When we finally landed we boarded our taxi to the hotel. We checked in and luckily one of the hotel employees lugged our bags down the 6 or 7 flights of stairs to our room. The hotel was built into a cliff overlooking the caldera. Our room was all the way at the bottom, right next to the pool. We were upgraded from a studio to a 1-bedroom so we had a small kitchen and sitting area, plus our own deck with unobstructed views of the volcano and caldera.
|Our ferry - was more like a cruise ship than I expected|
|Entrance to the hotel from the street|
|Looking into our sitting area with the bed behind|
|View from our patio|
We then walked to get a late lunch. The front desk woman from the hotel (who is coincidentally from CA) recommended an absolutely wonderful location for our first meal in Santorini. Corey's favorite part of the meal? Trying a Santorini microbrew called Yellow Donkey - he proclaimed it the best beer of the trip. My favorite part of the meal? A delicious spread they served with fresh baked bread. Corey even made friends with a few stray dogs outside the restaurant. After lunch we spent some time relaxing on the patio trying not to fly away or freeze thanks to the crazy winds blowing across the island. I enjoyed just taking in the scenery and quiet.
|Delicious bread & spread (plus isn't that wine jug cute?!)|
|Trying to stay warm and not blow away in the wind|
|Sunset - pictures just don't do it justice|
|Looking back at Imerovigli from the footpath to Fira|
|Greek Orthodox church|
The next morning the sun was shining, the wind was replaced with a calm breeze and it was gorgeous out. Of course, we had to leave the hotel before noon to catch our flight. But I took full advantage of a few hours to lay out by the pool and catch some much desired sun.
Although the weather was not cooperative and somewhat limited our "beach" portion of the trip, we still really enjoyed Santorini. It's an island unlike any other: rocky, windswept and quite barren in areas but the white buildings set amongst cliff-side views and crystal clear waters make it a beautiful locale. The food was wonderful and the people were friendly. How could you not love a place with views like this?
Up next? Roma, Italia!