Then we headed home

So, check out from our hotel was a fairly respectable 12 noon.  Gave us chance to have our breakfast (we finally filled in the card in advance), and get settled back in the room to complete packing etc..  Checking out was uneventful (but there is a tourist tax charged in the Greek Islands that you settle in cash on the way out – we DID know about it), and we then waited for a while by the pool with coffee, water, sunshine etc..

I did learn from the delay on the journey on the way out, to check if our flight was on time or not, and sure enough it also was delayed on its arrival, on landing slot restrictions at Santorini airport.  Not too bad, but nevertheless something to be aware of.

Santorini airport is very small, so doesn’t have lots of facilities.  We did sit outside on the external terrace for a while, but then they called our flight to head through to the gate area.  You’d have thought it was a long way, but it sort of had departing passport clearance right by the gate, and that appears to take its time.  We then sat around at the gate waiting (limited seating) and finally boarded.  Uneventful flight, and we finally landed just 5/10 minutes behind the original schedule.  This time the priority baggage system worked, and our bags were quickly off.

 

Emporio and Perissa Beach

Fun day out in the car.  Just kind of ‘guessed’ our way, and to start with ended up.  The cute little village of Emporio.  Really cute with lots of little alleyways and walkways, and sort of dominated by a church at the top.  We stopped for a while and had a coffee, browsed the shops, strolled around the alley ways (wheezed our way around the steepest).  Nice little place.

We have no idea who the lady is above, but Betsy wanted a picture of the donkeys that were walking by and we needed to be quick !

It was a cute place, and sort of what my head imagines a typical Greek island village to look like (well ok, maybe not the souvenir shops, but you know what I mean).

Carried on driving, and finally ended up in Perissa at the beach.  As everywhere, the sand is volcanic grey, but it was sort of fun down there.  We parked up and had a walk around.  Finally stopping for lunch at a little place on the beach.  To be fair, everyone was very nice, and not the ‘beach-pushy’ types you can encounter maybe in other places.

Tiny little spec of white on the mountain on the right is a tiny church ! Tough walk to go to church I’m thinking !

Back to the hotel for a while.  Quick drink, recharge the batteries etc.

Then off out again for dinner to a little beach taverna we found.

We sat watching the boats heading out for the sunset tours – counted 30+ in the end, so it’s apparently popular right ?

We enjoyed a nice pasta with fish dinner, before heading back in the gradually reducing light at the end of the evening.

We return the rental car tomorrow morning, so it’s a relaxing day for us, lazing around the hotel.

Ancient City

Santorini boasts an amazing ancient city at Akrotiri.  It is estimated at being originally built around 4,000 years bc.  It seems that various volcanic eruptions occurred, covering the first city in ash, so they built another.  They have not yet got to the bottom level they believe, despite starting in 1967.  It’s very interesting and worth the visit. It was just 5/10 minutes away from our hotel, so the traveling time wasn’t an issue !

Interestingly, they found some great artifacts intact, but no human remains, indicating that the inhabitants had time to evacuate before the various volcanic eruptions.

Just down the road from there, we walked down to where there is a line of 4/5 tavernas right on the edge of the water, and had our shrimp lunch with baclava dessert.

No takers for Betsy’s €10 cruise !