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Hey guys, as promised, here comes the second part of my Santorini trip. Make sure you checked the first one!
On the very first day of our arrival we went to Oia to watch the famous Santorinian sunset.
And OH MY, have I ever seen a bigger crowd of people watching the sunset at the same time!
Since me and Tom have an allergy to crowds, it spoiled the whole experience in a way.
Thus, next day we set off earlier and ended up getting to the very tip of Santorini,
hiked a bit and had the privilege of watching the sunset just two of us.
As I mentioned in my previous post, keep your mind open and be curious,
you can never know where it might take you! We were lucky to be hosted by Ramni house, very remote and rustic villa with our own private access to the beach,
own pool, outdoor terrace and most importantly, our windows were facing the sea,
so we were falling asleep and waking up to the sound of crashing waves.
It is situated slightly outside of Oia, which we found rather enjoyable.
First of all, we were on the other side of Caldera, which allowed us to watch the sunrise every morning
and at the same time we were a short car drive away from the busy Oia and sunset side of the island.
If I ever go back to Santorini, there’s no other place I would rather stay!
One of the days we decided to visit this little town called Megalochori.
Apparently we heard it’s famous for having many churches, all in traditional Santorinian style.
It was nice to run away from a very touristic Oia and have a peek at the local life in so much less touristic Megalochori.
Have I mentioned that Santorini is a sanctuary of cats? All of them were very friendly and literally everywhere!
Of course, I had to stop and pet every one of them 🙂As part of my birthday gift, Tom agreed to do everything I wished during the trip (wish my birthday was every day 😀 )
Thus, we went on a crazy road trip visiting as many towns on our way as possible.
One of the stops was Perissa, known for its black beach but we were so terribly hungry
that we decided to go to the town rather than beach.
I really enjoyed the overall vibe of Perissa, it’s quite a hippy place,
completely opposite to posh Oia, with lots of hostels and youth around.Another pleasant discovery we made was Fira and Firostefani, it’s the capital of Santorini and definitely worth the check!

Since we loved Firostefani so much, Tom chose a restaurant for my birthday celebration there.
Another interesting fact we came across was that even though they have a cable car installedto help people get around easier,
they are still using ‘the old way’ of transportation – mules and donkeys.
Since I love all animals more than people, I had to see it all myself.
We climbed around 600 steps on a very zig-zagy path and reached the donkey road.
Poor things were there, dozens of them scattered all over the steps waiting for lazy tourists to pay 5 euro for a ride.
Once again, I had to pet them all and give them a bit of love, all I could do along with NOT taking the ride.
Donkeys are such beautiful and intelligent creatures, hopefully they will ban this touristic attraction soon.
Our restaurant had a Caldera view and Tom booked a table with the best sunset watching spot.
I don’t know if that was some lucky coincidence or Tom did some things on purpose
but later in the eve all of a sudden there were fireworks just in front of our restaurant!
It was a nice little touch to my birthday celebration and a lovely farewell to Santorini.

Hit me up with any questions or comments
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3 Responses

  1. Jessica Carpenter

    I’m going to Santorini next month (along with some other Greek islands) so coming across your blog was quite timely! Beautiful photography. Also, your Turkey posts make me want to go even more, as I’ve been lusting over it for some time now. Felt safe there? Did you go on your own, just the two of you? How did you get around? Thanks girl, keep up the good work!

    • catchagypsea

      Hey Jessica! Oh, you’re gonna have a great time island hopping in Greece, it’s one of my fav European destinations to explore!

      Regarding Turkey, I didn’t feel any threats or anxiety during my stay in Cappadocia or Istanbul. To be honest, Cappadocia is such a relaxed and peaceful place that I can’t imagine anything bad happening there. The whole ‘it’s unsafe in Turkey’ thing might be yet another hoax fabricated by Western media, as Turks themselves said it affected tourism greatly. Of course, if you go to the border with Syria you might end up feeling unsafe but airport security is very on point in Turkey and locals are incredibly friendly an helpful.

      It was just two of us, we didn’t book any tours or guides, even used local buses to get around places! Most people speak English and as I mentioned before, they’re extremely helpful and would go an extra mile to point you in the right direction or even get you there themselves 🙂

      • Jessica Carpenter

        Finally saw your reply, haha. Santorini and the rest of Greece was amazing. Thanks for the advice on Turkey. I felt the same way about Jordan. Can’t wait to plan a Turkey trip soon. Thanks dear!

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