and then back on the bandwagon with Myra
04.08.2012 - 17.08.2012
Initially when I started to organise my trip the week after Sail Croatia was unplanned – it was the gap between GD leaving and Myra meeting me in Athens. I thought I would try make my way down through the Bulkans from Croatia to Greece however after talking to a few people I was put off travelling through here as a solo female (however after being in Croatia I changed my mind on this again). On my tour of Scotland I met Kelly who was going to be in Santorini for this week so I decided I would join her! This was the best decision I could have made for two reasons
1. Santorini/Greek Islands are an amazing place with some of the most unique scenery I have ever seen and Kelly is a really fun girl who I get on with really well
2. After ‘travelling’ for 7 weeks I was well and truly ready for a ‘holiday!’ It was so nice to be in the one place for 5 days – unpack the bag and have a few days with some down time! Who would have thought you need to take a holiday from holidaying!!!
So after one week on Santorini, a few nights in Athens and Prague I have a learnt a few lessons and have few highlights report!
• Croatia may be close to Greece but getting a direct flight isn’t that easy. A travel day starting to 10am to travel from Split to Zagreb to Dubrovnik and finally to Athens ended at 10pm. A long day for what could have been 1.5hr direct flight!
• Staying in Perissa was the perfect little holiday – cute little hotel within 50m of the famous black beach! And these stones appeared to work very well for exfoliation if you roll around in them!
• Takes a little while to get use to not flushing the toilet paper! (may have made this mistake a few times)
• If visiting the Greek Islands take copious amount of moisturiser – hot and windy is an understatement!
• Hiring a 50cc Quad bike for the day to explore the little treats of the island was amazing. Tips for next time 1. A 50cc bike with two people one it struggles big time when on the hilly island roads. 2. Riding for 5 hours straight in the middle of the day may lead to slight heat stroke and the last 2 hours aren’t nearly as fun as the first 2!
• Again we found a gem of a restaurant – Tranquello! It was a nice change from the heavy food on the boat. I have noticed a pattern in the theme of my favourite places in Europe - vegetarian hippy places (not being a cheese lover doesn’t work well).
• Absolute highlight of Santorini was the 12km walk from Fira to Oia right on sunset along the clifff tops. Kelly was a little uncertain of this at first but I ‘eagerly’ encouraged her and by the end of it she was so proud of her self and the view was unbelievable! We put this off for a few days due to exhaustion from the Old Port stair walk and sun stroke but eventually we made it…enjoy the photos!
• Came as a pleasant surprise because so many people had given it a bad rapt!
• Nice to meet up with my new travelling buddy Myra who has slotted in to travel life like a trooper. No jet lag at all and I had her out walking for hours from day dot!
• Of course we visited the usually sights of the Pathenon, Acropolis, Olympic stadium. And of course I eyed of the highest point in the city and scaled this, Mt Lycabettus. (there was a funicular which Myra didn’t know about until we reached the top, she didn’t understand why we didn’t take it)
• We ate our fair share of gyros, kebab and my personal favourite frozen greek yoghurt!
• Stayed in a nice hotel however they made you pay for wifi! Only place in Europe
• A small group of 6 on the walking tour enabled us to talk a little bit more about the financial crisis in Greece. Was sad to learn that Greece has over taken Spain in the under 24 unemployment statistics - around 60%!
• The city seemed so empty compared to everywhere else I have been. The locals escape the city in summer and so the only people there are tourists. It’s a very strange feeling
• Such a cute and colourful city with a fascinating history which was explained brilliantly by the guides on the Old town tour and Castle tour! We witnessed the famous clock tower do its thing (initially we didn’t understand what the huge crowd of people forming in the square were doing!)
• Trailed some local Czech cuisine, can’t say Goulash and dumplings is what you feel like eating on a hot summers day!
• Loved my run exploring there gardens, although it was a little hilly for my liking!
• Saw every breed of dog you could ever imagine – Czechs appear to love dogs!
• Amazing sweet pastry cooked around what looks like a metal rolling pin cooked over hot flames and then rolled in cinnamon sugar filled with nutella had me lining up 2 days in a row!
• Pub crawl on the last night which finished in a 5 storey club, apparently the largest in central Europe was the perfect end to our 3 day visit. Having to get up at 6am for an 8hour bus ride to Vienna the next day was not looked upon with the same Enthusiasm!
• Prague is such a visual stimulating city therefore it’s only fitting for the pictures to do the talking!