A drive around southern Santorini and cat bonanza!

Trip Start Sep 05, 2010
Trip End Oct 09, 2010

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Flag of Greece  , Cyclades,
Friday, September 17, 2010

Started our first day in Santorini with an amazing breakfast served on our balcony, complete with a white linen table cloth and two people setting everything up. Felt totally spoilt and lazed too long as then we had to run up the hotel steps and the donkey poo path to make it to our tour bus (which we couldn't find at first ahhhh) on time.  I think we were the last ones on the bus ... oooops.  Tour was ehhh, just ok.  Definitely a budget operation and the guide was pretty difficult to understand (wish we had the American tour guide who was doing the other tour!).  The first stop was to the Prophet Elias church which was only accessible via an extremely steep and narrow road up to the top of a mountain.  And this was in a large coach bus!  Great view over Santorini from up there, but gee it is brown, brown, brown!  Next we visited the traditional village of Megalohori , which really just consisted of the bus dropping everyone at the top of the village, then driving around to pick us up on the other side after we walked past everyone’s kitchen windows and washing.  Billed as "local culture" ... hmmmm.  Most entertaining thing was a dumb (sad to say) Aussie woman who was 100% sure it was a different bus picking us up.  Not the sharpest tool in the shed!  Onward to Akrotiri Village on the coast – the site of an archaeological dig which has uncovered a large village from about 3,000 years ago.  Really interesting apparently... except the site has been closed for several years after a cave in so instead we had a drink and pee stop at the cafe nearby.  Our next stop was one of the most interesting (seriously now) of the tour.  We stopped in the village of Emborio and visited a Venetian castle.  Seems strange to us that people are still living in parts while next door to them is a ruined section. After making the bus wait for us (we were taking photos and didn’t realise our group had walked off), we drove to Perivolos for lunch.  Jeff found this the most interesting stop for two reasons ... 1)  The beach here is black, and 2) more topless girls.  Our final stop was a winery for some wine tasting.  The winery had beautiful views but very “un-beautiful” wine.

Dropped off back in Fira and after a short rest back at our hotel we attempted to take our washing to a laundry ... but it closed 5mins before we got there (grrrr). Lucky us then had the great joy of carting our dirty grundies back uphill through the streets of Fira to our hotel again.  When we were nearly home a friendly kitty cat started following us and then came into our room.  Jeff gave it some biscuit and it was crawling all over him while purring its head off.  Very cute and I think Jeff is a bigger softie for all these stray cats than I am!  Had our evening chocolate delivered (luckily had put the cat out 5mins before!) then back up the stairs for a late dinner in town. Ate at one of the traditional restaurants recommended by the hotel and the food was quite yummy yet again.  Looked in some more kak stores then back along the donkey trail where we found LOTS of kittys so played with them for awhile.  Three of them were having great fun hiding behind Jeff’s (thankfully denim clad) legs and climbing up him.  So cute!
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