The last time I went on holiday, it was to Iceland 5 months before which was -5 degrees and I had packed thermals and walking boots. This time round it was bikinis and flip flops packed as I went to Santorini last month for 6 days of sunshine and lazing, yippee!
Santorini - and more specifically Oia - is incredibly beautiful. The phrase "I can't believe I'm seeing this with my own eyes" was uttered many times in a dazed voice during the course of our stay. The cliff edge with the white caves and infamous blue dome churches set alongside the Aegen Sea is pretty much the stuff of postcards. We were lucky to be staying in the cave house right in the midst of it. This may have been at my somewhat bossy insistence but HELLOOOO, look at it!
The apartment we stayed at - I may have to ask John the owner for a cut ;-)
Most of the time we were there, the weather was glorious with delicious blue skies. A friednly waitress told us it only rained 3 times (MAX) a year in Oia. Why did I even come back?
Blue domes. Blue sky.
Most days we had our ice cream fix at Lolita's gelato.
This one is pistachio. I was also fond of the "greek viagra" which was a yogurty / honey mix
The thing about being so lazy on holidays is that you tend to stick to the same thing and for us, it was Ochre Wine Bistro restaurant. For good reason though. First discovered on one of the few days we went for an amble (we hardly did anything on this holiday that ambling felt like an Olympic sport), it had a gorgeous view of the sea. Also, whilst it was amazing staying in the midst of the white caves, it wasn't the best side to see the sunset which was something we were keen to see. This place definitely seemed like it was worth a visit for dinner.
The view you get when you first walk into Ochre
So we headed back later that evening. The food that night and the second time was really good.
Giant prawns wanting to escape - I ain't letting them go anywhere but in my belly
Getting food is like receiving a present. In this case, it was a bit literal.
My friend found it amusing that I had a "holiday wardrobe", which means items of clothing / accessories that never see the light of day in the UK. This philosophy also applies for food and drink. Never do I ever had a cocktail with a cherry in it and in that typical cocktail glass that is only seen in countries where it's hot. However here it was all I drank, predictably but adoringly called the Santorini sunset. It had rum, grenadine and some element of coconut and pineapple and it was the perfect drink to sip whilst looking at that stunning view.
Ochre Wine Bistro is an absolutely necessary stop for dinner if you're going to Santorini. We were treated like royalty there, the food is great and the cocktails yummy. We also got to see some of the most wonderful sunsets I've ever seen.
Until next time...and there will be a next time