Getting around the Island

Trip Start Aug 09, 2009
Trip End Aug 21, 2009

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Flag of Greece  , Cyclades,
Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Now that we have accustomed ourselves to Greek driving - we decided to rent a car and see the island!  First stop - the famous black beach - over 5 km long - and really black!  The tour guides say to not where white bathing suits if possible... 

Then through the windy roads to an incredible cafe on a cliff that literally was at the end of a long dirt road!  We headed out to see the red beach - but only made it so far - the "climb" seemed treacherous - you'd never see this in Canada!  I am sure they lose tourists each year.  Off to the lighthouse (again - no fencing, nothing!) - one wrong step and you are falling hundreds of metres to the sea! 

Our hotel has amazing canopy beds by the pool - so while the girls slept - Mo and I headed to Kamari to visit the underground winery for a tour and tasting.  Quite interesting - but the girls would have died of boredom.... After a little respite by the pool, we headed off to Oia for dinner at the port.  OMG - the driving was terrifying... So many turns on the narrow  2 way roads that have a cliff on one side and sheer rock on the other - we reached the crazy port - where Maureen had to get out and direct traffic to let us through...  3 restaurants clung to the side of the mountains with fresh fish - so fresh - you could see it!! (check out the swordfish - which we ate!)... 

Luckily the girls fell asleep as we took the hair raising ride back - in the pitch dark!!!!  But we made it home safely and enjoyed the day immensely...
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