“Inspiration is not an idea; it is an experience.” -Jonathan H. Ellerby
After spending sixteen of eighteen hours on ferries to get from Crete to Santorini via a stop in Athens, I was ready for a long stop. I booked a room at a highly rated villa online at a great rate and this one was open.
I got off the boat and found the transport ride that the villa provides for guests. A minute or two later a super fun lady named Rebecca walked up for the same ride. We started talking and by the time we reached the villa about fifteen minutes later, it was as if we had been friends for fifteen years.
We dropped our stuff off after checking in and rode into town. We booked tickets for the next day to go out on an excursion to a thermal spring on another island that’s part of Santorini.
Afterwards, we walked through the winding streets along the cliff and found an amazing hotel that was shut down but had a door cracked open. We wandered around inside and found a great balcony to watch the sunset. Then we got dinner at one of the oldest restaurants in town where the food was alright.
The next day, we walked around and then headed down to the old port to catch the boat over for the spring. After waiting for an extra 30 minutes or so, we found out that the boat was broken down and would not be running. We took the cable car up to the village, got a refund, and decided to go with Plan B.
We headed off on a beautiful walk along the coast to the city of Oia. There were beautiful churches in seemingly remote spots and amazing views all the way. We just missed seeing the sun set from what is supposed to be the best place on the island because there were so many clouds along the horizon that it blocked off the view.
Undeterred, we decided to eat in Oia. We found a great restaurant situated on the side of a cliff and ordered a very enjoyable dinner. A little while into the meal, I recognized an American accent at another table and we met the Grims. Bob and Fara are a wonderful couple from the Pacific Northwest who are living and working in Israel. We had a great time laughing, talking about travel, and even stealing leftover wine from other tables.
Here are the photos from the first couple of days in Santorini.