A Travellerspoint blog

September 2004

The Last Day of Singledom...

This entry has been migrated from an old blog

sunny
View Our wedding and honeymoon on jefranklin's travel map.

The final day before the wedding was the date that the remainder of Heather's family arrived. We also met up with our wedding planner to discuss final arrangements, it was also the chance for Mike, Hazel & Sonje to meet with her as well.

In the evening, there was a get together of all my family and all of Heather's family. This was held at our hotel, as my family were staying on the east side of the island.

Posted by jefranklin 22:02 Archived in Greece Tagged events Comments (0)

The Hen's & Stag's Night

sunny -17 °C
View Our wedding and honeymoon on jefranklin's travel map.

By the Thursday, the large majority of our guests had arrived. We had given advance notice to all that there would be a combined Hen's & Stag's night before we left Australia, but as we did not know Santorini at all, we had to pick a bar after we arrived.

The bar for the guys was the Tropical Bar, where Jeannie played host. Kick off time was 3pm and we had booked the balcony out, so we were able to sink a few while the sunset over the caldera. It all started rather civilised, but things rapidly degenerated once the tequila shots started flowing... Several times that night, my camera was dropped much to my consternation.

Eventually, the more senior members of the group and those with young children had to leave and at that point, the ladies joined what was left of guys. Jeannie had ordered in some snack food for us and was pumping cheesie music through the speakers), so naturally bad dancing was the order of the day/night.

The end of the night came for Heather and I at around 2am. Of the 40 or so people that had joined us, only one (our Danish friend Kenneth) was left. We headed of to a snack bar and bought the customary kebab, except in Greece it is called an Eros (and the Greek way of spelling it, makes it look like Gyro). While in the eros shop (which sounds as if it should be selling something else), we saw Jeannie as she had finished her shift at Tropical. Then off home to bed...

Posted by jefranklin 20:00 Archived in Greece Tagged events Comments (0)

Not there, Ia

sunny
View Our wedding and honeymoon on jefranklin's travel map.

Most of this day was spent hanging around at the beach in Vlihada. The reason that this was chosen was because it is home of the Santorini Submarine. Heather and I decided to take a ride on this, along with some of my family and Col.

The submarine tour started at a secluded port and chugged to open waters before descending. While underwater, we were "treated" to a 15th century sunken wreck of a small boat (complete with drive shaft), a couple of ancient containers and an Ionic column that was about 3 feet tall (obviously from a temple for midgets).
You can probably tell, that I thought that part of the ride was slightly touristy. However, the experience of submerging was quite surreal, and I naturally played the role of a tacky tourist well, by videoing everything. For future reference, if filming underwater, switch off the auto-exposure on your camera and adjust it manually - it allows you to see the underwater environment much more clearly (you may want to turn off auto-focussing as well). DCP_2109.jpg

After the spending the day at the beach, we headed off to Ia. Ia is supposed to be the place to watch a sunset from in Santorini and as we got there, it was obvious that a lot of people knew this, as the place was heaving with tourists. Heather, Hazel, Mike and I found a spot reasonably high up the caldera and watched the sunset. Although nice to look at, it was pretty similar to the one that we experienced at hotel, so it was slightly disappointing in that regard.

However, there was a slightly surreal experience, as most of the tourists around us applauded when the sun went down. Now, I am all for giving praise where it is due, but this is something that happens daily and (unless the Santorini local government knows something that rest of the planet does not) is a natural event with no human involvement. The question still remains though: "who were the crowd applauding?". I have been thinking about it and come up with the following:

  • Someone was bungie-jumping off the edge of the caldera, and we did not see it
  • The blokes were pleased that they could now get to a bar and sink a few Mythos
  • There was a sweepstake running as to how far down the sun would go, and someone guessed "below the sky" correctly

After sun down, we called Col and he joined us for dinner, having received excellent directions from me ("we are in a restaurant overlooking the caldera" - this meant he only had to search about 30 instead of 35). Later on in the evening, my mum and dad joined us for dinner as well, which rounded off a pleasant evening. Again, they got fantastic directions from me ("we're near a church" - every town in Santorini has at least half a dozen, probably more).

Must remember to applaud the sunrise in the morning...

Posted by jefranklin 07:19 Archived in Greece Tagged events Comments (0)

The First Guests Arrive

sunny -17 °C
View Our wedding and honeymoon on jefranklin's travel map.

This was day was pretty hectic for us. It started with one of my mates (Col) arriving at around 6am. If he had chosen a more appropriate time to arrive, we would have met him at the airport- but he lucked out in that regard (sleep takes precedence, I'm afraid).

Around 10am or so, Mike and Hazel arrived - so we met them at the airport. On the same flight (and to our suprise) were our friends Neil & Liz, whom had flown from London to Athens, before catching a Greek domestic flight to Santorini. It was great to see Neil & Liz, as we had not seen them in somewhile, so we decided to arrange for us to meet up for dinner that evening. Col received an alarm call from me as well to see if he was in for it.
Heather and I ducked into one of the bars in Fira called Tropical, where we met the owner Jeannie to discuss booking it out for my 3rd stag night. Tropical is very popular with travellers to hang out in, along with the mandatory Irish bar (that every town seems to have).

Later that day, my entire family (16 people) arrived on a direct flight from Gatwick. We considered meeting them at the airport, but decided against it and opted to meet them at their hotel instead which was in Perivolos. Seeing them after 18 months apart was fantastic and hopefully they felt the same - there seemed to be an awful lot of comments about my weight (damn double-chin, although it's not all bad if I had lived in Victorian times).

After hanging around the pool with my family, Heather and I headed off to Fira to meet up with Haze & Mike, Neil & Liz and Col at another bar in Fira to watch the sun set. Then it was off to dinner at a restaurant called Nassau, which claimed to do the best moussaka in Fira.

Posted by jefranklin 18:03 Archived in Greece Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Visiting the Venue

sunny -17 °C
View Our wedding and honeymoon on jefranklin's travel map.

The Sunday after we arrived was spent with our wedding planner, Tania, at our wedding and reception venue. It was nice to put a name to a face, as I had been chatting with Tania over the last few months in an attempt to sort out the wedding documentation. When Heather and I left Sydney on the Thursday, there was no real certainty that we will be able to get married due to problems with the documentation. No, I was not incredibly inefficient; I had problems with a certain Australian DFAT office. I may put it into a blog post at some time (if anyone shows any interest)...

Anyway, we met at our hotel and we were driven to the venue. We had seen photos from the venue, sent to us by Tania, so we thought we knew what to expect. Like the rest of Santorini however, the beauty of it can never be properly portrayed either on photos or video. It was (to use an overused word) awesome, with spectacular views of the caldera. IMG_0036.jpg

During this visit, we met the owner of the winery and had a finger of one of the desert wines that they make - very pleasant.

During this meeting with Tania, we dicussed final arrangements and she was able to confirm that the Certificate of No Impediment we needed from DFAT had been received. Woo hoo!!! We can get married...

Posted by jefranklin 17:33 Archived in Greece Tagged preparation Comments (0)