City among the clouds!
10.11.2010 - 10.14.2010 77 °F
We arrived in Santorini in the afternoon, without anything booked, ready to bargain a room for the night.
Hairy Scary part deux.
After haggling at the docks we decided on Villa Murano, located in Fira, the city center. It was an easy bargain as this is the end of the season and everyone is desperate for guests. We were able to work it out to 30 euro a night for a sunrise view, bathroom ensuite and pool…pretty nice. The downfall we realized was the lack of internet…thus the lack of blogs posted about our previous island experience.
That afternoon after getting lost a few times in the small curvy sidewalks of the city, we finally made it to the caldera…a steep mountain cliff formed from the explosion of the volcano in the center of the port. The city was everything you picture and see in movies and postcards, steep cliffs with houses (mainly hotels) perched ever so slightly on the mountainside.
The beautiful city.
The views were amazing from atop the mountain. We decided to celebrate our arrival with beers at one of the many “Volcano View” bars. After spending a few days in Naxos we were used to paying almost nothing for everything and we were jump started back in to saving mode. We wanted to experience the city but made sure to notice our payments.
That night we found a cute family run Greek restaurant in the city center that had two specials, moussaka in a clay pot and pork souvlaki…so we ate both. Santorini is known for its many vineyards on the island so we decided to try the house wine, and at a cool price of 4 euro per half liter, it would be rude not to. It was rather refreshing and knew that wine was ahead of us on the island. After dinner we decided to head to one of the many local bars, with wifi of course, to set up our next host in Lesvos. That finished the night and we were excited to get a nice rest in the hotel.
Fixing hairy scary.
The next morning we decided to rent a car to venture out of the city and see the different beaches Santorini had to offer. The island boasts red, black, and white sand beaches in different areas. Toyota AYGO, manual transmission, jet black…with a little dust coating.
AYGO, you go, we all go.
The car handled well and was a thrill to drive…it took me back to the days when I owned go-karts, that baby could turn on a dime. We filled it up just a quarter of a tank and it never budged the whole day after travelling to both ends of the island and back.
We first visited the red sand beaches formed by a cliff-side of red rock, obviously. Climbing to the beach down a small path of rocks reminded me of scenes from Total Recall as the Governator squirmed from lack of oxygen. As with other parts of the island the view was stunning and the beach was rather empty…other than the few banana hammocks worn by Europeans, obviously.
Hey, they named the beach after me.
We were excited to see the black sands beach next and were getting hungry anyways and left soon after arriving. A quick stop at the supermarket for a lunch of bread, cheese, ham, and beer…just 8 bucks!! We enjoyed the meal in the comfort of our trunk then hit the beach for some fun in the sun…or haze as it was.
And I thought I had a small car at home.
After chillaxing a while on the beach we decided to venture into wine country for a go at some tasting.
After multiple attempts down small roads and closed vineyards we gave up. Unfortunately most of the vineyards are only open during the high season. Our next visit was to the cliff-side city or Oia, pronounced ia. The city was a lovers paradise…marble walks, pristine villas, and the famous blue topped chapels seen in the postcards.
Isn't it pretty...the city is also.
This also came with the unfortunate price tag associated with luxury. We watched the sunset over the city while eating dinner at a wonderful restaurant and then headed home.
No tag needed.
This was an interesting drive to say the least…through the mountain tops with fog just beginning to roll in. The city was literally among the clouds. With the luxury of having a car we picked up some drinks for the hotel…Mythos beer and wine from Santorini…only 4 euro for 1.5 liters and oh so classy in its plastic bottle.
Class, class, class...
After making it home safely we worked a little on the computer and went to bed. This little work while at the hotel and its moisture outside that night, is what we attribute the following day’s computer malfunctions to.
The next day we tried the computer and couldn’t get the monitor to come on, hence the frantic emails to brothers for any assistance and the delay of posting additional blog. In any case, we were able to use the phone for internet purposes and after waiting for hours the computer worked later that night.
As for the activities of the day, it was pretty light. We woke up late, returned the car, walked the city, got coffees, ate gelato and walked to Firostefani, 10 minutes up the mountain. Jen had the chance to relive “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” with a photo in the same spot as the movie.
The movie star.
For dinner we had some fast food gyros, mainly because of the price, and headed back. As the trip to Santorini comes to an end we have really enjoyed taking the extra time on the island to relax a little and prepare us for the ferry back to Athens and the overnight to Lesvos. The last day we took it even slower…checking out that morning, enjoying beers atop the Caldera one last time as tour groups from cruise ships passed by…a standard we were used to seeing everyday…and one last meal of Greek appetizers, fried squid, and Greek salad. We still haven’t adjusted to the portion sizes in Greek restaurants…every time we order food we manage to have leftovers, and I thought we were heavy eaters. In any event, it left us with dinner for the ferry.
After a short ride to the port we boarded our ferry to Athens and this is where we leave you now. Our next blog will update our travels to Lesvos and abroad. Cheers!