Published: December 8th 2012November 30th 2012
November 30 –Friday - Athens to Santorini – I’m here at the airport in Athens getting ready to board in a bit. They have an hour free internet but no plugs so I am running on battery and have to be brief.
I checked out of the hostel and took the Metro to the Airport. Going to the airport requires a special ticket which cost €8. Luckily for once somewhere in Europe has a ticket machine that will take bills. Although this time I took my precautions and went by a bank yesterday and made sure to have €20 in coins to use if I had to.
I gave away a jacket which was a bit heavy I bought because of a hard sell Greek merchant and left some other stuff. It’s a good thing because I am only allowed 20kg of check in luggage and I squeaked in with 19.7kg. That means that if I buy something in Santorini I must first decide what I am leaving…unless I am willing to pay excess weight on my luggage charge. You really have to watch those luggage charges or you will be nailed both ways on them. You are only
allowed 8kg on your carry-on luggage so they are on to the old trick of moving stuff to a carry-on bag.
I’ve booked a room at a hotel called Dina’s Place in Fira which is the main town in Santorini. They had good reviews and are in town which is good. If I did my homework right most of what I want to do will be in walking distance and I will be able to catch a bus for the rest.
The manager of the hotel sent me an email saying he will meet me in the airport holding up a sign and give me a ride to the hotel. That’s a good deal because it seems that in every trip getting to the hotel is the hardest part.
I guess I had better sign out for now………Adio.
Afternoon in Santorini - I arrived in Santorini and the manager of Dino’s Place was waiting and he took me to the hotel in Fira. Which was a good deal because it was on a small side street off a parking lot and I think I would have had a very difficult time finding it otherwise.
BTW: He told me parking is free everywhere in Santorini which is rare indeed.
After a briefing on local information and getting checked in I went on a long, long walk up the hill and along and around the caldera coming back along the edge of the volcano on the walkway again on the way back. There are no streets going up to it, just walkways so in order to reach it you have to walk. But even with the weather not being that good the view was breathtaking. It was getting dark so hopefully I will be able to get some good pictures tomorrow.
I've already figured out that the best way to explore the edge of the Caldera is to walk straight up the hill to the edge of it from the bus stop/taxi area and then up along the pedestrian walkway along the edge. http://www.greektravel.com/greekislands/cyclades.htm http://www.greeka.com/cyclades/santorini/santorini-excursions.htm
There are more photos below