Who’s bloody idea was this?
Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
25Trip End Oct 09, 2010
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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
Had champagne in the Jacuzzi while admiring the caldera view. After consuming ¾ 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
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.