all I have left is Places to eat, Hotel, Weather, and Transportation - which you'll read all about in Part 3!


And the Greece adventure continues. In my last post - Travel Guide: Athens, Greece - I mentioned that I would be doing a Travel Guide for Santorini next. I'm so glad to hear you all enjoyed the format of it! Without further-a-do let's get into Santorini aka the place you probably see on your twitter timeline WAY too often.

📍Santorini, Greece

As I mentioned in my Travel Guide: Athens, Greece post I went with EF Tours Ultimate Break. Included in the tour for Santorini was an excursion but I decided to opt out.

Now, I am going to tell you what my dad told my sister and I (Fun fact: My dad actually used to live in Greece):

 Ask the hotel if they have any day-tours happening.

Chances are, they do have something happening. Best part? IT WAS ONLY 50€ TO SEE EVERY PART OF SANTORINI - my wallet was doing a happy dance.

Red Beach
I overlooked the beach from a cliff


TIP #1: It is a bit of a rocky climb, so wearing sneakers or Toms is a must here so you're guaranteed not to fall/misstep.

TIP #2: As you walk back down from your climb, there is a small little souvenir shop there. It is actually normally priced -although a touristy area, it wasn't anything too crazy.

TIP #3: Our Tour Guide for the day mentioned that you can swim there however, he advised against it because mudslides occur often.

TIP #4: This cliff is child safe, there is rope lining around the cliff itself so no one can actually go all the way to the edge.


TIP #1: There are a lot of people there trying to get their perfect shot, so you're going to have to wait your turn - when you have that turn, take your time with taking a photo. Chances are, the opening won't come up again.

TIP #2: Wear your sunglasses for photos, if you feel like opting out of wearing sunglasses please take a look at how that went for me:

I can confirm I couldn't actually see out of these glasses because of how tinted they were but! great for a photo

my eyes were blinded by the actual sun 

TIP #3: Taking a jumping photo here wasn't really the best, I'd recommend taking a photo of you standing with your back to the cliffs and water. Here's how my jumping photo went:

I'm not the HUGEST fan of this photo, partly because my 5'5'' 1/2 self couldn't jump higher (Ok my doctor said I'm 5'6'' but everyone I know tells me I am not 5'6'' so 5'5 1/2 is what I'm going with)

TIP #4: For the person taking the photo of you, make sure they get each angle. What I mean is have them take a photo of you with them standing directly in front of you, then have them take a step to the left and take a photo, and lastly have them step to the right.

Straight in front of you: You get the view of the water and a cliff behind you.
Standing to the left of you: You get more of the cliff you are on behind you.
Standing to the right of you: You get the full view of the vast amount of water behind and maybe even of people canoeing in the background!


Not a tip but here's a small blurb from my day-tour map about Red Beach so you have a bit more of an idea of where you'd be visiting:
Short stop for photos at the famous volcanic beach, well known for the unique color of the sand, it's soaring red lava cliffs and clear green waters.

just so you know I'm laughing at ~short stop~ for photos because you and I both know for the memories & 'gram you are taking 3902+ photos

Akrotiri Excavation Site


TIP #1: This tip is for my students: Bring Your Student ID! The original ticket was I believe 14€ but for students, it is brought down to 7€.

TIP #2: There are multiple tours happening at the same time so make sure you have you eyes on your tour and aren't standing too long in one spot reading small blurbs.

TIP #3: This kind of goes hand in hand with the tip above, make sure you are close enough to the tour guide to hear what they are actually saying - there were times where I couldn't hear what was said because I was too far in the back.


TIP #1: The lighting in here is actually sunlight so rest assured your photos will have nice lighting. Not really a tip, but thought to mention!

TIP #2: When taking photos of the different artifacts, make sure to take a photo of the blurbs alongside. I have a few photos I took in here that I actually don't remember what they were.

TIP #3: Take your photos as you are walking through your tour and not try to make a mental note to take them when you have free time. I did this and wish I took photos right-then and there instead of thinking I'd have free time afterwards to retrace my steps.

I did want to note that I wasn't COMPLETELY blown away at this. If given the opportunity to see this place again, I think I'd pass it. I found it interesting, of course. But not to in a wow this is so cool kind of way. Fun lil fact though: This ancient civilization had a full draining system while the civilization at the time of discovering this didn't.

Perivolos Beach
Here! you! can! swim!


TIP #1: You can't just walk right onto the beach. There are taverna's lined up where there's a section to eat/grab drinks + this also includes going to the beach right in front of said Taverna. So, look for a beach section you want to go to and then go and get a drink from the place there. Win Win situation. You pay for your 3.50€ drink and get to swim in the beach!

