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Ágios Geórgios

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    • Day3

      12km Wanderung auf der Caldera

      September 30, 2021 in Greece ⋅ 🌬 21 °C

      Eine tolle Wanderroute gibt's von Fira nach Oia auf der Caldera. Ausgeschrieben als ca 3 h (10 km), aber man sollte viel mehr Zeit einplanen, da es sehr viele Höhenmeter und aufregende Ausblicke gibt. Für Leute mit Höhenangst teilweise sehr anspruchsvoll, aber machbar. :)
      Natur, super teure Hotels, enge Gassen,..alles dabei.
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    • Day13

      Critters, Museums, Fishies and Shopping

      June 1, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Well onto the next adventure. We went to bed last night after a busy day. You drift off to sleep and dream of the day on the water. Then you wake up to a bite on your arm (kinda felt a large black fly bite). I turn on the light to see this creature scurrying on the comforter. I spring out of bed grab a shoe and whack the thing. Because the bedding is soft it just scurries in another direction. I think I just made it angry now! I fold the comforter (shoe and all) into a packet and drag it outside. I have been quiet this whole time trying not to wake the girls. When I’m outside I unfold everything and watch it scurry to the planter and then to the wall.

      Laura must have heard something and has come to see what is wrong. I can only think to tell her to stay inside so she doesn’t get hurt. I grab my phone, then the camera to get a picture incase it is poisonous. Laura is now freaking out and goes to check her and Nicole’s bedroom. Now Nicole is awake and has to come and check my bite. Laura has gone all mafia ninja mode and is now checking everywhere she can for more critters. My bed gets torn apart, behind the nightstands, under the couch, under the bed, in the bathroom.

      After we calm down a bit (not much but a bit) I take a Benadryl to get the inflammation down. I of course get on line to see if I can find out what bit me. Yeah, check out the picture below. They are called Scolopendra cingulata and are ugly centipedes/scorpion type things with a lot of legs and a scorpion tale.

      We head cautiously back to bed for the rest of the night. The next morning it is more like a bee sting and I have survived to write another blog. I have to admit, driving is nothing to this little adventure.

      We have awoken to a beautiful day. Our visitor from last night has left the premise (as far as we can tell) or was eaten by one of the cats around here. My arm is not as red and feels like a bee sting where the ache has just gone up the arm a bit. Basically, I’m fine.

      Today we have a tour at the Atlantis the Lost City museum. It was very interesting. First you see a movie about how the city was built and lived and then destroyed by a volcano eruption. The movie is a 9D experience meaning that you sit in a chair that tilts and rumbles. You have a set of 3D glasses, headphones to listen to the story and then they throw fake ‘volcanic ash’ (soap bubbles) and water sprits to flush out the experience. After the movie there are several interactive boards that describe the society back then. After this they have a hologram where you can chit chat with Plato about how he saw civilization. They also have a diorama that shows what Atlantis looked like according to Plato. All and all it was well worth the time and money. The link to it is: https://www.lost-atlantis.com/

      After this we went to the lively part of Fira to meander the shops. The three of us went to a fish spa. It is a spa where little fishies clean your feet while you have a glass of wine. We also had a hot wax treatment for our ears. This was a lot of fun. Laura squealed a lot due to the fish ‘kissing’ between her toes. Here is a link if you want to find out more about this treatment: https://www.facebook.com/FishSpaSantorini/ .

      There just happens to be a jewelry store across the street and we are three women. Yes, in we go! I find a nice necklace and 2 rings. The girls also find necklaces, rings and ankle bracelets. By now we are just hungry. We find an absolutely wonderful restaurant called The Pelican Kipos. It had a wonderful atmosphere as soon as we walked in. There were benches with tables and chairs, cozy little nook where you felt like you had a private table. The wait staff were wonderful! Nicole and I spit some appetizers; baked feta and mushrooms in wine sauce. Laura has potatoes au gratin type appetizer. I had the sea bass and our waitress even de-boned it for me at the table! Nicole had a chicken with cream sauce and Laura had a pork medallion dish. We were stuffed by the time we finished!

      We head back to the house and I am ready for some rest and relaxation. The girls however are heading out clubbing. We are leaving tomorrow and I have my reservations about their choices. However, they are 35 years old so it’s up to them. They get a taxi to meet the at the parking area and off they go. Me? I stay home and pack up my stuff, have a shower and write this blog. I know, boring!
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      Traveler

      So it sounds like you’ve been having an excellent adventure!! How many fingers do you think you have?! 🤣

      6/4/22Reply
      Traveler

      It must have been sent for the depths of hell!! 🤢🤮

      6/8/22Reply
      Traveler

      still having nightmares, Kitten?

      6/8/22Reply
       
    • Day3

      Ruins!

      October 4, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Ruins and more ruins. First, we went to the Greek and Roman ruins of Ancient Thira, from about 900 BC to several centuries AD a city way up high with ruins of a theater, a garrison, lots of temples. Then we went to the really old ruins, a Minoan city from about 3000 BC. It had been buried in a volcanic eruption about 1500 BC. No human remains were found, so they must have had warning. Half the island was submerged, leaving the Caldera/crater, which has led some to speculate that this is where Atlantis was. Too bad that at both sites, all the frescoes, and most of the pottery and statuary have been placed in the Thira museum (and some, probably the best, went to Athens). So tomorrow we will have to go to the museum.

      After lunch on the Red Beach, we decided to brave the crowds and head for either Fira/Thira or Imervogli. Fira was just way too crazy, so on we went. Found a primo parking place in Imervogli, so we took advantage and spent several hours walking around, it is beautiful. Joe stayed in a cafe hanging on a cliff while I walked out to a nearby rock with gorgeous views. Unfortunately, I did not think I should do the last 50 m or so, it was pretty much scrambling on rock. But it was a good bit of energetic walking and nearly top views, while Joe sipped his 5 euro iced coffee.

      Crowds are pretty crazy, this is nothing like Sicily in October, where we had enormous parking lots all to ourselves! To give you some idea of the number of tourists — I was just looking for driving directions to the archaeological musem tomorrow. And google maps shows several stretches of “red” on the route now. And this is 9 pm on October 4!!!! I would not venture here in high season.
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      Traveler

      Gorgeous!

      10/4/19Reply
       
    • Day2

      Made it to Santorini!

      October 3, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      The flight to London was smooth, the flight to Santorini bumpy, but we arrived right on time at 4:15 p.m. The one little passport control cubicle was empty when we arrived, but thankfully we were the only flight arriving. By 5:15 we were through passport control and were driving out of the airport in our rental car. Joe had not brought the car GPS, though he thought he had, but in an uncharacteristic stroke of tech skills I was able to download google maps for Santorini and mainland Greece. And, even more amazing, it worked offline as it was supposed to!

      The touristy side of the island rings the volcanic crater, called the Caldera. We are about a two minute hike up to get to the Caldera side, but our hotel is on the other side of that high ridge, which means a sea view but no Caldera view. But the real benefit is that it is much quieter. Truth be told, though, it was one of only two hotels on the island that has an elliptical — and this one has a sea view!

      The island is very small, so by 6, Joe was taking a nap and I was on the elliptical. I also had time for a short walk along the Caldera, it was just gorgeous. We ventured out for dinner in the car around 8, but were gobsmacked by the crowds in Fira. I thought this wasn’t high season!!! We just kept driving till we found a place to park the car. It was in front of a supermarket, with not a restaurant in sight, so we just bought some food and wine (choice in red wine was one labeled “dry red wine” and the other “sweet red wine.” It is not up to my wine cellar friends’ standards.)

      But we are now on the terrace of our room, overlooking the pool, eating very yummy sheep cheese and salami on pita while sipping “dry red wine.”

      Tomorrow Ancient Thira and some island exploration. I will not be spending a lot of time shopping in Thira, of that you can be sure.
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    • Day4

      Day in Fira

      October 5, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      We woke up to bright sunshine, and decided to head for Fira — main city, cruise ship central, tourist shopping heaven. Our hotel had offered us a spot on a fancy boat tour around the caldera and to the volcano, but at 160 € a head, we thought it was a bit much. So we headed into Fira, found the big parking lot (which still had a few places at 10 am, thankfully), and walked down to the old port. From 1200’ above sea level to the port took about 20 minutes. We could have taken a donkey, but decided to walk. Once at the old port, we easily bought tickets for an 11 am boat tour, 20 € per person, thank you very much.

      We went to the hot springs, then to the island nearby where the only live crater is. It was a good climb up through the lava field, and it was so easy to see the outline of what used to be the island, till the volcanic eruption in 1500 BC that is. Amazing views.

      Once back in the port, Joe took the 3 minute cable car while I walked back up, dodging lots of donkey poop, hoping to beat him because the line was long. But he got there first. After lunch, we went to the prehistoric museum — I had never focused on Minoan artifacts and art, but these were really beautiful. Then some more walking along the twisty top paths with gorgeous views out, over the cliff towns, the sheer cliffs, and the turquoise water. It is truly beautiful, most beautiful view while eating an ice cream ever, but the tiny alleys of every kind of tourist trinket is not for me. We bought some great takeout and will soon be chowing down on our little terrace once again. Very happy to be here. 😋
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    • Day3

      Santorini Views from Fira and Oia

      July 17, 2022 in Greece ⋅ 🌬 79 °F

      We met our guide at the cable car exit and visited the most photographed blue dome church and the Three Bells of Fira as our first stop. Because we had 3 other cruise boats also docked, both Fira and Oia were crazy busy with people everywhere.

      Thankfully our guide who has lived on the island for 23 years had plenty of experience getting us to our stops, knowledgeable about how the islands were formed by a volcanic eruption, and provided great recommendations. Once in Oia, we walked to another famous blue dome church and walked around the northern city checking out the shops, patisseries, and restaurants. The streets were crowded with other tourists, some lugging their bags to their hotels located just off the cobblestone streets. We would stop every so often to catch more amazing views of the caldera.

      From our guide, we learned that Santorini was originally one island, but is now five separate islands due to a volcano eruption in 1615 BC which was the biggest eruption in history. This went on for 3 days and it is believed that an earthquake caused eruption. I wish we had more time to go to the museum to learn more about this, but we were limited due to our time ashore.

      We spent some time walking in the streets of Oia and Sydney found an amazing spot for baklava and I was able to sample a beer from the Santorini Brewing Company.
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    • Day14

      Santorini

      October 5, 2022 in Greece ⋅ 🌬 22 °C

      So... Does it live up to the hype?
      Yes! It is beautiful, but busy. A population of 22,000 takes in up to 17 cruise ships per day (25,000 people) - a friend for everybody!

      The solution: if you are going to spend the time and money to come here, pay the little extra to avoid the barbarians. From the right villa there is no need to fight for a good photo spot or restaurant.. Just enjoy the cool breeze, the warm sun, a good book and a glass of whatever takes your fancy.Read more

      Traveler

      Happy Birthday Jonah, what a wonderfull place to celebrate with your beautiful mum and fantastic dad. God bless you from Grandpa and Nanna.

      10/5/22Reply
      Traveler

      Great Dive Bed, you have to dive onto the bed to get into it. Right up Jonah's alley. Be interesting with lights out and trying to get out of the bed to go to the toilet. Just think what Mr Bean would do!!!!

      10/5/22Reply
      Traveler

      Your hotel is so luxe! Definitely will add this to my bucket list!

      10/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      👍 I missed the fine print about free laundry service until the final morning! 😭 Rookie error.

      10/7/22Reply
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    • Day132

      Another massive hike!

      July 31, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

      Miles: 12.3 Steps: 26933
      Flights stairs: 55

      We decided to have a lazy morning / early afternoon today and hang out at our pool during the hottest part of the day. It’s a beautiful pool here and loved every minute - so refreshing, perfect temperature.

      We took off at 4:00 for another massive hike. We really haven’t attempted another big one since our Matterhorn 16 mile debacle. (Which still was spectacular regardless!). As I had said, Santorini is built on the ridge of a volcano - and it overlooks this massive water filled caldera. So we went on a hike that walks the entire rim!

      Our hostel is in the city of Fira and the end point is Oia. The Fira-Oia hike. The hike itself was about 7 miles, but of course we had to walk to the starting point, walk once we got to Oia, and walk back home from the bus stop … so it was a LONG ways again. But what an amazing view almost every second of the hike!!

      We stayed for sunset, found a little place to eat, and took the city bus back to Fira. And now we’re dead tired. But it was an amazing day!!!
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      Traveler

      What a beautiful hike!

      7/31/22Reply
      Traveler

      Look at the houses up there. What a crazy place to build. Beautiful views though.

      7/31/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Right?!? That’s what I thought. And the volcano is considered dormant but active …. ???

      8/1/22Reply
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    • Day11

      Slow day today

      May 30, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Today is a slow day for us no tours today. We all sleep in late and have a late breakfast. We do laundry. I get some blog writing done. You know down day. Laura has found us a gluten free restaurant to go to tonight. Off we go into town. The restaurant is on the main street and parking is hard to find. Laura finds a spot and we try to find the restaurant. Interesting thing I noticed is that there are no address numbers on the stores or houses. I’m not sure why they give you an address when a simple 15’ from the corner would work better. After a couple of phone calls to the restaurant we finally find it. It has a wonderful view over the landscape to the sea.

      Laura picks out a chicken dish. Nicole and I split a bruschetta and then have a pasta with mushrooms and chicken. They give us an appetizer of olives, sliced tomatoes and bread cubes which is also very nice.

      After dinner the girls drop me off and then head out. They are going to an open-air theater to watch the latest Top Gun movie. The theater can hold about 180 people and has regular seating. The girls found some lounge chairs in the front and opted for those. They said they had a great time and that the refreshments (coke and popcorn) were reasonably priced.
      I stayed home and did some reading. I was in bed when they came home and they were nice and quiet so as to not disturb me.
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    • Day3

      Day 3 oia continued and Fira

      June 22, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      After oia headed back to Fira, which is at top of a massive cliff and the only method of getting down to the port are, 1) walk down 600 steps, 2) ride a donkey down ... I kid you not in this day and age people were doing it 😮‍💨 3) use the cable car, well I opted for the cable car.... The queue to catch it was as bad as an airport queue...Seventy Five minutes in the sun ...omg still it was better than the other two options !

      Well that's a quick trip, there's plenty to do even if there's only a few towns but if I came again I'd fly and try to avoid the bedlam of when the boats come in,

      Tomorrow, I hope to wake up in Piraeus and head into Athens which I'm really looking forward to 😉 tonight it's shower, change and hit the bars and cabaret 😘🍺🍸
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