Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Even Greecier

Santorini is undoubtedly one of the most astonishingly beautiful places on Earth. We arrived by plane (stunning - get a window seat), and were then taxied up to the town of Fira, where our hotel, the Villa Renos, was located.

We checked in, then checked out the digs. Fernando was the first one out on the patio to take in the view:

This was taken standing in front of the French doors of our room (neener neener neener). We had a private patio sitting area, with table, chairs, and two lounge chairs; and a shared patio area with table, chairs and a plunge pool. Since Fernando did not have his own lounge chair, he spent most of the time in the pool.

Or, it may have had nothing to do with the absence of an extra lounge chair. He may have preferred the plunge pool because, when we arrived, there was a topless girl sunning herself in said plunge pool. Sarah and I both agreed that if you are sharing a plunge pool with two other rooms, you may want to keep your top on. I know you're in Greece and everything, but you, yourself, are Canadian.

We just ended up using the pool when Topless and her weird boyfriend weren't there. Don't even get me started on having to sit next to them at breakfast - with him making loud smooching noises all over her, while we're trying to eat. At least she had her top on for breakfast.

Next up, after enjoying the patio? Shopping! Sarah was on a quest for jewelry. Not crazy-fancy-precious-gems-jewelry, just fun, semi-precious rings the size of dinner plates.

I got one Fernando can use as a fancy headdress:

Fernando was a little bored during the jewelry store extravaganza, and I caught him trying to join this group:

He claimed they were in some sort of very important parade, and that he was the guest of honor, or something. I think he may have snuck into the mini-bar of our room before we went out shopping.
Later, we went out for our first official dinner in Santorini at a lovely place called Archipelagos. The sunset viewing is outstanding, and the wine wasn't bad either.

At the recommendation of one of our hotel's proprietors, we had booked an "All Inclusive Wine & Appetizers & Hot Springs Cruise". Fernando pretended to walk the plank, in anticipation.

This may have been his best idea yet.