I woke up this morning kind of excited, today we were going on the cruise. The I opened the door, stepped outside before retreating back inside and closing the door. I figured the couch inside with the shutters on the windows open so I could see outside would do. There was a really cold strong breeze and as a result it was freezing!
The funny part was when Cass got up she almost repeated my exact actions stumbling to the door throwing the doors open steeping outside only to back up and close the door before looking at me and telling me what I already knew, that it was cold outside.
We both decided that it might be better to have breakfast inside this morning!
All day we just kind of hoped the weather would get better before our cruise. While it got a little better the improvement was marginal. Still the eternal optimists that we are we did change into bathers etc, put on sunscreen and packed towels. Of course I figured the towel could double as a blanket and the likelihood of getting me in the water was slim.
We were picked up promptly by the tour company and driven to the departure point at the small port in Oia with our catamaran showing up a short time later. Boarding was a lot quicker than I expected since we were instructed to board one at a time so before we knew it we were on our way.
Due to the weather there was an itinerary change due to the water being to rough at some of the places we were meant to be going. The general consensus of our fellow cruisers was that we rally didn’t mind since it was more about the sunset part than swimming on a beach.
We did get to the volcanic island though and the hot springs although since one had to swim through the cold water to get to it and with the captains warning to white things tended to turn yellow most of us admired it from the boat. At that warning of white things turning yellow both Cass and I had the same reaction of looking down at our ‘white’ legs at the same time. Kind of made us laugh.
One poor unfortunate girl who decided to go swimming had pale pink bathers with white stripes. Well she did, until she didn’t watch where she sat and then she had a rather unfortunately placed yellowish stain on the rear. I’m sure you can imagine what that looked like.
We continued on and the next ‘stop’ or ‘cruise by’ was Fira. Kind of funny since that is where we started the morning however it was good to see Fira from the water side rather than ‘just’ land side if that makes any sense. We did trade glance looking at the path down from the top to the port that we’d gone down the other day and reaffirmed that it was such a good decision to take the cable car back up!
The views all around the area are quite simply stunning and I can see why people flock to the greek islands, well this one at least and if the others are just as stunning then I really want to see them too.
We broke the sailing thing for what we considered an early dinner and the locals called lunch. It was about 1630 – 1700hrs for crying out loud and they were calling it lunch. Please, we’d had lunch hours ago at, well, lunch time.
It was a simple affair being a BBQ, one could choose either chicken or pork plus all the typical greek salad fare but really fresh and tasty. The drinks had been on all day included in the price of the cruise at least if you were drinking wine or soft drinks. If you wanted beer it was available but cost you 2 euro.
After that break for the meal (which ever one you wanted to call it) we continued on. What can I say its a hard life but sometimes one has to take one for the team…..
Sunset wasn’t all that far off and that was the main goal as far as we were all concerned and thankfully unlike last night which was a non event there actually was one. Everyone got snap happy while it lasted which as is usual wasn’t really all that long but it certainly was a nice end to what turned out to be a great day.
Given it was a birthday present from my partner in crime on this trip, Cass, what can I say, great present!!