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Unfortunately we had planned to go to a Greek Island called Paros but due to ferry timetables needed to change to Santorini. Well I am unsure what Paros is like but Santorini is beautiful and we were really glad we went there. We needed to depart from Athens very early (up at 5.15!) and board a Bluestar ferry which took just on 8 hrs. We stopped in …
... up pistachios, almonds and other nuts and then completely
saturated in honey. It is pure happiness in a box. We split a piece while
sitting at one end of the cliff looking back over Oia. It was one of those
“doesn’t get much better than this” moments.
When we arrived back at the base
of Fira we found the donkey station and a man led us to a lineup of 5 or 6
donkeys. In Greek he babbled on and gestured at which donkey we could each ...
... 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.
Today I hired an ATV to tour around Santorini on, and it was 1000 times better than catching the bus would have been! I know you won't like reading this mum, but I only had a low powered one, and I was careful - remember me go-karting? The maximum speed seemed to be 60, but I was usually well below that. It was a bit weird driving on the right hand side of the road, though! I felt so free driving around the island myself, and it was refreshing having a breeze on me. I did ...
... actual size.
Also note the visual of the 24 hour Greek bakery conveniently close to our hotel, en route to the metro station, specializing in Easter treats and other classic Greek pastries. A lot to be said for convenience!
We appreciated those who recommended Athens to us for an overnight stay, as we found it accesssible, pleasant and delicious. You just need to know where to go and where not to go, I suppose and somehow we keep choosing the right spots ...