Sunbathing in the Rain

Trip Start May 21, 2011
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Trip End Jun 11, 2011


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Flag of Greece  , South Aegean,
Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our plans for the day included a late breakfast and some time by the pool.  We accomplished the late breakfast with ease, but the light rain was spoiling the second part of our plan.  The sun peaked through just long enough for us to give sun bathing a try, but it became obvious soon enough that we'd have to come up with a different plan.

So we rented a car (a small Nissan Micra) and were soon zipping along the winding roads of Santorini.  We learned a bit of Greek along the way, which is to say that "Unique Caldera Views - 100 m" actually means "expensive cafe - 100m".  But the sun was finally out on that side of the island so we stopped and sipped our expensive fruit juice and enjoyed the view and the rays.

Our journey continued to the south of the island where we found the red beach, which is aptly named for the colour of some of the rocks and the soil in the cliff that overhangs it.  We stopped for some scenic pictures and a leisurely walk along the beach to wet our feet.  Tired from the sun and the short walk (it's vacation ok) we did some more exploring by car.  Upon arriving back at Kamari we decided to drive up to ancient Thira, which is high up in the mountain over looking Kamari.  The road was steep and winding and offers spectacular views.  We couldn't help but make fun of the poor souls who were determinedly hiking up the same route, just as I'm sure they were making fun of us for the exact opposite reason.  Hey, we have an excuse ok, pregnant ladies have low energy.  When we reached the top we found out that the path to see the ruins was closed for the day, but we enjoyed the views none the less.  Renata decided that the way down wasn't nearly as scary as the way up.

We decided to try the hotel's restaurant for dinner that night and we weren't disappointed.  We had some fried cheese (yum, fried cheese) with vegetables and an interesting fava bean concoction to start with.  I had the Beef Tagliata and Renata had the "shrimp" and salad.  The Beef Tagliata was good, but Renata's shrimp were actually prawns the size of small lobsters and were excellently prepared ... lucky for me she only wanted one of the two.  We finished by sharing some Panna Cotta for desert at George's suggestion, which he served to us with a strong Santorini wine (somewhat like port) as compliments of the house.  It was my first Panna Cotta and I can't imagine it getting much better.  We shortly deluded ourselves into thinking we might take a stroll along the beach ... but decided instead to head straight to bed with nice full bellies.
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