I Fell in Love with Austin, Texas on the Fourth of July

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Sometimes you visit a city, and you just know. You get that little voice in the back of your mind telling you “this is a place I could stay”, or “this is somewhere I belong”. Austin gave me those thoughts, and I just knew. But let me start from the beginning…

One day, in the middle of April, I was sitting at my desk trudging on through the work day, wishing I was somewhere else, when I had an epiphany; I should take a mini vacation. Then it came down to deciding where to go, simple enough, right? Wrong. Being in the center of the country means that my options are incredibly limited, and unlimited, all at the same time. I can take a plane heading anywhere in the country in a relatively small amount of time, and I can take plenty of road trips, but most of the “desirable” places to go in the scorching heat of the summer (i.e., the beach, for obvious reasons) are quite far away. Now I’m the queen of road trips, so per usual, I opted for that, then looked at the map and just chose. Just like that. Austin, Texas is it was. My family vacationed in Texas often when I was young, so the idea of venturing there on my own this year felt comfortable and inviting. So, I grabbed a friend, and off we went!

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Driving from Kansas City to Austin wasn’t the MOST pleasant of things, but I think making that whole drive down, through the construction, traffic, and holiday travelers made driving into the city that much sweeter. I was more excited than I ever would have expected to be when I realized we were about to *finally* make our way into town. I even pulled off the road, just to capture the moment for myself, and you as well, I suppose. For anyone familiar with the city, we stayed just off East Cesar Chavez, and it was a hipster’s paradise, let me tell you. I loved it.

We were only there for the weekend, so I didn’t get the chance to do many of the things I had hoped, but I still had an amazing time. Our first stop was visiting the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, and explored for quite a while. I genuinely enjoyed learning so much about his presidency, the good and not so good parts alike. I’m someone that loves learning as much as possible about history, and this was something new for me to dig into. The library itself was quite astounding, walking up the steps towards it was a special experience all on its own, without factoring in the beautifully put together LBJ Museum that accompanied it.

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After we were satisfied with our exploration there, we decided to visit the capitol building. For any of you that may not know, or may be from a different country, in the US, we have our Nation’s Capitol in Washington D.C., but each individual state has it’s own Capitol as well. Austin happens to be the state Capitol of Texas, so the (absolutely beautiful) Texas State Capitol Building is here as well. We took quite a long walk around the grounds, and had a bit of a wander through the interior of the building as well. My favorite part, however, was simply sitting on a bench, near the front of the building, all by my lonesome. Having a tea and taking it all in, that’s what I do best.

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From there, we simply explored. For the next two days, I ate more Tex-Mex than anyone should ever eat, I grew to feel like I was a part of a new place and a new city. I went grocery shopping, I laid by the river and read a book, I chatted with strangers in a bar; I completely immersed myself if the daily life of this city, and I think thats’s what made this trip so special for me. It felt like I was visiting a home away from home, and I was genuinely sad when it came to an end.

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I may have single handedly eaten all of the avocados in Austin, and I’m not even sure I’m exaggerating.

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One of my favorite moments was sitting by the river watching the sun go down around the city. I think this will be a memory I keep close for a long time.

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One of the things I admired most about Austin was the graffiti, which might sound strange to some people. But Austin is filled with beautiful, inspiring, and interesting graffiti. The city just seems like an even more special place after seeing how many people have made their mark here in such a positive way.

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I spent a surprising amount of time in this backyard whilst I was there. The house I rented had a beautiful backyard with a comfy seating area to relax in. I definitely made use of it, particularly the incredibly comfy lounge chairs, they were perfect for reading and relaxing. These popsicles were absolutely scrumptious by the way, check out GoodPop if you’re able to get your hands on them. They’re all natural, and are honestly the most delicious frozen fruit pops I’ve ever had. I’m feeling serious withdrawal symptoms at the moment.

The final day, before we had to wake up and make our way home, was the Fourth of July. Celebrating Independence Day in Texas is not something new for me, I’ve done it a few times in my life with my family, but this was a whole new experience for me. We went fairly early in the afternoon to secure a seat near the water to watch the fireworks over the city. I expected that there would be a lot of people, and Austin didn’t disappoint me there, but what I wasn’t expecting was how much I would love getting to know all the people that happened to be sitting around me. I arrived with one friend, and left with dozens, and it made me so much more in love with the city, and so much more pleased with the trip itself.

