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Written by Aaron Brigatti  
Tuesday, 22 May 2007

Tuesday, 22nd May:

Decided on yet another trek – I must be mad having a holiday doing nothing but walking, but this gave me some time during the walks to really think about life, what I want and where am I going (career wise) and whether I should consider my options (change).

Anyway, I headed northwards out of the town and this time chose to go along one of the smaller side roads, and without realising was heading towards the east-coast. By the time I realised (as I saw that I was approaching the sea on the opposite side of the Island) I decided to continue – could be seen as another conquest! I arrived in a village called “Vourvoulos”, quite a tranquil place, not many people (tourists and locals alike) were around, saw a sign to the beach and Fish Taverna, so decided to head that way.

Having walked for another 15-20 minutes or so, I reached the Vourvoulos beach. After eating at the Taverna I headed back, so the whole journey had taken about 2-3 hours. Very nice!

I was thinking of going to the north-west part of the Island, to a town called “Oia” (aka Ia) – the famous location for the amazing sunsets on the island. So I decided to take the 15:15EEST bus (coach) at a cost of just €1.20. Not bad at all. I knew it would be a very busy location, and it certainly was, swarming of people – and this was mid-afternoon, so I could only imagine it was going to get busier once the late evening appeared.

I took the opportunity of a slight lull and walk around the lanes of Oia, I also took the advise of a family friend who recently visited – to visit the “Amoudi Bay” area, which was slightly outside of Oia, but meant to be a better and less crowded area. Another “walk down” was required to the Port area. Very nice, but my concern was that it was a walk “back up” that would be the worst part of the trek here.

Anyway, managed to get back up, but was sweating away in the late afternoon sunshine and warmth. I also knew that there would be quite a few of the “tourist” Tavernas and bars around the place, so tried to stay clear of this pricy places, and attempted to locate another recommended place, called “Skiza”. It was allegedly slightly away from the main touristy places to eat, but had an upstairs terrace which had an amazing view – it was meant to be a Crepes and Pies places (interesting combination!). I went up, and had a Greek salad, followed by a Santorini Pie (house special) – certainly was very enjoyable. After finishing my Mythos, I headed back towards the western edge of the area, overlooking the sea. The sunset was truly amazing, and very surreal. Definitely worth the visit; the sunset was a sight to remember, especially with such an amazing backdrop. Again, the photos to appear on the Brigatti Gallery shortly (hopefully).

There was then a mad rush to get back to the buses and hire cars for the return journey, I decided to walk slightly faster than most as I didn’t want to wait another 30-45 minutes for the next bus. Managed to get to the “bus terminal”, and jump aboard the bus that was waiting to depart. Great timing, hey?

Arrived back to Fira in good time, and then returned to the hotel to freshen up and get some well-earned rest. I just watched the news about the forthcoming battle of the pitch – that’s the football pitch, and the battle between AC Milan and Liverpool for the European Champions League Final – going to be a great and entertaining game to watch on Wednesday! Can’t wait! Here's hoping that you know who wins (that's Milan, silly!)

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