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Oía

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  • Day19

    Santorini

    September 10 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We were tendered in to Santorini early in the morning as we had a tour booked. We were met by Dimitri and as we drove to Oia he gave us a geological lesson on Santorini and surrounding islands which make up the volcanic crater. We wandered around Oia for a while, catching a glimpse of the famous, well photographed blue dome. On to Santo Wines which is a cooperative winery. Here we tasted three wines with nibbles. Then onto Fira, the village with the steps and donkeys! We had lunch and a wander with many others doing the same (six cruise boats were in port 😮) We then dodged donkeys and hopped on board the ship.Read more

  • Day25

    Oia

    September 10 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Another slow morning.
    Breakfast at 9.00 so Athena can sleep in.

    I take a while to get moving as need to complete x8 footprints of my blog.
    Athena goes to the rooftop and bakes in the sun.

    At 12.00 I am over blogging and want to see the pool.
    I run upstairs, grab the girl and off we head.
    The pool is located at a different hotel. It is stunning. A spa hotel.

    We happily sit in one of the white cabanas and order our first cocktail.
    Athena orders a gin base, for me it's rum.
    The sun is directly above our heads and the heat is melting our thoughts away.

    We both slip into the pool and it is wonderful. A waterfall down one end a bar down the other.
    Swim for ages. I realise this is Athena's first time in the water on this trip.

    Another cocktail 🍹and we sink into oblivion. We are so relaxed can hardly talk.

    To make things worse, I decide to get a massage. A massage at a spa!!

    I go into the expensive looking hotel wearing wet bathers. They treat you like royalty. The smells, the music, the darkness. Pure luxury.

    I floated back to Athena all dreamy like. She was on her 3rd drink. I asked can you stand? She said sure love. And she could.

    At 3.30 we headed back to our hotel, in bathers and towels, through the tourist throng, to get ready for Oia.

    We could so easily spend a day basking in the sun here. It takes all our will to move and do something.

    We catch the local bus to Oia. It costs 1.80euro and takes 25mins. The road to Oia from Fira is cut along the top of the crater. It is windy and on a cliff edge. I think these drivers are amazing, but I have a fear element going on here too!

    We hop out and follow the 'throng' up through the x2 people wide paths.

    I had previously read how to get to the best positions for the famous blue church domes. So on seeing the jewellery store on the corner, I veered left.

    Here they are! Wow, they look amazing. We squish in and take our many shots as quick as possible.

    Will try to get closer, so I urge Athena to just follow close behind me and I am off again.

    We find a spot directly over the top of them and snap away. The blue colour is in perfect contrast to all the white.

    OK time to eat.
    We choose a close restaurant and sit and have moussaka. A small kitten pops over the seats and says hello. I immediately am distracted by him. There are many small cats around here, but they all look healthy and clean.

    The moussaka is yummo, bechamel sauce, cheese, bolognese, eggplant and potato. We scoff it down. Athena is so full.

    Now, it's time to watch the sunset.
    Hundreds of people are lined along the paths and nooks and crannies of the Incline.
    We take up a position on some steps and wait for an hour with everyone else. A drone buzzes above our heads and I wave at it.
    The sun slowly sets and we await that magnificent red golden glow when it meets the water.

    But no, we have a thick cloud today. The orange sun disappears before we are all ready and the sunset is over.
    I say how disappointing for everyone. But it's not really. We have seen this sun set the past 3 days so haven't missed a thing.

    The crowd moves out and it is slow going one behind the other toward the buses.

    On the bus ride back, Athena turns to me and says 'I'm free' she claps her hands.
    I ask what do you mean?
    She tells me she is free of my itinerary.
    I say not quite yet, we still have little venice and the windmills.
    She continues with 'I'm free'
    So I tell her to pass me her mobile so I can delete all her photos she has taken whilst following 'my itinerary'
    She sheepishly declines me and succumbs to agreeing she wouldn't have missed anything.

    Back at our hotel, Athena jumps straight into bed. I go out and grab a coke and a Gelati. Lemon and raspberry.

    I read my novel out loud again until I hear snoring, then I know it is time for sleep.
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  • Day6

    Oía

    August 2 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    El desayuno del hotel de Santorini es también buffet aunque más pequeño. Pablo dice que por fin el café es aceptable aunque no bueno, pero a cambio el zumo es tang, se notan hasta los polvillos, y lo rellenan se garrafas de 8 litros.

    Tras desayunar y estar listos, hemos ido de nuevo a coger el bus a Fira para ir a Oía, el pueblo que todo el mundo conoce, el de las postales, donde rodaron Mamma Mia, etc.

