Trip of a Lifetime
We also were welcomed by crazy rain - we found out later that a hurricane just passed through the island and we arrived at the tail-end of it. Needless to say, we were a bit disappointed because we wanted to visit the ruins...at least we got a good view of it from our hotel window.
Taking the FAST Ferry
The following places are towns we spent time in during our week there...
AKROTIRI - South Santorini
We stayed at a wonderful cliffside resort overlooking the caldera. To learn more, check out my entry here, ambassador-aegean-luxury-suites-akrotiri-santorini.html
The crowds were gathering in spurts throughout the day and it was hard to take a decent photo at times (see below lol)...
The crowds were starting to get bigger and our waiter was being a bit aggressive to patrons coming through. I was a bit irritated with his attitude but I wasn't going to let it sour my mood.
Accommodations were pleasant and we were kind of bummed that we were only staying for a few hours...we had to be at the airport at 3 a.m.! We had dinner in one of the restaurants at the hotel and were pleased with the dishes we ordered.
What to Know...
- Tipping isn't expected but they won't say "no" if you do. They appreciate it very much - it's best to tip in euros if you can.
- Exchange your money at the bank - the rates are better as opposed to doing it at the airport. Cash is key in Greece because some places don't accept credit cards.
- Water is always served in bottles. You'll notice that water from the tap is salty - taking a shower or brushing your teeth with it is a bit of a surprise especially when you're not used to it.
- Wear flats, sandals, sneakers - most of the roads are made of cobblestone or dirt, so probably best to leave your fancy kicks at home.
- Toilet paper is expected to be thrown in the trash rather than flushed...the sewer system isn't the best and pipes could get clogged easily (these are 2" in diameter as opposed to the American 4" from what I'm told). You'll always find mini bins next to the toilets for this purpose and will need to be emptied daily. To be honest, this was a hard one for us to follow.
- When eating out, ask for your check...your waiter/waitress will usually leave you alone to enjoy yourselves and relax.
- There is a stray cat issue in Greece. Packs of random cats are everywhere. I'm not sure why this is but leave them be and go on your way. No need to try and feed them. We were visited by a few strays at different times during our stay.
- Speak a little slower to get your point across. We noticed other tourists speaking extremely fast or using advanced words. To us, they just came across looking kind of like a know-it-all or obnoxious doing so. There's a language barrier so speaking a bit simpler and slower helps a bit with communicating.
- Get yourself a plug adapter. Electrical plugs are different in Europe than in the states.
- Pack a light jacket for any windy or chilly nights. Leave the heavy, winter clothing at home.
So this is the last of my entries of our time in Greece. I still miss it but, alas, I must move on. Also, If you're ever interested in learning more about their food, check out my entry on where we dined, yummy-eats-in-santorini-greece.html
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my entry on our trip and that it gives you a reason to want to visit this beautiful island someday.