TIP #2: The beach here is interesting. You know how on a beach you can walk and walk until you can't reach anymore and then you're floating? Yeah, so this beach isn't like that. You walk about 15-20 steps and suddenly you can't reach - there's a massive drop.

TIP #3: Keep watch of your bags while you're swimming. This might just be me being paranoid but while swimming I didn't want something happening to my money + phone!

TIP #4: Try grilled Feta cheese. (I didn't get a chance to due to being short on time on this day-tour in each area but I really wish I did.)

TIP #5: If you also manage to find yourself on a day-tour then you may also have to decide between going for a swim OR eating lunch. My sister and I opted to swim and didn't have time to eat lunch

If you are not on time constraints, take your time here and eat some seafood. Since you're literally right by the sea it can't get any fresher than that! There are some places along the boardwalk that are expensive and some that are nicer on your wallet - so pick and choose the best one for yourself there!

TIP #6: Uh this isn't really a tip, more of a don't be alarmed by the sand being black - it's black volcanic sand!


So I'm just going to leave you with one Photography Tip because I'm just going to assume you all know how to take photos on a beach!

TIP #1: Remember how I mentioned you take 15-20 steps and then there's a huge drop? Yeah, so make sure you aren't walking backwards in the water trying to get a good photo of yourself and then suddenly down you go.


This Travel Guide is being split into 2  (or maybe 3?) because there is actually 4 more places I visited within Santorini, places to eat, weather, hotel, and transportation that I want to write about + give tips on and I think this post would turn into a novel if I wrote all of that here.

I think I may do:
 Part 2: 4 other places I visited + Tips (General & Photography)
Part 3: Places to Eat, Hotel, Weather & Transportation
Does that sound okay? Let me know your thoughts!

I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of Santorini - SEE YOU ALL IN PART 2!

If you haven't already, you can read up on Travel Guide: Athens Greece which is actually more of a novel than this post.

I asked over on Twitter if anyone would be interested in hearing what I did in Greece and some tips & advice I'd give if you planned on traveling there soon and! here we are! I visited Athens, Santorini, Paros & Mykonos at the end of August and for this post I'm going to be discussing what I got up to in Athens. I decided to break it up, giving each part their own post, because if I did all 4 of them in one post, I'd end up with a literal novel for a post. 

📍Athens, Greece

The first thing on my list of places to visit is Parthenon, Acropolis. Now, I think it is a given that if you go to Greece you HAVE to see the Parthenon. It was dedicated to the Greek Goddess Athena! It has some great quality history tea-  if you're interested in learning more about the history, before I went I read this article. However, I am going to note, it is really word heavy and I kind of dozed off a few times reading it - if you want to know the history in a fun way I'm happy to write a Quality History Tea Crash Course on it!

Parthenon, Acropolis 

TIP #1: Wear shoes with grip. Acropolis translates to On top of the hill which means it's a climb, please wear comfortable shoes so your feet will be nice and happy. While walking towards the Parthenon, there are shiny parts on the ground and normal walking parts - the shiny parts are really slippery to walk on. So, by wear shoes with a grip I mean please wear sneakers. 

TIP #2: If you're with a group/someone, make sure you're within eyesight of that group or have a hold onto that other person's arm. I went with EF Tours Ultimate Break and included in it was a headset tour. The cool thing about these headsets was that it was only one earphone so you were still able to clearly hear your surroundings with the other ear. There are crowds of people there which granted of course there are, it is THE SPOT to see. I sometimes couldn't see my sister and had to full stop and stand on my tippy-toes trying to see if it was time for me to play Marco-Polo. There is a fee to go into the Parthenon, but since I went with EF Tours it was already included however I did a quick search: It's €20 originally and reduced to €10 in the winter.

TIP #3: This kind of goes hand in hand with crowded areas - keep your bag in front of you at all times. Crowded areas means it's easy for someone to get their hand into your bag, you're too close to everyone else to realize it. So please, keep an eye on your bag.

Also, not really tip but there are a few water fountains on the way up to the Parthenon which is great if you run out of water - just fill it right up!

TIP #4: In the photo above, behind me you'll see a huge crowd of people semi-blured out (thank you portrait mode). At that exact point, you can see all of Athens. However it is also, as my tour guide said, known for people getting pick-pocketed there. So, it's more of a go at your own risk for the 'gram. I personally was not about to take that risk, so this is more of a tip to tell you that if you do choose to go there please watch out for your things.


hello mtv welcome to my crib 

TIP #1: If you want to get a jumping photo in front of the Parthenon, you are better off taking a video and screen-caping from there. The area around the Parthenon when I went wasn't crowded however my way TO the Parthenon was crowded (just wanted to clarify!).