I had a few drinks, set off a few sparklers, and chatted with more people than I have in the past month, all in one night. The fireworks were stunning, the atmosphere was incredible, and it was the perfect ending to a much needed get away.

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I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

12 Autumnal Goals

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Earlier this year, I did a post entitled “20 Summer Goals” where I listed, you guessed it, 20 goals that I wanted to complete over the summer. I didn’t make it through all the goals, but I made it through some of them, and I honestly had a really good time doing it. Making that list gave me something to look forward to over the summer that helped me look past the burning heat and the long days. After the summer, I wasn’t planning to make any more goals for myself or anything like that, but this morning I felt really inspired to do it. I think it may just become a habit for me, to give myself inspiration to get out and do things throughout each part of the year rather than getting stuck in a rut and letting the year pass me by without taking advantage of all of it. All of the photos throughout this post were taken in or around Grand Marais, Minnesota. Grand Marais is my favorite place to be in the Autumn. Just looking at these pictures brings back so many wonderful memories that I’ve made there over the years, and it felt quite fitting to put a few of them in this post filled with inspiration for myself.
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1. Go to a pumpkin patch.

2. Go apple picking.

3. Bake something new.

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4. Carve pumpkins.

5. Go on a walk/hike in 3 new places.

6. Watch 5 scary movies.

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7. Read 6 new books, in at least 3 different genres.

8. Go on an adventure.

9. Work on more photography.

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10. Write at least 1 blog post each week, if not more.

11. Put myself out there more, let more people in.

12. Explore the city, and document it.

As you can see, some of these goals are ones that I can (and hopefully will!) blog, and others aren’t, but the ones that are blogable, are the ones I’m most excited about. Some of these goals are the most standard of things. Things that people say they want to do every time Fall rolls around. Cliches. But that fact aside, they are all things that I haven’t done since I was a little kid, and I really want to try and do them again. I want to make memories, because when it comes down to it, memories are all that matter. And if there ever comes a time when I can’t remember these things anymore, I like to think I’ll be able to come back to this blog, and relive these moments.

So here is me, wishing myself good luck in completing each one of these goals. I hope you will enjoy sharing these moments with me, and if you yourself decide to create your own goals this Fall, please let me know or tag me in them so I can follow along with you! I hope it can give you inspiration and help you create memories of your own.

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

30 Day Writing Challenge | Day 23

Day 23: Write a letter to someone, anyone.

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Dear Future Husband,

How are you? Wonderful I hope. I haven’t met you yet, but I hope I do someday soon. Are you the prince charming I dreamt of as a child? Are you Matthew Gray Gubler? Probably not. That’s okay. I obviously love you anyway. Even though I don’t know you yet, I think of you often. I think of how my life could be. Will I still live here in Missouri? Is that where you are from? I don’t know anything about you yet. I don’t know what your sibling’s names are, or if you even have any. I don’t know what your favorite color is, or if you love chocolate as much as me. I don’t know how tall you are, but I do hope I managed to find someone taller than me, that would be lovely, but if you aren’t, that’s fine too. I obviously love you anyway. Do you like to read as much as I do? Do you love your family? Are you a cat person or a dog person? Did you let me have the nerdy wedding of my dreams? Was it the wedding of your dreams as well? I have so many questions for you, ones that I’m sure you have for me as well.

You know that Meghan Trainor song, “Dear Future Husband”? I hate that song. This letter will be nothing like that. I don’t have all these requirements for you or expectations of those sorts for you, but there are some things I hope you are able to do for me. I hope you’re faithful. I’ve seen what cheating can do to a family, and I don’t want to go through it. Please be a good man, though I’m sure you are, I mean, I married you, you must be good. I hope you’re understanding. You must be if you decided to settle down with me. There’s no way you could survive a relationship with me without being understanding. I hope you will treat me the way I should be treated, with kindness and respect, just as I will always do the same for you. I hope you’re a good father. I don’t know if we’ll have our own kids, or if we’ll adopt, but I hope you teach our children all the right things in life. I hope you’ll teach our sons to be good men, giving them the best example to follow. And I hope you’ll show our daughters just how they should be treated. And I hope together, we can instill the best values in our children, and show them all the love and kindness, and sometimes firmness, that we have to offer them. I hope we can teach them to live their lives without hate, and teach them that everyone deserves their best chance in life to be happy, regardless of race, gender, or sexuality; I hope we teach them that people are people, and love is love. I don’t expect you to treat me like a princess everyday of our lives, though that would be nice once in a while, everyone wants to feel special, but I do hope you always treat me like a human being. I hope you value the things I do in life, and I hope you love every part of me, the good and the bad, just as I will of you.

