Love Story Part 4 : A Honeymoon Diary From Santorini

As I was saying, the Thira port was dramatic. People yelling everywhere to shuttle you to their taxi/shuttle services; very crowded. Geographically Santorini was very cliffy, not like I’d imagined. We made our way up a very windy road on the shuttle bus, trying not to think about the very steep drop down. This was not particularly my favorite part…. We arrived around 8/9pm I’ll say. East West Suites upon arrival was very spa like and welcoming. They had a great walkway guiding to reception with relaxing-trickling pools and serene music it was a very spa—esque scene. They greeted us with wet towels, that we assumed were to cool our faces down? - and water. They were so unbelievably accommodating.  In one quick call she arranged the ATV rental for us, they seamlessly dropped it off for us the next morning & would pick it up from the resort as well. Very efficient. Our room was great, an outdoor hot tub, beautiful terrace and stunning view of the Caldera. We were right along the walking pack that runs from Thira to Oia that is a very popular “thing to do” in Santorini. We walked up to the town of Imerovigli that was about a 20 minute walk.  Along the night sky this was so refreshing. Along here we could enjoy the night view of Oia and peek at all the beautiful hotels along this path. We ate at Anobi that was highly recommended. They had a great outdoor atmosphere, a few cats and dogs wandering around, service was good (that has been hard to come across on the trip so far). Keeping up with routine we started with the fried feta, Paul with the grilled octopus & orzo pasta, I had some basic spaghetti. After dinner we strolled back to our hotel for an early start in the morning.


DAY 6

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER SIXTH

Breakfast is served!  We could choose whatever we liked on the menu, with unlimited options - this was amazing.  We ate shortly after 8 am, with a full breakfast spread. Typically we practice intermittent fasting in the mornings, but when in Greece - you eat all the breakfast!  Ps. Greek Frappuccino’s are very strong, a perfect kickstart to a day of adventure. We decided we would explore the south side of the island to start. With no real plans just left or right answers we found our way into Pyros and so happy that we did. A beautiful little town tucked up towards the heart of the island, this was an authentic, less touristy town.  We found some great walking trails as we weaselled through the windy streets. We found some little gift shops, a few donkey’s, a batch of puppies (that I wanted to take back so bad!), a few cats basking in the sun, gorgeous little lookouts through alley ways and some old ruins at the top of the trail. There were less crowds here that was refreshing to get a few good shots.  We made our way down to the base again and had a light lunch of greek salad, greek coffee and Tzaki, I could defiantly get used to this routine. We hopped back onto the ATV and found ourselves at Kamari Black Pebble Beach. It was lined with outdoor bars and restaurants for a boardwalk feel. The sand was HOT and not walkable if you are bare foot. After perusing some shops and a a few Man Tai’s later we were on our way again. We had a quick rest and watched the sun set in our hot tub and bottle of wine, it was a lovely start to the evening. Later on we made our way into Oia (pronounced ee-ah) via backroads under the stary night again, very magical. Like we found in Mykonos parking was a free for all, that was a convenient plus. We ate on a rooftop patio, another lovely meal. Enough food for the day, we strolled the busy “strip” and enjoyed the little shops along the way sounded by an accordion player to add romanticism to the scene.  Home and off to bed; hearts very full after another beautiful day of exploring together.

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DAY 7

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER SEVENTH

Today we were going to do a quick day trip to Los, that would have been an hour there and hour back via ferry - but after seeing how big Santorini was we decided to explore the island we were already on instead, there was still so much to see.  After exploring different breakfast specials at the hotel we hopped on the quad and tried to find our way to the “white beach”. After a few attempts and wrong turns we first ended up at a very remote beach with darker sand at the bottom of a valley. It was a nice drive down but we decided to keep exploring via ATV.  After we gave up trying to find the beach, we decided to just explore the village and somehow we ended up at the white beach that really wasn’t white at all, the cliffs that sided the beach was a very aesthetic cliff if you will. We enjoyed a few moments in the sun, a quick swim and a bite to eat at the beach bar.  I wanted to get back in decent time to get into Oia and explore the town during the day light. We wanted to watch the sunset from Oia, we found out that when we got there it was a very popular place to be and very crowded. To get a spot at any restaurant you have to have reservations, so we bought a bottle of wine for me and watched from a stoop, it was perfect. With no restaurant plans we strolled (for a while) until we found what we liked. It was a cute smaller spot, more low key. Back home to rest up for a full day tomorrow. We found that Santorini defiantly wasn’t like Mykonos with a slightly older & relaxed crowd.

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DAY 8

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER EIGHTH

We started off with a quick morning breakfast in our room around 8am, the shuttle bus driver picked us up at 9am for our scheduled boat cruise.  They toured us around to the remote beaches on the south side of the islands with great views of the sedimentary that is hard to see from the main land.  We stopped in a few times for brief 30 minutes swims.  One of the stops included the hot springs just outside of the active volcano of the island, filled with sulphur that you could see coating the edges of the rocks.  Next stop was nestled in a cove just outside a fisherman’s port, although there didn’t seem to be many fish, great opportunity for me to jump in.  If fish are visible in the water you won’t catch me in there, that’s forsuuuure.  It was gorgeous, fresh, cooling and bluer than blue.  We spent an hour in this spot soaking in the rays on the yaht and mingling with the others on board.  The crew served us a deliciously FRESH greek meal (greek salad, taziki, schrimp, mussels, rice, rice wrapped in grape leaves (not sure what these were called but very similar to cabbage rolls).  Full and roasted we were on our way back, we quickly toured around Oia for a great perspective on the town.  We made it back to port around 4pm.  Tired from the day we decided to relax ad enjoy the infinity pool at our hotel for the rest of the day and watch our last sunset in Santorini.  We had reservations for 8pm at our hotels restaurant called FlyAway Creative Restaurant.  They transformed the pool area into the restaurant that was spectacular, amazing service and food to go along with the perfect view.  A bottle of wine later we found our hotel room again and packed our bags for an easy departure in the morning. An absolutely perfect ending to close out our Honeymoon trip.

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