Greece – Day 4, Wednesday

Today we woke up at a nice normal hour!  I can’t believe I was able to get back to sleep after going to sleep yesterday afternoon, and then being up for 2 hours in the middle of the night.  I still slept like a baby!

After breakfast Joey went up and booked our boat outing for the day while I took a nice long hot shower.  We’re sailing on a “Catamaran sailing yacht with her own captain and crew.”  It’s a semi-private afternoon and sunset dinner cruise that explores “the striking landscape of Santorini and other islands, you can also enjoy sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling in private bays, which includes the famous volcanic hot springs.” (I got that from the brochure…)  We don’t know who will be with us yet but it only has room for a few couples.  Who knows, maybe since the season isn’t too busy yet, we might have the whole yacht to ourselves! You can check out some pics here:  www.spiridakos.gr  Either way, I am totally looking forward to this!  Our other options were a pirate ship or what I call “cattle” type ships where there are tons of people on them and you have pre-determined stops for pre-determined times.  This one was much more expensive, probably 6 times as much!, but I really didn’t want to be on a boat with a ton of other people and when are we ever going to have a chance to sail the Greek islands in this manner again?  I will have to tell you all about it when we get back….

Anyway, we came here to relax rather than to tour a whole county like we have in the past but I knew it would be hard for us to sit and do nothing.  But I am trying very hard and have to keep reminding myself that it is okay to do nothing!  I spent most of the morning reading Joel Rosenberg’s new book, Dead Heat.  The whole series is very good so check it out.  Joey was getting a bit antsy (of course…) so he took a walk by himself to the end of the village before coming back and making us a Greek salad for lunch.  Even now, he is walking around the cave tidying up.  I don’t think he ever stops moving, lol.

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So we are back from our catamaran yacht trip.  It was amazing and we did have the boat ‘almost’ to ourselves.  There was only one other very friendly lady about my age named Honey from Jersey in the Channel Islands just off ofFrance.  She was a real sweetheart and very interesting to talk to.  As soon as we boarded the captain and his very cute deckhand named Mikos were tending to our every need, bringing us drinks and snacks as we sat out in the front viewing the coastline cliffs of Santorini while he sailed around. Now and then the water would splash up through the mesh net and it was startling to say the least! The captain took us to thehot springson the other side of the volcano and Joey and I jumped in and swam over to them.  At first it was cold, and quite a long swim, but eventually we could feel the water warming up.  It also turned an orangey color where it got warm.  The rock cliffs high above us had chickens and roosters on them, crowing loudly.  We stayed for a while before we swam back to the yacht.  Next we went around the island to another private cove.  The captain, along with Joey and Honey, took another swim.  I stayed on board with Mikos.  BTW, Lacy would have loved this guy!  Mikos had dark curly hair with the prettiest green eyes.  He even had the scruffy face that she likes, lol.  Mikos started preparing our dinner as I watched, wanting to get my hands in to help.  It’s hard for me to be in a kitchen and not want to help cook.  Eventually the captain climbed back onto the yacht and finished making dinner.  Our dinner spread consisted of fresh prawns, mustard chicken, mussels, lamb meatballs of some sort, some sausage, a Greek salad with bread, along with some yogurt and eggplant spreads…and of course, a constant pouring of wine.  He used Ouzo (the local liquor) in something he made but I’m not sure what.  The three of us sat out on the table at the back of the boat and were served our dinner while we watched the beautiful sunset.  The sails were up, flapping in the wind, and we were moving at a nice peaceful pace all the way back to the port as the sun dropped slowly behind the waters edge.  It was a wonderful day and certainly worth every penny….or I should say euro.

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