Spectacular Views

Trip Start May 01, 2010
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Trip End Jul 10, 2010


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Flag of Greece  , Cyclades,
Monday, May 31, 2010

Daniel here,

Well we flew from Athens to the island of Santorini and arrived just after sunset.  The flight itself was quite scenic with views over the blue water scattered with rocky islands.  It took quite a while to find our hotel wandering around the cobblestone streets in the dark and we were both extremely glad when we finally arrived.  Being on our honeymoon our room was upgraded to a room with a large spa which we were relaxing in shortly after our arrival.  There were only 6 rooms in the hotel so it was very small but nice enough though we soon discovered there was no air-conditioning which would make sleeping at night a little harder.  We were given a bottle of wine which had been made on the island which was not very nice to be honest.  It was extremely sweet and I could understand why it was given for free!

Around 11 that night we were both starving having had no dinner so I decided to go out and see if there was anything opened which I doubted.  I was surprised when I hit the main square and there were numerous bars and clubs open and lots of food places.  I grabbed some gyros from one of the takeaways and the owners told me they are open until at least 5 or 6 in the morning!  Not bad for such a small island town.  Ly was surprised that I came back with real food rather than a bag of chips and a mars bar from a 7/11 like she had expected and we both polished off the gyros in record time.

The next day we were treated to the amazing views of Santorini from the moment we stepped out our front door onto the balcony.  The view was dazlingly bright with the bright white walls of the town and the reflection off the ocean views.  The island is shaped almost like a doughnut with a huge hole in the middle and a bite taken out the side.  The middle is amazingly blue ocean with a volcano island in the middle which was the original source of the island.  The inside of the island of Santorini is all sheer volcanic cliffs down to the water which are topped with clusters of whitewashed Greek houses.  From a distance the houses look like a dusting of snow around the ring or icing sugar on the doughnut.  Our pictures don’t really do the island justice and if you are in this part of the world you should come and see it for yourself.

We spent the first half of the day looking around the small town which is quite old with narrow streets and whitewashed walls.  Most of the shops were touristy and sold mostly jewellery and clothes.  Santorini is a favourite with cruise ships and when there is a cruise ship docked, the town is noticeably busier with lots of old people clogging up the streets.  The weather was perfect so we spent the rest of the day laying on our sun lounges and reading, just what you should be doing on Greek islands!

We decided to have some more Greek food for dinner so we tracked down a restaurant with fairly good reviews and arrived around 10pm to start our dinner.  Ly and I shared a grilled whole fish and moussaka which were both really good.  One thing we have noticed about Greek food is that it is all very basic in it’s flavouring.  Most meat and fish just seems to have a sprinkling of rosemary or parsley and that is about it.  I sampled their spinach pie which I was hoping would be as good as the other dishes but it was actually deep fried pastry with a spinach centre.  The search for good pie continues...

Mosquitoes were a bit of a pain at night and we had to invest in some insect repellent but not before Ly had large mozzie bites all over her.  I hate mozzies and there is nothing worse when you are lying in bed and you can hear one buzzing around your face.  I guess they come with the warm costal climate though!

Anyway we had quite a relaxing day and Santorini is a beautiful place.  I’m looking forward to checking out the beach tomorrow.

Wish you could all see these views and be here with us.

Daniel + Ly
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Comments

Aunty Pete on

Truly beautiful - happy honeymoon!

p.s. mosquitos dont like baby oil!

Ivy Mai on

Glad to see you are enjoying the sun and you do both look so radiant.

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