We arrived in Santorini (Oia) right before lunch time and wherever we looked, it was beautiful. The contrast between the buildings' white and pastels with the ocean's dark blue made it seem like we were looking at movie backdrops the entire time. The weather was burning hot, but more bearable than Athen's with the ocean breeze. The folks at Argo, our lunch spot, were very generous and gave us extra free dishes to make sure we get to try the best of Santorini food. We were completely stuffed by the end! Luckily for our bodies, walking on the island was quite the hike with all the steps and the heat.
Kirini was our home for the duration of our Santorini stay. It was magical and is now my favorite hotel to date. I think I have a soft spot for white space and bodies of water. We took a catamaran ride in the evening to tour around the island. Although I was nervous because I usually get motion sickness, the staff were very accommodating: they provided medicine and distractions to keep my mind off the funny feeling down my stomach. It was quite an enjoyable ride and the scenery was definitely enough to keep my mind occupied. We also got a little unexpected splash (drenched the mom and the sister) due to a speedboat cutting right across our path. The staff immediately apologized, but we all laughed it off as the surprise splash became the highlight of our evening.
Santorini, in one day, just went high up my list of places to revisit. Definitely a very charming and romantic town. All the locals we interacted with were very friendly and welcoming. One caution: be prepared to hike. Santorini rests on top of the remains of an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the former single island. Because of its geography, you'll have to walk up and down a LOT of steps to get anywhere. We didn't mind the exercise and had an amazing time in Santorini.. which I'll show more of in Part Two!
Photos by my family and me.