Santorini - Beautiful Oia and Cable Car Adventure

Santorini Travel Blog

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Beautiful morning!

Our first port stop was Santorini and I was totally looking forward to it because I had heard so much about the beautiful views on the island - particularly the sunsets.  Unfortunately, we only had a brief time on the island since we didn't dock until about 2pm.  Then we had to tender onto the island, which took some time.  Luckily we purchased a shore excursion from the cruise line so we were the first off the ship.  (We later learned that some passengers didn't get off the ship until 5 or 6pm, which meant they didn't see anything really...how sad.)

In the morning, I went to the gym and the spa again.  Lunch service was a bit choppy today - mom had delicious veggie skewers and bbq chicken.  I had mediocre soup but a yummy miso fish on soba noodles with mushrooms and leeks.

  I will have to learn to order better since the kitchen appeared to have consistency issues.

The shore excursions were pretty well organized in terms of shuttling off hundreds of people onto different tender boats and buses.  The main guy on the microphone was quite impressive and hilarious - total dry humor but it worked.  He would repeatedly say after a number had been called multiple times - "If you have a sticker number 1 on your shirt and you are still in the auditorium, you have to ask yourself "whyyyy"."  Anyways, we were soon on a bus to Oia (the adorable, quaint village where they filmed Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants) - and it was as lovely as the pictures I had seen.  Beautiful white washed buildings against the bluest of seas.

  Absolutely charming.  We had a little bit of time to roam the streets and do some shopping (beautiful jewelry and art and delicious honey sesame peanuts) before we were on our way to Santorini Winery for wine tasting.  I have to say I've never liked Greek wine and this was no exception - pretty mediocre, but the Vino Santo was ok.  There was also a mediocre display of olives and cheese for tasting.  At this point, we could tell the weather was making a turn for the worse.  As we headed back to Fira, we often heard loud thunderclaps accompanying the darkening skies. 

At Fira we shopped a little more but realized that the cable car line was growing by the millisecond.

My yummy lunch.
  When we got into the line, we didn't realize exactly how long it was.  Two hours later, drenched to the bones, we were faced with dilemma of whether to stay in line or to walk down the slippery donkey path.  I chose to stay in line because I didn't want to risk my mom tripping - but boy, was it hellish to stay in line - freezing and cold, not knowing if the cable car would continue to run if the winds got too bad.  At least the people in line tried to remain in good spirits.  Most of them were from our cruise ship.  We all knew that the moment we got on board we were jumping into hot showers and ordering room service.  And that is exactly what I did.  (I have to say the moment I saw the cable car coming up the cliffside was one of the happiest moments in my recent history.)  Room service was not too thrilled with me.  I think I ordered enough food to feed 10 people.  But I was miserable and had to feed my misery.  I also drank a bottle of wine to warm myself up...

Despite the awful end to the day, I really liked Santorini and will definitely be back (not on a cruise).  I think islands like this need to be enjoyed at a more leisurely pace.

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Beautiful morning!
Beautiful morning!
My yummy lunch.
My yummy lunch.
Oia is gorgeous!
Oia is gorgeous!
Funny dog!
Funny dog!
Santorini Winery.
Santorini Winery.
The cable car line - my mom didnt…
The cable car line - my mom didn'…
Theres our ship!  So far away...
There's our ship! So far away...
My drowned rat look.
My drowned rat look.
Room service galore!
Room service galore!
Santorini
photo by: wanderingluster