I hope you’re the kind of man that doesn’t base his love on my appearance. I hope you’ll love me no matter how big or small I am, and will support me through any changes that happen in my life, just as I will for you. I hope you’ll be there for me if I get sick, and will hold my hand through any hard times, just as I will for you.

There’s so much I want to say to you, to a man I’ve never met. But I suppose it all can be summed up in three words; I love you. I must do, if I’m marrying you. Do you love me too? Let’s hope so, because you’re stuck with me. I don’t want to be in the percentage of marriages that fail. I want mine to last. So any fights, any bumps in the road, any hardships, I hope we can always remember our love for one another, and that we can work through anything and everything. Love is hard work, but it’s worth it. I hope you let me name our children the names I’ve always wanted, I hope you let me pick the music in the car, I hope you give me foot rubs when I’m feeling upset because that always makes me feel better, I hope you hug me when I’m angry to calm me down, I hope you tell me when I’m acting crazy to help me see straight again, I hope we love each other unconditionally because that’s how it’s supposed to be.

When we’re old and gray, and our kids have moved on, I hope we still feel the same love for each other that we felt on our wedding day, more love if possible. I hope we grow old together. I hope I can make you happy.

I can’t wait to meet you someday, hopefully soon, I’m sure you will be everything I never knew I wanted in a man.

Love,

Your Future Wife

30 Day Writing Challenge | Day 6

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Day 6: Five ways to win your heart.

1. Be yourself.
2. Be nice.
3. Have a passion.
4. Be understanding.
5. Smile.

I was a little apprehensive about writing this one. As a single girl, I think it’s clear that I don’t even know what I really want in a guy, let alone how one could “win my heart”. I’m the kind of person that believes that love is something that never ends, and since I’m not with anyone and I don’t have those feelings of love for anyone, for me its safe to say that I’ve never been in love. At least not the relationship sort of love. I love my close friends, and my family, but I don’t feel like I’ve ever loved any boyfriend I’ve had. I know that’s not the way everyone sees this whole “love” thing, but it is the way I’ve worked it out for myself. With that said, I decided to list qualities that would push me a little closer to falling for a guy, which I suppose would mean he would be the one to “win my heart”.

I don’t think there’s anything better than when someone is truly being themselves. I think its completely obvious when someone is acting differently or not being true to themselves. I’ve written about bad experiences of men acting ridiculous on dates before, and I can’t help but be a bit apprehensive about going out with anyone new, because I just don’t want to deal with it again. The last thing I want is for someone to act different than who they are just because they think it will make them seem cooler or because they think it’s how I want them to act. Personally, I’ve never been one to go for the big muscly guys, or the ones that talk down to other people, because I’m just not like that. I’m at the point in my life where I really want to find someone that I have a lot in common with, someone that I can really build a friendship and a relationship with, and if the person I’m talking to isn’t being themselves, how can I possibly have a hope of building anything with them?

Being nice should just be common sense, but from what I’ve seen in the dating world so far, in this city at least, it doesn’t seem to be as common as I think it should be. I’ve encountered men that were mean to the staff in the places we went, men that were rude to their family and friends, etc. I don’t want to limit this to just men, because that’s obviously not the case, but that’s the only reference point I have. All I ask is that the guy I’m with treats the people around him with respect. Being kind can be the simplest thing, and also the most attractive. I’m not asking for you to be Gandhi or anything, but a little kindness and respect can go a long way.

Have a passion in life. I don’t mean like sexual passion or anything like that if that’s what you’re thinking, although I suppose that’s somewhat important too, but I’m not getting into that here. I mean a passion as in a drive for something in your life. Whether you’re passionate about writing, sports, books, travelling, science, anything; I just want you to have a passion for something. I’m saying you as if you reading this right now could be the guy for me, who knows, maybe you are, but I suppose I should say “him” instead; I want him to be passionate about something, whatever that may be.

I’m not a perfect person by any means, I have a million and one flaws to go along with all of the great things about me, and I need a guy that can be understanding about that, just as I’ll be for him. Being understanding of someone else’s feelings, views, opinions, dreams, lazy days, insecurities, and everything else that someone goes through is important, not just in a romantic relationship, but in any relationship. Friendships, family relationships, work relationships, it all takes understanding and kindness even. I can assure this mythical future boyfriend that wants to “win my heart” that I will always be just as understanding as I’d like for him to be.

