Day 4 - Oia and chill
Trip Start May 18, 2007
12Trip End May 31, 2007
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Oia looks spectacularly inviting with its narrow, cobbled streets and jewel-like shops on both sides selling all manner of beautiful things. We decide not to take the strollers since the streets may be too narrow, a decision we will regret later on. Our backpack weighs a ton, with milk, snacks, diaper changes, wet wipes, water and god knows what else. A and I feel like pack mules, since we're either lugging that or littler a. M and C are in the same condition.
We stroll through the wonderful streets of oia, finding an artist's studio where the artist makes 3D art which is quite beautiful. Another studio is manned by the artist and full of gorgeous water colours of Santorini and Oia in particular. Little cobbled alleys lead to homes or traditional homes which are now hotels
Oia has the most amazing jewelry, byzantine, silver, gold and more. There is a shop which has the most intricately handmade miniature mosaic jewelry - spectacular but also pricey. Shops selling jewelry, ancient-greek style ceramics and glassware abound. I find one shop that has incredible lights for sale, made of glass. I wish I could buy some of the larger pieces but there is no way they'll fit into a suitcase and shipping will just cost too much, so I sigh and move on.
It's getting warmer and we're hungry so we stop for lunch at a restaurant which looks out at the Caldera. It has a deck on the roof so we head there. It is beautiful, with geranium blooms in pots everywhere, white painted loggia and an amazing view. But I'm worried about the kids, since the distance between the deck and railing is enough for a child to fall through, and there's no protective glass or anything. Note to parents: While europeans love kids, few places are child-proof.
After an indifferent pizza lunch, we stroll on towards the town square, where there's a beautiful church with a belfry.
We finally make our way back to the car, stopping for some frenzied souvenir shopping. A finds a nice table lamp that we like and that is affordable in that lighting shop and we buy it gleefully, only realising later how heavy it is.
Back at Ira, we nap until early evening at which point we decide to hit the pool
A and I have a furious fight while I'm shivering and undressing little A and towelling him off all at the same time. Later on, I realise that little A was probably more upset by the fight than the falling in. M, C and R reach and are aghast at what could have happened. A and I calm down and M and I decide to plunge into the water since C and A are not as enthusiastic swimmers. In fact, C has a slight cold and won't be getting into the water. We enjoy our swim and R and little A (who is initially afraid) dip their feet in the water and everyone has a good time. post swim we finally get to take hot!! showers and head out for Perissa beach.
The sun has just set and there's a lovely orange glow over everything.