Greek Island #3 - Thira (Santorini)

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
Trip End Nov 01, 2005

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Tuesday, September 6, 2005

The morning of leaveing the island ios, we went to the dock to catch the boat to Santorini. I saw this Aussie guy again that i've been always seeing on every ferry i've hopped onto so far haha, so i went over and chatted to him for a while.

Upon arriving at Santorini (actual name 'Thira'). It was so beautiful just rocking up with the gigantic crater cliffs surrounding all around you, as it we floated gently up into the port at the bass of a few hundred meter cliff face. After getting off of the boat to walk to the bus station, we came across dozens and dozens of really agressive local's shouting full voiced at us to get us to stay with them. "Best location, with great views at a good price just for you my friend" - somehow i wasn't thinking so... So we bypassed and found the bus we were meant to catch and hopped on. Well we weren't 100% sure if this was the correct bus, but the driver wasn't actually willing to help so i got on anyhow. The bus winded left and right, left and right up hairpin after hairpin on the most windiest road i've ever seen straight up the cliff face. I dunno how the bus drivers do it - Crazy! I suppose we have to get up the cliff somehow :o) We arrived at our location in Parissa (town on santorini). Its right up against these cliff faces on the south of the island. Quite beautiful actually. We pretty much went straight to the beach. All the beaches here are black little rocks for sand - as we're technically staying on a volcano :o) We spent about 3 or so hours relaxing on the black beach, soaking up the sun, swimming in the clear water with the slippery volcanic lava ground underneath. That night we didn't do too much as we were pretty buggered, so we just had a bit of a look around the town we were in and got some pizza. It wasn't the best, so i gave some of it to this stray dog that was sitting next to us. Haha the cute thing was so stoked of recieving the pizza so he started following us around wagging his tale everywhere we went... - even in the cafe on the beach front!

The next morning we got up early and had a killer bacon and eggs at the local little villa house around the corner from us. We got dan's passport back as she had left it on the previouse island and forgot to collect it before we headed off to this one. Quite an amusing story now that we have it back, but was scary while it was lost. Luckily some couple volunteered to take it to us as they were already traveling to Santorini - and we collected it from their hostel's front desk. We headed off to Santorini's capital Fira. I bought some sick oil paintings and a bigger one to frame. The streets were very cool, and i guess i'm getting very used to the narrow white concrete and cobble stonned alleyway's all over each of these islands by now, but once we found our way to the cliff face of Fira i was absolutely blown away by the view. Now, the magnificent views that i previously saw in Ios which i thought could not have been beat just did. By alot!!! This has to be the most beautiful view of the ocean on earth! (appolagies for anyone who's willing to challenge this! - personal opinion ofcourse! hehe) I just dont think this could ever be beat - i doubt i'll see an ocean view more appealing than this for the rest of my life!) I am standing about a few hundred metre's above the sea right up upon this cliff edge, looking across the rest of the crescent shaped islands cliff edges hundreds of metres high curling around into a 'C' shape that is home to scattered villages right on the cliff edges and then panning my view across to santorini's volcanic heart which protrudes out of the water right in the middle of the island. It truely... is.... AMAZING!! Its so hard to put down in words what i'm looking at and feeling right at this moment. I really struggled to pull myself away from this beauty! The sea was sparkling clear torquise blue water surrounding the island edges. After finally managing to drag myself away from this we walked along the cliff edges till the next town for more of the view where we met this older couple that we started talking to. They're celebrating 50 years of marriage and had a villa on the cliff edges! They were so happy, and we were the first aussies they've bumped into :o) We talked for actually quite a while as they were both very nice.

Well, scooted back to hop on a bus to 'ia' (a town at one end of Thira which is famous for its sunsets). Once at the very tip of the island we just caught the sunset - the sky was so red spanning out to the blue horizon. Beautiful! After this we went walking around this village as it was quite popular from the look of it. This village was jam packed with so much interesting little shops and side stalls. Cats and dogs just roaming everywhere, but i've learnt not to interact with them from my previouse experience in Ios where i nearly got my hand mauled off by a stray dog for trying to pat it - heh! Went down near one of the inner edges of the island where the cobble stonned walk way wasn't popular, and i found this really interesting shop that had wood carvings of pendants, tribal figures, smoking utensils and everything else you can pretty much imagine. here i bought this tribal looking pendant on a rope thing that you put around your neck, and a lava rock from the island. I bought this bigger oil painting at this other shop around the corner. Well it was getting late, everything here was a bit too expensive to eat as it was more touristy, so we thought we'd eat back at our little village opposite side of the island for something local. We hopped on the bus, and typical European style they pack as many people as possible on it. However this one, i could hardly move and to top it off he drove 50km/h faster than he should of around every corner on the way back. Keep in mind these roads are so small, and wouldnt be able to fit 2 cars parralell to each other on it, and the roads are so sharp and windy with a dead drop cliff edge right next to it... Yeah!! sketchy!!! He was goin so fast around the corners that my body was going 45 degree's angle in the air while i'm holding on this pole!!! Any minute i was expecting us to all perish... hahaha!

Well, it was our last night, so time to get the last Greek Yuros before sleep! Santorini so far has had beautiful hot weather with hardly any clouds in the sky at all - as you will see on the pictures. Could easily stay a few more nights here :o) Will definatly be returning to this magical place one day.

Well... Clint signing off for the night, as i have a flight back to Athina tomorrow and then onto Roma!!!!!!!!

So a very sad goodbye to the greek islands! I WLIL SEE YOU AGAIN :o)
"αντίο" as it is in Greek!

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