No one can ever look better than they do when they’ve got a smile on their face. Knowing that the person you’re with and spending time with is happy and smiling is a lovely thing. Seeing someone genuinely smile at me can brighten my whole day. There’s only so much that can be said about smiling, I feel like this is the most self explanatory of all the things on my list here, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important.

Some of these posts in this challenge make me feel a bit uneasy, as though I’m making myself out to be this crazy demanding person when it comes to relationships, but I’m really not. I feel like everything I’m looking for is fairly basic as far as relationship “requirements” go. I think the biggest thing here is that everything I’ve written down as something that the ideal man needs to possess to “win my heart” are all things that I have to offer him as well. I can’t promise that I’ll always be pretty or have a nice body, or that I’ll always have it all together, but I can promise that I’ll always be a genuine person and be myself, I’ll always be nice, I’ll never lose my passion for the things I love in life, I will always be understanding, and I will do my best to have a smile on my face as often as possible. What more can you ask for really?

Are there any things that someone can do or qualities that they should possess to win your heart?

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

30 Day Writing Challenge | Day 4

Day 4: Write about someone who inspires you.

 I’m lucky in life. Mostly because there has never been a shortage of people to look up to and draw inspiration from. There are hundreds of people in this world that have shaped not only the world and lives around me, but they’ve shaped me as well. They’ve shaped my beliefs, my dreams, and my perspective, and I am beyond grateful for that. As a female, I was often shown things about inspirational women and important women in history, and in first grade I was given a picture book about the First Ladies of America and I was introduced to Eleanor Roosevelt.

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There are plenty of people that inspire me but Eleanor Roosevelt has always been someone special. She was a woman that believed in dreams. She believed in the world and all the good that people could do. In her time as first lady, married to Franklin D. Roosevelt, from 1933-1945, she worked tirelessly to fight for human rights and civil rights, and continued to do so for years after her time in the white house. I’ve always been enamored with Eleanor Roosevelt because she knew who she was.  She had a concrete sense of herself, her place in the world, the importance of humanity, and the knowledge that everyone has inherent worth to the world. Because she was the one who taught others, that “no one can make you feel inferior without your permission”. There aren’t enough words to describe how incredible I think this woman was. She never based her self worth on her looks or on anything else that women of that era would have, she focused on bettering the world and succeeded in making it a better place when she left it than what it was when she arrived.

This may be the most poorly written post I ever put up on this blog, but I’m just not sure what to say. How do you convey how important a person you’ve never met is to you? I could sit here and go on and on about all of her accomplishments and all of the amazing things she did in her life, but I won’t. Instead I’ll leave you with a short video that may show you a little insight into why this woman inspires me so greatly. I love everything that she stood for, and everything that she did for those around her. She was a selfless person that never let anything stand in her way and that is something that everyone should strive to be.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

30 Day Writing Challenge | Day 2

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Day 2: Write something that someone told you about yourself that you never forgot.

I find it really unsettling that when I read this, I instantly thought of a dozen negative and horrible things that people have said about me over the years. It is a sad but true fact that the negative things people say often outshine the positive ones, and it would be all too easy for me to add to that with this post, but I just don’t want to. I could talk about how people made fun of my size, or when people said cruel things, but that’s not something that I want to remember. Those are the things that everyone wants to forget. Instead, I’m going to talk about something that makes me smile when I think of it. Something that means far more to me and shows who I am far more than any of the negative things people could say about me. I was told once that I have a beautiful soul, and that my daydreamer’s mind will take me to places that other’s aren’t even capable of dreaming about. I don’t know if I can even get across to you how meaningful this was to me. It made every inch of my body and mind happy. People can tell you every day that you look beautiful. They can compliment your hair or your clothes. They can point out how nice your body is. But there will always be that little voice inside you saying that they’re wrong or they’re lying. But when someone tells you that your soul is beautiful, or that who you are as a person is beautiful, it’s just one of those compliments that your brain doesn’t even know how to dispute. It’s a compliment that settles deep into your heart and stays there, waiting to remind you of it when someone hurts you or makes you feel less than what you are.

