Greece - Santorini
There are two ways to get up from the port - cable car or donkeys. We took the cable car down to ride the donkeys up! The trip is 6 euros and worth it. Lots of laughs especially if there a few of you and some donkeys llike to bite the other donkeys and some donkeys like to always be first!!
The next three pictures are from Oia (Ia) which is at the northern tip of the island. Everyone goes there to watch the sunset. Frankly I don't see any difference. I think this notion was probably started by the Oia Chamber of Commerce! But they do have nice artist's shops there whereas Thira is more about jewelry.
Kamari is the name of the town on the south-east side of the island. It is a black volcanic sand that gets very hot so the sun bed/umbrella vendors have wooden boradwalks. The road running parallel to the water is lined with cafes/tavernas, stores, small hotels. Alll the restaurants have a covered patio on the water side of the road with tables. It is clossed to cars after 7pm but really isn't busy during the day as it is full of people strolling anyway and the locals stay off it.
As usual the seafood restaurants (a least the better=more expensive) ones display their fresh fish and shellfish on ice. You buy it and it is priced by the kilo.
We always laugh at the spelling mistakes on menus, but here was a chance to actually get a picture of a couple.
"Classical Santorini Architecture"
Here are the donkeys that will take you up to Ancient Thira near Kamari. Guy wanted 15 euros so I took a pass.
Stayed here not knowing what is was like. Found out that it had been opened for 45 days. I highly recommend it. It is about two blocks up from the eastern end of the Kamari beach "promenade". Nice fresh water pool and an even nicer front desk lady (hello Angel!!!)
The next seven pictures are of Thira. What can I say. We love the views and will be back again some day.