As we had left it so late to book, there was really no time to get excited, most of the time that was left was spent getting organised. Sorting out who was going to pop in to check up on the cat’s (Katie) picking up the currency, getting the luggage out of the loft and then packing, which in Andrew’s case only takes 20 minutes, he quite proudly boasts about!!
The night before we had to make sure that everything at the shop was ship shape and organised, all the rubbish was taken for recycling, the carpets hoovered and Andrew’s desk cleared, the only hope was it would be the same on our return. Things have changed so much over the last twelve months, and some of it we needed to get a tighter reign over but going away meant we could talk things over and work out what we wanted for OUR future.
The morning of our flight and Katie and her man arrived and took us to the airport, I was excited, as for the first time ever, we were leaving from Terminal Five. We checked in and then headed off to get Andrew a nice breakfast, we never take for granted that his customer can look after us on flights, so we make sure we have adequate sustenance prior to boarding. We found a great restaurant called “Pilots” and ordered, it was nice to feel the sense of calm already rushing over us both. We finished our food and headed to the gate, which was a train ride away, I never knew T5 was that large and by the time we got there, they were already pre-boarding. I slowly made my way onto the plane and we were approached by the purser who introduced herself and said the Captain would be out once we were in the air, she then moved us into our Club seats and made us as comfortable as possible.
The flight was amazing, once you have been given a free upgrade, I for one never take the mickey, yes I like to have a bottle of champers, after all I am on holiday but when they offer me the menu, I always say just bring me what is left, let the fare payers have the first choice, the staff appreciate that. I never bother them too much and I always tweet my thanks, naming the staff and flight number, so they get a pat on the back from BA. It is the little things after all. We made it to Santorini in under four hours and when they opened the doors, the heat hit us, the biggest shock was, I had to walk down stairs, oh well the whole plane would have to wait for me !! So the Captain helped me down the stairs, guiding me step by step, what a gentleman, we shook hands and I thanked him for his hospitality. Then the 1970’s throwback airport, Santorini is stuck in a time warp, it is very charming though. The one security guard checks your passport and lets you into the Island. they then crank up the baggage reclaim and eventually our cases arrived.
We had booked a car for the week, so the doors to arrivals opened and there were four desks, we asked the young lady if by chance she was the company we were looking for and as luck would have it she was, we collected our VW Beetle Convertible and off we went in search of Kamari and our hotel. This really was going to be an adventure. For people who are generally so stuck in their ways, heading to the USA twice a year, to the same resort, we were well out of our comfort zone but it was fun and exhilarating.
The little map helped us as best it could until we got to Kamari and nobody had heard of the hotel, I them realised from the pictures I had seen on Trip Advisor roughly where it should be and we happened upon it by chance.
We had been so lucky with this holiday so far a great flight, the car was fun and the hotel was beautiful with amazing views. Now we had to just make some wonderful memories xx