Who’s bloody idea was this?

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
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Trip End Oct 09, 2010


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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Got up at a very un-holiday time of 6am as we've decided to walk the caldera rim trail from Fira to Oia ... a mere 10 or 12kms!

Walk took us 3.5 hours as we had lots of photo breaks and lots of "We have to walk up where???" breaks. Lots and lots of bloody hills, some with very loose, slippery volcanic rock as the footing just for extra enjoyment.  A friendly stray dog decided to come with us for 3-4kms of the track too.  We christened him Ray as he was like our own personal trainer - i.e. much fitter than us and spent half his time sitting in the shade while waiting for us to catch up!  Quite often as we were trudging up hills we would be wondering if Ray (trainer, not the dog) would be running up these if he were here!

For all our moaning the view was amazing.  Seeing Fira at dawn with only a few other people around was an awesome experience.  The landscape on the rest of the walk was also great and probably not something that too many visitors to Santorini experience.  We finally made it into the Oia taxi square around 10:30am.  Boy, were we on the nose by then!  Took a taxi back to our hotel where they greeted us with “you made it to Oia!”  Had a wonderful cooked breakfast on our balcony to celebrate our mammoth effort.  Sakis (the fit porter guy) was very impressed with us getting up to do the walk.  I also think he thought we were just a little crazy too.  Had a shower (soo nice) and then asked them to turn the heating on for the jacuzzi.  This involved Sakis having to hop over the Jacuzzi and crawl out the window to fiddle with some dials.  Yes, the window that is just above the cliff!

Had champagne in the Jacuzzi while admiring the caldera view. After consuming of the bottle, Jeff had a “user error” with a glass and oops, one smashed champagne glass.

Jeff slept off his booze binge while Sherry cleaned it up.

That night we took a taxi to Oia for the sunset and dinner – much more civilised way to get there!  We hung around one of the famous view points for a couple of hours and met a girl who travels around taking photos and videos for tour companies.  She’d just done a job in Berlin.  Her next one was in London but not for 5 days, so to save themselves the cost of flying her to the US and back again they put her up in Santorini!  Where can I get a job like that???

Sunset was spectacular and the other 1,000 swarming tourists must have thought so too because they actually clapped the sun when it set (yeah, 'cos it doesn’t do that anywhere else in the world)!  Weird, but memorable.

Had dinner at a really lovely restaurant with a no smoking policy.  Yay!  Such a nice change to be able to dine alfresco and not be smoked out for a change.  The ubiquitousness of smoking is one of the things we definitely don’t like about Europe.

Walked around taking a few more night time shots then caught the last bus back to Fira.  Hotel steps down from the main path were lit by lanterns.  Awwww, we love this place.  Every day they do something extra and different.  Would love to stay here again some day.
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Judy on

Awesome photos! Sounds (and looks) like you are having a ball.

robsons
robsons on

Hey Judy. Thanks for having a look at our blog.
Yep, we were having a great time. Absolutely loved it!

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