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Sunset at Vlichada Beach on Santorini Island

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

For our very last excursion to end our time on Santorini Island, we headed to Vlichada Beach. It was a definite highlight of our time on the island.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

The sunset was beautiful, but also amazing were the cliff formations.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
Our friend made note to let us know that it looked like a scene out of Star Wars. And, yeah, I can totally see how it would.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
The black sand on the beach plus the cliffs definitely made this beach stand out. We practically had the place all to ourselves — except for the dog and few other people.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee
And so it made for jumping around like lunatics totally a-OK.

Goodbye Vlichada! Goodbye Santorini! I love you!

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

An Afternoon Exploring the Prehistoric City of Akrotiri on Thera in Santorini Island

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

I love visiting ancient cities and ruins. So, it was exciting to find out that there was one to explore on Santorini Island in Thira/Thera. This prehistoric city of Akrotiri dates from the Bronze Age — of what’s been excavated so far. It may even date further back as the site is still being excavated. Unfortunately, because of the economic challenges faced by Greece, further progress has been put on hold. One of the guides mentioned that it was a good thing to leave for the next generation so that they can make even more discoveries.

The settlement has been suggested as a possible inspiration for Plato’s story of Atlantis. The site has been excavated since 1967.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian LeeSome vases and other pottery showing that people once inhabited this space.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian LeeSide of a main building.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian LeeIt’s crazy to imagine it but ancient people once gathered in this square.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

Beer sampling at the Yellow Donkey Brewery in Santorini

On our first day in Santorini, we were also able to fit in a beer sampling at the Yellow Donkey Brewery. The Mister had actually had some already back in Athens, but we were surprised to find out that their headquarters was on the island.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

We got there later in the day and there was only five minutes left before closing hours. We weren’t sure if we should go in or not. But that was quickly solved when the brew lady came out and welcomed us in.

We sampled some of their beer assortments, but they also had on hand the Crazy Donkey, which is an IPA that they recently released. I’m not an IPA drinker, but the Mister is. We picked up a couple bottles for dinner as well as a couple donkey bottle openers.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

We got our satchel of beers — Red Donkey and Crazy Donkey — and were ready for dining on our private terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea. On the menu? More souvlaki that we’d picked up while in Thira/Thera 🙂

Although the current economic climate in Greece remains cold and uncertain, a group of possibly naive optimists have opened a new business in Santorini. A Greek oenologist, a Serbian brewer, an English brewing enthusiast, and an American to round out the multi-cultural group, comprise the ingredients for this successful enterprise that hopes to enliven a heretofore lackluster domestic beer-drinking scene.

It’s great what these brewers are doing considering that they are in a country dominated by wine. They’re on a mission to bring something new and different.

Our Home on the Cliffs at Caldera Villas in Oia on Santorini Island

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

Hello! And that is how one does a room with a view 🙂 Thank gawd for room upgrades!

Our friends suggested we stay at Caldera Villas in Oia during our Santorini Island excursion. They did not lead us astray. Along with the beautiful room and view, the resort was super nice as well. But, because we traveled during low season, not all of the shops and restaurants were open. It was fine for us since we made a great decision to rent a Smart car and zip around other areas of the island such as Thira/Thera for food.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

It sounds super romantic to be staying in a room on the side of a cliff, but when I actually had to hoof myself up and down the steep steps where if I took one wrong step, it would mean total doom, the romanticism of the whole thing stopped shining as bright.

But, I did hear that some people made use of the donkeys. Donkeys?

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

Yes — DONKEYS! They actually do work around the villas and serve as beasts of burden carrying loads of water or supplies up and down the many steep, winding steps. You can tell if they’ve been around by the poops.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

Seriously, the main reason for staying at the villas is for the view. It’s amazing during the day.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

And, it’s amazing when the sun is setting.

Greece 2015 | by Lillian Lee

If I could wake up to the Aegean Sea every single day, life would be fantastic.

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Caldera Villas, Oia, Santorini

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