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  • 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
     
  • Day7

    Lost auf dem Vulkankrater

    January 2, 2020 in Greece ⋅ 🌧 8 °C

    Na ganz verloren bin ich nicht, aber es war mal wieder frei nach dem Motto, der Mensch macht Pläne und das Schicksal lacht. In dem Fall war das Schicksal die Natur.
    Ich habe gestern Morgen noch mal mit einem letzten Blick (dachte ich) auf die Caldera gefrühstückt. Bin noch ein wenig gebummelt und habe dann meine Sachen aus dem Hotel abgeholt. In der Touristinfo wollte ich mir dann einen Transfer zum Hafen buchen, um pünktlich an der Fähre zu sein. Ich dachte erst, das Mädel hat mich falsch verstanden, weil sie meinte es gibt keine Bootstour heute. Ich wollte doch nicht Boot fahren, sondern Fähre. Aber sie hatte schon richtig verstanden. Ich hab’s noch gerafft - No Ferry today, the weather is too windy. 🤔
    Aufgefallen ist mir das auch, dass es recht stürmisch war. Das die Fähre nicht fährt, hatte ich so garnicht auf dem Schirm. Ich hatte mir nur gedacht, dass dies für manchen auf der Fähre spannend wird. Auf dem Hinweg gab es bei ruhiger See schon einige Leidende. Ich bin da seefest, hab eher Spaß, wenn es ein wenig schaukelt.
    Und nun?
    Das Mädel in der Touristinfo hat mir empfohlen, ins Büro von Blue Star Ferries zu gehen. Dort könne man mir auch sagen, wann die nächste Fähre geht und mein Ticket tauschen.
    Also hab ich mein Ticket für den nächsten Tag getauscht. Während ich auf mein neues Ticket gewartet habe, habe ich mein Hotel um eine Nacht verlängert. Das ging unkompliziert. Dann meinen Airbnb Host in Athen angetextet, dass ich einen Tag später komme.
    Aussage der Fährgesellschaft, auf die Frage ob denn am nächsten Tag die Fähre geht. Maybe. Ich solle am nächsten Morgen nachfragen, dann könnte man es genau sagen. Die Wetterprognose sah da erstmal nicht gut aus. Windgeschwindigkeiten bis zu 50 Km/h.
    Dann genieße ich erstmal den gewonnenen Tag auf der Insel. Keine Stunde nach dem Check out, bin ich wieder in mein Zimmer eingezogen.
    Mein Nachmittag war dann ein Ausflug in die Geschichte, die Ausgrabungen von Akrotiri, das Pompeji der Griechen sozusagen.
    Mit der Ausgrabung der Siedlung wurde der Vulkanausbruch vor ca. 3500 Jahren bestätigt. Die Gebäude und Alltagsgegenstände wurden durch dicke Schichten vulkanischer Asche konserviert. Auf einem Rundweg kann man durch die Gassen laufen. Die Fassaden sind zum Teil noch im original Zustand. Möbel hat man zum Teil aus Abdrücken in der Asche nachgestellt. Da man keine menschlichen Überreste gefunden hat, vermutet man, dass die Menschen die Insel vor dem Vulkanausbruch verlassen haben. Während man im nördlichen Europa zu dieser Zeit noch in Holzhütten oder einfachen Hütten lebte, war die mediterrane Zivilisation viel weiter. Die Straßen waren zum Teil gepflastert, die Gebäude waren zwei- und dreistöckig, es gab eine Art Abwassersysteme und Toilettenanlagen und das 1500 Jahre vor Chr. Spannende Zeitreise.
    Übrigens ist der Vulkan ein potenziell tätiger Vulkan, wann er wirklich wieder ausbrechen könnte weiß man aber nicht. Seit 2012 verzeichnet man leichte Aktivitäten 😱...
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    Annemarie Nitsche

    Schön erstaunlich, was man für tolle Häuser vor so langer Zeit hatte! Würden heute noch was taugen!

    1/4/20Reply
    Annemarie Nitsche

    Das Maultier ist ein „Lastesel“!

