Dreams do come true: Greek Isles.

By Posted in - Destinations & Greece on July 22nd, 2014 Santorini, Greece

Updated August 2015

By Cacinda Maloney

Greek Isles

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Greek Isles

Dreams Do Come True

I admit it, I have been holding back. I didn’t really want to tell anybody about my trip to the Greek isles.  It was just too personal.  The moments that dreams come true are those moments that you want to cherish for the rest of your life.  When you look back in to your life and wonder why you do the things you do, why you have the passions you do, there is always a reason. And Greek Isles have always been in my dreams.

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Greek Isles

Memories of How Dreams Start

I was a young mother with dreams of leaving toddlers and sippy cups and traveling the world. I was glued to the television when I first saw it. There she was, the “cutest of cute” television hosts that was about to take me on the ride of my life. It was none other than Giada De Laurentiis. She is the Italian-America born chef from the Food Network.  To me, at the time, she was the sweetest, cutest, prettiest gal I had ever seen on TV.  And you can just guess which episode I was going to see of hers… the time she went to the Greek Isles, specifically Santorini, known for its whitewashed villas built right into the cliffs, its breath-taking views and, of course, its fantastic Mediterranean Sea cuisine.

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Greek Isles

How Dreams are Formed

She took us to Oai (pronounced EEEE ah), the crown jewel of the Greek isles, where you find cave homes built right into the cliff side. At the time, I didn’t know much about geography and really had no idea where it was. But when she arrived and the camera pulled back and showed the viewers a bird’s eye view of Santorini, I was smitten and I have been smitten ever since.

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Greek Isles

How Dreams are Imbedded in Your Mind

Fast forward many years, I would get the Sunday newspaper and I would go to the travel section and read it cover to cover all the while searching for articles about Greece, specifically Santorini.  So many years I spent romanticizing the islands. Vacations came and went, but never was Santorini the choice. Honestly, my husband was never interested and each time I would mention it, he would say he really never wanted to go to the Greek Isles.  Each year, we went somewhere else.

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Greek Isles

Dreams Really do Come True

Even me, the gal that has now traveled every 6 weeks of her life for over 19 years, had not fulfilled the dream of Greek Isles. As the years passed, I finally came to realize that Greece would never be a priority to my husband, as he had no desire to go and so having never make the final cut, I was going to have to MAKE it happen. Finally there was the point where I had to make it a reality regardless of his desires. In 2013, I dreamed more and more about Greece and made it a goal of mine to finally make it there. It didn’t happen in 2013, but in 2014, I finally received opportunities to go there and I jumped on it with passion. I have to say, it did not disappoint. In fact, I fell even deeper in love with the Greek Isles.  I only made it to two islands, Santorini and Mykonos.  I still have the burning desire to go back and see the tiny, less inhabited islands and spend weeks there. Although my time spent there was a good first taste of Greek Isles life, but there is so much more to explore.

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Dreams do come true.

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Santorini, Greece

Greek Isles

Greek Isles

Giada Goes to Santorini

This was not the exact same episode I saw, but you will enjoy this episode with no commercials of Giada going to Santorini.  I think the one I saw was Giada in Paradise: Santorni from 2007.

Greek Isles

Dreams Do Come True

Other Articles about Greece:

Santorini Guide: 5 Things to Do

Mykonos, Greece: Dreams of Bohemian Luxury

Praying For a Safe Voyage at Sea: The Greek Isles and its Churches

Athens, I Love You Too

 

This post was written on July 21, 2014 without a sponsor.  This trip came from deep within my heart and was a gift to me.

Greek Isles

Greek Isles

(31) awesome folk have had something to say...

  • lee laurino -

    July 22, 2014 at 6:46 am

    when you finally reach a dream the door opens to so much more: a sabbatical (3 mo) in Sorrento opened a door to the rest of a life….

    • admin -

      July 22, 2014 at 8:42 am

      Santorini was the pinnacle of a dream for me! I cannot wait for that sabbatical to begin!

  • Laura -

    July 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    wow Greece really is breathtaking – your photos are awesome!

    • admin -

      July 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you! There are so many more… but always so hard to choose the right ones. I have hundreds of them. It is hard not to take a great photograph in Santorini or Mykonos!

