After a bit of a sleep in we had our breakfast from the top floor of the hotel and once organised, hit the road in our little rental. The plan was to go to the far end of the Island and work our way to the other end.
We set off to the far end at the west, a drive which took about half an hour through the various scenes of the island. Arriving at the end we found our way down a narrow road that end at the waters edge. Tucked around the corner was a small port - and you guessed it, lined with beautiful shops and restaurants. We walked around this pretty little port as it was only about 500 metres in total length. We decided it was time for our late morning coffee again and had just got seated when we got talking to some passing Aussies - who live in Mullaloo.... They end up sitting and ordering coffee with us so we compared notes about our travels and experiences for about half an hour. Leaving there we went around and back up the top directly above the little port we had just been in. This town again hangs out over the cliff and is even more beautiful than where we are staying. Apparently it is famous for watching the sunset over the ocean from here so every night people are lined up everywhere there is a vantage point - it is also regarded as a highly romantic thing to do....
Driving on we when down onto the lower plains located at the 'back' of the island which allowed us to follow the road as it meandered along the waters edge. I decided to explore down a small road we almost missed which turned onto a lovely little beach and a hidden mariner fort he small local fishing boats. Although the beach is all rocks, the Europeans think this is the next best thing to magic (because they haven't seen our beaches) but I decided to have a swim anyway. The water was lovely and I could finally say I had swum in the Mediterranean Sea!
For reasons I don't understand, the Mediterranean has the most amazing colour of blue in various shades and is wonderfully clean.
Well we travelled on to the location of the oldest ruins on the island. Again. These are at the very top of a mountain, up a skinny little road that you don't dare look over the edge of.... But finally getting up to the top, we were informed at the gate that the place was shut! Apparently it shuts at 2.00 in the afternoon and we got there at 2.20..... This is just SO Greece!
After a hair raising drive down, we hit the beach strip below where everyone's lies on the beach beds and bakes in the sun? We just went into a cafe overlooking the beach and ordered a coffee and a Greek salad to share :-)
Driving on we went into the town located towards the centre of the island. This is an area known for excellent food so we cased out a few joints ready for our evening meal assault which would take place in a few hours time.....
Then it was off to the far eastern point of the island to the lighthouse there, a point that faces back to the western point of the semi circular island. We climber to the lighthouse and took in the view across the bay from the opposite direction to the first point we visited.
As the afternoon was closing into early evening it was time to head back to the hotel so we could clean up and make ready for going out to tea.
Heading back into the centre of the island we parked the car and walked to a small 'taverna' as they are nearly all called. The guy who served us was about 40 and had excellent English. When I commented on this he said he was born in Melbourne and lived there until he was 15, when his parents moved back to Santarini. He backs Collingwood and has a lot of Aussie mates.... So he gave us excellent service and the food was just fantastic - again
It had been a long day, but we absolutely enjoyed it
PS - the photo is the table we had dinner at the night before, the table on the left