2nd July 2012
Santorini is living up to my expectations already – the view while zigzagging our way up the cliff from the port was amazing – you run out of superlatives when writing about places like this. Even the road up the cliff was crazy, buses looked like toys from the port, hope you can see them in this pic.
A quick walk into Fira for dinner last night ended up in another photo shoot and a couple of quick purchases by Sarah. I swear that girl is secretly posting things home, she just keeps finding more room in her luggage where I just about have to sit on mine to get it closed. We booked a car for a couple of days and also booked a sunset cruise for one afternoon. Sarah’s turn to choose the car so we ended up with a little red and black “smart car”.
I do have to admit I was an absolutely TERRIBLE passenger today when Sarah drove from the hotel to Fira and then on to Oia - sorry chickie, but you were really, really scary!! Have a look how close we were to the guard rail - I almost got my hands taken off taking photos – honest. By the time we arrived in Oia we had ceased to see the funny side of things though so it was a bit frosty for a wee while - but you just can’t stay cranky in a place like this, so it wasn’t long before we were talking again.
Oia is stunning, captivating, amazing, friendly and totally gorgeous. We spent hours just walking all over gooing and gahing about everything we saw. I was looking for the museum but it was closed when we eventually got that far - another day hopefully. Stopped a couple of times at cafes to have a drink, (maybe something to eat, too), soak up the atmosphere and pinch ourselves to make sure it really is happening to us. I’m so pleased we didn’t just do a cruise around the islands but have spent a few days on each one and have the time to take it all in.
We dragged ourselves away late in the afternoon and took a scenic drive down and across the island to Kamari. Kamari Beach is one of the most popular on Santorini apparently, there were absolutely hundreds and hundreds of loungers lined up along the beach – and the sand is black! I was going to be polite and say it was nice but I wasn’t a huge fan, it was great to see a black beach but it wasn’t something I’d rush back for.
Now, dinner on the other hand was worth the drive, the beachfront was lined with restaurants and we fell willing victims to another old sweet talking Greek waiter. Had a lovely dinner and made our way back to the hotel for an early night. Big day coming up tomorrow!