The Hermitage Amsterdam hosted an exhibit on Peter the Great. I was tempted to try on the tsar’s outfit, a heavy idea.
A few days preceding the National Day, the roads around Riffa, the highway and the airport are lit up in red and white lights. We have all seen pictures of revelers and families heading in throngs to Riffa Palace each year on National Day. It is a treat to watch, but be prepared for bumper to bumper traffic and delays.
A five hour drive from Bangkok lies Koh Chang or Elephant isle. Yes you can fly to Trat airport and take a bus which will save you a couple of hours. But for the unplanned, the mini bus ride works out well. There are plenty of stops along the way where you can get food, drink and stretch your legs.
I was looking for a place far away from the madness and the usual commercialism that is rampant in most of the other Thai Islands. The destination was Lonely Beach, on the south west of the island. Let me take you for a little tour around this stretch of land. You will find most of the commentary within the pictures.
Santorini is famed for it’s ragged beauty and spectacular sunsets, making it a top 10 on many travellers bucket list. We made sure we saw the sunset from different vantage points. The first evening, we were pretty tired so we watched it from the patio outside our room in Imerovigli.
One tip I can give is to look around you as the setting sun paints different hues on the white buildings. The best spot to do that would be on a boat, from a sunset cruise.
The guidebooks will recommend many cafe’s and spots in Fira and Oia. Most of them were packed, including the open spaces near the church in Oia. Season was almost ending but it was still busy, we decided to take a walk along the coast instead of shoving for space. A few minutes down the road we found a quiet and almost deserted cafe just a few metres from the sea, jackpot.