    1/5/20Reply
     
  • Day7

    Wine & chill

    May 20 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Our first full day in Santorini has been wonderful, though a tad chilly. That did not stop us from having a great time relaxing at the resort. We all did our own thing this morning after meeting up for a tasty breakfast spread - full of Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, honey, and poached eggs (for Igs and I). After brekky I got a lovely 90 minute massage, Igor napped, Chams went town walking.

    We met up a few hours later for lunch - Greek schedule. We've finally learned that peak lunch is 2-3 pm, with dinner at 9-12. So we rolled up to a local tavern around 230, had a spread of appetizers and then went to a winery - Gavalas. They have vines 100+ years old! Some of the only vines that didn't get destroyed by phylloxera (they were saved by the sandy soils).

    After much wine we had a little siesta before grabbing dinner in town at Raki. Almost everywhere we've been we've enjoyed fresh food and outdoor seating in perfect weather!
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  • Day26

    Leaving Santorini

    September 11, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    I woke at 6. 00am and blogged. The streets of Santorini are empty, with the exception of deliveries.

    I hear a loud tinkling sound coming from the street. I rush out onto the balcony, and see 10 loose mules running the streets. They follow one another. People are yelling at them from their shop steps and waving arms. They all turn a corner and disappear.

    Breaky at 8.00am as we have an early transfer at 9.15 to the ferry.

    Last time up on our beautiful rooftop having a massive breakfast.

    2 clean white liners sit below us and I know I will never see a view quite as unbelievable as this one of the Santorini Caldera again in my life.

    The hotel porter drags our bags to the transfer pick up point, at our pool hotel. We share with a couple from Altona Meadows. We all chat, including the driver. (whom when he opened his arms for the luggage, I took it as a cuddle and went in for one, he smiled and hugged me tight)

    The ferry port sits low to the far, far left of Fira.

    I look at postcards by George Meis. I want them all.
    I ended up with a 2020 calendar, for an assortment!

    A man with a Seajets sign for Mykonos begins to shout to us all.

    We all follow him in a mass wave. Never have I seen people drag suitcases as fast, over the cobbles.

    Our ferry backs up and drops it's massive walk planks.
    Hundreds unload and disperse amongst the crowds.

    Then a bloke blows a whistle and we storm the planks like warriors.

    We walk onto the metal into the mouth of a massive creature. You just walk fast and straight. Signs above say 'Luggage'. We quick drop on the shelves available and head upstairs to the lounge.

    We have allocated seat numbers on our tickets, so we squat down in nice comfy seats and the ferry begins to move while people still come up from the hull.

    We sit listening to gossipy Aussie women behind us.
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    Carolyn Arch

    Stunning photos.... and what about that zigzag road down to the port? Hope you enjoyed the ride to Mykonos. Petinos Beach Hotel here we come. Wish I was there.

    9/11/19Reply

    Looks beyond incredible!! That view!! Love the mules. Now are you sure you didn’t want deck class on the fiery 😂😂 jews

    9/12/19Reply

    Mum and Dad. Fabulous photos. How can everywhereyou've been still seem to improve! You deserve to have such a great time. XX

    9/12/19Reply
     
  • Day12

    Inselerkundung

    August 4, 2021 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    Am Mittwoch wollten wir die Insel Santorini erkunden. Angefangen haben wir in Akrotiri. Eine Stadt, welche beim Vulkanausbruch ungefähr 1500 v. Chr. in der Lava untergegangen ist. 🌋🪨 Danach sind wir zum bekannten "Red Beach" gefahren. Hier sind nicht nur die Felswände, sondern auch der Strand in einem rot zu finden. 🔴 Den Nachmittag verbrachten wir im Pool in unserer Unterkunft, bevor es am Abend nach Oia zum Sonnenuntergang ging. Zum Abendessen begaben wir uns auf eine kulinarische Reise und aßen Souvlaki vom Dönermann um die Ecke. 🤣😌Read more

  • Day10

    My Birthday in Santorini

    May 29 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Today is my birthday. I’m in Santorini for my 61st birthday! Yeah! It is a beautiful day out. We have to catch a cab at 6:30 this morning to get to the port. Our ferry was waiting there and after a brief check in we are ready to board. They have luggage racks to store our stuff. The lounge is nice with wide seats and tray tables similar to an airplane. They have The History Channel on to watch as well. There is a place to get croissants, baklava, pizza and other pasties as well as coffee and juice. The girls head upstairs to take in the roof top. I sit inside have a croissant and coffee and then do my knitting. The crossing was about 2 hours and poof we’re in Santorini.