I am a daydreamer through and through. There’s no other way to describe me really. There isn’t a moment that goes by when I’m not daydreaming about things in the back of my mind. I used to get in trouble at school as a child for it. They didn’t want that quality inside me to survive. Teachers, parents, principals, everyone; they did their best to pull my head back under the clouds and to get me to focus on my work and only my work. And at the time, I almost wanted it to work. People made daydreaming and imagination seem like such a bad thing, as if it would make me less intelligent or it would make me a bad student, when really it does the opposite. I’m able to see now that daydreams, imagination, and creativity have shaped me into the person I am now. And I only realized that when someone said those words to me: my daydreamer’s mind will take me to places that other’s aren’t even capable of dreaming about. My mind makes me different, unique, and my mind makes me, me.

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.”Neil Gaiman

The moral of this post, I suppose, is that even though people have said and will continue to say bad things about you and things that hurt you, you don’t have to make those words be the ones that define you. You can just as easily hold onto something someone says about you that makes you happy. Something that means the world to you. I’ve let my mind be the thing that defines me, as a person, as an aspiring writer, as a human being. Not my thighs or my face or anything else that will change completely when I’m old and grey. Your appearance only lasts a short while, but your soul, well, some say that lives on forever.

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

Take Me Away | Skagen

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The next place on my list is Skagen, Denmark. This absolutely enchanting seaside town is nearly the northernmost point in Denmark, so it fits beautifully into the mold of the perfect chilly seaside retreat for me. Being of half Danish descent (the other half is Italian, but I’ll get into that another time), I’ve always been determined to learn as much as possible about Denmark, and the beautiful towns and sights inside it’s borders. Skagen is the first of many Danish cities that I dream of exploring, and I’m sure I will post about many more here on this blog, but Skagen is where this look into adventuring in Denmark is going to begin.

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The first thing I dream of seeing in Skagen (pronounced Skay-en, in case you were wondering) is Grenen. Grenen is a long sandbar, located north of the actual town of Skagen. At first glance, this place may just seem like your average beach, but that is far from the truth. Grenen is actually the point where the North Sea, specifically the strait of Skagerrak, and the Kattegat sea meet. The currents of the two seas are traveling in different directions, towards each other in fact, and when they meet, the collide with each other directly at the tip of Grenen. The contrasting colors of the two seas is stunning as well. The idea of walking out onto the sandbar, and placing my feet at the spot where two massive and powerful bodies of water are crashing together, meeting at one point and almost refusing to come together, is an astounding one indeed. There are endless other things to see and do here as well, from being regarded as the best place to view birds of prey during their migrations in spring, to viewing sea mammals and seals, to visiting the nature center; you will never have a moment of boredom when visiting Grenen.

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The next thing on my list is the Den Tilsandede Kirke, or The Buried Church. Being built between 1355 and 1387, it is one of the oldest buildings in Skagen. The name may sound a bit odd, I mean, why would it be called The Buried Church? But during the last part of the 18th century, the church was just that; buried. Nearby sand dunes consistently ended up burying the church, and the congregation struggled with the task of clearing the sand out until 1795 according to google, when they threw in the towel and abandoned the building. After this, most of the church was demolished, leaving us with only this tower to serve as a memory of the original structure that once stood. As many of you know by now, I love history, and flock to the most historical and old sites of every place I visit, so I would never pass up the chance to walk around and view this church. Thinking about how hard it must have been for the congregation to try and clear all of the blown sand off of the old structure over and over, and how amazing it is that this piece of it is still here after all this time and so many things working against it is incredible to me. If you are near Skagen, I highly recommend checking this out, I know I will when I have the opportunity.

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This next place is merely one of the five historic lighthouses that grace the coastline in Skagen. This one in particular is known as The Grey Lighthouse, or Det Grå Fyr, and was built in 1858, and is still very much in use today. I am one of those people that are obsessed with lighthouses. A beacon of light emanating from the coast, keeping ships passing in the night safe from sailing into land; what a beautiful thing. This one in paricular is 151 feet tall, and absolutely beautiful with the stunning blue Skagerrak as it’s back drop.

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Skagen is simply one beautiful place that I have always wanted to go. I’m not sure that I’ve done it justice in this post, but that doesn’t change the fact that I dream of seeing it for myself. If you haven’t been able to tell from my other posts, I have quite a love for the sea. I feel completely relaxed and serene when staring off into the ocean. The beauty of it, the sound of the crashing waves, the sea breeze brushing across my skin; it all just puts me in the happiest of moods. If I could, I’d pop a little cottage right by the seaside, in a country with a nice cool climate, and spend my days writing novels and daydreaming for a living. What a beautiful life that would be, and Skagen fits the bill for a nice chilly seaside retreat almost perfectly.

