We were up bright and early in order to pack and return the rental car by 11:00 so that we wouldn’t have to pay an extra day. We had a few hours to kill before the ferry came, so we did some last minute souvenir shopping. Yes, our lucky families are in for some lovely Greek treasures! They have a great service here, for one and a half euros they take care of your suitcases so that you don’t have to drag them all over town while you are waiting for the ferry.
The ferry ride was lovely, as the weather was nice and warm, and we had some great views of the islands. I had to keep moving out of the sun, as I was actually getting too hot, but Jordan managed to bake the entire trip! She is getting nice and brown!
Arriving in Santorini was very exciting, as we sailed along the entire length of the island before finally pulling into port. It is a long crescent shaped island, with incredible red cliffs, and the houses way up high overlooking the sea. Santorini is a volcanic island, and every time that the volcano erupts, it completely changes the shape of the island. The last time it erupted, part of the island sunk, creating three separate islands. This is where the lost city of Atlantis is supposed to be! Fortunately, it hasn’t erupted here for hundreds of years, so we should be okay.
The ride from the port to our hotel was about twenty minutes, up a zigzag mountain road, straight up over the mountain to the other side of the island.
We are staying at the Boathouse, a lovely little hotel in the seaside village of Kamari. Our room opens right onto the pool, with a black volcanic sand beach and the ocean beyond. What a view! We feel like we have landed in a magic place!
|The view from our room, with the ocean behind the trees.|
|Our Hotel: The Boathouse|
After lying around the pool for a few hours, we strolled along the boardwalk, which runs the entire length of the beach. Eventually, the beach ends when it comes up against the mountain. Amazing!We enjoyed a delicious supper of Santorini salad (Santorini’s version of a Greek salad, with the goat cheese and tomatoes grown right here!), tzatzki and chicken with bruschetta. Did I ever tell you that Greek is my favourite food? It is going to be hard to go back to regular eating when we get back home!