    Los buses aquí son peculiares, lo de ayer fue la excepción. Aunque el horario funciona bien, la forma de usarlos es la leche. Aparte de que te subes y una vez arrancado es cuando te cobran, los llenan tanto que es agobiante, tipo películas americanas cuando se van México y van hasta la bandera, con las mochilas, etc. Aun así hemos llegado vivos a Fira, y hemos cogido actos seguido el de Oía, hasta llegar allí.

    Una vez en la ciudad, hemos paseado, haciendo fotos y disfrutando de las vistas, porque es preciosa, aunque las postales engañan, ya que apenas hay edificios con el tejado azul, solo que poniéndote en cierto sitio, se puede hacer la típica foto.

    Desde algunas partes se tiene una vista de la caldera del volcán (inundada, es el mar lo que se ve) que es preciosa, y de hecho, hemos comido en un restaurante con vistas a la caldera.

    También hemos bajado a la parte baja de la ciudad (solo Ana y Pablo), que son unos 280 escalones en cada trayecto. Las vistas son geniales, tanto desde arriba como desde abajo, pero hay que estar en forma, Ana casi muere subiéndolas de nuevo.

    El resto del día nos hemos dedicado a seguir paseando, comprar cosillas de regalo, hacer de turistas, vaya, pero al volver...

    Cuando hemos ido a coger el bus a Fira para volver a Kamari (la zona donde está el hotel, que veremos mañana por la mañana), había una cola de gente esperando al bus, hasta ahí bien. Bueno pues cuando ha llegado el bus, la gente ha empezado a intentar colarse a muerte, y hemos tenido que ser más merdellones que los demás para que no se nos colaran, en especial una familia francesa y otra sudamericana, a la que Pablo al parecer, después de que lo empujaran, se colara uno, y él volver a meterse a codazos, la que iba detrás le ha increpado porque su familia ya se había subido y le ha dicho "mi mujer también y aquí estoy yo", la mujer le ha dicho "pero eso a mi me da igual" y él le ha contestado volviendo a hacer presión hasta subirse "y a mi su vida, señora".

    Luego el bus ha ido tan petado que el propio cobrador casi no podía moverse, pero lo hemos conseguido, hemos llegado a Fira, cogido el bus de Kamari, odiado los buses locales un poquito más, y nos hemos bajado un poco más lejos que el hotel para ir a un super a por agua, algo para tomarnos esta noche cuando volvamos de cenar y algo para comer en el barco mañana por la noche, ya que no tendremos cena.

    Tras volver al hotel, hemos descansado un poco, duchado y puestos guapos y hemos ido a cenar.

    Íbamos a ir a un sitio que hemos visto en TripAdvisor, pero estaba lleno, y hemos terminado en el de enfrente, y que suerte hemos tenido. El dueño super atento, el servicio maravilloso, la comida estupenda, unos chupitos y el postre de invitación... Vamos que repetiríamos si nos quedaramos más días aquí. Un acierto absoluto. Se llama Balsámico, y está en Kamari. Al final, el dueño se despidió en persona de nosotros y al ver que le estabamos dando 5/5 en TripAdvisor, le dio un beso y todo a Pablo, muy surrealista pero gracioso.

    Luego, volvimos andando y vimos un poco de la vida nocturna en Kamari, pubs en general, y volvimos al hotel a rehacer las maletas para mañana, que es el último día y ya volvemos a España.
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  • Day24

    Mit dem Bus zu...

    October 22, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    ... Den Häusern mit den blauen Dächern - Oia. Bei bestem Wetter und wenig Menschen, dankbar das die Saison vorüber ist. 😊

    Es durfte zur Mittagspause auch kein Tzaziki fehlen, mjami. Blöd nur das wir auf dem Rückweg nicht mehr in den Bus passten, da er schon voll war. Wir haben uns ein Taxi mit zwei Amerikaner geteilt, typisch griechisch durften wir zu viert hinten sitzen😄 naja, nur roch ich leicht nach knoblauch 🙈 dafür waren wir in 15 Minuten zurück in Thira, anstatt in 30 Minuten, der Taxifahrer musste noch zum airport - gut für uns 😉 somit blieb uns noch Zeit, den Eselweg zu Fuß zu gehen, anstatt die Seilbahn zu nehmen. Die Mulis taten mir etwas Leid und hab sie ein wenig hinterm Ohr gekrault. 😊Read more

  • Day6

    Atlantis Books

    September 27, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Legend has it the formation of the Caldera and the island of Santorini was the inspiration for Plato's Atlantis.

