In Part 1 of my Grecian adventure (https://ishasverdict.com/2016/03/31/grecian-adventures-part-1/) we had made it to Santorini and I had managed to traipse around the island wearing my blue Pankaj and Nidhi top! In this post, I am going to briefly cover the things to do in Santorini and most importantly what I wore in Santorini (OK that wasn’t the most important but this is a fashion blog!).
As Santorini is a relatively small island, we decided that the day bus tour would be a good way to see the whole island. The bus tour (which most hotels will be happy to arrange for you) left at a respectable 11AM (so plenty of time to tear kids away from electronic devices) and covered the highest point on the island, the various blue and white churches dotting the landscape and the historical ruins and excavations at the ancient city of Akrotiri. It then proceeded to the black beach where we had a lovely lunch and the kids got to play in the water for a short time. This was followed by a trip to Santo winery, a local winery, for a wine tasting to make us happy but not drunk (tour guide’s words not mine!). The Vinsanto dessert wine was delicious and the views were amazing. From here, we went to Oia, the northwest side of the island, which is widely considered to be the best place on the island to view the sunset. The sunset from Oia has been voted the 6th best in the world by National Geographic magazine. It was spectacular and watching the sun literally disappear into the ocean was a humbling moment in terms of the sheer grandeur of nature. Following this, it was time to return to the hotel, where my children hugged their apple devices like they had just found the holy grail!
In the following days, we took the cable car down to the pier where you can take the boat tour to a volcano island off the coast of Santorini ( and hike up to see the craters) as well as hot springs where you can jump off the boat and go for a brief swim in the ocean. Donkey rides are also available up and down to the pier but I decided to save that for next time! My favorite part of the boat ride – the gentleman who, despite multiple announcements stating clearly that only people who are confident swimmers should jump into the ocean, decides to jump in anyways and then in order to save himself from a public drowning had to ask for a flotation ring to be thrown to get him back safely to the boat. He also had to withstand the pubic humiliation of having the whole boat crowd watch this and for a minute I did think that drowning may have been less painful!
Beyond the sightseeing, there are plenty of bars, restaurants and coffee shops to entertain yourself. In terms of shopping, there are all the usual island shops selling clothes, shoes and souvenirs. As Greece is a huge jewellery producer, there are multiple jewellery shops selling beautiful gold and silver jewellery. Did I buy anything you may ask – of course I did! Stay tuned for some pictures of my purchases in a following blog post.
I would like to give a special shout out to Sujata from Edgware, London who proved to me today that the world is indeed a very small place! On our way to the airport from Athens, we went to see the Temple of Poseidon located an hour away. On my way out from the restroom, a lady approached me and asked if I was Isha. I said yes and she introduced herself and said that she reads the blog and enjoys it. We chatted for a few minutes and she became the first reader of the blog that I have met who I did not know previously! Thank you so much for approaching me and for your kind words Sujata – you made my day!
In my next blog post (which will be the last on post in this series) I will cover where to stay and what to eat in Santorini. I will also lookbook my new ‘rescue mission’ outfit. As always, thanks for reading and have a great Monday!
(Clothes and Accessories: Blue shirt – Uniqlo, Blue Handbag – Karen Millen, Intials Bracelet – Azendi, Yellow Dress – H&M, Clutch Bag – Henry Bendel, Green Maxi Dress – Dosanjh Shroff)