Reached Patras after a night's journey. Via Taxi reached Patras bus stand where we booked tickets for Athens. Across coastline, it was a beautiful journey. And It was mathematics all around as P is written as π ; A as @, B as Beta β; it was fun to judge my secondary school knowledgeSpent 3 days in Athens and visited Acropolis, Parthenon, Syntagma Square, Temple of Olympian Zeus and Police station (as my friend lost his wallet and we had to lodge complaint). Europe (Greece, Turkey) with an Asian feeling starts as you sail across Mediterranean as I could see the street vendors culture selling spices etc. across Athens.
Head back home from Izmir's Adnan Menderes Airport.When to goThe best months to visit Turkey are from March to May and between September and November, when the temperatures are pleasant and skies are clear. These periods are usually perfect for sightseeing, swimming, kiteboarding and other such activities, with the temperature only going as high as 14ºC. The wonderful Sarıgerme Kite Festival, takes place in April every year by the Sarıgerme Beach near Bodrum, and is a vibrant showcase of Turkey's local traditions.Getting aroundThe best and relatively economical way to get around Turkey is via buses, with the ticket costing around ₹142 for a 160 kilometres.By plane: From Istanbul's Atatürk Airport's domestic terminal and local offices of Turkish Airlines, Onur Air, Pegasus Airlines and Atlasjet, flight tickets to major cities such as Ankara can be purchased. Most of these regional airports are connected by a Havaş bus to the city centre (will cost you less than a taxi).By bus: Buses to most cities ply from Turkey's Otogars (bus stations), with a bus departing every 30 minutes. For long distances, most buses are staffed with a couple of assistants who offer free drinks and small snacks, with the buses stopping after every two and a half hours. A ticket for travel up to 100 miles costs around ₹142.By train/metro: The Turkish Republic State Railways (TCDD) operates passenger trains all across the country. Tickets can be purchased online, the departure station, central post-offices and authorised tourist agencies.The M2 Şişhane-Hacıosman metro line is the fastest way to get around Turkey and runs through most of Turkey's cities, from 5am till midnight.T1 Kabataş-Bağcılar tram line runs across most tourist destinations and is ideal for sightseeing purpose.By dolmuş: Turkey's shared taxi, dolmuş (minibus) accommodates up to eight passengers and runs 24 hours a day.By taxi: The Turkish taxi seats five people and the starting fare is ₹22. A trip spanning several kilometres during the day can cost anything up to ₹265. At night, the rates are usually doubled.CostsFlight from New Delhi to Istanbul, Turkey: ₹33,788 (return fare)One-way ticket on local buses: ₹142 for 160 kilometresTaxi starting tariff: ₹22Hotel stay in Istanbul: ₹1,687 to ₹4,390A meal at a small restaurant or a fast-food joint: ₹562
That day I decided to explore the magnificent town of Fira. It is the vibrant and bustling capital of Santorini with a network of winding alleys and narrow streets making it an outright pleasure for anyone to explore it and then finally relax at one of the sea facing bar/cafe/restaurant and enjoy the mesmerizing views.
Then afternoon was our journey to Red beach. On the way to Red beach , we saw a local corn stall and my husband started pretending he is a chef and asked to take pictures. Locals were very friendly. We came to location but we were not able to see any beach near us. So we asked a local and he told it is a hike. To get to Red beach is a small hike. Climbing a huge rock and climbing down gets us to beach. We started climbing the rock and mid way , we were fascinated to see. It was a very huge red rock infront of us with a small white patch in the middle and beach was almost invisible. We saw many small moving objects down and confirmed it as beach. As we headed down, we were amazed. This is a red sand beach. There were shacks for rent. We took two and rested. We were totally in very clear water swimming and playing around. Spent almost 2 hours there. Very beautiful beach. It does not seem like a beach until you go near because of huge red rock. After a very satisfying day, we headed to hotel.
Diving and snorkeling to Tragonisi island cavern/cave system is one of the most popular dives. Tragonisi is a small rocky island, just a few meters east of the island of Mykonos. Everybody can admire a unique marine environment among the different chambers/tunnels. Yellow sea anemones are exclusively found in this area. Caverns diving is the exploration of permanent, naturally occurring overhead environments while remaining within sight of their entrances. Tragonisi is a protected nature reserve and a haven for the Monachus monachus seal. Diving at the “Seal Cave”is addressed to experienced divers and only upon request. Its a unique dive due to possibilities for a closer encounter with a Monachus monachus seal.
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Why not try a night diving in Mykonos and experience a different kind of nightlife.During a night dive you can discover a different side of this world and you can experience it from a completely different view.It is an unbelievable feeling to discover the mysteries held underwater when the sun goes down.The diver can experience a different underwater environment at night diving, because many marine animals are nocturnal.You’ll find that there’s nothing to worry about and that night diving is usually much more relaxing than diving during the day.
We had initially decided to get off at Agrari and walk to Elia but my sea sickness got the better of me (do take a sea sickness tablet if you also suffer from this because the ride can be rocky) and we got down at Super Paradise. We were glad we got down here because this beach is gorgeous with crystal clear waters and golden sand.Loved swimming here along with the fishes (there is a school of fish very close to the shore!). One of my best swimming experiences ever (and as you can see above I don't have a single decent picture of the beach since I was too busy having fun!). It was not crowded as well since it was mid-September (and parties start only at night I guess). We did not rent any sun bed as it was quite expensive and so was the massage. For lunch we headed back to Platys Gialos beach on the water taxi. Platys Gialos beach is a pretty one with a great vibe and amazing food options.We had an absolutely fantastic meal at Avli Tou Thodori, relaxed on the sunbeds (free as we had lunch at the restaurant) and swam a bit before heading back to the hotel. The water is clean here as well but not as nice as Super Paradise for swimming.After relaxing a bit, we watched the sunset from the windmills and spent some time in the town.Our final dinner was at Captain's and I must say the best was reserved for the last. They don't take reservations so you will have to wait but it is totally worth it. Lovely ambience, right opposite the waterfront and fantastic food. The gelato place right next to it i.e. Gelarte is the best one in town (try the pineapple and capuccino flavours).The next morning we headed back to Athens on a Fast ferries ship with a bag full of memories.I really felt 2 days were not enough and I could have spent more time at Mykonos- maybe next time! But I am sure we had a pretty great time in those 48 hours!!This blog was originally published on 'My Travel Treasures'