Santorini Travel Blog› entry 9 of 12 › view all entries
The morning was bright and sunny -- but down right blustery with cold winds. We all got together for a great breakfast at our villa's central area -- we had omelettes with bacon and cheese, a break basket and coffee. It was good and filling.
We rented a car to scout around the island -- only 30 euros a day, certainly cheaper than hiring a taxi to haul us around! It was a little 4 door Kia and worked out just fine. Phil opted to be our driver and I was the designated navigator. Our first destination was Ia a town north of Fira. We stopped lots of times along the way for photos. I got a great one at a church with a blue dome that will most likely be my Christmas card photo this year.
At one stop we ran into a bunch of dogs and a donkey. The dogs were barking up a storm and must have pissed off the donkey, as he started braying like crazy. Phil got a picture of the donkey in full "braying mode." We thought about riding the donkeys up the hills, but were sure that Scottie's legs would drag all the way.
In addition to lots of dogs (like we had seen in Athens), Santorini has an abundance of cats. They are everywhere -- all around our villas, all over the towns, all over the hillsides. Greece evidently does not believe in pet spaying!
We stopped at a local taverna for a snack and coffee. I got a local specialty as recommended by the proprietor -- yogurt with honey.
We drove back to Fira and visited the museum there. It has lots of pottery, jewelry, implements and frescoes found at Ancient Thira and Akortiki (digs here).
Next was a drive up to the highest point on the island -- where a monestary and a military installation are situated. It was a long, very steep and winding road without guard rails. The view, however, made it well worth the drive up!
On the way up to the high point, I had seen a sign for the Boutari Winery. We stopped in on our way back down the hill, but it appeared to be closed. I went up to the door just to check and spoke with a woman inside. It was 3:55 -- and she told me that she was closing down at 4. I told her we were here from Texas, and really wanted to try her wines. She told me that we could come in for one quick taste. Well, we ended up trying four different kinds of wine and staying for about an hour! Our host's name was Elena.
Elena had recommended a local restaurant for us to try -- but we could never find it! As we were running short on time, we went back to the pizza place. They were thrilled to have us back. I had a burger stuffed with feta cheese, french fries and another mythos.
I flew Olympic Airlines to Athens. It was an ATR -- twin engine plane that seated about 60 people. The flight was right on time -- leaving at 8PM. It took 40 minutes to get back to Athens -- certainly faster than the 7 hour ferry ride!
I spent the night at the Sofitel at the airport -- clean and convenient.