Ahhhh, Santorini

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End Jul 10, 2010

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Daniel here,

Hello everyone, hope you are all well.

We woke up to another day of perfect weather here in Santorini.  I must admit that I had a bit of a sore head this morning after enjoying some of the Russian vodka I had picked up in Moscow.  Laying in the sun for hours while drinking vodka is a sure recipe for dehydration and I paid for it with a headache!

Being lazy on a Greek island means I don’t have much to blog about today so I will keep it short.

We decided to check out the beach today which is on the other side of the island.  We are situated in Fira which is the main town and the beaches around about half an hour by local bus.  The bus allowed us to see the rocky interior of the island and took us over the mountains to the back of the island.  Along the way we saw some vineyards where I assume the local wine is produced and the vines looked very very shrivelled and poorly in the dry soil and hot sun.  May be that is why the wine is so bad!

Ly and I knew that being a volcanic island, the beaches of Santorini would be black sand beaches but I guess I still didn’t have an idea of just how ugly that would look!  Having being spoilt by some of the best beaches in Tasmania and throughout Australia the beach we visited looked terrible!  The ‘sand’ was actually volcanic rock and it was like walking on gravel.  The beach was narrow and packed with sun beds which were almost all empty.  We stayed for a while and relaxed in the sun but decided we were better off relaxing in the sun on our balcony where at least we could enjoy a view.  Needless to say you are not missing anything if you don’t go to the beach while in Santorini.

Back in Fira once more we retired to our balcony for a bit more sun in a more aesthetically pleasing environment.  After so much Greek food we felt like a bit of a change so we decided to walk along the cliff path to the next town along called Firostefani to a Japanese restaurant called Ginger Sushi Lounge which we had heard good things about.  The walk itself to the restaurant was beautiful with more views of the island just before sunset.  The food was actually really good and we ordered a tasting menu with various types of sushi and sashimi.  The strong flavours of the salty soy and various sauces and dressings were a great change from the predictable Greek food we had been eating.  The walk back along the cliff top was just as good and the perfect way to walk off a fantastic meal.

Taking pictures today our camera starting making clicking sounds and for a while refused to zoom in our out with the message 'Lens Error' which is why our camera died on our last trip and why we bought this camera.  I really hope it holds out for the rest of our trip and doesn't die somewhere like the Maldives where we can't replace it.  The clicking sounds worry me though...

The day went very quickly and before we knew it we were back at the
hotel at the end of another day.

Wish you were here.

Daniel + Ly

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Dulcie Reeve on

It must be nice to be settled in one place for a few days to really enjoy each others company (and to rest your feet). Your photos are lovely and we feel a part of your wonderful life. Thank you for keeping in touch. Love Grandad and Grandma

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