Our last stop on this trip is the town of Oia on the island of Santorini. First, the name is pronounced Ē’ă. That is a long e with a short a, with the emphasis on the e. Oia is the polar opposite of Fira. Fira you had to go up and down tons of stairs. Oia has all its major shops on one main pedestrian walkway at the top of the town. You can descend stairs to other places, if you so desire. Oia is also the best place for watching sunsets.
Original inhabitants lived in the caves, which are now luxury hotels. They are naturally cool in the summer. The temperature inside the caves can reach a balmy 68O and as low as 62O. That compared to the high 90’s outside on a summer day.
I decided to have something to eat on the rooftop dining area of a taverna. This place offered a variety of nice views from the terrace. You can look out over the caldera and enjoy the scene.
Here is an unfortunate sign of the times. Because of Oia’s rich and famous visitors, the Paparazzi in particular, and the public in general, cannot fly drones around Oia without special permission. There was a sign on the school that said that photos of the children are prohibited. It is a sad commentary of our times.
I couldn’t help but notice that there was always a place close by if the need for food or drink suddenly overtook you. This was the case all over Greece. If anything, you will never go thirsty or hungry.
If you are interested in taking the same tour I did, you must not be faint of heart. It is a grueling trek. It consisted on 3 nights in Athens, 3 nights on Mykonos, 3 nights on the cruise ship, and 3 nights on Santorini. Homeric Tours offers this tour and it is called the Aegean Escape. Be aware, depending on your flight arrival in Athens, you must be up early the next morning for the Athens tour. The cruise ship taking you to Mykonos leaves Athens at noon your 4th day and takes until 6:30 pm to arrive at the port in Mykonos. You do not leave the hotel to board the ship for your cruise until 5:30 pm in your 4th day on Mykonos. When you leave Santorini, you have the choice of paying to fly out or take a ferry back to Athens for your return flight. I suggest paying for the flight. I will say that if you are up to the schedule, this tour is great. You get to catch the different flavors of Greece. By this I mean not just the food, which was fantastic, but the people you meet along the way as well. But, like I said above, it is time to say good bye to Greece and be off on a new adventure.
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