A Death March

The next morning, Saturday, we were able to sleep in. And wandered to a restaurant called Corner Crepes & Waffles in the center of Fira once we woke up. We ordered waffles because, like, they are so Greek. In all fairness, I hadn’t had a waffle since Brussels.

Complete with OJ and coffee. It was a strawberry marmalade waffle with whipped cream.

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This was necessary sustenance as we set off for a 10km hike from Fira to Oia. There is a hiking “path” along the cliffs of the Aegean that you can follow along with gorgeous views of the caldera.

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Occasionally there were some signs and occasionally there was some actual cliff-scaling/mountain hiking/trying not to fall moments. Way more intense than we thought but also 100% completely worth it and amazing. Actually, Tim called it a death march. And it was the 2nd death march of the vacation. He’s exaggerating, really. Or he was annoyed that I don’t like to stop too much.

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I think I paused (not stopped) every 5 minutes to take a picture. As you walk along, you have to look on all sides of you because the scenery changed constantly. It took us pretty much exactly 3 hours to get to Oia (by the way, pronounced ee-yah)

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You go through a few (very small) towns along the way and there is also a stretch where there is absolutely nothing and feels like Arizona. Or something. But it was so quiet and serene (and windy).

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Oia was beautiful. And actually on the more quiet side which made it very enjoyable. I’m sure it is packed in the summertime. But first things first…food!

We came across a Greek tapas restaurant called Melitini (more about the name after).

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Best. Decision. Ever.

There were tons and tons of traditional Greek tapas on the menu. The waiter and waitress who served us were so friendly.

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These were much needed Santorini Brewing Company beers (Yellow Donkey and Red Doneky). Then it was onto tapas. They basically told us we ordered too much and to let them know if we wanted to cancel anything. HA, challenge accepted! Now comes the onslaught of food.

First up was a trio of dips: tzatziki, eggplant dip, and a spicy cheese dip served with grilled pitas.

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Then cheese pies wrapped in crunchy phyllo and fried potatoes that were extremely crispy and covered in spices.

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Baked feta.

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Grilled octopus with olive oil and lemon juice. Yes, even I had it and loved it.

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Fried eggs with spicy sausage and tomato sauce (almost like a Shakshuka)

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Lamb sausage that the waiter said tasted better when cooled.

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And Melintini, the namesake of the restaurant and sweet cheese tartlets.

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I’m not even joking that this was the best lunch of our lives. We rolled away to walk around Oia.

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In which I proceeded to take a million more pictures. Very easy to do.

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We were going to stay to watch the sunset but unfortunately there ended up being clouds that blocked it. Womp womp. We took the (extremely PACKED) bus back to Fira. No thanks to walking back 10km in the dark.

Since we weren’t starving, we didn’t want to eat much for dinner but wanted wine. Of course. We walked to a wine bar called Pelican Kipos Cafe and Wine Restaurant. And ordered a cheese plate for dinner with bread. The bread had an awesome dip that tasted like a pureed bruschetta. MUST RE-CREATE.

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It started off as a quiet night with our cheese plate and glasses of wine. A table near us of about 12 older people had been having a grand ol’ time in the center of the restaurant. All of a sudden, one of the men pulls out a guitar and started singing.

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He and the table kept singing (Greek and 1 Spanish) song after song. At one point, they got people up dancing and clapping. The waitstaff said this never happens and is highly unusual. Impromptu free entertainment! We were enjoying ourselves so much they gave us wine on the house. We ended up staying for a few hours instead of just a couple. It was exactly how I pictured Greece to be.

Sorry the video is so dark but you get the idea! It was an awesome night and end to an amazing day #livingthedream.

 

 

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