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Back in KL, when I was still planning the trip with gege over the phone, he asked me whether I wanted to visit the lavender farm in France or Santorini, Greece. Though I've long to see a lavender farm, but my reasoning were, he has already visited France so many times, and I wanted us all to go to a place where we've never been before. So Santorini it was :)
What Plane/Airport to Go To:
At London Victoria Station, we took the Gatwick Express to Gatwick Airport, London. If you're traveling in group, please buy the group ticket for Gatwick express train to the airport terminal.
London Victoria Station, London
London Victoria Station is pet-friendly. You'll see dogs (with leash) everywhere. And people make themselves comfortable just about anywhere. In Malaysia, if you sit in the middle of the station, people will either think you're a beggar or plain crazy.
At the Gatwick Airport, London, we headed for Tor Air check-in counter. I've never heard of the airline before, so I was a tad bit worried.
Quick Review of Tor Air Charter Plane:
It was the smallest plane I've ever flown in. Feels so much smaller than Fireflyz. Three seats on the left, narrow walk way and another three seats on the right. The cockpit was super short. There were only two cabin crew. One is young, and the senior was, well, really senior. She's probably around 50 years old? She was super though, it was as if she's the captain of the ship :) The cabin crew was very courteous. It was a smooth flight from take-off to landing. No air turbulence or anything.
The plane was so small that the cabin crew had to keep their stuff in the passenger's overhead compartment LOL
Tor Air Flight Experience:
To be honest, I was completely ok with the plane. The leg space was sufficient and the seats can be reclined. However, there's this huge family... we call them the family-from-hell. In the short three hours flight, they could yap non-stop from take-off till landing. Imagine a mom talking loudly to her babies NON STOP, babies whining and playing NON STOP, toddlers playing and kicking seats NO STOP... truly un-bearable. I cannot understand why some people are so inconsiderate :( Apparently that huge family was gonna attend a wedding in Santorini. We were praying that we won't be staying in the same hotel later...
Minus off the family-from-hell, the flight with Tor Air was smooth and comfortable
It was a three hour+ flight from London to Santorini.
At Santorini Airport
Upon landing in Santorini, it was close to midnight local time. It was dark so visibility was very low. The 'airport' was super basic. But but BUT! The custom officer, or rather a police officer was SUPER HOT. He's a young man, great hair, wearing a white t-shirt with 'Police' word across it. He had some chains and gun holder thinggy around his waist. The three of us were the last to get the stamp on our passport so once he's done, he walked out the booth and oh my god, Carmen and I were like, 'WAH THE POLICEMAN HERE SO HOT ONE!'
After behaving like teenagers meeting their idols (me and Carmen only. Gege was just rolling his eyes), we were greeted by reps from Olympic Holidays travel agency. We were then asked to get on a bus. Before going up the bus, saw a girl patting a huge white dog. Never seen this breed before but it was soooo nice. It kept rubbing his head towards the girl, so sweet :) I'd love to have that dog as mine.
The bus ride journey from the airport to our hotel was probably around 10-15 minutes. Everything was pitch black outside so I couldn't see anything at all.
Sandy's Villa-Our Home in Santorini
Finally, when we arrived at Sandy's Villa, we were brought to our respective rooms. Again, everything apart from Sandy's Villa was pitch black. I saw two dots of red light in a distance though... but couldn't make anything out of it. I'll reveal what's this in the next post. Suspense, suspense :)
After putting down our bags in the room, we went to the pool side and had a snack. Sandy and her super adorable son-Vengelis was there to serve us. She was very very kind to us throughout the entire trip.
Anyway, that's all for this post. The following posts on Santorini is not to be missed. I had the time of my life there and would like to share info and images with you. Stay tuned!