22 May 2015 | Spinalonga Lagoon, Crete
Angie / fine, cloudy 26deg C
Santorini, just one word......Amazing. This is a place that should be on your wish list.
We got picked up from the ferry and then proceeded to zigzag up this cliff face to the top of the island. On Tracey's (Steve's sister) recommendation, we found accommodation in Oia which is at the furtherest Western end of Santorini and I guess this is the place that ends up on all of the postcards. We pulled into a car park and our bags were unloaded. We were then introduced to George (the owner of the apartment we were staying at) and his donkey. He loaded our bags on the donkey and had a 10 minute walk along these narrow streets amongst houses built into the sides of hills .... just amazing. We were not on the famous side of Oia but looked out over the plains towards the sea on the outer edge of the island, still amazing views and just a shortish 15 min walk from the main part of Oia. One of the things that really had us wondering was the number of Chinese tourists running around in full wedding gear with a photographer in tow, having their wedding photos taken..... and they are not even married yet. Needless to say we had a great time in Santorini and managed to get back to Split Enz in Rethymno without problems. We arrived back at around 10pm on Monday so Tuesday was spent re provisioning as we had decided it was time to be moving on. We left Rethymno after breakfast and headed toward Bali Bay some 16nm further east along the coast of Crete where we had rather a rolly night on the Anchor. We left early the next morning and decided that we would head for Spinalonga lagoon, another 45nm further east along the coast. Steve was not happy as the predicted wind didn't arrive and we motored most of the way.
What a lovely place we are in (lots of English) I think we are the only Kiwis here. After a goodnight sleep we went exploring today, found a lovely fresh produce market and bought some fresh fruit and vegetables then had a Gyros for lunch followed by a pint of Mythos 🍺😀. After lunch we went over to the Islet of Spinalonga which has a Venetian fort on it 15th-16th century then it was a Turkish fortification from 1715 till the Greek revolution in the 1800's. from 1904 to 1957 it was a leper colony. It was fascinating walking around and seeing the different eras of buildings altogether.
Today we also saw a rather large turtle surface right beside our boat.
So tomorrow wind dependent, we are hoping to head further east for one more night on Crete before making a run for Rhodes.
Thanks for reading and please don't forget to look in the album for our photos.
Photo is a classic Santorini view.