Saturday, September 8: This morning I take my time checking out of Villa Galinia. The ferry for Athens doesn’t leave until 6:40 this evening, so I have a long day ahead. I linger over breakfast, reorganize and re-pack my suitcase with all my new purchases, and then go back into Fira, where I take a little walk through the white-washed village one last time.
All day today, the wind is howling and whistling over the island, a bright & cheery tempest. I wonder if this is the “weather” that the tour company warned about when I decided to take the fast ferry tonight.
I stop for lunch at Mama’s House, a Rick Steves-recommended restaurant. According to Steves, this is a good budget choice with unpretentious Greek fare. I order some tzatziki, a yogurt, cucumber and garlic appetizer, and some eggplant rolls. As these are both “starters,” I…
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