Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Oia Sunset , Santorini june 28th pt 2 2016

Time to go to Oia this evening , i have heard it gets extremely busy and need to bag a good spot early to see the sunset from the ruins of the Byzantine castle.  its about 20 minutes on the coach from Fira bus station which is only 5 minutes walk from our hotel.     the bus runs frequently and is only 1.80 euros.

Arriving in Oia after a great sightseeing journey along a mountain road with big drops and old landslide damage. Our first view of the famous blue domed buildings.


          The castle ruins are just over to the left , but this stunning Bourgainvillea caught my eye.

 Amazing how they built just along the cliff top , in the distance is Imerovigli which is the next town to Fira and Firostefani

I have got the position i wanted with a good view of the Windmills , now just need to hope there is a good sunset , which is still over 2 hours away!!!!!!

                          Packed already , still hour and half before sundown at just after 8.20
the best colour for lighting up the buildings will be around 8.10 and then after 8.30 before best sky colour .

                  Arghhhhhhhhhhh    Thick cloud has built up on the horizon and ruined it!!!!!! 

                                 the sun is setting, as the huge cruise liners depart.

Using 400mm lens this is about as much colour that has developed tonight , thick cloud on the horizon prevented anything else.   Anyhow , we have the rest of the week so will come back another evening , or two :)

               Evening lights come on now as we make our way back to get the bus back to Fira.

                                        Time to head back now , and dinner in Fira.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Santorini 28th june 2016 pt1

Our first day in Santorini ,  breakfast is served on our private balcony :)

Today we are first going to walk down the Steps to Fira Old Port before it gets too hot!    walking, not riding a donkey mind, and will probably get the cable car back up.

Its only about 5 - 10 mins walk along the top to the start of the " Karavolades Steps"  about 600 steps down to the Old Port where the cruise ships passengers are brought to shore.

                              Down here?!!!!!!!!!!!                       The start of the way down!

                                                                   What a view stop :)

                      Its a long way down still   haha             loads of donkeys further down the steps.

                                                                             Donkeys :)

                                                                     Local Wildlife :)  
   loads of these small lizards on the way down and a butterfly flew past which might have been an Appolo i think.

                                                                      Phone panorama

                                                                    Rush hour traffic jam! 

                                                                     "The Old Port"
                                      Sitting eating large ice creams served in glass

                                    Water clarity is amazing , we can see small fish everywhere.

 Old and the New.

          Time to take the cable car back up to Fira ,   10 euros for a 2 minute journey!   Bloodyhell.

                                                                         Up we go :)

 At the top there is a HUGE queue of cruise ship passengers all waiting to get on the cable car , with 6 cars taking a maximum of 6 people each its going to be quicker to walk for most of them   Haha.

                                           Bougainvillea looks great on this gift shop :)

Back to the hotel now for an hour or so and then we are going to take the bus to Oia to watch the sunset , like most of the island by all accounts.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Santorini Honeymoon June 27th 2016 pt1

Today we are flying to Santorini on our honeymoon :)

After a four hour flight we arrive in Santorini , the tiny airport had a coach waiting on the runway to take us to the check in room. (We could have actually walked in 3 minutes  lol)  The heat was noticeable immediately when getting off the plane , omg!

Getting off the coach and going inside to check in , A large almost empty room with a small cubicle in the centre with an official in uniform reading a paper , while a guy in casual clothing just glanced at every ones  passports as they past!   so funny , no security whatsoever  lol

 Since the hotel said they couldn't pick us up, we booked a shuttle service. While waiting, the hotels taxi arrived for us and another couple!   wff?     total cock up.   after taking the shuttle service we eventually arrived and this is our first view from our private balcony.............. WOW!

                                            It didn't take Jan long to get on the Wine   lol

 We have gone out for a walk to see the area  , its hot!   blimey ,think i need to get a hat soon .   Walking through the main street and up  the main walkway along the front of the cliffs, there are small gift shops everywhere and high end jewellers inter spaced with restaurants which have the best views of the "Caldera"   Volcano islands.

                                          The steep cliffs which the town is perched upon.

                                The island is small , we can see the opposite side from up here!

The buildings are mostly white and loads of Bougainvillea plants climbing up with their beautiful coloured leaf bracts ,  must get one for the conservatory when we get back.

We are going back to the hotel now , and will watch our first Santorini sunset from our balcony , and take a look at the pool also.

                                                                        More wine :)

                                The sun is setting and bathing everything in warm golden light .

 Looking towards where we have just walked back from ,the top left in this image.    the white buildings are turning beautiful warm colours as the low sun illuminates them.


                                                   Sun is setting , and its still 28 dgrees !

 View from the pool , the sun is now too low to light up the cliff top buildings now, that only lasted about 10 minutes.

                                            Soft pastel shades over the volcano Caldera.

Now its time for dinner, there is a restaurant just above the hotel over to the right with great views over Fira as the lights come on .

Tomorrow we will walk down to the Old Port and then to Oia for the evening.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Post Wedding Garden Party - june 25 th 2016

 After our Wedding ceremony  HERE

We are now going to take the bus back home for our garden party , on the no 60 which Jan used to travel on with her brother years ago   .

 But first, Jules who has been kindly taking the pictures for us today, wants to do an Abbey Road cover style image......

     On the back seat :)   listening to beatles and other old 60 s music blasting out ,  Party time :D

         We wait for everyone to make their way to our house before walking down so the confetti can be thrown :)

No we can go in to view the wedding cake ...........................   and  Prosecco is waiting ...........

                                               Buffet in the conservatory ,  it didnt last long  lol

                                                                       The Cake

                                               Butterfly cup cakes and on the top...........

                                  The Terrible Twosome and ourselves  ,     how cool is that!

                                                            Let the party commence.........

                                 Dave, Tanya and Gina who came a long way to be here today:)

         Tanya, Paul and Jakey  who came all the way from down south and met up with Dave and Gina who came down from the Lakes for our big day.  Thanks Guys :)

                                                             My new step daughters

                                                         Time to throw the bouquet :)

                                                                                  Take 1 !

                                                      Up it goes, straight up!!!!!!!!!  haha

                                                 and straight Down!!!!!!!!   lol

                                                                              Take 2

                                                             Who is going to catch it?

                                                                                Ellie :D

                                                        Gina's glass has run out Again................    

                                                Time to cut the cake................................

                                             Garden Party selfi , courtesy from Dave

The end of a fabulous day , We would like to say thanks to everyone who helped and attended.

                                            Next stop ........................... Santorini :D

In the morning , i found Jan has been decapitated :(