Goodbye, Athens; Hello, Santorini

This morning (May 18) we left the hotel at 5:30 am …

ACK!

… to board a ferry to the island of Santorini.

Ah, morning by the water.

Ah, the smell of diesel in the morning.

I’ll skip over the five-hour ferry ride, as we spent the entire time in our seats.  But once that was over, we found ourselves surrounded by volcanic peaks and gorgeous blue sea.

See the layers?  Volcanic eruptions!

See the layers? Volcanic eruptions!

A quick bus ride brought us to our boutique hotel, Astir Thira, where we settled in for a short but full stay on the island.

Tala thought we'd enjoy rooms around the pool.  We did.

Tala thought we’d enjoy rooms around the pool. We did.

No window screens, but beautiful double shutters: wood on the outside and glass on the inside.

No window screens, but beautiful double shutters: wood on the outside and glass on the inside.

The charming dining room.

The dining room: all white and dark wood.

In my next post, I’ll share a little about the volcano and its impact on Santorini.  But for today, here are some pics of the ridiculously charming town of Fira and the sunset we watched that first night.

Fira clings to the cliffs.

Fira clings to the cliffs.

Nearby islands

Nearby islands and international tourists

A Santorini cat fight!

A Santorini cat fight!

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Our appetizer: bread, tzaziki, and olive tapenade – perfect!

The drinks are as beautiful as the view.

The drinks are as beautiful as the view.

Even the bar restrooms are gorgeous!

Even the bar restrooms are gorgeous!

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And, at long last, the sunset over the sea.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Goodbye, Athens; Hello, Santorini

  1. Santorini Cat Fight! That should be the name of a band! And holy cow, it’s just so Greek! The white buildings, architecture and that foooooood. Ugh I am so jealous!

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