Our Last Day in Oia, Santorini

Sadly, today is our last day in Santorini.  What an experience it has been!  Check-out time at our hotel was at noon, but they let us keep our luggage in the office until our flight out to Athens (which wasn't until 10pm).  Since we had the entire day, we strolled around Oia one last time.  Surprisingly, there were still stairways and alleys that we hadn't yet discovered...

 Stairway leading to another marina (not as touristy).

Stairway leading to another marina (not as touristy).

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 Tiny gate leading to a small, private patio.

Tiny gate leading to a small, private patio.

 These musicians were really good and we purchased their CD.  They were located in the square with the Church of Panagia Platsani.

These musicians were really good and we purchased their CD.  They were located in the square with the Church of Panagia Platsani.

 Another door leading to our hotel, Atrina.

Another door leading to our hotel, Atrina.

 Seafood pasta at Lotza in Oia

Seafood pasta at Lotza in Oia

 Santorini "burger" with pita bread at Lotza

Santorini "burger" with pita bread at Lotza

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oia santorini greece
 The kastro walls of Oia (ruins of an old castle that dates back to the 1200s; a popular spot to watch the Santorini sunset).  You can also see the 300 steps leading down to Amoudi Bay.

The kastro walls of Oia (ruins of an old castle that dates back to the 1200s; a popular spot to watch the Santorini sunset).  You can also see the 300 steps leading down to Amoudi Bay.

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oia santorini greece
oia santorini greece
oia santorini greece
 Finally, we found some hummus! 

Finally, we found some hummus! 

 Greek salad (red and green bell peppers, onions, black olives, feta cheese, capers, and olive oil/spices)

Greek salad (red and green bell peppers, onions, black olives, feta cheese, capers, and olive oil/spices)

 Chicken kabob over rice

Chicken kabob over rice

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oia santorini greece
 The middle of the day was very hot, so we went back to our hotel to sit by the pool.  The hotel staff knew we were waiting around for our flight, so they brought us some freshly cut watermelon (complimentary).

The middle of the day was very hot, so we went back to our hotel to sit by the pool.  The hotel staff knew we were waiting around for our flight, so they brought us some freshly cut watermelon (complimentary).

 Dinner at Skala (the wine bottle doesn't have a label; Skala makes their own wine on-site)

Dinner at Skala (the wine bottle doesn't have a label; Skala makes their own wine on-site)

 Kefalotyri cheese-olive fried croquettes

Kefalotyri cheese-olive fried croquettes

 Cheesy goodness

Cheesy goodness

 Soutzoukakia with rice - cumin flavored baked meatballs with tomato sauce

Soutzoukakia with rice - cumin flavored baked meatballs with tomato sauce

 Mousakas baked in a clay pot

Mousakas baked in a clay pot

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 The tables by the edge of the balcony at most restaurants are filled right before sunset.

The tables by the edge of the balcony at most restaurants are filled right before sunset.

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oia santorini greece
oia santorini greece
 One last Santorini sunset.  It was the best one of our trip.

One last Santorini sunset.  It was the best one of our trip.

 A beautiful place to walk at night.  Both the sky and scenery seem too good to be true; another dream-like world.

A beautiful place to walk at night.  Both the sky and scenery seem too good to be true; another dream-like world.

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oia santorini greece
oia santorini greece
    We couldn't have asked for a better experience.  The honeymoon of a lifetime in some of the most beautiful places of the world.  We hope to return to Italy and Greece someday.  Maybe when we're old and gray, sitting on the same balcony.  We'll be reminiscing on how all of the things we had hoped and dreamed for, had come true.

 We couldn't have asked for a better experience.  The honeymoon of a lifetime in some of the most beautiful places of the world.  We hope to return to Italy and Greece someday.  Maybe when we're old and gray, sitting on the same balcony.  We'll be reminiscing on how all of the things we had hoped and dreamed for, had come true.