I was browsing Facebook the other day when I came across a group page called, I HATE IT WHEN FRIENDS LIVE SO FAR AWAY!!! Yes, the name was written exactly like that – in all caps with three exclamation points at the end. The creator of this group must really hate being far away from friends. I know the feeling. Some of my very close friends are scattered from east to west. I do talk to them often – thanks to unlimited mobile minutes and text, and of course the internet. Sure, that cannot replace the goodness of having a face-to-face conversation but that will do for now. Most of the time, I think of being away from close friends as a bad thing but sometimes I would think of it as a blessing. Why a blessing? Let’s put it this way. A few of them I see almost every year. I sometimes visit them in their city or sometimes we would just meet up somewhere. I get psyched just thinking about it. It’s a chance for me to travel .. to get away .. to relax and also a chance for me to spend quality time with dear friends. Awesome!
Our seventh day in Greece. I woke up the next morning with this view from our room. 99% of me was really glad to be in Santorini and to wake up to this picturesque view of the volcano. 1% of me was kind of scared at the same time. You probably heard what happened the last time this beast had errupted. Seriously, I prayed every night that I won’t be a witness to a similar episode.
Today, we planned on visiting a winery and going back to Oia. We were told to go to two wineries on the island – Santo Winery and Kotsoyannopoulos Winery. Unfortunately, we only had time for one so we picked Kotsoyannopoulos. Try reading that name quickly and repeat it five times.
To get to this place, we took a bus from Fira going to Kamari and got off at Messaria. It was a good 30 minute bus ride. It wasn’t too far.
We paid 6 euros to get in the museum and the cost for the wine tasting was included. My favorite among the wine we sampled was the dessert wine called Kamaritis. Up to this day, I still regret for not bringing a bottle back home.
When you are in Greece, you have to eat gyro. The good folks from Tripadvisor.com recommend two places where you can get good gyros in Fira. One of them is Lucky’s.
We’re back in Oia. This time, we had the chance to wander around town.
As I mentioned from my previous post, there are lots of churches with the blue dome in Santorini. On this part of the island, we saw at least four of them.
When I realized that Fantasy Travel did not get us a place to stay here in Oia, I honestly felt disappointed. But later on, I realized that actually staying in Fira was better. I have a couple of reasons why. First, the bus station is about two blocks where we were staying at and the buses go pretty much everywhere on the island. Second, I am just glad that we did not have to haul up and down our luggages on these steps. That would have been worse than our ferry experience. But nevertheless, Oia has been my most favorite place on the island. Great food, great view, great everything! I love Oia!
I have always had this idea of a donkey ride if ever I go to Santorini. So, a lot of people asked if I rode one. No, I did not. After reading stories online about how these creatures are being abused, I don’t think I have the heart to burden them with my weight. Originally, my friends and I thought of paying for one and we would hop on and just snap a picture. But we didn’t do that either. Besides, they are really smelly. I overheard one guy at the bus stop saying he would never wear his shorts again and burn it up after the donkey ride. I tell you, it was that bad.
The famous Oia windmills.
This is the Greek Frappe. When we were headed back to Athens from our Classical tour, our tour guide forewarned us that this is quite strong. If a local says as such, trust me and take heed. I had to learn a lesson the hard way.
Another movie favorite that was filmed in Greece is The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. If you haven’t seen this flick, a portion of the movie was shot in Oia.
This is the Amoudi Bay.
From Amoudi Bay, there are 275 steps to reach the top of the cliff. You can either go by foot or by donkey. Here’s one side of Oia. From this photo, count how many blue-domed church you can find.
And this is on the opposite side. No blue-domed church here but you will see a couple of windmills.
Tonight, the sunset had a little haze. Ms. Astir Thira was absolutely right! Good thing we followed her advice and went yesterday. It is still pretty, though, don’t you think?
Out of more than 3,000 pictures I took during the entire trip, I would have to admit that this my most favorite. And so, I am ending this post with this spectacular view. I still can’t believe I was there not too long ago and I am missing it already.