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... back and forth up to the town. Upon closer inspection we realized
the small path was actually a donkey taxi zone. Tens of donkeys were making
their way up the hill with tourists perched on their backs! We saw a dude at
the base of the hill with a sign reading “Donkey Station” and we were so amused
we decided that HAD to be our way up. First though, we decided to go visit the
picturesque village of Oia, which all the expensive excursions were ...
... to the sea in two places, in the northwest and southwest. The caldera being 400m deep makes it possible for all but the largest ships to anchor anywhere in the protected bay; there is also a newly built marina in Vlychada on the southwestern coast. The principal port is called Athinias. The capital, Fira, clings to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon.
... can grow on this island! They grow due to the humidity at night.....that's the only moisture. From the winery, we headed across the island to the town of Oia (pronounced ee-ah). This as a very charming town and we were able to see the remains of a cave house, a house built into the side of the island. This is also the best place on the island to view sunsets. The pedestrian area was cobblestone with lots of steps scattered about. After a ...
... that line the edge of the island that overlooks the caldera. We walked for a while before we found a really cute bar lounge with some shade that overlooked the amazing view and we sat and had cocktails and a meze plate of amazing nibblies.
Whilst trying to avoid having my photo taken, Nicky got one of me looking like I'm doing a dramatic pose so I'll get her to upload it so you can all laugh.
As it started to get ...
... and many of the famous blue-domed churches. It also has tons of shops and restaurants and is famous for an unobstructed and breathtaking view of the setting sun.
Oia certainly lived up to its expectations. It is beautiful. Again, I think Oia must be intolerably packed in the summer months, there was no shortage of tourists now either, but it wasn’t too bad. We walked through the ...