Sunday, June 02, 2013

Thira/Santorini

We flew on Swiss International Airlines to Zurich, where we stayed for a night and then flew to Athens the next day. While it would have been possible to fly on the same day to Athens, we would have arrived near midnight, and when travelling with a child I decided it was better to spend a night along the way because of baby jet-lag. The hope was that we'd be able to find some afternoon sun.
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At Kloten, we were able to find a children's playground and while the sun was not very strong, we were hopeful that our sleep wouldn't be so interrupted. Unfortunately, that hope proved false, and our son woke up at midnight and stayed awake until 4am.

The flight to Athens was delayed because of a technical problem with the airplane, and as a result we ended up at Hotel Tony at 4pm. The room had been recently renovated and I was quite impressed with it. We went out to dinner at a recommended place and had great views of the Acropolis in the backdrop. After dinner, we visited the Acropolis, but it was closed to visitors after 5pm.

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The next day, we went back to the airport and flew to Thira/Santorini (Santorini is the collection of islands, and Thira is the name of the one of them with an airport and sizeable population). The rental car company met us at the airport and gave us the car keys, including the drop off instructions (which involved just leaving the car unlocked at the parking lot with the keys in the obvious place!). After a bit of driving, we found the Hippocampus Hotel where we had reservations. They had plenty of room so we were able to change our rooms with minimal costs. In addition, they gave us directions to the various attractions on Santorini, and arranged for us to have a visit to the Volcano, etc. We drove up to the Ancient City they'd described, and got in the last visit before the closing.
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After that, we went swimming on the beach and had dinner at an excellent restaurant the hotel staff recommended. So far, it'd been a good trip, despite Bowen's persistent jet lag.
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The Volcano visit as a bit of a bore. Having visited lots of volcanoes in the past, this one wasn't particularly interesting except for the vistas of the surrounding, populated islands. (The white you see below isn't snow, but houses!) The visit to the hot springs was also disappointing. The hot springs was embedded in a bay off an island, and the seepage of hot water into the relatively cool Mediterranean waters led to a luke-warm spring experience. I would rate the entire day a "pass," unless you've never seen a Volcano before.
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Our last full day on Santorini was spent visiting the Red Beach, Fira, and Oia. The Red Beach was interesting and surprisingly good swimming despite relatively high winds.
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While getting to Fira, we got lost for a bit, and ended up at the highest point on Thira. The views were OK, but the winds were too strong for anything more than a photo. Fira was surprisingly pretty, and very nice. We found great ice cream and a decent lunch.
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We then drove to Oia, which was even prettier!
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From Greece 2013
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From Greece 2013
We thought about staying for the sunset but the overcast weather put us off. We left a bit early --- to our regrets because the sunset as seen from the road was spectacular!
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