    At port the girls are able to get a sim card for their phones so they are now able to communicate with the real world without paying an arm and a leg. Laura also finds us a car rental for the 4 days we are here. This time it is a Nissan Mica; small but efficient. While the girls hit the souvenir shops, I sit at the open-air restaurant and have a Sangria. We get a bite to eat before heading out to our BnB. Laura has to make due with a fruit plate, Nicole finally gets her gyro and I do a calabrese sandwich.

    After loading the luggage (I’m surprised it fit) we head off. Santorini is basically a mountain that got blown half off by a volcano about 2000 years ago. It is steep and there are not really any plateaus to live on. They have switchbacks for roads leading out of port. Sharp turns, narrow roads and if you go over you die. The views are breathtaking though. Laura of course is a little daredevil and loves this (check out the grin as she is driving!).

    We make it to where we think we should be. We get out of the car and take a look around. We see the white houses and the blue domes of the churches. An older gentlemen parks beside and asks if we know where we are going. I reply probably not. I show him our map but, in the end, call the host and let them talk to him. We, of course are not in the right spot. He tells us to follow the road until we see a church with a big tree and that is where we park. Now if you look over the side of the hill the church is a 5-minute walk (through cacti and scrub, downhill) in a car it is 15 minutes through hairpin (blind) turns. Our host actually lives in Athens but has someone here to look after the house. Their son is waiting to greet us. Thank goodness for that. The house is uphill on cobblestone (more slate and cut out from the rock) streets about 100 meters from where the car is parked. The young man takes the two heavy suitcases and I take my carryon and CPAP machine and start to head up. He of course has no issue, I’m huffing and puffing half way up. The girls have stayed behind to have a smoke. Yeah, we meet them half way down and Nicole had to stop half way to get out her puffer. These streets are a killer no matter what the age. This is not a place for the mobility challenged.

    Whew, finally made it. The place is cute as a button with the blue shutters and white wash façade. They are having an issue with water today in Santorini and the cleaning staff couldn’t clean the patios but the inside is all done. I’m not sure how to explain the place really. They are houses built into the side of the mountain. You have two windows at the front and the door but that is all the light you have coming in. Past the kitchen, dining and living area the bedrooms are to the back. There are no windows at all in them. The bathroom is also windowless. You can notice an immediate temperature difference when you walk further back as you get more into the mountain. This is how people built the houses after the volcano erupted to protect themselves from further eruptions. The rooms are a generous size and the girls have a nice wardrobe in their room. I have a beautiful bureau in my room which has all the main doors locked. There are 3 hooks on the wall and that is the extent of my closet and storage area. Looks good but useless.

    I have often said (and will probably continue to say) that I wished these hosts would actually live in their own rentals for a couple of weeks. So here are my observations. The bed in the master bedroom is at calf level, the girls room knee level. There is not one plug for the kitchen sinks or the bathtub. How do people fill the sink to wash dishes? Or take a bath? There is no shower curtain. I probably don’t have to explain the issues with that one. Although there is a drain in the floor outside the tub. The tub itself is a nice deep one. It is a little narrow and short but a nice tub none the less. The windows and door have no screens. There is a beautiful breeze that comes through this area but also a lot of flying insects like mosquitoes. We have to make do with the air conditioner which really doesn’t have a great fan on it. The stove and frig work well as do the toaster. The coffee pot however is another story. First no filters, second the pot must have been replaced from the original because it is too short to engage the drip from the filter. So, you have to stand there holding the coffee pot up to allow for the coffee to drip. There is a washer here and it works very well and with the breeze outside and sun things dry quickly.

