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Stunning Oia

Santorini port and winding road up the cliffs

Santorini port and winding road up the cliffs

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.

Sarah in her smart car on Santorini

Sarah in her smart car on Santorini

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”.

How close is that guardrail!!! Santorini

How close is that guardrail!!! Santorini

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.

Could it get any better? Oia, Santorini

Could it get any better? Oia, Santorini

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.

Eating again!! This time at the black beach, Santorini

Eating again!! This time at the black beach, Santorini

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!

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Paros, but first we explore Naoussa

from Naoussa, Paros

from Naoussa, Paros

28th June 2012

Poor Sarah had a very red and sore eye this morning, it hurt to open it anywhere near light. Sakis thought she’d been out last night and might have a hangover – he offered her an extra strong coffee! Apparently a few of the staff partied last night and he had about an hour sleep. He’s a funny guy, only young and came to Paros a couple of years ago from Pakistan. Breakfast wasn’t quite the same standard as the Myconian K on Mykonos it was still more than enough for us.

More laneway goodness in Naoussa, Paros

More laneway goodness in Naoussa, Paros

We couldn’t wait to go walking down to the town, it’s just so gorgeous here. Took Sarah to a pharmacy where they gave her some antibiotic cream for her eye, so hopefully it will come good quickly. We spent quite a long time talking with the owner of a lovely store named Tantanac. Apart from having beautiful items in his store he was a delight to talk to and we had our first lessons in the Greek language, learning how to say hello, please, thank-you and a few other simple words. He warned us (while laughing) not to say ‘calamari’ for good morning – it has to be ‘kallimera’ – so, no asking for squid for us.

Shady spot in Naoussa, Paros

Shady spot in Naoussa, Paros

We finally got round to trying gyros – they are every bit as good as everyone has been telling me. We bought some fruit on the way back to Kanales, it was so tasty and juicy. Can’t you just imagine the ancient Greeks laying back biting on ripe nectarines with the juice running down their chins being all very decadent?

Seeing as we had the whole resort to ourselves now I braved getting out in my swimsuit. The pool water was quite cool and the sun-loungers were definitely built for sleeping – we both dozed off. I woke Sarah when I startled myself awake and started laughing hysterically and couldn’t stop. A few chosen people will have heard how I startled myself, suffice to say it was hilarious but not very ladylike, so I won’t share here. Will leave that one to your imagination!!

Oh what a life – back to the bar for a cocktail before heading up to our room for a shower and change of clothes and a wander back to town for dinner.

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Mykonos here we come

26th June 2012

Acropolis at night

Acropolis at night

After our big day on the buses yesterday we headed back to the hotel worn out but happy, had quick showers and bolted to the top floor for a wine, nibbles and to watch the gorgeous sunset and the Acropolis come to life after dark. We honestly wouldn’t want to end our little visit to Athens any other way.We had an early start with a taxi ride to the port to catch the high-speed hydrofoil to Mykonos. The hydrofoils are huge and a real eye-opener if you’ve never been on them before. Our allocated seats were even in business class! We sat opposite a young couple from Brazil who were quite lovely so the (I think) 4 hour trip passed quickly. Sarah had the richest chocolate donut type pastry I’ve ever seen and then wondered why she didn’t feel well!!

Mykonos port

Mykonos port

Arriving at Mykonos was a tad worrisome – the port area looked rather barren and deserted. As we met our driver who should come along too but the Brazilians and it turned out they’re staying at the Myconian K also. I couldn’t believe how much luggage the girl had, it was encouraging that ours weren’t the biggest or heaviest.We had a laugh about some of the vehicles there to collect their guests. Clambering into the back of tiny little 3 wheeler utes would be bad enough but I suspect that having twits like us taking photos and laughing would be even worse. Oh well, that’s the luck of the draw isn’t it?

Novel way to arrive at your hotel - Mykonos

Novel way to arrive at your hotel – Mykonos

Some of the buildings on the way were picture perfect and then we arrived at the hotel – it was just like another dream come true – all blue and white and gorgeous. It’s really just like the travel brochures and postcards and I love it.Our room wasn’t quite ready so we adjourned to the bar for a drink then headed to the day spa to organize a couple of pampering sessions and generally just took it easy.  Poor Sarah wasn’t feeling too well all day but she did venture to the restaurant with me for dinner, hopefully she’ll be back to her normal self in the morning. We’re only here for a few days so I’d say we’ll be rather busy!!

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