“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” – Andy Warhol
I had one more day with Rebecca and we decided to take in one of the only wineries that was open that early in the season. We took the tour that included an audio guide that you use as you explore the underground museum full of creepy motion activated exhibitions. Then we tasted a few wines and I began to realize that I am not a big fan of Santorini wines apart from one dessert style wine that was drinkable and had a cool bottle.
We decided to walk on from there and passed several wineries that were not open for the season. At an intersection where we were about to head towards the beach, we noticed a sign on the side of a building that said the magical words “Santorini Brewing Company“.
We knocked on the door and asked if they were doing tastings. Even though they were not technically open, we were welcomed in and given very generous samples of two great beers. I am not normally a fan of IPA beers, but theirs was amazing. I think it has to do with the fact that all of their beer is unfiltered and sold locally (and a little in Athens). We bought two bottles to enjoy later and thanked them for the great hospitality.
After a long walk, we reached the phenomenal restaurant that several people had recommended. We had a ridiculously great meal as we watched the waves crash on the shore outside.
The next day I said my goodbyes to Rebecca as she headed on to Istanbul. I decided to take the week to slow down and process the trip so far: mentally and photographically. I also made the decision to go bald that week and loved it.
Later in the week, I rented a four wheeler and rode it to other parts of the island. I was a little disappointed by the Irish pub on the island that had no Guinness for St. Patrick’s Day. I had to make do with an overpriced pint of Murphy’s.
For the second time in three years, I spent my birthday on an island. I left late in the day to head on to Athens, but not before I had a great meal at a restaurant appropriately named “Momma’s House”. I consumed lots of food, including a dessert on the house for my birthday. Afterwards, I went back to the villa to get my bag and head back for another trip on the ferry.
Here are a few more photos from my time in Santorini.