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

Take Me Away | Santorini

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The next place on my list is this absolute beauty; The Island of Santorini, Greece. There are few places that can match the beauty of the seaside in Greece. I have dreamt of seeing so many different places in Greece since I was quite young. Hearing stories of Greek Gods and Goddesses, tales of Spartan battles, and eating Americanized versions of Greek foods all began my yearning to visit the almost magical Greek landscapes. From the beauty of its land to the beauty of its peoples, Greece is one country that I think everyone should push to the top of their lists. With the size that the island of Santorini is, there is no way I could list everything that I hope to see and do there in one blog post, but if you keep reading, you will see some of the top places and things that I wish to one day experience in the stunning place that is, Santorini.

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One major aspect of Santorini, and Greece in general really, that I’ve always wanted to see is simply the architecture. The contrasts of colors and the beautiful simplicity of the shapes of the buildings is stunning to me. The vibrant white and blue shades are instantly recognizable as Greek in any photos I see online and I am always blown away by them each time I see them. In an Art History course I took a year or so ago, we discussed Greek architecture at length. It was clear that the Greeks reached for perfection when building on the islands. With the signature Cycladic architceture, and classicaly modern beauty, the architecture in Greece is hard to beat. I am thrilled with the prospect of photographing these buildings. Standing on the cliffside, staring off into the ocean and breathtaking views of the staircase-like buildings seemingly holding onto the earth with a fierce grip, afraid of falling into the sea below. Its what dreams are made of really.

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As I mentioned before, Greek history and Ancient Greece have always been an interest of mine, and If I were to visit Santorini and pass up the chance to see Ancient Thera (or Thira) I wouldn’t be able to stand it. Being located high above the sea on Mesa Vouna, Ancient Thera has stunning panoramic views of the ocean and buildings that lie below. As a bit of a history buff, I’ve learned over the years that the ruins of Ancient Thera date back to the Hellenistic era, and there are also extensive bits of the ruins that are clear to have come from the Roman and Byzantine periods. It is truly something spectacular to a girl from America, where buildings and sites are in their infancy by comparison. The extensive ruins also include Roman baths, Byzantine walls, and the stone church of Agios Stefanos, which is pictured above. I can’t imagine the feeling of being able to stand amidst something so old, filled with so much history. Thinking of how many hundreds of years ago it was built, what life must have been like for the people living there, how different the landscape below them would have looked, I can’t help but feel grateful that the option is there for me. Seeing the remains of the Temple of Dionysos, the Sanctuary of Artemidoros, or the Terrace of the Festivals would be a dream come true for me, and I feel like anyone visiting Santorini would be mad to pass up the chance to experience it.

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The next place on my list is the unbelievably stunning village of Oia. From friends that have visited, I have learned that Oia is not only one of the most famous villages in all of Santorini, but it is also one of the most relaxing places that you could go. Overlooking not only the sea but also the volcano of Palia and Nea Kameni and the island of Thirassia. Friends have told me, and photos have shown me, that viewing the sunset from Oia will someday be one of my fondest memories. I cant wait to be able to sit on a balcony in the village overlooking the vast sea and land surrounding Santorini, with a chilled glass of Ouzo, watching the sun disappear on the horizon. Aside from its breathtaking views, Oia will also give you that “oh my goodness, I am in Greece!” sort of feeling when you stroll down the narrow pathways, see the blue domed churches, sit down for a traditional Greek meal in one of the various cafes, or take the long journey down the set of 300 steps leading to the small port of Oia, called Ammoudi. I am looking forward to the moment when I can share a blog post full of photos of me enjoying the beauty of Oia with you in the future, I just hope it will be sooner rather than later.

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If there is one thing that Santorini has to offer, that I dream of experiencing, it is the sheer romance of the island. As a young single female, it’s hard not to imagine all of the amazing romantic excursions and moments that one can have in the various villages of Santorini. The landscape, the views, the volcanic distruction (okay, maybe not everyone’s cup of tea) and the undeniable beauty of this, and all other Greek Isles strike a match inside me, causing me to long for one of those storybook romances, where someone will sweep me off my feet, and whisk me away for a romantic Grecian vacation, filled with incredible sites, delicious foods, and endless love and romance. A girl can dream, right?

There is no shortage of places to see and things to do in this picture-perfect Greek Island. While writing this post, I am feeling so incredibly inspired. There is so much beauty out there, so much history waiting for me. I can’t wait for the day that my wanderlust gets the chance to break free, and guide me on all the adventures I dream of having.

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx