Hello, S.S.W. readers! Long time, no post. My apologies for the radio silence. Kevin and I were married earlier this month, and have been honeymooning in Greece ever since.
We spent the first half of our trip in Santorini. You may know Santorini by its gleaming white buildings and sapphire waters, but Fira, the idyllic island's main town, is also one of Greece's best shopping districts.
Kevin and I enjoyed scouring the stores and stalls there before dinner one evening, where we found lots of moderately-priced (and high-priced) goods from leading Greek, American and European designers.
Fira is best known for its jewelry stores, which again are among the best in Greece. My favorite jewelry store in Fira was Koukla Art. We stumbled upon this hip boutique when we accidentally turned off of Fira's main road. (Most of the streets in Santorini are not named, which makes getting around the island an adventure in itself.)
Koukla offers an array of moderately priced jewelry from contemporary Greek designers. I picked up this lovely heart-stamped gold ring there. The ring is designed by Antria Prasinou, a designer who specializes in sleek, modern silver, bronze, copper and gold jewelry.
In addition to the town's many jewelry stores and lots of shops with tourist-y chotskies, Fira boasts an impressive amount of affordable leather goods stores as well. These sandals, for example, were about 20 euros a pair. For reasons that now escape me, I didn't buy any at the time, though now I wish I had.
Shopping in Fira was quite the contrast to shopping in Athens... but more on that later this week.
S.S.W. Asks: Have you ever shopped in Santorini? If so, what stores are your favorites?