You may have already know that the Greek island of Santorini is a blissful spot for a romantic getaway, or in my case, simply a post-exam getaway with a few friends. Its capital - Fira - is a vision of dramatic cliffs and pristine whitewashed buildings. Exploring the shops and cafes along Fira’s narrow footpaths towards the cruise port, was absolutely a leisurely way to spend our afternoon on our first day of arrival in Santorini. Each shops are unique on its own, selling beautiful items that can't be found elsewhere.
|Looking down from the Caldera cliffs, you can see a steep sloping walkway or called it the donkey path to the cruise port - the Skala pier.|
From the top of the cliff in Fira, there are three ways you can reach to the Skala pier: donkey ride (€5), cable car (heard it costs €5 one-way as well), or 580-600 steps by foot following the same path as the donkeys. We as a team picked the most energy-consuming option while leveraging on the the picturesque scenery to get to the cruise port. Another reason that it was time and effort consuming because the pathway was literally littered with donkeys' poops everywhere, where the brown specks on the stairs as seen from the image above were their poops. Some steps were wet with their poops too, so be very careful not to slip on it! :p
An afternoon tour of the Caldera island begun from the old port of Fira to the volcano, approximately 10 minutes far by boat, where roughly an hour stop at the volcano during which we could visit both the inactive and active craters. It was 32 euro including a tour of the volcano hike up to the top (additional two euro entrance fee), and then a hot spring nearby.
My first active volcano visit, truly wild landscape with various volcanic rocks and craters. The trail filled with rocks of all sizes, quite an edgy/cool landscape to be photographed at. I was expecting flowing red lava, but it was still pretty cool even without. I wouldn't do it again though!
In the meantime, I am going to share my very first experience of riding a donkey... It was an exciting ride, though not pleasurable. Donkey had its own mind and its own pace, it decided when to pause, when to resume and how it reached to the top. The donkey I got was a smart one, it traipsed up the slope via zigzag trail rather than straight up like any other donkeys, and often in an unscrupulous way. The ride left me multiple of bruises, but it was all worth it. ;)
|The weirdest pose you'll ever see while riding a donkey (Err.. truth to be told I was probably too embarrassed not to know how to get down from it - embarrassing).|