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Ákra Alonáki

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  • Day46

    Santorini!

    September 13, 2021 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Blau und weiß - in diesen Farben präsentiert sich Santorini. Die typischen weißen, gewölbten Häuser, blaue Kirchenkuppeln sowie enge, verwinkelte Gassen gibt es hier in jeder Ortschaft zu sehen. Davon konnten wir uns vom höchsten Punkt der Insel Pyrgos selbst überzeugen.Read more

  • Day8

    Santorini.... prihajamo

    July 12, 2021 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Dovolj... ne moremo na isti lokaciji spat več kot 3x... ;) Danes je čas za nov in zadnji premik... na obljubljeni Santorini. Komaj čakamo, da vidimo mesta z belimi hiškami in modrimi vrati, okni in strehami. Obenem se zavedamo, da gremo na malo bolj turistični otok in da lahko pričakujemo malo drugačno vrsto turizma. Več mase, višje cene in manj pristnih kontaktov.

    Ob prihodu smo bili več kot zadovoljni z apartmajem. Majhen apartma v grškem stilu v ozkih ulicah Megalochorisa. Majhna vasica z veliko dušo.

    Hitro smo se razpakirali in šli nekaj pojest. Kaj vprašate? Seveda, gyros. Je osnovna merska enota za "dolčanje koliko je kraj drag"... poleg piva seveda...pa še jemo ga lahko samo še tri dni. Je treba izkoristit. Ob naročilu gyrosa smo občutili prvi obraz otoka:
    - gyros Naxos = 2 €
    - gyros Santorini (neturisticna tocka) = 3,8 €

    Jao jao, ta masovni turizem...situacijo smo šli preverjat še naprej na bližnjo plažo...

    Zelo lepa plaža... črna.... nenavadna.... čista voda... z milijon marel in ležalnikov. 👎👎👎

    Prvi dan je minil z mešanimi občtki...upamo, da bodo naslednji dnevi boljši. Vsaj tako, kot na Naxosu in Milosu.
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    Bojana Doberlet

    Uživali ste v raznoliki Grčiji!Privoščiva vam lepe spomine.Lepo,da ste srečno doma!😊😊

    7/17/21Reply
     
  • 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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  • Day23

    Dreamcatcher

    September 8, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Up for breaky at 8.00am on the rooftop.

    It is beautiful but I want more sleep as woke at 4.00am

    Cheese pastries and coffee. Boiled egg, fruit, and breads sitting at the very top of the hill looking across to the volcano.

    Now for our sailing trip around the caldera. (which means volcanic crater fallen into the sea)

    Met the driver at the prehistoric museum at 9.15am
    (a 4min walk from hotel)
    Rode the mini van to the island end opposite to Oia.

    (Did I say this place reminds me of Phillip Island, the scale of the land mass I mean)

    The mariner is full of yachts.
    We board the red and white waved catamaran, which is gorgeous.
    I am over excited. Which is a good sign.
    We are ushered under a cream canopy onto soft red padded seating around a table.

    The catamaran seats 34
    It is a magnificent structure.
    They serve wine to us at an open bar.

    We are sat opposite 2 men.
    Chris and Mikah
    They are originally from San Diego, now live in Chigago and are happily married.

    We chat and discover that Micah and myself are both Saggitarians. This makes the convo go in a totally wild trajectory.
    Chris is a Capricorn so is more laid back and looks after the finances.

    Basically our entire conversation is how they are a mirror image of Theens and I, regarding personality and behaviours.

    Micah and I can take a mean photograph. Chris and Athena cannot.
    We, the Saggies, are the adventurers the risk takers, always wanting to be busy and at the front of the line. The other 2 are less so, instead, happy to follow along but willing to give it a go.

    For the entire sail we all 4 talked, non stop, whilst drinking our wine.

    We stopped for a swim. Athena stayed on the boat.

    The water was cold at first then divine. Armed with my noodle, I paddled around. The two boys jumped in the sea 💦 and we hung together. I was fascinated with looking under the catamaran. Loved the big red looming form above my head.

    After relaxing for 10minutes in the water we set off.
    We spied 2 webber bbqs hissing and steaming at the back of the catamaran so we knew lunch was near.

    We spent hours talking to our new friends. The boys have been married for 2 years and this holiday was a late honeymoon.

    We stopped off for another 15 Min swim and Athena stayed on board taking pics from the netting. Micah and I swam underneath her and splashed up to her like kids. She was telling us off and it made us do it more!!

    Now lunch is served.
    We eagerly sat waiting to see the dishes to be devoured.

    Bbq chicken and pork, greek salad, penne covered in tomato and cheese. Bread with olive tapenade, tzatziki and olive oil soaked baked potatoes.
    I had a second helping!

    We stopped to view the red beach and the white beach. Which ended up being coves with coloured cliffs.

    Then after many wines, we lazily, drunkenly made our way back to the mariner.

    At one point I went to the loo onboard. This was an experience. Getting down the vertical ladder, then trying to sit whilst being heaved up and down all over the place!
    I loved looking out the porthole. The blue water at face level waving along with the white foam waves. Memorising, could've stayed there a while, but Athena was at the top telling me to hurry up as she needed to go.

