Trip Start May 22, 2009
4Trip End May 31, 2009
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So after a long voyage, we arrived at the volcanic island. Santorini is a volcano that blew up thousands of years ago and the crater filled with water so the island is cresent shaped with othe small islets that outline the rest of the old mountain. Compared to the other islands, it's very dramatic. The sheer cliffs rise hundreds of feet straight out of the water. There are actually several towns perched along the knife edge ridges.
We rented a cool little two seat Smart Car
We were instantly blown away by how beautiful the city is. All the colors, the fantastic shapes of the homes, and the crazy location. Awesome! We came back bright and early the next morning to explore in more depth. We were hungry and looking for a place to get some breakfast. All the cafes and restaurants were closed. We found a nice place to eat, but the shop was being cleaned. By sheer persistance, Hao got them to open the doors for us and we got the bet patio view in the place all to ourselves. The food was great, a real slice of heaven.
The next day, we had arranged to take an afternoon sail and sunset cruise on a sweet catamaran. The wind had been dead the day before, but we lucked out and it was really pumping (20+ knts) that afternoon. Instead of doing some cheesy beach tours, we took advantage of the wind and did some real sailing. Rippah! The boat capitain was from Serbia and the Crew/Cook was a former CTO for a tech company in New Jersey. You meet the neatest people, in the strangest places. We had a fresh seafood dinner of grilled squid, prawns, pork steaks, and veggies. Besides the wine, we capped it off with some local white lightning. Yowzaaah!
We only had two days on the island, but they were amazing. We move on next to the island of Mykinos. On the morning we left, we had breakfast in Fira at "Mamas House". Mama was a little Geek fireball who kept calling us, crazy sex bums! : P Turns out, she lived in San Jose for years just down the road from Hao!
Well, on to more adventures...