TIP #2: If you want the Parthenon fully in the background, make sure the person taking the picture is just about kneeling on the floor to get it fully or at least mid-way crouch. Taking the photo fully standing won't get all the beauty that is the Parthenon. 

TIP #3: The sun might actually blind you, please wear sunglasses so you don't have your eyes squinting in photos. 

Now, when you make it down the Acropolis, you most likely finished your water or you're in the mood for a nice refreshing drink that is not your water. Right when you come down, look straight and you'll see a lil spot that sells lemonade slushy and juices. Now, keep in mind THEY KNOW you want something refreshing so they have the price for a small cup of lemonade slushy at €4.50. Now, I did a double take at that price. My sister and I decided to share one because although I was thirsty I was not thirsty enough to spend nearly €5 on a small cup of lemonade. To me that seemed a lot but if that's your norm for lemonade, carry on!

Panathenaic Olympic Stadium
(I wrote an entire post on this and shared pictures in depth if you want to see more photos)

TIP #1: This is more of a tip on your way TO the Panathenaic Olympic Stadium. You will see the National Garden once you get off at the metro stop Syntagma and, in order to get to the stadium, go through it AND FOLLOW THE TRAIL SIGNS TO THE CAFE. Once at the Cafe, ask a waiter which way it is and they will tell you in which direction to go straight down in. (I got lost in the garden and wanted to help anyone who doesn't feel like getting lost)

TIP #2: This is a tip for my US students. On our ID's it does not show the year we graduated, so we can actually use it overseas and they can't say anything like 'are you a student' because they don't have the year we graduated on them. If you bring your Student ID it'll be €2.50 to get into the Stadium! If you do not have a Student ID, it'll be €5! (It also comes with an audio guided tour, you just tell the person the language you need it in!)

TIP #3: PACK WATER IN YOUR BAG. Trust me, you will need water. I only brought one bottle with me and had to leave early from the Stadium because I was thirsty and ran out of water.

TIP #4: The sun actually was shinning really hard at this part, please remember to wear sunscreen and maybe have a cap as well!


TIP #1: The great thing about this track is that there's always space around where there aren't going to be people in the back of your photos. So, if you're waiting to take an action shot of you running / jumping just wait a few minutes and then take your photos fast enough that the oncoming people walking on the track won't photobomb it. 

TIP #2: This kind of goes hand in hand with the tip above: Similar to my taking a jumping photo method, if you are taking an action running shot, take it as a video and screen-cap from there. 

TIP #3: This is more of a tip BEFORE you come to the Stadium. If you're stuck on what type of photo to take browse through the instagram location tag Panathenaic Olympic Stadium. My sister and I saw this photo after we came back and I really wish I took a jumping photo in that position kind of like this one here!

TIP #4: This tip is for my Olympic Torch History lovers: In the Poster and Torch Room (This stadium is where ALL Olympic Torches and Posters used to promote Summer & Winter Games return - I'm talking 1900's torches.) take a photo of the Torch & Poster separately - it really won't fit in one frame, yes I'm serious. And if it does fit in one frame, you don't really get the detailing on the Torch that great. Below, there is a photo of the London 2012 Torch + Poster in the same photo and a photo of the Torch on its own to see for yourself!

For my Olympic fans like myself: There is also the Olympic Stadium used in 2002 and the Ancient Stadium. I wish I had more time to explore those Stadiums. 

Also, if you have the time ( I sadly did not but I really wanted to) try to take a stroll on The Pasalimani Piraeus- there are great seafood places there seeing as it's quite literally on the water. GET SOME SEAFOOD FOR ME PLS

uh hi I mean fresh juice and coffee - in terms of beer/wine I'm sorry I don't know the best places for that as I myself do not drink.

Greece is known for their Fresh Fruit & Vegetables. If you didn't know that, now you do! Honestly, I came back home to the States and everything just tastes fake, once you have the real taste of something you can't go back! I especially love their cantalope and watermelon.

Now, every place has their 'Center'. In New York, it's Times Square. In Greece, it's Monastiraki. This is where all the shops, fresh juice places and places to eat are. Now, in Athens, the shops to get souvenirs from close early EVERY DAY. Now, as a New York City person this really confused me because New York is the city that never sleeps so, getting used to people in the shops having an actual sleeping schedule was an interesting concept. Monastiraki is close to most of the archeological sites so it's very much the center of Athens.


