So we made it down the hill, filled the cute car with gas and drove across the island to Oia.
But we didn’t know where to go. It should had been pretty straight forward – just follow the sun! But we weren’t sure, everybody else was on holiday. We put our trust and faith in a group of school children who kept giggling and pointed in different directions. And we were caught in a maze with plenty of distractions.
We were hungry from all that climbing earlier, and it seems that the sun is already setting. We saw a pretty little bookshop called Atlantis Books – the only store that was open. We asked the girl from the bookstore if there’s any place open for dinner and I wanted to linger a while longer at the bookshop, she looked at us and just goes, oh i know a place, but this is not the place for you to be at now, you have to go now! We’ll talk in a while, but now, go, go, go! The sun is setting!
How ever she knows we were looking for the sunset remains a mystery, but maybe all tourists came to the then-‘abandoned’ city of Oia for one reason – to see the sunset that everybody talks about. We followed the direction of her finger and sprinted.
We went back to Atlantis Books and ended up spending loads of time in it – bushyhead was playing with the resident cat and I was going through the massive collection of books for something to read. ( You can read about how Atlantis Books begin here.) In the end, I picked A Month in the Country and got a cute stamp it it too. The lady was looking after it for the winter is Charlotte Koster – an amazing artist who did all the woodsigns and wordings in the bookshop. She also did some really amazing sand sculptures and designed one of the suites for the 2008/2009 season of the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi. You can see her work here.
After Charlotte so kindly directed us to a nice family tavern for dinner, we left the bookshop. We were half-expecting the bookshop to disappear magically the moment we turned our heads. We know this is not Hogwarts, but we believe this place definitely exists in a realm of its own!
You can follow all the other days of our honeymoon here! day 1 & 2 (Frankfurt), day 3 (Frankfurt & Switzerland), day 4 (Switzerland), day 5 (Switzerland), day 6 (Milan), day 7 (Padua & Venice), day 8 (Venice), day 9 (Venice & Florence), day 10 (Florence), day 11 & 12 (Florence), day 13 (Rome), day 14 (Rome), day 15 (Rome) , day 16 (Athens), day 17.1 (Athens), day 17.2 (Athens), day 18 (Athens), day 18 part 2 (Athens), day 19 ( Santorini ), day 20.1 ( Santorini )