Friday, October 21, 2011


We went on holiday to Greece a couple weeks ago. We flew into Athens and stayed 4 days, 3 nights at the Grand Bretagne, right across the street from the Greek Parliament. From the roof top bar, we could see lots of protesters march around the square and up the steps of Parliament. We walked up to the Acropolis, around Plaka, and through Monastiraki Square.

We found a great sandal shop in Monastiraki that has been making custom sandals by hand since 1920. Melissinos Sandals are now made by Pantelis, son of the founder, Starvos Melissinos. John Lennon, Lily Tomlin, Sophia Loren, and Jackie Kennedy Onasis have all stopped in and had sandals made. We were fortunate enough to meet Pantelis the day we stopped into the shop. Brian bought the Demosthenes sandal and Jessica bought the Aeolian sandal.

It was a short stay in Athens and besides the obvious Must See and Do, we hung out in cafes in the Kolnaki neighborhood and went to the top of Lycavitos Hill to watch the sun set over the City.  

On the fourth day of our holiday, we boarded a high speed boat and travelled to the island of Santorini. After about 5 hours, we docked, disembarked, and hired a driver to take us to our hotel, Remezzo Villas. The hotel consists of about a dozen villas and suites, overlooking the Caldera. We were surprised to learn that we received a double upgrade and got the most amazing suite with a huge outdoor terrace and private outdoor dining room.

We walked into Fira and shopped its pedestrian streets, ate at some local restaurants in Imerovigli, and watched the sunset in Oia. With the help of a rental car, we drove down to the lighthouse, Red Beach, and Black Beach on the southern tip of the island. We spent the afternoon at the Black Beach and had lunch at an open air restaurant along the coast. On our last day, we drove around the island stopping at 3 vineyards and sampling Santorini's finest wines. The last vineyard, Domaine Sigalas was by far the best and we walked out with 8 bottles to bring home as souvenirs.

The best part of Santorini was the sunsets. Every night we sat out on the terrace, overlooking the Caldera and Mediterranean, and watched the sunset with a bottle of wine.

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