Travel Guide: Osaka, Japan

So its been a while – as in a year – since I was in Japan but I wanted to post some photos from my trip there with some links to some of the things we did. This will most definitely be shorter than my Greece posts, mostly because I don’t remember everything we did or where we stayed etc.

So if you want to see some photos from Japan and some helpful links then keep on scrolling/reading.

Universal Studios

 

Dotonbori

Osaka Castle

Osaka 5

 

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Greece Tavel Diary #6: Thira, Santorini

Santorini was hands down the most touristy place we visited, the island was full of tourists. We stayed in Thira which is the capital of Santorini and definitely a hot spot.

map of santorini

Personally I enjoyed Thira, but it was super crowded. I am not someone who manages well in crowded places so it wasn’t me favourite. We stayed and Kamares Apartments in Thira and it was me absolute favourite place we stayed. We had an amazing view of the Caldera, and fun fact I love volcanos so I was having an amazing time.

We mostly relaxed and stayed around Thira in Santorini, although there are so many places to go throughout the island, we decided to be less busy and just enjoy where we were. We wandered the streets and explored and got massages in our room, relaxed and enjoyed the view.

We did do one day trip out to Oia. A town not far from Thira, the local bus stop was super close to our accommodation so we walked down and hopped on the bus which cost us about €1.30 each pay, per person. Oia is just as stunning as Thira and is known for its amazing sunsets (although it doesn’t have a view of the volcano) If I hadn’t stayed in Thira I would of stayed in Oia.

Overall Santorini was amazing and its somewhere I’ll never forget going. Our whole trip was filled with incredible memories and just positive happy vibes.

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Thira, Santorini
Oia, Santorini 
Atlantis Books
Kamares Apartments

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Greece Travel Diary #5: Chania, Crete

After the tour we spent one night in Athens before leaving early for the Athens International Airport and heading to Chania, Crete. We had an early flight as we were determined to maximise our time in Chania after hearing what an amazing place it was. We were not disappointed.

I was also keen to visit as Crete has deep rooted ties to Greek Mythology being the birth place of Zeus!

When we arrived, which was at about 10am we grabbed a taxi which cost €39, flat rate to get from the airport into Chania, even though we took a longer route to avoid the traffic that hits Chania at that time of day due to the cruise liners. Our Taxi driver was lovely and told us all about the things we could do in Chania and gave us some recommendations for other places on the island if we had time. I was also recovering form a cold, which he kindly offered me a cough drop for.

When we arrived at our accommodation, Elea Appartments, we were about 3.5 hours early for our check in time, however they let us leave our suitcases with them and gave us information for getting into town or heading to the beach. We opted to head to the beach as it was closer and it was a beautiful day.

With our extra time we explored the coast and found 3 beaches, all stunning. After grabbing lunch at one of the beach shack cafe’s and walking to the local supermarket -about a 10 minute walk from our accommodation – we headed back to the accommodation. We were just going to chill by the pool but they had already cleaned the apartment we were staying in and were happy for us to check in at 1:30pm.

While we were in Chania we had a pretty chill week. I would definitely recommend staying for a week or more. There is so much to do and we ran out of time to get to everything we had set out to do.

While we were there though we spent a day exploring Chania’s old town, which is a beautiful town on the coast.

 

We then spend a day on a boat tour visiting two beaches. One of which was Balos beach which is hard to get to driving, you have to park up the top of a mountain and hike down to it. Its definitely worth doing, Balos is beautiful.

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Another day we spent completing the Samaria Gorge hike. This hike is not for anyone that likes a leisurely walk. This hike takes 4-8 hours depending on your pace and is 16.5km over uneven terrain. The views are worth it though, its absolutely stunning.

It took us some time to recover from the hike so we ended up needing a couple of chill days that we spent by the pool or at the local beach.

We were able to book both of these adventures through our accommodation. Which I would highly recommend as they will organise your boat tickets and your entry.

Another amazing thing about Chania is the food! The greek salads were amazing and at nearly every place we ate dinner we were give complimentary coffee, cake and Raki shots. It was honestly amazing and made me love the people of Chania even more.

I would highly recommend travelling to Chania!

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Athens international Airport
Chania, Crete
Balos Beach
Samaria Gorge
Elea Apartments
Zeus’s Birthplace