    The sail was over and absolutely perfect. A quick van drive back.We said goodbye to the boys and headed back to our room.

    Gelati time. Mango and lemon for Athena and I love my lemon 🍋.

    I comatosed into a 10min nap, whilst Athena went to the rooftop to sunbake. I went up too for a short time.

    Nobody told me that Santorini turns you into a sloth.
    We lay on our beds, with our balcony doors open to the soft sounds of the crowds below and music pumping somewhere.
    The blue sky invades our every sense and we are still.

    Lacking any will to explore. We have 2 more days yet.
    Tommorow we will see Oia.

    At 6.00, Athena asks me do you want to head out. My reply is a big fat 'Yes'

    We walked to the left, facing Fira, and meandered upwards behind the elegant villas and expensive hotels. You can see the island at 360 degrees from here.

    Heard tinkling bells ringing and watched the mules, one behind the other, carrying loud obnoxious Americans upward through the streets. I didn't enjoy seeing this.

    By 8.00pm we were hungry.
    Went back to Fanari as it is quiet and the food is good.

    Athena had chicken souvlaki,
    I the mixed fried seafood which included, calamari rings, king prawns, sardines and baby octopus with rice and carrots.
    I am seafood hooked, line and sinker, lol.

    Our waiter, Vagelli, was so excited to speak Greek to a customer he hovered over Athena like a stalker. He even took her plate to remove the chicken off the skewer for her. She tried to take the plate back but he was not having it.

    So full of sun and fresh air and food, we rolled off to bed.
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    Thrilled to get an update after so long.. 2 September

    9/9/19Reply

    Mum and dad. Still having a fabulous time. Great to see. Don't know why the other days reporting hasn't made it since 2 September. Love to you both.

    9/9/19Reply
    Amanda Phillips

    Hi Sandra, wow you’re in Santorini, fabulous sailing day on dreamcatcher. Your smiles say it all, lots of fun and laughter with Athena. Enjoy the beautiful views and sunsets xx

    9/9/19Reply
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  • Day4

    Old Harbor Santorini

    December 30, 2019 in Greece ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Dürfen es noch ein paar Treppen sein...

    Der alte Hafen von Fira liegt gut 180 Meter unterhalb des Kraterrandes und es gibt drei Möglichkeiten an den oberen Kraterrand der Caldera und den Ort Fira oder von Oben hinunter in den Hafen zu gelangen: eine Seilbahn, der Aufstieg zu Fuß über die etwa 700 Stufen oder für ganz mutige ein Ritt auf dem Rücken eines Esels/ Maultiers 🙀. Was ist eigentlich der Unterschied 🤔.
    Esel hab ich schon mal abgewählt. Seilbahn, kostet one way 6€, für 12€ gibts aber auch nen lecker Cocktail 😂. Frau setzt Prioritäten. Also laufen...
    In Serpentinen führen die etwa 700 Stufen nach unten.
    Eigentlich ist der Alte Hafen ganz unspektakulär. Der Weg ist fast das spannendste, mit tollen Ausblicken. Vom Alten Hafen starten die Ausflugsboote und hier werden die Passagiere der Kreuzfahrtschiffe mit Tenderbooten abgesetzt. Im Sommer ist dieser Weg entsprechend voll. Heute hatte ich ihn fast für mich allein. Einmal runter und wieder rauf 💪🏻.
    Und im Anschluss noch ein Bummel durch die Ecken, die ich noch nicht erkundet habe. Direkt am Kraterrand findet man die ganzen Luxushotels mit großartigem Ausblick. Hab mal gegooglt, da koste eine Nacht mehr als meine fünf Nächte hier. Ich wohne mitten in Fira und muss fünf Minuten laufen bis zum View. Der Bummel durch diese Gassen mit diesen weißen Häusern ist großartig. Wenn die Sonne scheint, ist man regelrecht geblendet. Was ich den Rest des Tages so treibe. Einfach in der Sonne sitzen und auf‘s Wasser schauen, im Café Peoplewatching oder lesen... ich hab schließlich Urlaub und finde es gerade sehr entspannt.
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  • Day5

    Perfect Day

    October 6, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Today was one of those “it doesn’t get any better than this” days. Our first stop was Oia, another village on the Caldera with impossibly white houses and all those white and blue churches. With clear blue sky and water, and strong sun, it was dazzling.

    I had read about the oldest church on the island, 11th Century AD. Had to find it of course — google maps took us on some crazy dirt roads, and at one point a very nice young guy had to get in the car and turn us around where we were stuck in a dead end. But we did make it only to find it closed up tight, with its mosaics visible from the window. In the parking lot, a villager dinged our rental car. Luckily there was a young guy nearby who spoke English and seemingly took care of everything. We’ll see if that’s the case when we drop off the car tomorrow morning.

    Last stop Pyrgos, highest town on the island. We had a massive kebab lunch at a lively outdoor terrace. Great views, more blue domed churches, less touristy — at least so we thought till three busloads of tourists descended on the town — time for a quick getaway.

