We got the wine museum only to find it was closed up for the day. So we had some free time. We headed to the Akritori beach and D.Rough, wearing her jacket, got her feet in the volcanic sand and the Aegean Sea. It really was beautiful there. There are small shops and restaurants on (I mean ON) the beach that were closed, likely due to the waves from the storm flooding their businesses.
We watched another glorious sunset over the caldera (the volcano and bay), We didn’t have much on the agenda, so we headed to Oia (pronounced EE-ah) and walked around a bit. Oia is the northern point of the island and is also the touristy and expensive area with shops and restaurants and expensive hotels. We just wanted to see how long it took to get there, since we were realizing how small the island was. We drove from the southern tip of the island, saw a sunset and had some drinks, and then made it to the northern tip of the island in about two hours. Yup, Santorini is a small and quaint island. We walked around Oia for a while and headed back to Fira when the shops started closing.
We found a well-rated (on Tripadvisor.com) restaurant called Naoussa, so we grabbed a bite. D.Rough wasn’t feeling the best, since she’s lactose intolerant and we had gorged ourselves on the most cheese we’ve ever eaten in our lives (whoops). Then drove a tiny car around super swervy narrow roads at high speeds (like you do in Greece). So, her stomach wasn’t her friend at this point.
We kept dinner relatively small and still had an awesome meal. It seems every restaurant in Santorini comes with a character (either owner or staff). They love their jobs and love meeting new people. We had a fantastic dinner with dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), fava, beet dip, and this amazing meatball and rice dish. Naoussa really is as good as its reviewers say it is.
Wow, we really stay up late when we’re here. It was almost 2am when we got home and cashed out in a food coma.