Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Port of Call: Santorini - Fira & Sunset Part 4

The time we spent in Oia however limited was well worth it. I could have stayed there for much much longer but we were catching the last bus to Fira. The ship was sitting on Fira side of the waters and it was imperative we take the bus, as it was included in the fee we paid for the ferry to Oia.

Once we reached Fira we rushed to the cliffside to watch the sunset. We arrived in Fira just in time for sunset. And what a glorious show we enjoyed.

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The sunset attracted a lot of people, as expected, and this was the only photo I took of people shooting at the sunset. The sunset was more enticing this time around than watching people enjoy the sunset.

Once the sunset was over, we realized that we were hungry. This whole part of the town was lined with boutiques, stores, and restaurants. With so many restaurants nearby, it was tough to choose where to eat. In the end, we chose The Greeks for its proximity to the donkey parade route and the homey atmosphere. We were eating outdoors.

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I have ordered the grilled squid, which throughout the rest of our travel to Europe we decided to order just so we can make comparisons. I must say this squid was fresh and perfectly cooked. One of the best I've had.

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The friendly owner chatted with us. All throughout the four Greek islands that we visited we only encountered wonderful, friendly and helpful Greek people. I hope that they can bounce back after this sad episode in their country.

After dinner, we went shopping a little bit.

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It was getting really late. Time to go. So we went straight to the cable car for a ride down. I was really looking forward to the ride. As a matter of fact, I wanted to ride it going up this afternoon; but taking the ferry made more sense then. However, the line to the cable car was so long that my heart sank. I kinda knew that the cable car ride wasn't happening because of the lengthy queue, but the alternative wasn't very appealing either. The alternative was to take the steps/stairs down to the water's edge. It is the same route that the donkeys take. I knew that the walk down was long (not as bad going down as it is going up for sure) so I kept my mouth shut and quietly took my spot at the queue.

Then, someone from our group of four confidently said, "We are taking the stairs, this queue is just too long. It's faster to walk down."

Walk down we did. In the upper part of the steps we managed to take photos.

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The thing about the stairs is that at night it was dark. Many stretches are really dark, without flashlight we used our cell phones to guide us. We really needed to see where we were stepping because the length of the stairs was littered with donkey poop. The smelly stairs added to the entire experience of Santorini.


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33 comments:

  1. Gorgeous sunset pictures and of course the night scenes of Greece and Venice.

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  2. You had awesome time at Santorini..

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  3. oh wow awesome photos! one of my cousins lives in Greece, I'm sure scenes like this are what she sees too :-)

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  4. A very interesting account of your adventures in Greece. A fine set of pictures that are outstanding.

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  5. Gorgeous photos of a beautiful place. And now I want squid!

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  6. Ah, thanks for the memories of Santorini!!! It is a beautiful place!! I feel so fortunate to have been able to spend some time there and in Greece -- years ago!! These are beautiful captures!! Have a great weekend!!

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  7. Wonderful sunset pictures!
    Visiting from Skywatch Friday, greetings, Hilde

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  8. Lovely photo essay, beautiful sunsets and night time wanderings

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  9. That's the only thing about the stairs..if you're not careful you'll step on something...lol.

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  10. Beautiful sunset photos and night photos ~ great adventure for you ~ looks like a wonderful time!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  11. What a beautiful sunset and city - I'd love those stairs (but maybe not in the dark).

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  12. Wow, love those shots of the sun slowly setting into the sea! Beautiful post.

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  13. Oh geez I would have fainted and fallen on donkey poop. Yucky! I'm not certainly fit for any sort of stairs climbing or descending. he he he. I would have patiently waited for the cable car ride but I understand that time was limited.

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  14. Santorini is exquisitely beautiful. thanks for sharing your wonderful memories.

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  15. That is a wonderful sunset!

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  16. I was there once but did not enjoy such a beautiful one. Your images are amazing. You have two suns on them all :)

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  17. Wow, the sunset is absolutely gorgeous. Wonderful photos from your trip! Have a happy weekend!

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  18. Such an enjoyable read! The Santorini buildings look good in any light.

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  19. Beautiful Sunsets... Are you from the Philippines? I love looking at your travel photos... Someday I hope I'd make it to Santorini as well :-)

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  20. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful views, delightful the dishes too!

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  21. Hi! The sun set photos are very beautiful. The night view is very cool too. The cocked squid looks very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Hi! The sun set photos are very beautiful. The night view is very cool too. The cocked squid looks very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. As again, i love your shots, they are different from what i usually see about Santorini. That sunset reflections on the white building are exquisite, and i smiled at the lone people shot. At first i thought it was you. The night shot i also envy.

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  24. As again, i love your shots, they are different from what i usually see about Santorini. That sunset reflections on the white building are exquisite, and i smiled at the lone people shot. At first i thought it was you. The night shot i also envy.

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  25. Really like those sun down shots - great colours.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  26. oooh my...gorgeous set of photos and Santorini is definitely in my bucket list. Hopefully I can visit it soon :). Cheers..

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  27. You make me miss Santorini so much! The sunsets there are indeed breathtaking!

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  28. Gorgeous Santorini captures ... been there only for one day, so I like to come back and enjoy the sunset :)

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  29. Such beautiful place, my dream Santorini.

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  30. What an adventure! A little bit of local character just adds to the memories! (Even if it did stink at the time ;)). The sunset is beyond beautiful!

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