Day 3 in Santorini
08.07.2010 - 08.07.2010 28 °C
Steve- For whatever reason (maybe the two large Mythos beers at lunch!) today seemed to fly by…we returned our rental car and then walked downhill, through donkey poop and avoiding what sometimes felt like a stampede, for a solid 45 minutes. Very different. We caught a boat out of old town Fira and went on a tour of some hot springs and an active volcano. The kids were incredible as they actually made it to the top of a large hike (others were impressed)… we did some shopping after taking a cable car back up theside of the hill- I hope the pictures do it justice…anyway, we made a mistake by telling them we would buy them a small treat- this turned our shopping excursion into a stuffed animal hunt…oh well- pool and relaxing to finish today- no world cup game tonight (a big highlight was watching the game last night in the resort bar with a bunch or excited Europeans!)..
Lisa- I started my day with a run at 6:45 this morning- it was cool outside and the run was super pleasant, checking out the town of Fira with barely anyone on the streets except this stray black lab mix who befriended me on my jog. She kept up with me and “showed” me where to go… I tried to figure out a possible way to keep this dog and get her home- what an awesome connection we had (maybe an angel looking over me while traveling?? Who knows) Later in the day I saw her napping in the sun.
The kids, Steve and I headed on a long walk after returning the rental car- through the Firian cobblestone streets down- down -down the cliff, then we saw the DONKEYS!! There were tons of them and trainers giving Donkey rides down the side of the cliff- must have been a 45 min to an hour hike down these windy rocky switchback paths, skipping over piles of donkey crap, carrying kids (who rightfully so were scared of these beasts of burden) The donkeys sort of just went, not altogether caring whether or not there were people in front of them- they knew their way! And they carried all shapes and sizes up and down this mile + hike… and as one photographer said the “Perfume” in the air was “lovely” LOL nothing like 100 degrees and narrow stone streets with donkey stench in the air!
So then we arrived on Old Port at the bottom of the hill and climbed in a small ferry boat and went across the sea to a live volcanic island- way cool- and the kids did yet another amazing hike up-up-up the lava rocks to the top of the volcano- light smells of sulfur were in the air- and although it was hot, it was breezy. Folks were commenting on how amazing the kids did! They learned a lot about the steam coming through the cracks in the rocks, and about how a volcanic island is formed. It was a very cool experience! Then we had the option of swimming in the hot springs- Steve and Max went in- it was a 15 meter swim and we had no floaties for the kids, so it was too hard to get them all over in the hot springs… but that was ok, b/c I was cooked at that point physically! We got back, took a cable car up the side of the cliff an ate a good yet over-priced tourist meal!! Shopped in the stores on the walk back – bought some wine, a really cool watch for me, and stuffed animals (you’ll never guess……donkeys) for the kids!! Then pool, then bed!!