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'
As a part of the Volcano Tour that we had taken, they make a stop at Therasia which is an island with population of 130 people, and ate the best Moussaka for lunch ever at Capt. John's !We finished off the day by sailing to Oia ( pronounced - Ia) which is at the other end of the Santorini Island to witness sunset. A climb up 300 steps from the port to the town of Oia leaves you breathless. Alternatively one can take a ride up on a mule.The typical Greek Island - white houses, blue domes and purple and orange skies - yes that's Oia ! The haze from the Volcano lends a vibrant purple hue to the picturesque sunset that thousands of tourists gather to watch each evening.
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.
It was a beautiful day out so we took a hike up Filopappos Hill which was more like a mini mountain. At the base of the hill there was an old, charming house that had pretty flowers out on the porch. I snuck onto it to take a quick pic.The hill was no easy climb. It was pretty rough terrain and the pathways were steep and rocky. But I'm not a prissy girl so I let my sparkling white Pumas get dirty. Once again I was astonished at how Green Athens was. I have not added color to any of these photos! The grass really was THAT green. I even told E.W. that it was almost an unnatural shade of green...like something you would see in a cartoon.
I confess that I love the underwater world. So I got to the Aquarium really excited. I entered smoothly from the spring light of the Cretan sun into the twilight of “Thalassocosmos” Aquarium, watching short videos with themes from the sea world of the Mediterranean. Then the good stuff came… I stared with jaws dropped on the floor by surprise, I stared behind the crystals that shined like my underwater mask, like wonderful windows at the bottom of the sea! Two huge groupers where circling their brownish wings, lobsters with nice colors were detecting their aquatic homes with their antennae, large bright red scorpions were looking silently to the surface, schools of small fish were shining in the tank and an almost a liquid light covered me through the windows of a magical world. I moved to the tank with the big predators: the steel grey amberjacks, the large imperious basses, the breams with pink bodies and purple specks, the black groupers lurking in the dark depths, the sharks always nervous, always inspecting. All behind the crystals, just some points far from our eyes … I stared for hours at the long tank with the panoramic glass. Large rosewood sea breams, silver breams, white breams, corbinas with golden wings, purple and gray breams with yellow braid and small silverjacks, were swinging in front of us like colorful birds roaming in an indescribable ballet into their artificial seabed, licking the algae, the stones, the pebbles. The design of each tank is proportional to the number of fishes it hosts, so the seabed was modeled accordingly. The seabed consists of artificial rocks built by a special artist, carved and painted to resemble the Cretan seabeds. There is a tank-like Matala seabed, another that resembles the bottom of Vai beach etc. I also saw a dark tank simulating the deep waters: three giant deep sea groupers with bulging eyes, a huge huge red bream and monstrous eels were moving slowly in the dark iced water. Time passed without realizing it. I went for my espresso at the coffee shop of “Thalassocosmos” Aquarium watching the beach of Gournia and the Mediterranean sea in the background. I never got over the obsession to watch at the sea and immediately think of what is below the water’s surface. My thoughts was always running at the bottom of the sea. “Hmm let’s finish the coffee.” I said to myself. And let’s go for another tour at the glass windows of the Cretaquarium”…
If you like peace and want a quiet place to relax and retrospect the Meteora is the place for you. People are hospitable and friendly... No one is in a rush and everyone is happy and smiling! Just like us on this short trip to Meteora... Would love to go back again and someday I will.. Till then I cherish the memories :)