Travelogue

Santorini 2015: Our First Couplemoon (Part V)

IMG_3733For the final episode of our Couplemoon in Greece, we bring you to the Red Beach in Akrotiri, visit the Archeology Site believed to be the lost city of Atlantis and go shopping in Fira before heading home. Let’s go!bordersantorini2015redbeach
The Red Beach earns it’s name from the iron-rich sedimentary rocks and sand in the cliff. Like how Perissa is covered in black sand, Red Beach got it’s colour from being in the vicinity of a volcano.

We rose pretty early this morning as we had so much to do and wanted to go into the Archeology Site right when it opens. Turned out, we arrived very early so we decided to explore the Red Beach first before going to the Archeology Site. It was peaceful, quiet and so serene. Unfortunately, to go down to the beach was off limits during this season but the view from above was just spectacular, no words can describe it, God’s creation.IMG_3703IMG_3681IMG_3682IMG_3708IMG_3704IMG_3684IMG_3709IMG_3717IMG_3716IMG_3718IMG_3699IMG_3727IMG_3698IMG_3731IMG_3729IMG_3683IMG_3705IMG_3706IMG_3707bordersantorini2015akrotiriarcheology
in the end 19th century, the volcanic earth was excavated to provide first material for the construction of the Suez Canal. There have been traces of a prehistoric settlement in Santorini but it was not until 1967 when the excavations at ancient Akrotiri started, conducted by the archaeologist Spryridon Marinatos, a professor at the University of Athens. What he found was astounding. One of the most important excavations, it brought to light multi-level buildings and masterpiece-wall paintings dating back to 5th millennium BC (Neolithic age).

After the eruption of the volcano in the 17 century BC, the once round island Thira (now known as Santorini) was mostly sunk by a massive tsunami. The caldera is formed from this and parts of Thira was covered with volcanic material. These material has, however, played a major role in the protection of the ancient settlement including paintings and pottery and is one of the best preserved all over Greece.

Many have speculated that this could have been the lost city of Atlantis due to the advance structure/skills found on this site and their similar fate. What do you think?
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Fira is the main town of Santorini located on the top of a cliff of the caldera. It has a few museums, the cable car, a few bars and clubs and it’s central location is the base for the public buses to go to and from many other parts of the island.

Shine and myself decided to spend the rest of the day here to shop for souvenirs and to eat. Oh, how we’ll miss the yummy Greek food, sob. Apparently, we actually arrived at around 1130am but most of the shops and eateries were still closed, again, due to the low season. Most of the shops and restaurants opened at around noon or later but closed early at about 4pm to 6pm. But fret not, all is not hopeless, just look to the locals! We ate at this little place just by the road where the locals dined and the food was great! Then again, almost everywhere we ate in Greece was great. I’m such a pig like that.
IMG_3825IMG_3871IMG_3838IMG_3832IMG_3827IMG_3836IMG_3833IMG_3855IMG_3841IMG_3856IMG_3857Let me tell you (no, it’s not about the trail of donkey poo), it seams like you’ll never get lost in Fira town. We kept walking in circles! Its like every alley and path we turned, we somehow end up back at the same spot. I was in search of a shop that sold clocks that Lisa had bought her pretty clock from but I suspected it must be closed. We found this awesome shop though.IMG_3858IMG_3870IMG_3868I ended up getting my pretty clock from here and Shine got himself a Poseidon figurine both to display in our future home (hehe).IMG_3844IMG_3846IMG_3847IMG_3848IMG_3852IMG_3853IMG_3859IMG_3849IMG_3850IMG_3824IMG_3851While we were still walking in circles, we came across an alley we haven’t been through. At a corner was a little shop that had more light up figurines I was looking to buy for Lisa and myself. Shine was smoking outside when the shopkeeper asked, “What are you doing smoking outside? It’s cold! Come in, I have an ashtray”. OMG. Being a Singaporean, smoking just about anywhere was unheard of, let alone smoke in a shop, lol! So he smoked and they chat while I shopped, everyone is happy. How fun. The souvenir in his shop was reasonably priced and added that he was so hospitable, we decided to get the rest of what we needed from his shop. I asked if I could take a picture of his shop to tell my friends in Singapore and he gladly said, “Yes, of course!” and even asked if he could be in the photo with Shine. I cannot tell you enough how much I love the people here.IMG_3869So friends, if you guys are heading to Santorini, please visit our shopkeeper friend. Most of Santorini’s shops and restaurants don’t have an address and even if they did, you wouldn’t know. His shop is somewhere towards the steps to the Cable Car. If you still can’t find it, just walk around in circles and enter every lane you see, you’re bound to find it *wink.IMG_3872IMG_3874After all that walking and shopping, we were hungry again and decided on a light snack. Found this place that sold hand wraps that Shine was tempted to try. Shine ordered this lamb kebab wrap for like 2 Euros! This would’ve cost a bomb at home for the quality and portion! And my grilled chicken stick cost 1 Euro, lol, I would really be a fat girl if I stayed in Greece longer.IMG_3877Clearly very satisfied with my grilled chicken stick till I didn’t care how shitty I looked. Next door, there was this…IMG_3873KFC uncle? Is that you? *Confused. The shops started closing at around 530pm and our driver came to pick us up.borderNot long after we arrived back at our room, Mama came by to serve us a traditional home cooked meal! There wasn’t any eateries nearby that was open in Perissa so she had offered to make us dinner.IMG_3906We noticed that the food in Santorini was very fresh and that fast-food joints were non-existent. The vegetables were sweet and juicy and the fish smelt good unlike the kind I smell at home (reason why I don’t eat as much fish as I should). Thank you Mama for your thoughtfulness and your food tasted very good. We wish you will always be well for your family and Blue Diamond Bay. We hope we can come back to Santorini again and visit you.borderIMG_3890The next morning, we had to be up early again as we were taking the first plane out of Santorini. Since we had packed our bags the night before and still had some time to spare, we decided to take a morning stroll by Perissa beach.IMG_3891IMG_3892IMG_3893IMG_3894Now its time for Shine to be the model! Honestly, I don’t think he knows I took these pictures of him. No, I’m not trying to be a creepy girlfriend but it’s so hard to get him to pose in pictures so I have resulted in taking candid snaps of him in secret. Ok, I am starting to scare myself but tada, yay, photos of my Shine playing with water.IMG_3899IMG_3900IMG_3901IMG_3902IMG_3903So we have come to the end Our First Couplemoon. Thank you everyone for being so patient with the posts and for being supportive by reading the blog and liking the photos on Instagram and Facebook, it means a lot to Shine and me. You are all awesome, muacks.

And of course, thank you to my Shine for bringing me to Santorini and Athens. Although it was meant to be your 30th birthday trip, you wanted to surprise me by bringing us to this place that I’ve always talked about since we’ve started dating. Truly, you are the best thing that has ever happened to me. To more couplemoons (if I didn’t scare you enough) and a happy future together. I love you my Sunshine.

Athens/Santorini 2015 Our First Couplemoon:
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV

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