Santorini (heaven!)

2 and a half days on Santorini wasn’t enough!
We arrived at 11:30pm and found a great hotel at Perissa by the famous Black Beach with a lovely bakery run by a little old lady (the donuts here bet the Rhodes ones!) and a fruit shop that gave me free figs next door.
The first day we took another boat trip to the Nea Kameri (new volcano) an active volcano in the Santorini Caldera that was stunning and still smoking slightly! We had a swim at the hot (luke warm) springs where Dad covered himself in the mud that supposedly has curative powers but looked like runny Vegemite and stained his skin like fake tan. We stayed at Oia (ee-ya) for the famous sunset and weren’t disappointed. The sun over thensea and the white Cycladic buildings was well worth the wait and staking out of our spot. Emily, Jordy and I took a donkey ride from the Amoudi port up to Oia and all agree it was the scariest moment of our lives! Picture a cliff face with a huge drop just on your right with donkeys galloping up, swerving like bumper cars from side to side jamming our legs against the rock wall not attached to a handler or anything and with no reins or way of controlling them (probably serves us right for buying in to such a touristy thing- the donkey’s revenge!). Oia had a great bookshop with lots of second hand books, chess boards and hand written notes on the shelves recommending books. I found two great books; second hand copies of the letters of Scott F Fitzgerald and Jane Austen’s history of England.
We rented mopeds on the second day (Dad adamantly cycled!) and had a brilliant day cruising around in the sunshine. We explored the capital, Fira, that had some lovely little hidden roads with great Caldera views but was super busy due to the 5 cruise ships docked there that day. We drove down to the Red Beach that would be more appropriately dubbed the Maroon Beach but was pretty nonetheless with spectacular cliffs. We had a picnic but it was destroyed when one rogue wave came halfway up the beach and left us with soggy bread and sandy babaganoush! The water itself wasn’t the nicenst but there was a great rock 20 metres out with the waves breaking all around it as we sat up high in the sun. That evening I had one of the best 3 hours of the trip at a Greek cooking class with three super friendly Canadians and a lovely American couple and a very funny chef. Great food, great company, Santorini wine and best of all Dad wasn’t there to complain about the mess I made and the all the dishes he would have to wash up!
Our last day started early with a walk up to Ancient Thira at 7:00am to beat the heat. It was a tough, steep walk but rewarding with views of the island and ruins that were much more intact than I’d expected. We had a little visit to a cute little mountain church on the way down that is lit up spectacularly at night.
We spent the remaining hour at the Perissa Black Beach with scorching sand and scorching feet! We caught a ferry in the afternoon that was a 7 hour trip to Athens where we arrived in complete darkness and cycled right past the Acropolis, Parthenon and Panathenaic stadium all lit up- pretty special!

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3 responses to “Santorini (heaven!)

  1. Mary Elsum

    I agree. Santorini has something special a d you don’t want to leave! I go back in my mind quite often especially when I hear someone is there Cherish it all.

  2. Sounds just fantastic. Your blogs are like a fantasy.. with our total news all about the Greek election, the EU and unemployment. Are you seeing signs of any of this? Are there advantages for touristicos? Your cooking class sounds fab.. perfect way to connect with a culture.. and riding past all that History at night.. yes very special.

    • It’s interesting. On the surface it doesn’t seem as if the country is struggling but tourists numbers are down a lot apparently because people are scared of riots or political instability but even with the elections on the weekend things seemed ok. The average person is doing it tough though. One lady today had her wages as a nurse cut from €1000 to €600 per month and her son who’s a teacher had his cut from €1300 to €600 which she said isn’t enough to live of as his apartment alone is €250 per month so her and her husband are having to support him. Accommodation is much cheaper as a result as is pretty much anything touristy; shops, tours and even restaurants. People here have been extremely welcoming and friendly despite everything. Billy’s joined us now which has been great. We’ve written down a few places that would be nice to visit by boat!

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