The first night in Santorini we went out to. Dinner at an amazing restaurant called Finari. It is perched on the cliff side over looking the donkey trail down to the bottom and a beautiful view of the cliffs and the beautiful white buildings. I had the best Saganaki fried cheese, tzatiki and fried calamari. We watched the sunset. We then headed off to Highlander, another bar, for drinking and bar top dancing.
Ok the second day in Santorini was the 'Bucket list' tour day. So this tour has been put together by the busabout guides and consists of all the places they feel should be on our bucket list for Santorini. First on the list was a beautiful small monestary at the very top of the island. You could see the entire island from up here. Then we were off to the 'black beach'. This is a beach made completely from black rock and pumice. The black rock came from the volcano that erupted a very long time ago and created the four islands that make up Santorini. We had some sun beds reserved for us across the road from a bar. The bar looked after us all with drinks and brunch on the beach. The next place was the red beach where we had the option to visit 'The lost city of Akrotiri'. We decided to do this instead. This site was closed down in 2005 after part of the canopy collapsed on a visitor. It only re-opened a week ago. This city was found in 1967 ( I think). It was covered in ash after the volcano erupted. The Minoan tribe that resided there did manage to escape to Crete, unfortunately the tsunami that was created from the eruption wiped out the tribe there. The remains of the buildings that they have found are in amazing shape. Considering these buildings have supposedly been around since around 2000bc the tribe was amazingly smart. Even some of the piers in the buildings have metal rods in them, similar to the way we build today. There is even some talk of this possibly being the lost city of Atlantis.
After this we visited Santo winery. We tried three wines there. Non wig these were really that nice, Greek wine isn't that nice. It gets so hot here that the grape vines aren't strung up on wires, they are just left to grow as a bush, so that the grapes are in shadow under the leaves. The view from this place is breathtaking.
We then headed back to the hostel to get freshened up before we headed off to Oia for the amazing Santorini sunset. Hannah our guide made an amazing picnic for us, homemade Greek salad, breads, dips and different meats. We sat at the look out and watched the magical sunset with the hundreds of other people. I have never seen so many cameras in all my life! The light falling on the white buildings was absolutely amazing!
The next day we headed off to IOS. The ferry was rather late (they fondly call it Greek time) so we didn't get into our accommodation til after 4. It was raining so the water sports we were supposed to be doing were cancelled. We had a dinner that was prepared by the hostel (which is more like a hotel) which was Greek salad and chosen meat with chips. These guys have an amazing kitchen here, the Greek salad was to die for. That night was an organised pub crawl, consisting of 6 bars. My fave was 'the fun pub' they had giant jenga just put on the floor that you could play.
Today was a relaxing day. Just lazing on the beach and waters ports. We did tubing from the back of the boat. We did the 'Mark 2' tubing, which was full on for 15 mins and if you manage to stay on you get your money back. So of course you can tell how much they are trying to throw you about to get you off. I managed to stay on til the last 2 mins when Jason's tube hit mine and turned my tube over :( soooo close. The second guy on the boat was taking professional shots so we bought those.
Anyway we are off back to Athens tomorrow to start the rest of our trip.
Miss you all and I'll write again soon xxx