    Ended the day with one more sunset, one more elliptical workout, one more dinner on our room terrace. Tomorrow we drop off the car at the airport at 8, take a van to the port, and hopefully hop on a boat to Mykonos.
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  • Day8

    Tschüss Santorini

    January 3, 2020 in Greece ⋅ 🌬 10 °C

    Noch vor dem Frühstück bin ich bei Blue Star Ferries aufgelaufen, um zu erkunden, ob denn heute mit der Fähre zu rechnen ist.
    Ja, sie wird fahren, aber später. Wahrscheinlich gegen 20:00 Uhr. Ganz genau kann man es erst sagen, wenn sie in Athen ausgelaufen ist. Wahrscheinlich gegen 12:00 Uhr. Das Schiff pendelt täglich zwischen Piräus und Santorini. Früh hin, am Nachmittag zurück. Ok. Komm ich später noch mal oder gibt es diese Info auch online? Nein, ich könnte anrufen 🤔.
    Gefahren ist sie letztendlich gegen 21:00 Uhr. Mein Tag hatte keine weiteren Highlights. Fotos von der Caldera habt ihr wahrscheinlich schon über.
    Gefühlt hat die Fähre an jeder griechischen Insel einen Stop eingelegt. Es waren definitiv mehr als auf hin und kurz vor 6 Uhr haben wir in Piräus festgemacht. Schlafen war nicht so toll, auch wenn ich das immer und überall kann. Die Sessel sind zwar sehr gemütlich, man hat die Beleuchtung aber nicht gedimmt, also schlafen im Spot und ein permanent brüllendes Kleinkind (die Mutter hat mir echt schon leid getan). Mit Kopfhörern und Schlafmusik ging es dann.
    Am Hafen gibt es einige Cafés, welche zu so früher Stunde schon Frühstück anbieten. Das hab ich dann erstmal getan, denn mit meinem Airbnb Host war ich erst um acht verabredet.
    Das hat auch super geklappt, fünf S- Bahnstationen und ein kurzer Fußweg und ich hatte meine Wohnung in Athen...
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  • Day5

    Hello 2020

    December 31, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Eigentlich wollte ich am letzten Tag des Jahres die Wanderung nach Oia machen. Zehn Kilometer hin über den Wanderweg, zurück mit dem Bus.
    Irgendwie hat sich ein Erkältungsvirus eingeschlichen. War vielleicht doch keine gute Idee, die Haar in der Sonne zu trocknen statt mit dem Fön🤔.
    Also habe ich einen Gammeltag eingelegt. Nichts tun außer essen, lesen und schlafen, mit ein paar Sonnenstrahlen. Ich wollte am Abend zumindest in die kleine Bar, die ich gestern schon mal getestet habe. Eigentlich war ich sogar lose verabredet.
    Die Insel ist klein, im Augenblick sind wenige Restaurants offen, Touris sind auch nicht so viele hier, also begegnet man oft den selben Mensch.
    William und Jasmin habe ich das erste Mal bei Niki‘s getroffen. Das Restaurant, wo ich am ersten Abend hier auf Santorini essen war. Da sind sie mir nur aufgefallen, weil sie mit ihrem Nachbartisch eine lebhafte Diskussion hatten. Ihre Tischnachbarn kamen aus einem Ort in England, wo sie mal gelebt hatten und es wurde in Erinnerungen geschwelgt. Das zweite Mal habe ich sie bei meiner Wanderung auf Skaros Rock getroffen. Sie quälten sich gerade die Stufen hoch, als ich runter bin und am selben Nachmittag haben wir uns im Café wieder gesehen. Als ich am 30. dann diese kleine Bar entdeckt habe, saßen die beiden schon dort. Und so haben wir beschlossen es mal nicht dem Zufall zu überlassen und uns am 31. dort auf ein Getränk zu verabreden.
    Und was war hier sonst so los zum Jahreswechsel? Nichts. Um Mitternacht hieß es nur kurz Happy New Year, alle sind sich um den Hals gefallen, eine Fähre lief gerade in den Hafen ein... Das war es. Kein Feuerwerk, keine Knallerei. Am anderen Ende der Insel, beim Leuchtturm konnte man 3/4 Raketen sehen, mehr nicht. Ein ganz normaler Abend. Die Gesellschaft war lustig und bunt. Die Location toll. Der Ouzo lecker (war wie Medizin gegen meine Erkältung). Irgendwer hat dann noch Glückskekse verteilt. Und gegen 1:30 Uhr war ich dann auch schon zu Hause. Ich wollte recht früh aufstehen, ich hatte Oia ja noch als Ziel.
    Auch mal toll, ohne Riesen Zirkus den Jahreswechsel genießen.
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  • Day2

    J1

    June 20, 2021 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Après 18h d'escale à Londres, on arrive enfin à 17h à Santorin.
    On prend les clés de notre studio à Kamari qui donne sur une magnifique vue face à la mer.
    Puis on profite du peu de temps pour aller à la plage à 100m de l'hôtel et pour faire quelques courses.Read more

  • 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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Ákra Alonáki, Akra Alonaki