    Also an amazing book store founded by some philosophy students from Brown, Cambridge and alike in 2004. It is a underground cave completely covered with shelves of books in English, Greek, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Chinese. Most books appeared to be paperbacks but I did spy some first edition hard copies, for the true connoisseur.

    Rumour also has it there are sleeping nooks hidden amongst the books for staff. Who are all amazingly well versed in literature and their recommendations are recorded on notes throughout the shop. There is also a fantastic you diverse range of books available. An amazing bookshop, best I have ever seen.
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  • Day59

    Oia, Santorini

    October 27, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Another easy morning with a very delicious breakfast on our terrace. This is such a beautiful place to wake up to and we are loving the ease of staying here. We had a very relaxing morning lazing in the spa and just chilling out.

    We decided to go to “our local”, the Golden Sunset Cafe for lunch and Brad once again ordered his favourite, grilled squid, and I tried the local tomato balls which were delicious. Brad has been enjoying the local beer, Mythos, and the local white wine has been very easy to drink. Initially we did think €5 per glass was expensive but it is a very big glass and they fill it to the top. Great value.

    After lunch we decided to catch the bus to Oia, the other well known town of Santorini. The bus ride was interesting as there appear to be no limit to the number of people you can fit on a bus. We were crammed in and actually stood in the back stairwell for most of the journey.

    It was very interesting seeing the contrast between the “tourist” towns and the local areas of Santorini. It is very dry and arid looking here and we did wonder how the locals survive as there is very little farming. The other thing we were unaware of when booking was that the majority of the towns close down once the tourist season is over and I do wonder how many of the locals actually stay on the island.

    Oia is a very pretty town and different to Fira in that there is more colour in the buildings and a slightly different style. I loved wandering through the shops as they offered different things to what Fira offered. We walked into an art gallery and walked out with a lovely canvas picture of one of the many interesting doors in Oia. We love taking home a piece of art to put on the walls as it is a constant reminder of our wonderful adventures.

    We spent a very relaxing afternoon strolling the laneways, patting the cats, and taking some great photos of the vista. Viewing the sunset from Oia is meant to be the best vantage point to see the sun setting on Santorini but we decided we didn’t want to hang around as the town was filling up with more tourists and we were very happy with the view from our terrace in Firastefani.

    We caught the bus home, not as squashed this time, and spent the rest of the day enjoying our down time on our terrace. Another excellent day in Santorini.
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  • Day6

    Oia - Whiter and Bluer than you imagine

    September 27, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We took the sea ferry to Oia and we were once again afford spectacular views of the high cliffs of the island. Upon arrival we tackled the 300 stairs to reach the town centre. While less stairs than in Fira, they were at least twice as steep. Legs burning we made it to the top, and will probably now have buns of steel after climbing 1000 stairs in 2 days.

    This town, like Fira is built into the cliff side and is roughly about 100m above see level. The town itself filled with winding streets,secret walkways, cave like houses and beautiful churches with white washed walls and blue domes.

    We explored these hidden paths ways, drooled over how amazing these churches were and then found a bar, Flora Cafe with a view of not only the volcano but also the nearby blue domed churches. We enjoyed some delicious Herb Mules. Mesmerised we sat and watched the sunset over the spires of the church in the town square. Simply amazing.
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  • Day7

    Beautiful blue roofs of Oia

    May 17 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Caught the bus to Oia today, very busy on both buses to Fira then Oia People don't que so it's very much push and shove to get on, which neither of us like to do, so we were fortunate to get a seat. The journey only took 1hr 10mins by bus so glad we didn't pay €55 for a taxi.
    Oia is very pretty and the outlook quite breath taking. The streets are quite narrow for the crowds all trying to get that Instagram photo shoot! Fortunately there was only one cruise ship visiting today sometimes as many as seven turn up. The shops are beautifully expensive all selling handmade Greek jewellery and clothes. We had a delightful ice cream and coffee to revive us on our wanderingsRead more

  • Day3

    Sailing

    May 13 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    A delightful day sailing around the islands of Santorini with a truely international group of people Mitchell and Alexandra from Florida - celebrating their engagement. Caroline and 3 friends from Perth - celebrating a 50th. Raffie and his wife from Brazil - on their honeymoon, Two sister from Spain holidaying with grandparents from France.
    Beautiful sea views with dramatic volcanic cliff faces of black ash, red iron ore and white pumice. Splendid food with local wine, a cloudy sunset and fabulous company.
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