Monday, June 5, 2006

Santorini Greece is amazing

This morning we woke up pretty early as we are still trying to get used to the new schedule. We felt like we were in a movie or something because there were armed guards, policemen, metal detectors etc all in front of our hotel. We think there was some high priority individuals there because there was a big Banking meeting taking place. Anyway I just kind of sat on our balcony looking out over the parliament building and the main square and people watched most the morning.
We headed to the airport to take our flight to Santorini. The flight was a quick one and only took about a half hour. As much as I hate flying, this flight was pretty cool, because we just flew over islands and the ocean is so blue it looks fake. Landing in Santorini was like landing in paradise. For real, this place is unbelievable. Santorini is an island that used to be a complete circleof land around water, kinda like a donut island. Well there is a volcano right in the middle and thousands of years ago in the bronze age there was a large eruption that destroyed parts of the ring of land and now it is more like a half circle. The island is full of steep cliffs that go straight down into the sea and on these cliffs you can see some of the coolest little villas that are all white washed and just perched on these steep cliffs
Today we went into the town of Fira and ate at the best GYRO stand in the city called LUCKY’S. It was awesome. Fira is so cool, it is little cobblestone streets that wind all through these white-washed buildings and it is just a bunch of tiny diners, shops, and jewelers. You have to see it to believe it. Hailey and I both agree that pictures do not do this place any justice at all. It is believed that perhaps the best sunsets in the world are found from the island of Santorini. We ate at a cliff side restraunt called Niks tonight and watched the sky turn a bright orange and fade to a bright purple by the time the sun went all the way down. We cannot wait til tomorrow. We have lots of things planned for this week. We leave here and return to Athens on Friday.
Our little villa is great! We sit on the side of a cliff and have a private couples swimming pool, lounge chairs, etc. We look very forward to just hanging out and relaxing for a while.

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