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The entrance to my hotel.

According to the map on my blog, I went over to Africa sometime during this Greek holiday. It must have been some wicket ouzo because I don’t remember anything about that trip. Wild!

 

Today you are going to get the pictures I was unable to capture yesterday. I will only be revisiting one of the beaches because I have been given directions to another beach that might have what I am looking for….

 

I was up with the birds again this morning and found out my hotel offers breakfast but it didn’t have anything I wanted.

My hotels reception area. See all the keys are gone so all the rooms are full.
It had corn flakes and orange juice. I wanted yogurt. No yogurt so I had a coffee (worst cup so far. The coffee is beyond yummy and this one was a typical Canadian coffee) Nothing like the richness of the Greek coffee. Okay it is the first thing about this little hotel that I haven’t liked so I thought the walk to town would do me good.

 

Headed off looking for the “Steps to the Village”. It is a more challenging walk then walking around the road ways, so I thought it would be interesting to do. Do you have any idea how many different hotel steps I went up thinking they were the real steps to the village? 5 to be exact! I climbed a lot of stairs just to discover I was in Helen’s boarding house, Hector’s Villas and Sonia Quarters. Kept on heading down to the port and low and behold there is a monument and some stairs. Bingo! I am now on the correct ones. Except they never end.

Where you get breakfast and "coffee"
I keep going and going, and sweating and sweating. It is only 9 am but it is already 25 out. I finally arrive in the village of Hora. Now I am in tiny little cobble stones streets that are in the midst of being cleaned up from last night partiers. There is vomit, spilled booze, used condoms (I only saw one) and empty bottles every where. It is hard to believe that all that mess can happen in one evening. The women are hard at work and many of the men are sitting around smoking and working on their worry beads. Go figure!

 

It was like a maze trying to maneuver around town. Had a lot of fun and made my way through (it took a couple of tries) but I climbed a hill that looked like it might take me to the outdoor amphitheater. It did! I could have stayed there all day.

Corner table is where I drank my "coffee"
It was so peaceful, the entire world is fast asleep down below and in the distance I can see Santorini. What a life!

 

After visiting the village which was just beginning to open its doors to stores and restaurants, I decide to go on my nude search. I walked down to the port and around the far church and there I was guaranteed to find what I was looking for. The only problem is that it is now 11:00 and nobody is even up. So, once again my search was a bust. It is too hot during the day to make the trek so I will just have to imagine what it might have looked like. I hear there are a few “special” beaches in Mykonos. I am beginning to feel like a real “voyeur” and think enough is enough. For now anyway!

 

Had another crazy idea.

They wanted to put me in a room upstairs. I said "With this suitcase?" and they gave me a room on the first floor.
I was going to rent a boat for the day and go around the island by water. Sounds like fun until I found out I was on my own. I wrecked a couple of my father’s propellers by going to close to the rocks and could see doing that for sure with a rented boat. So instead of costing me the price of the rental it would cost me 799 euros for a new propeller. So decided against it and did the most mundane thing I have done this entire trip. I went back to my hotel, put on my bikini and sat by the pool in the shade with my 30 sun block on. I was laying there enjoying myself immensely when the music started thumping and the hung over revelers came down. So I just lay there and people watch. They really are crazy some of them. They can hardly keep anything down but they are sucking back the drinks. Well, what’s a girl to do? In Rome do as the Romans do! I ordered a fresh watermelon and rum icy drink and thoroughly enjoy my lazy afternoon.

 

This evening I am going to get a cab and go into town to a little restaurant that is recommended in the “lonely planet” book.

Looking out my balcony
I have never gone to one that they have recommended and want to just it at least once this trip. I usually ask the locals where they would eat and what they would recommend and go from there.

