the little dome and tower I sketched in my journal which was really cool.
Pretty awesome being able to take these photos, uninhibited by strangers' heads and sweaty crowds.
It was just really beautifully prepared, simple food which was enjoyably gobbled up by the sea.
After breakfast, we made our way back into town towards the bus station so we could head into Fira. We didn't have anything planned out and we thought maybe we would go to the beach so we went in our swimsuits and brought towels and bottles of water along. However, we ended up not going to the beach (since we decided we wanted to do more research and pick a really good beach to visit) and wandered around Fira instead.
Fira was definitely a busier town with more eateries and shopping compared to Oia. There were tons of gyro places and shops selling the cutest embroidered dresses and linen tunics. We walked around a bit and then decided to descend into the Old Port via the cobbled steps. This decision might have been the biggest mistake of our lives [so dramatic].KARAVOLADES STAIRS
The descent involved walking past several dozen donkeys, which honestly broke my heart. Some of them were fortunate to be standing in shade, but several were just roasting in the hot sun. The donkeys are there to haul humans up and down the steep steps and, according to the herders, it's just a 10 minute trip compared to the 45+ minutes it took us to walk. However, we didn't want to support this industry; it seemed cruel. Plus, we were both scared. The other downside of the donkeys being there was that there was poop all over the place. Some of it was fresh and easily avoided but a lot of it was old and dried up and turned into dust that blew all around with every breeze. It was easily one of the most unsanitary, disgusting moments of the trip. However, we love getting steps into our iPhone health apps, so it was somewhat satisfying.
FIRA OLD PORT
You didn't think we'd walk back up those donkey steps, did you? We smartly made the move to take the cable car back up to Fira. We felt a little sorry for our car companions, who probably smelled the sweat and donkey poo on our bodies, but they were polite enough to not show any discomfort. The cable car is €5 each way, which isn't a bad deal considering it takes all of two minutes to go up or down and you get some lovely views along the way.
HIKING TRAIL FROM FIRA TO OIA
SANTORINI POST OFFICE (SECRET SUNSET VIEWING SPOT)
Everyone goes to the spot just before Ammoudi Bay to watch the sunset so it gets super crowded and disgusting. We tried to look for an alternative spot and found just the place! We climbed the steps to west-facing side of the post office and found ourselves a perfectly secluded, crowd-free spot from which to enjoy the sunset. Unfortunately for us, a few others spotted us and came to steal some of our space, which was annoying. However, I think the best tip would be to get there a little early and duck down so no one will see you. Then, when the sun is scheduled to set, pop up to grab your photos.