A Greek Paradise

 

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In short, Santorini is an island for lovers, posers and sun revellers. Honeymooners, newlyweds (literally, as some choose to say ‘I do’ on this island), couples both young and old flock to this magical island to bask in the glow of love and sunshine.  The blue domed churches which I’ve seen countless of times in pictures appear even more enchanting when seen right before my eyes that a million photos were in order. Everyone had the same idea, so popular picture spots often had a queue to get your turn for a picture.

And the caldera was truly breathtaking. That was the icing on the cake that we did not see happen. I knew about the charming buildings and churches, but oh my, the caldera catapulted Santorini into the top spot of the most naturally beautiful places we’ve seen.

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Rovinj, Croatia

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I distinctively remember the smell of grilled seafood permeating the air as we wandered along the smooth cobblestone paths that lead into a maze of alleyways. Pizzerias, seafood restaurants and gelato shops spring upon you at almost every corner. Sunbathers can be seen precariously perched on rocks and concrete slabs with gentle waves lapping up against them. With the sun slowly dipping down into the horizon, the town is bathed in the most glorious golden glow that accentuates the warm tones of the old town buildings. Suddenly everyone is out and about as if the cool evening air has drawn the crowds out of their little paradise cocoons. At night, every inch of available outdoor space is cleverly used for alfresco dining and the narrow alleyways are bustling with holidaymakers in search of food. Said rocks and concrete slabs are now populated with young couples sharing a cocktail or wine, perched on comfortable pillows instead and looking out into the night sky star-gazing. The night is forever young in Rovinj as music from buskers fill the streets and lights illuminate the town at every angle. When the holiday makers have finally had their fill they retire back to their little cocoons and the cycle repeats itself the next day…

Sunset at Mollymook Beach

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Mollymook beach is no stranger to us. We fell in love with this beach 3 years ago and have been wanting to return ever since. It’s the kind of beach I would have loved to grow up playing on. The kind of beach I would like to have my bach overlooking. The kind of beach I want my kids to grow up playing on.

We were lucky to catch the most beautiful sunset while at the beach. The kind where the sky is glowing as if on fire. It reminded me of the famous ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. So majestic. So real and yet so unreal at the same time.