Santorini, day 1

Woke early for the sunset, then rather sensibly went back to sleep. Started the day properly by getting completely lost, which wasn’t so great. Narrow islands are a pain, I didn’t realize how close the other side was and ended up walking a long way in completely the wrong direction. Some time later I got my bearings and found a bus headed to Fira.

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

And ended up in the most beautiful place I can imagine. It’s everything I’d hoped it would be! Just jaw droppingly beautiful. Impossibly beautiful. I just kept walking around the coast until I ran out of path.

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

And then I walked back again. Had lunch at some random place and tried tomato balls, a Santorini thing. Not nearly as great as the zucchini balls I’d fallen in love with in Samos, but I’m sure they’d be better from somewhere else. The view from my table was incredible though.

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

I got carried away with the photos. Look out for the world’s happiest dog!

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Ate some delicious chocolate thing, somewhere between cookie, cake and slice, and jumped on a bus up to Oia at the tip of the island. This is where all those Santorini photos with the churches you see come from, and it’s also just as spectacular as you’d imagine.

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Walked down the several hundred steps to the docks, dodging the donkey poo, which is difficult. Then back up again, which was fun.

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Decided the best place to watch the sunset from was at a bar with a cocktail in hand, so I found a very pretty spot and grabbed a Negroni for some Campari love. Completely perfect.

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

As the sun kissed the horizon I walked along the edge of the cliff, through the hundreds of people lying about catching a final glimpse of the light. Once it was gone, clapping and cheering broke out, then everyone got up and left on queue.

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

A lovely girl asked me if I could take her photo, she took mine, and we got to talking. As we walked around taking photos together, we found out we arrived on the island at the same time, we were staying in the same hotel, and even had rooms next to each other. And that’s how I met Lyudmila, who is great!

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

Santorini, day 1

We caught the bus back to Fira and tried to find a drink, which didn’t go so well, so walked back to the hotel and stayed up late eating and drinking wine outside by the pool. Good times.

From September 2, 2010.

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