I stayed for almost two months in a villa in Oia (Ia) on Santorini many years ago, and for some reason, I’ve found myself thinking about it a lot.
These photos aren’t mine, I found them on one of the free photo sites. Mine are in a box somewhere. (This is the trouble with slides -transparencies-, they take up physical space and need to be stored.)
They hadn’t built the cable cars when I was there.
So if you came by ship, these donkeys were the easiest way to climb the 600+/- steps to Fira.
When I was there the steps were slippery, even when they were dry and I’m told they still are. So watch your step and keep an eye peeled for donkey shit and piss.
As you can see from the pictures Santorini is a beautiful place, but it’s arid and what running water there is comes from a desalination plant. So don’t plan on cooking with it.
The villa I stayed in had a cistern, but in June, July, and August they get less than an inch of rain. So any plants you see rely on the morning dew.
Speaking of water, things sure have changed since I was there, I’ve been told that there’s now a water park out on one end of the island.
My two-month stay was fun, but I was young and easily amused. Wine, ouzo, and naked women were the order of the day. Now staying drunk for days on end is more than I can handle. On the other hand, I could use a young naked woman in my life.
The bottom line is, everybody should make the trip at least once. But I don’t suggest staying for months because you can only stare at just so many beautiful sunsets before you go island happy.