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Day 03 - September 13 - Mykonos to Santorini
Morning poolside breakfast at the
Hotel Paradison was the pleasant treat - covering the needs for
Continent Europeans (fresh meat and cheese slices) to British (tomatoes
and hot small wieners).
Accompanying the buffet were the fresh bread and local jams.
At the suggestion of the hotel staff, we followed the trail of walkers to
the small beach of St. Stephalous.
Only a 8 minute walk that requires a careful eye on oncoming traffic -
sidewalks are not a well budgeted item,
we came over the hill to a very nice small bay. One of the
walkers was a barefoot determined German girl.
Seems most of the visitors are German - so if you need to practice your
German language skills, come to
the Greek islands.
Waters along the Aegean Sea are a continuation of the clear and refreshing
Mediterranean Sea - Just
wade out for several meters and your toes are still easily
Time for the late check out and a last taxi ride (5 Euros from Tourlos) to
Mykonos Town. Even though
ferry tickets can be conveniently purchased on-line, confirmation receipts
have to be exchanged for an
actual ticket. Picked up the final two legs of ferry tickets from
one of many ticket offices.
After yet another wonderful meal port side, it was time to board the high
speed ferry for Santorini.
Arrived at the debarkation line and it was massively full - heat, lines, and a
very late ferry was a talking
point for many. We discovered years ago that staying in a queue is
just a suggestion - so, located
another entry and was on board in no time.
Hellenic Seaways Flying Cat 4 was a large dual hull shaped ferry with
coach below and business
class above - either was fine; however, business class had above seat
storage like an airliner.
'Smooth sailing' would be term for the ride - easy and enjoyable with
onboard cafe kiosk.
Arriving to couple of ports was a quick turnaround; however, the woman
announcer would always
take a deep breath before starting the English translation. One note
concerning the Greek language,
you hear it from time to time; however, English is so very widespread that it
would have to be an
off-the-beaten-path island with an older generation person to be a
"Pictures doesn't do it justice" would be the phrase for
arriving at Santorini. A ferry, or cruise ship,
is dwarfed by the sheer side walls of the Santorini caldron. Imagine
if Crater Lake National Park had
a side entrance and was placed in the middle of a sea - that would be the
Perched on the ridges is the real meaning of picturesque - whitewashed
towns that almost defy
gravity. Below the edge is layer after layer of volcano rock colors
- reds, blacks, browns, whites,
and blends between. Port arrival is always followed with the
"Do you have a room" barkers. In this
case, car was another major "Do you have" question.
Picked up the non Autobahn tested car Daewoo Matiz. Really think my
childhood go-kart had larger
tires; however, the narrowness of the car is very much appreciated as the
drive up the side wall and
into the various small villages started. Very few options on the car
- no power locks or windows, with
the one exception: power full length vinyl roof. So, that's what the
moniker "topless" means on the
back hatch - not a requirement but a vehicle feature.
Since the ferry arrived late, the dusk was setting in and driving in low
level or dark conditions
on a Greek island is not efficient as one would like. So, it is a
island and all roads will eventually
end at a beach or cliff; thus, process of elimination was used to locate
the hotel. Knowing the hotel
picture was a benefit if you can see it. Turns out that electrical
power is somewhat of a challenge
in the islands - rolling black outs or humidity in the lines.
After tracking the not-so-friendly road signs and a couple of calls to the
hotel, we arrived to the
dark void. What we could see - including the three level pool and
vista in both directions - would
be appreciated in the morning. Seems that a few rooms, including our
reservation, had power
since it was on "another grid". Didn't really make sense;
however, it was another "just roll with it"
A recommended restaurant was just down, or up the hill, from the
hotel. Selection tonight included
cooked cheese stuffed squid and a fresh "small Santorini
tomatoes" salad. A black do-rag dressed
waiter (Think lead guitarists for the E-Street Band) had a slight comical
sense. As always, there were
a German populace enjoying dinner and this time, providing language
lessons for the waiter. He did
his best and was comically cordial. Restaurant procedures are very
relaxed - after quick service, a
waiter has to be flagged for additional items for the bill.
Far from being neglectful, they will service
immediately if needed - enjoy the table all night and no bothersome
"What else can I get'cha?".
Even though the flat panel TV has 9 channels, one can only handle portions
of the BBC news, Their
news is always preferred due to global approach and less show anchors;
however, it's not for
evening entertainment - so, Season 4 of 'The West Wing' for the laptop was
connected to the TV.
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