 

I think I forgot to tell you about my dinner last night. I got so excited seeing the lady’s dress blow up (not literally) that I forgot to tell you about my meal. I asked the waiter (who happened to be the owner) what he thinks I should eat. He told me the fresh fish that he got from the fishermen this morning. Haven’t had much fish so thought, “Go for it”. He brings me a dozen grilled sardines. No heads just a lot of mid size fish. How do I eat these with my fork and knife? The waiter says “Don’t mind me I will show you how to eat…” So he picks up a sardine and splits it in two, pulls out the backbone and then tells me to eat it. But he touched my food with his fingers! He hadn’t even washed his hands.

My wee bathroom. Try having a shower in there and not getting water all over the room. That is why my bathmat is hanging outside on my balcony in the previous picture.
Who knows how long it had been since he washed those hands. Where had they been? In Canada, nobody would do that. Oh ya! I’m not in Canada. So I reluctantly picked up the fish and ate it. It was delicious, dirt, germs, scales and all. I thanked him and told him I had a good handle on how to de-bone the others. I polished off my plate once again. They have an olive spread that you put on bread that is scrumptious too. In fact, what other than the coffee this morning have I not liked? Absolutely nothing!

 

 

tvillingmarit says:
Very nice blog
Posted on: Jul 19, 2008
cmgervais says:
TIP: Be careful on those "steps to the city!" After a few too many drinks one night, my friend Lisa fell...and broke her foot! We had to cut Santorini from our itinerary in favor of a trip to the nearest hospital... in Athens. UGH!

This was 20 years ago, but it sounds like the island hasn't changed much...Still full of crazy 20-year-olds. I am happy we are (kind of) grown up now :^D

Cheers,
Charlene
Posted on: Jul 19, 2008
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The entrance to my hotel.
The entrance to my hotel.
My hotels reception area. See all …
My hotels reception area. See all…
Where you get breakfast and coffe…
Where you get breakfast and "coff…
Corner table is where I drank my …
Corner table is where I drank my …
They wanted to put me in a room up…
They wanted to put me in a room u…
Looking out my balcony
Looking out my balcony
My wee bathroom. Try having a show…
My wee bathroom. Try having a sho…
See my fridge, my safe, my compute…
See my fridge, my safe, my comput…
You get to see a slept in bed, as …
You get to see a slept in bed, as…
If you look really carefully in be…
If you look really carefully in b…
View from  my room.
View from my room.
The first beach I came to. It is q…
The first beach I came to. It is …
This man and his donkey were one o…
This man and his donkey were one …
The very start of the Steps to th…
The very start of the "Steps to t…
Half way there and I decided to ta…
Half way there and I decided to t…
A town square. The men sit and pla…
A town square. The men sit and pl…
Ios had lots of old windmills. The…
Ios had lots of old windmills. Th…
As get to the last climb, I look b…
As get to the last climb, I look …
The outdoor amphitheater.
The outdoor amphitheater.
Wouldnt you love to listen to a g…
Wouldn't you love to listen to a …
What a view!
What a view!
If you look really carefully, you …
If you look really carefully, you…
This poor donkey is the only one a…
This poor donkey is the only one …
This is how high I got. The villag…
This is how high I got. The villa…
A few people are starting to wake …
A few people are starting to wake…
The streets are like a maze. I got…
The streets are like a maze. I go…
Went down to the port and saw some…
Went down to the port and saw som…
Fishers bringing in the days catch.
Fishers bringing in the days catch.
All the older Greek men sitting an…
All the older Greek men sitting a…
This poor donkey looked like he wa…
This poor donkey looked like he w…
The rocks where the sunbathers are…
The rocks where the sunbathers ar…
Looked a bit further down just in …
Looked a bit further down just in…
Looking back towards the church I …
Looking back towards the church I…
This is where I was going to rent …
This is where I was going to rent…
The view of the pool from the walk…
The view of the pool from the wal…
I am getting better at taking my o…
I am getting better at taking my …
My view from the shade. Not bad fo…
My view from the shade. Not bad f…
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