Pandrossou 64, Athina 105 55, Greece

This is the exact address (YA GIRL WAS NOT GOING TO SWEAR UP AND DOWN HOW GREAT IT WAS AND NOT GIVE YOU THE ADDRESS) and name of the place that I went to for fresh juice. I had the mint lemonade first, as I was still a bit half/half on juices there. However, the mango juice and orange juice were calling my name - any type of fresh juice in Greece sign me up. If you'd like a look at their menu, I found them on google! Although a blurry photo, I hope you can still make out a bit of the menu. Most of the drinks were under 3 Euros!


I personally don't drink coffee (me and tea are forever an OTP) however, this coffee was great in that it didn't taste strong but also had just enough of a kick in it. These coffee shops are generally everywhere. 

What is a Frappe Coffee?
It is a greek foamy ice-coffee drink.

What makes a great Frappe Coffee is having just the right amount of foam on top. Too much foam and your ice-coffee drink is no longer ice coffee. Just the right amount of foam means when you finish the liquid (aka. the coffee) at the bottom, the foam should not be far behind.

I, however, do not have a direct address but more of tip when scouring around for a good cafe. Look for the home-y ones not the franchised ones!

There was a cafe in front of my hotel that did a great job with their foam & coffee balance - my hotel that I stayed at is below (very last section) if you're interested!

fun fact: The discovery of Frappe coffee was ACCIDENTAL - some of the best things in life are accidents. Did y'know chocolate chip cookies are the best accident in history?

If you're looking for a place with authentic greek music this is definitely the place you want to go for dinner:

Geros Tour Moria Restaurant
Mnisikleous 27, Athina 105 56, Greece

There is live music as well as a mini show put on while you're eating. Also, it's really interactive, so you'll probably be whisked off to join the dancing happening during the live music!

I did try another place for lunch in Monastiraki however I wasn't too crazy for it so I'm not going to include it here since I didn't love it.

Once you try their authentic real olive oil you'll understand why I have a legitimate section for THE PLACE to get olive oil in Athens. My tour guide from EF Tours recommended this place and I'm not even joking, their olive oil tasted so beautiful. In this lil shop, there's also honey soap, fig snacks (which are AMAZING) and some boxes of Baklava prepared and ready for you to take home with you. Speaking of Baklava, I get into that when I traveled to the islands, I had it pretty much every night #noregrets.

36 Pandrosou, Monastiraki, 105 55 Athens Attica Greece

If you are looping back around to Athens on your way out, I'd wait to get souvenirs & Olive Oil from Athens until you come back around- you don't want to be lugging it around if you don't have to!

If you've ever been to the NYC subway station, you'll know that if you don't know the ins and outs then you're going to spend a bit of time trying to figure out how the subway station itself works before actually getting to your destination. Athens on the other hand is really simple to understand. When my sister and I were wandering around Athens, and went on the metro on our own, we were able to figure out which way we needed to go without too much trouble.

The metro only goes in two directions, to the Airport or towards Town. NYC is straight up origami compared to the Athens Metro.

I went at the end of August and the weather in Athens was actually great. The sun is high in the sky HOWEVER there is no humidity. So you have a nice day lighting wise and you don't feel like you're about to sweat off the sunscreen you applied earlier in your hotel room.

43 KIFISIAS Av. -- 43

4/5 Stars 

What I loved: The room itself was spacious; there were three of us in the room and there was a lot of leg room to actually walk in the room. Yes, yes, yes I did not travel all the way to Greece to stay in my room but it was nice that it was a comfortable size for three people. Also, there was a rooftop bar with a pool - it was a great place to read at night after a long day. The hotel was also very close to the metro, just a short walk away!

What I didn't love: There was only 2 outlets in the entire room. So, let's do some quick math shall we? There are three of us so, three phones. We had to take turns using the outlets. Thankfully we all used our iPhones for pictures or else this would have been a bit more hectic with charging cameras!

ALSO side note about eggs for breakfast in Greece: When having sunny side up eggs, you may note that the yolk is actually an orangey-red color. Now, at first I was like honey bunches of nope I am not trying those non-yellow yolk looking eggs. And then someone on the tour, who has a farm, mentioned that the reason they are an orangey-red color is because they are fresh and don't have anything added into them. 


This is my first time ever doing a travel guide post and I really hope I delivered. I didn't plan to do travel guides for my time in Greece, if I did I would have taken a photo of each place I got a drink & ate at. If you're heading over to Athens, I hope this post got you excited!

Since this is my first time writing a travel guide, please let me know if the format was okay & if the general tips & photography tips were helpful! I am actually an avid photographer (this means my friends, sister and everyone else in my family has WAY too many off guard photos while I have none; it's great.) so I thought it'd be good idea to give photography tips.