I've been traveling around Greece for more than two months now and I think I can safely say that Santorini is one of the most beautiful places in the country. It's an island reachable by both ferry and plane (just an hour flight from Athens!) and I would guess it's the most photographed place in Greece as far as calendars and books are concerned. It's also where they shot those gorgeous scenes in "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." If you ever have the chance to go to Greece, I would definitely put it at the top of your list!
|The balcony outside our hotel room in Fira.|
Friday, November 4th
After an early ferry and bus ride to the Athens airport, my mom and I flew to Santorini. Although the flight is technically an hour, you're only in the air maybe forty minutes. Definitely the shortest amount of time I've ever spent on a plane! We sat down, looked through the in-flight magazine, got our complimentary beverages, downed them, and then landed in Santorini. Amazingly quick!
Funnily enough too, when you land, you walk down steps to get from the plane to the landing and then they make you take a bus to the airport. The bus ride length? Twenty seconds. And it probably would have taken forty seconds to walk there :)
|Oia at Sunset|
|Oia Again, at Sunset.|
|One of the Pups in Oia.|
As we were debating it, one of the store owners popped up and told us the chef was the Greek Martha Stewart and she was there for the literary festival they were having all weekend. Naturally, we couldn't pass up the opportunity. We went upstairs, where maybe 30 people were crowded into the cozy space, watching Vefa Alexandiou cook recipes from her cookbooks. They gave us complimentary wine and we got to try some yummy food as well. We only stayed about 30-45 minutes, but we had a great time and ended up buying one of the cookbooks (and had it signed by the author!).
|My mom in Oia.|
We started our second day with a bus ride to Perissa, another town on the island. It's known for it's black sand beach, which was beautiful and soft, much better than a regular sandy beach. There were lots of dogs there too, running around the beach and napping in the sand. So cute!
Only two restaurants were open, but luckily one of them was perfect. We got to sit on a little deck above the beach, eat yummy crepes (mine had bananas, nutella, walnuts, and almonds!), drink strawberry juice, and they even had internet access! Unfortunately, there wasn't much else to do in town. We wandered around and took some pictures and thankfully, just when we'd finished, the bus arrived and we took it back to Fira.
|The bookstore, Atlantis Books.|
|Black Sand at Perissa.|
So while I was sad we couldn't swim at the beach while we were there (it was definitely too cold for that), I still think Santorini is a great spot to visit in the off-season. It's not too chilly and definitely not over-run by tourists. However, it is best if there's at least one cruise boat around to keep the stores and restaurants up and running.
|Crepes & Strawberry Juice at the Restaurant in Perissa.|
|Outside our hotel in Fira.|
So that was the end to our second day in Santorini. We only took a taxi to Fira, walked around a couple shops, and went back to the hotel after that, to pack and get some sleep. We woke early the next morning, got some breakfast at a bakery, and flew back to Athens, where my mom stayed until Monday morning and where I flew out of again later that afternoon, to meet my classmates in Thessaloniki for our trip to Northern Greece!