Santorini, Greece Day 1: Donkeys

Bill and I stayed in Greece for a week and we decided to go on a 2 night trip to Santorini. We didn’t have any expectations when we booked the trip as it was quite last minute and we were only going to be there for 2.5 days.

Thankfully Bill was well prepared and did all the research on how to explore Santorini. He got an international drivers licence and we rented a car so that we can drive around. The flight from Athens to Santorini is around 45 minutes. Once we arrived, we picked up our rental car and drove to the downtown area to look for something to eat.

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We initially wanted to go to this restaurant but we found that it was closed. As we tried looking for other places to eat, we realized a lot of shops and restaurants close during the low season because it simply isn’t cost effective due to the low amount of tourists during these times.

We walked around and explored the area.

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We were getting quite thirsty and wanted to find a place to sit. We went to this cafe that was opened and enjoyed the view. It was still slightly cold during this time, but the weather was beautiful.

We had a nice chat with the owner of the cafe and he gave us some good recommendations on which restaurants were opened and what do see on the island. It was really nice to be able to chat with the locals and learn about what it’s like to live on this little piece of heaven.

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Bill had a banana smoothie and it was really good. (Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of it). I tried the homemade cola recipe and it was amazing. I can still remember the taste and I’m really glad I tried it. The owner shared the recipe with me and it involves a lot of ingredients that you would never expect. A must try in my opinion.

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I didn’t know this, but apparently Donkeys are used to transport building materials across the villages. It would be too difficult to carry these by hand and the steps make it impossible for any machinery to help with transport.

After our drink, we walked around the area and took a few more pictures while we look for some place to eat. The options were very limited, but I’m glad there are vendors that open year round.

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Those who know me knows that I’m a huge cat lover. I didn’t know there were so many cats on the island until I arrived. Bill apparently kept it a surprise and it was definitely the highlight of my treat: meeting all the stray cats and dogs.

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I’m thinking of doing a separate post of all the cats and dogs that we met. I think that would be better in case some visitors here are not into that kind of thing. I’ll refrain from posting cat and dog photos and made a post dedicated to these animals.

Next post will be about the place we stayed.

Thanks for reading!