Off to Santorini

We got an early pick up to head to Heathrow for our flight to Santorini.  It was early, because you frankly just don’t know how the traffic will be around London’s M25.  Of course, as we got up early, we didn’t need the time, and got to Terminal 5 pretty early (745am for a 1015am flight).  British Airways flies out there on a daily service in the summer.  Easyjet also flies out from Gatwick, but although some days there are 2 flights, some days there are none, so we ended up with British Airways which was fine.

Saw Matt Lucas of TV comedy fame as we went through security, then off for breakfast.  Nice.  We boarded but pilot advised of Santorini landing slot restrictions, so we had to wait 45/50 minutes on a remote stand.  No damage done, and off we went.

Although they appear to be rebuilding Santorini airport, we got through passports fairly quickly, but  luggage delivery seemed to take a long time for an airport of its size.  However, with no jetway to the aircraft, there are a lot of steps at the airport, so I was sort of glad we hadn’t checked in.  It was starting to get warm in the terminal area as we waited for bags, but eventually they made it (“Priority” baggage tagging at its finest).

Our transfer was waiting there for us, and we were quickly on our way to our hotel.  We are staying at the Aegean Ambassador Hotel if you want to google it ?

Nice welcome, fairly quick check in, and off to our room.  The hotel is built into the side of cliffs, so firstly it is steep everywhere (we knew in advance). But it’s also caves.  Each room is a cave in the cliffs.  It’s fascinating, and I hope to get some shots of the insides that do it justice.

We arrived early evening at the hotel, so after initially settling in, headed to the hotel restaurant for dinner, and to watch the sunset.  Great food, great table, nice service and a great sunset.

Lots of whitewashed buildings everywhere.

Lava chocolate dessert in the nice hotel restaurant.

 

Leaving IOW

So, Wednesday was our last day.  We skipped the breakfast at The Leconfield, much to owner Paul’s concern. We had eaten so much we thought it wouldn’t hurt.

We checked out, then headed more or less in the direction of Fishbourne again, but of course, needed to stop for coffee , plus a slice of amazing granary toast and fresh butter at a farm shop on the way.

Then onto the Port where we waited for our ferry back.  Easy ride back, coffee again, then on our way back to Horsham.  Bit bigger ship this time, but that was good !

Bit of a smile at those who couldn’t remember where they’d left their car, and we were on our way.

Quick stop on the way back at Tesco, and we were home !

Touring around the Isle of Wight.

I loved that it is manageable in size.  We got to drive quite a big part of the island.

First thing though, a good hearty breakfast at The Leconfield, served by good old Paul the owner.  Betsy had the porridge, good old bacon and eggs for me.

We then set off gently driving through towns and villages, stopping off for photos etc.

Great views here, and you can see the South coast of England in the distance.

Drove on some more, stopping in Freshwater for a walk around.  Kids and youths kayaking down in the bay, oh boy the noise of them all talking ! Pretty bay though, and worth a stop.  We had a coffee and a snack (hadn’t eaten for at least 30 minutes) sitting outside in the sun.

After Freshwater, we headed over to the Needles and Alum Bay.  Betsy got some of the coloured sand whilst we were there.

Purchased some of the obligatory souvenir junk before we headed on around by Colwell Bay.

Its all very nice, but it felt like you had to pay almost EVERYWHERE to park the car.  I honestly thought one of the car parks was going to be named after me because of the money spent ! Take plenty of change with you !

Fish and Chips lunch at the New Inn, again sitting outside which was nice.

On we went up to Carisbrooke castle which was very interesting, particularly as it had been the home of Princess Beatrice (Queen Victoria’s daughter) until the 1940s.  It was also where Charles I was imprisoned and finally beheaded after he had lost the Civil War. I enjoyed it.  Not cheap, at £10 per person entry, but we both enjoyed it and nice to walk around the ground.

After the castle, on then into Shanklin, where we got to drink yet another coffee down by the sea front.  Looks nice, and I’m glad we visited.

Dinner then in Shankln old town (after going back for my money) which is really very cute and quaint, with thatched Cottages almost as far as the eye can see.  Dinner at the Black Cat Thai restaurant which was a nice change.