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We didn't really plan on visiting Santorini, but it ended up being a logistically necessary – a (most gorgeous and glamorous) layover. Instead of taking the 6 hour ferry fide back to Athens, to hang out for a couple days, and then take the 1 hour drive to the airport for the 1 hour flight to Crete, we instead took a 1 hour ferry from Folegandros to Santorini and a 1 hour ferry from Santorini to Crete. With the ferry schedules, this required a night stay over, and although we knew Santorini isn't the most kid-friendly places, it did turn out to be one of the big highlights of our trip. 

I mean, just look at that view!  

  

 

  

 

We were in awe when we got to our hotel – it was in the perfect location away from the fray and with a stunning view, stunning architecture, and a staff falling over themselves to carry our luggage like sherpas, from the road up and down the narrow paths and steep steps to our room. The only hiccup was when we were greeted warmly but informed gravely that the hotel does not accept children. I don't know if it's because we had paid a fortune for the studio-apartment-style room or if it's because I speak Greek (we do sometimes get special treatment and perks!), but they told us since it was just for one night, they would overlook it, and just to please be mindful that the other guests are there expecting no children and to make sure we stay very safe. Despite the semi-constant shush-ing and the frequent whisper-yelling of "hold hands!" and feeling a bit ashamed, we were so happy to be at the hotel. And we were treated like royalty. 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Clever Alice figured out pretty quick that mommy and daddy, trying to be quiet, would hesitate to stop her from doing what she wanted if she was more than 20 feet away. I couldn't yell "I said no!" at the top of my lungs, so what could I do, except wait for her to finish her death-defying acrobatics, hope she didn't leap over the 28" wall to her death, and give her a stern whisper-lecture-reminder when she was done. But she was fast enough to commit several major infractions before I could catch her.

This is the look that says "catch me if you can."

 

 

 

 

 

Everett had a more contemplative reaction. 

 

 

 

Santorini is the remains of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history which occurred over 3.500 years ago and likely caused a tsunami that aided the end of the Minoan civilization when it hit Crete. Everett loved the idea that this was all created by a volcano, but couldn't quite wrap his head around why he couldn't see any firey lava anywhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

Sometimes the view looks like it has to be a fake backdrop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It really is like walking through a dream. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not a bad place to have a snack. 

 

Alice with a plate of watermelon and a glass of watermelon juice. Everett eating yogurt with honey and "granilla, " (he still can't say granola, pronounces it like vanilla!) and asking if he can try beer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it only gets even more beautiful at sunset 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

We ordered room service and watched the sunset from our veranda. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At a certain point, even Everett couldn't stop taking pictures!

And it was too dark for me to capture well, but the view is totally different but just as stunning at night. When the sun goes down and the colors start to fade from the sky, all the twinkling lights from the village turn on and sparkle like fireflies floating in pitch black, 2,000' above the black, inky sea. Sitting out on the balcony was so quiet – somehow you couldn't hear a single thing (even though it felt like you should for sure be able to hear voices from other balconies or music from other hotels) – and it felt like you were suspended in air, hovering among the stars up in space, nothing below you but pitch black. 

 

 

They say Oia is the best place in Santorini to watch the sunset, but I would argue that you could find no better view than from our particular veranda.