  • Hector Cortez -

    July 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    A friend of mine also only visited these two islands and felt the same desire to visit other.
    Greece makes me dream and I think I’ll wait until I’m sure I’ll have time to stay there a bit longer to explore more.

    Ahh, and these are some awesome pics, congrats! (:

    • admin -

      July 22, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Hector
      Greece makes me dream and never stop dreaming. My time spent in the isles are some of my best dreams!

  • Lance | Trips By Lance -

    July 22, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I’m happy to finally see one of your posts from your trip. If I show this to my wife she is going to demand we go there now. We ultimately were unable to make the trip happen this October that I had discussed with you. But it’s so close I can taste it. I’m glad you were able to make this a reality.

    • admin -

      July 22, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Lance, I am quite a bit older than you, so it took years for this finally to happen!! And I am so glad it did! Don’t wait forever,as we don’t know what tomorrow brings!

  • SJ @ Chasing the Donkey -

    July 22, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Santorini is indeed amazing, I am so glad that you shared this all with us.

    • admin -

      July 22, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      She is stunning! Thanks!

  • Marilyn Jones -

    July 22, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Excellent article and breathtakingly beautiful photos…you are so talented!!

    • Cacinda Maloney -

      July 22, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      Thank you!! Santorini is a supermodel and she never takes a bad photograph!

  • Tamara -

    July 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    You go girl! You can’t always find someone to share the exact same travel dreams as you do, so good for you for making your dream trip happen on your own!

    • Cacinda Maloney -

      July 22, 2014 at 11:56 pm

      Sometimes it is the only way!

  • Suzanne Fluhr -

    July 23, 2014 at 12:15 am

    My travel dream was to visit Machu Picchu and it happened for me when I convinced my soon to be husband that we needed to go there on our honeymoon—32 + years ago. In 2005 we had the chance to visit Santorini and Mykonos—before we had a digital camera. Your photos are wowza!

  • Jonny Blair -

    July 23, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Cacinda – the photos are simply outstanding. You do this place justice and make us all want to go. Sold…

    Safe travels. Jonny

    • Cacinda Maloney -

      July 23, 2014 at 1:05 am

      Wow! That is a compliment coming from you Jonny Blair!

  • Phoebe (Short Road to Happy) -

    July 23, 2014 at 12:58 am

    TBEX should hire you to create their promotional material after those pictures. I’ve been dying to go to Greece, but just hasn’t worked out that way yet. Gorgeous photos and good on you for making your dreams come true!

    • Cacinda Maloney -

      July 23, 2014 at 1:07 am

      Hey, you are right! They should hire me! ha! Actually I was part of the initial crew that went to Athens as a preliminary trip before TBEX. Then I had to return to Europe, but made my way back to Athens a few weeks later and then to the islands!

  • Anna -

    July 23, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I really need to revisit Santorini… last time I was there I had a horrible trip due to a storm 🙁

    • Cacinda Maloney -

      July 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Oh no! I know what you mean though, as I went to Mykonos, I loved the first day, but then the wind started to pick up horribly and it was awful, so weather plays a huge role as to how much you like a place for sure. I went off season, which was May, so that time of year it can be tricky, but less tourists are there/ By June, the island is hopping and crazy thru the summer I hear. Then Oct it starts to wind down and by November I heard the place is a ghost town.

  • Cristina -

    July 23, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I was already following this amazing trip on your Instagram account! But seeing the photos like this was ahhhh-mazing! What a destination! I haven’t been but I believe you did it justice!

    • Cacinda Maloney -

      July 23, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you so much! There is so much more to come, but I gotta pace myself, when dreams are involved!

  • Sand In My Suitcase -

    July 24, 2014 at 8:22 am

    So wonderful you made it to Santorini! Your passion for the island bursts through your words and photos here. Did you manage to do the walk/hike from Oia to Fira?

    • Cacinda Maloney -

      July 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      No, I heard that was an option, but I had a car, so zipped around the island quite a bit! I am sure the photos from there would have ben fabulous!

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  • bodynsoil -

    July 30, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Thank you for the beautiful photos of the island and I’m so glad you finally made it to Greece as it truly appears to be beautiful.. Now I want to go there…

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