The last hurrah in Europe…
12.06.2011 - 12.06.2011 24 °C
Santorini was again bright and sunny, and very hot, but I've shown the temp & weather as Athens since I was there longer today.
Was picked up at 10:30 for the airport transfer. The driver seemed a little annoyed that it was just me, since he gets paid per person but he didn’t try to charge me extra. Said a sad goodbye to my hostess, the mother of the guy who owns the hotel (his name’s Vangelis, no less – cue music & guys running in slow motion along a beach!). I’d also said a quick goodbye last night to Mr Nicos, who you may remember has a friend who tried to turn me into the next Mrs Nicos. He doesn’t speak much English, but I’m sure he said I should come back next year and marry him. Might have to think about it – it may be the best offer I get!
There was a long queue out the door at the little airport, with everyone checking in for one flight. It took about 25 mins to get to the counter, but seemed like longer since we were close to boarding time by the time we all got through. There were buses to the plane again – it’s kind of weird climbing the stairs into the plane. Felt a bit like the President walking up there – I almost turned around to wave & smile at the crowd!
The flight was smooth, and I spent the time reading to keep my mind off the fact I was leaving Santorini. So I was surprised when we landed in Athens and it was raining, with black clouds in the sky, and thunder. In a strange way, I was pleased that the weather was crappy on my last day in Europe. It has fined up but the clouds are still there. Hopefully tomorrow’s takeoff won’t be too rough.
Waited ages for my suitcase to show up at baggage claim, then walked across the road to the hotel. My room’s on the 4th floor; apparently I’ve been upgraded from a “superior” room on the lower floors to a “deluxe” room.
View out the window
Getting the “upgrade” means I can’t ask for some money back for the twin beds instead of the queen size I expected. It’s nice enough, but for a 5-star hotel it’s really nothing special. The shower’s pretty nice, with room for more than one – but even with the door closed tightly, the water still floods the bathroom floor. I’ve taken a couple of pics of the room FYI.
Will eat dinner at the airport – it’s cheaper than the hotel restaurants – and avail myself of the free one hour wifi access over there (the hotel charges 5 euros per hour) to upload this blog. My flight’s at 1:15pm tomorrow so will stay at the hotel as late as possible. The airport’s not that big so it will be pretty boring after about half an hour – I’ve already been through their small museum, which displays some of the things that were excavated when the airport was built (no pics allowed).