Santorini - Beautiful Oia and Cable Car Adventure
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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.
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.
At Fira we shopped a little more but realized that the cable car line was growing by the millisecond.
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.