Stormy in Santorini

Trip Start Oct 05, 2010
Trip End Oct 20, 2010

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Stormy in Santorini
Did you know that all but 15 days per year, it is sunny in Santorini? Guess what? Today is one of the 15! So glad we had the forethought to snap a bunch of pics yesterday afternoon, but we got some good shots today, as well. It was so windy at one point, that our umbrellas turned inside out. After doing what we hope is our last bit of laundry in the sink, we headed up for breakfast, and it was interesting because we weren't given a menu, so it was whatever they felt like serving . . . fairly light with some juice, toast, meat and cheese and a poached egg.

As the weather wasn't cooperating, Trish and I decided a massage was in order and lucky for us, there was a spa right in front of our villa, and the masseuse brought her table to us. After all the travel . . . schlepping bags and trying to sleep on planes, trains, and boats, it was so wonderful to have someone work on our neck and shoulders. However, our hair now was not only flat but now full of oil, so it was a REALLY bad hair day, coupled w/the wind. One tip if you're coming over here is to forget the converters and just purchase a travel sized blow dryer or curling tool with the European plug.

Soon after, we had a little reprieve in the weather and decided to venture out and rent a car to drive over to the other main town on the island, Thira. While a little treacherous driving on narrow winding roads on the edge of the mountains, it was good to be mobile. We parked and got some photos on the pink donkey, then stopped at a good seafood restaurant and had stuffed squid, along with a terrific Greek salad and marinated roasted veggies. Very good! We drank a toast to Bill Herzog on what would have been his 90th birthday. It was also our first meal in Greece we didn't have to share with the cats!

We then ventured out for a little shopping and found a great jewelry shop called Lapis, and the shopkeeper, Nicole, was delightful. We found some good stuff at the right price, which is always nice. We snapped some photos there, too. On the way back, Erin gave Trish a quick lesson in stick driving today, and she did very well . . . only tried to throw me through the windshield once!

Another tip we have for travel is to limit your stops to about 2-3 for a two-week trip. In hindsight, we should have done either Crete or Santorini instead of both. We also should probably have skipped the stop in Rome, not because we didn't like it, but one night isn't enough, and it was another pack and unpack exercise. However, we couldn't get to Athens at a reasonable cost from Florence, so that's why we went to Rome.

Other than constantly being confused about which day of the week it is, we're in reasonably good shape, and marvel at how well we've all gotten along after so m much time together. We have a house cat keeping us company - a yellow tabby who looks like she got into a fight, with an injured ear and blind in one eye - but she is very friendly, especially since we've given her some tidbits of meat and cheese. We're settled in for the evening and will once again pack up our stuff for the plane ride back to Athens tomorrow morning.

Goodnight from Oia, Santorini, Greek Isles.
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Jay on

Finally, a good food review in Greece! Looks pretty as well. It is dreary here with cooler temps and spatters of rain. One last mow Tad and you should be done. Then the leaf wars begin. Time to come home guys. Wind it up and get back home. It has been a fabulous trip and we have a lifetime of memories. Come back to your doggies and your friends. We miss you. Buon viaggio! Get ready for a long, long, long ride back................

Sharon B. on

Thank you for sharing Greece with us. It's the part of your trip I've been hanging on to each picture & word! Greece is one of the main places on my Bucket List. :o) FAB pics & words!! YAY

Lisa on

Tad is this where you wanted to go to the Minoan (?) Ruins?

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