May 19, 2015
As the Norwegian Jade approached the volcanic island of Santorini I was mesmerized by the landscape created by an eruption in the 16th century BC.
Whitewashed houses sit high above the Aegean Sea on lava rock mountains.
We had to take tender boats to reach the island, so this process cut into the time we could spend here.
In order to reach Fira, the main city, we took a cable car for €5 one way. The only other options were walking or riding a burro, and neither choice appealed to us. Fira was busy and chaotic and it took a while to realize that the fastest way to reach the higher town of Oia was go take a taxi. Even this choice took some time but once we arrived in Oia I knew why I wanted to come here. The winding uphill streets and staircases make for multiple photo photo opportunities as well as a sense of gratitude for having good walking shoes.
We found a wonderful place to have lunch where we had a view to die for. I tasted the authentic Greek spinach pie and enjoyed a glass of ouzo which was fantastic!