It’s been awhile since I’ve done a full traditional travelogue. I think it works here.
I finally got out of the island of Crete and off to another Greek island. From Chania, we drove for 2 hours or so to Irakleio and then hopped into a 2-hour-or-so ferry ride to Santorini. As soon as we landed on the port we looked for a transport to our hotel.
We checked in to a very accommodating Volcano View Hotel. Maybe because I was with my girl that they upgraded us to Junior Suite… Sweet! I don’t usually talk about hotels on my travels, but this one is worth recommending. Friendly and helpful staff, clean, free breakfast, and has a great view of the volcano and the water.
We ate a delicious meal before heading out to our tour – rice-looking pasta with shrimp.
We picked Sunset in Oia & Traditional Villages Tour. Just something that’s available, and fits our schedule. The Volcano and other Boat Tours are not yet available until the end of May.
The Traditional Villages part took us to …
Mesa Gonia, The Ghost Town village largely devastated by the 1956 earthquake in Santorini.
– Our tour guide brought up a very neat point – if not for the earthquake, Santorini wouldn’t be as popular as is it today. –
Pyrgos, which got us climb 80 steps for an awesome city overview.
Souvenir items, typical blue and white Santorini sceneries, churches, etc. are on-scene along the way to the top.
-There are 365 churches in Santorini.-
Magnificent overlooking views once we reached the top.
Imeroglivi, a seaside spot that boasts the most luxurious hotels in Santorini. Pfft!
-97% of jobs in Santorini is … drumroll please … tourism.-
And last, but not the least, is the ever-famous Sunset in Oia part of the tour.
Oia is pronounced as ee-yah.
– Santorini is extremely white and extremely blue, just as the Greek flag. –
There’s a lot of people waiting for the sun to set. I kept joking as we waited that the sun Tweeted that it’s not coming down that day. 😀
…And the joke was on me. The sun was hiding behind the cloud. 😦 A major travel woe!
I heard from someone before that he/she didn’t like Santorini because it’s too touristy or too popular that excitement was never there. I came to Santorini with that kind of low expectation. As it turned out, I really enjoyed it.
We came back disappointed with the sunset, but it’s not just the sunset that people should go to Santorini for.
That’s Day One. So much I’ve shared already. 2.0 next month. I’ll leave you with Last Calls, and a tease of my photo shoot that I will share in Part 2. 😀
Last Calls …
A preview of this stud 😀 for Part 2.
Next post: We’re going to the East side of Crete and see some windmills, or a cave where Zeus was born. Or, a California post.