    The girls head off to the get groceries and shop and I get to nest. After a dinner of roasted chicken, green beans and salad we relax for a bit before heading off to bed.
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  • Day9

    Stray dogs, goats... and no White Beach

    September 11, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We still have over an hour before the sunset, which means that we should be able to do another stop before heading to the lighthouse. According to TripAdvisor (and, most importantly, to our super-reliable Pavlos) there are two beaches that are worth seeing on this side of the island: the Red and the White one. 
    Well, the former was definitely up to its fame and, since according to Google Maps the latter is just 15 minutes away, we don't see any good reasons why we shouldn't drive to it too. In hindsight, there were plenty... 😣

    We start realising ours was probably not the greatest idea when Google Maps takes us off the main road to what looks more like a mule track than a dirt road. 😳 Still full of hope, we convince ourselves that the beach is only a few hundred metres away and that the road will soon get better. Well, 30 minutes later we are in the middle of nowhere surrounded by stray dogs, goats and junked cars that seem to have come out of a movies on the 60s. We stubbornly keep driving (we haven't come all this way for nothing!) until Google Maps trionfantly announces "you have reached your destination". The problem is... There isn't the slightest sign of a beach.😓

    Actually, by this time our goal has shifted from "enjoying the amazing view of the White Beach" to "getting back to the main road alive and possibly without blowing a tyre or breaking the car axle". And, quite surprisingly, we succeed in both! 😬
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    Ludovico Castelvetri

    I also succeded in preventing Elisa from taking one of those stray dogs back home. Elisa: "they looked so cute!". Ludo: "NO, ELISA, NO, ENOUGH ANIMALS AT HOME!"

    10/4/20Reply
    Ludovico Castelvetri

    When Elisa offered me to go on an adventure, she actually meant it. Those dogs looked like thugs that did not want us to leave

    11/29/20Reply
     
  • Day9

    Vineyards and wine tasting

    May 22 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    With our last full day of Santorini (or it's official name - Thira) we are going on a wine tasting tour. We got to see 3 different wineries all with some awesome views.

    We learned a lot about wine growing here in Santorini - as I mentioned in a previous post the vineyards of Santorini were saved from the main disease that killed off most vines in Europe. Santorini was saved because of its volcanic soil! This means they have super old vineyards and we got to try some wine from 200+ year old vines!

    Some other cool quirks with the volcanic soil and location:
    - they grow the grapes in nests to shelter the vines from the wind and heat
    - they only have ~5% of vines grown on trellises (they call them experimental)
    - they rarely irrigate the field and instead rely on the pummus in the soil to collect moisture over night and release it during the day
    - all the grapes are unique to the island and they have 40+ varieties

    We ended the day with some pool time and food of course. On to Crete tomorrow!
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  • Day12

    Day on the Water

    May 31 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Today we have the catamaran trip. We are going on an 8-hour trip around Santorini. We will stop at 3 different beaches and have a nice lunch/dinner on the boat. So off we go. We have to meet at one of the local hotels to be picked up in our coach. As with anything here, we use Google Maps to find our path. I have to admit that Google Maps is a pretty good app while we are here but even it can’t always navigate the donkey paths here. We end up making a few U-turns and take twice as long to get there but we make it. It is a 20-seat coach but quite comfy. We all have air vents and the seats are better than some airlines. We stop at various pickup stops and soon we are full. Our driver expertly navigates the windy, twisty roads next to the rock cliff where we could easily plunge to our death. Then the finally when he backs up the coach downhill through parked vehicles to get to the dock. Apparently, Laura has found a new life skill she wishes to conquer.

    We have to walk downhill a little way (which means it’s going to be uphill on the way back!). We get onto the boat and get our safety talk as we pull out of the harbour. This is a nice size vessel which can comfortably carry about 24 people. There is plenty of shade and plenty of sun, take your pick. I sit up top with the captain under the canopy so that I can get a good view of what is around us. He tells me that the company started out with only 2 catamarans and has built up the business to 20 catamarans 2 speed boats and about 150 car rentals. The ride is smooth and the scenery is gorgeous. I love being on the water. For me, there is something freeing about being on the water. The wind in your hair, the colour of the water, the smell of the salt water, yeah this is me.

    We pass by the black beach, white beach and the red beach. Our first swim spot is near another beach just a little bit further. They drop the anchor and get out the masks and snorkels, and lower the steps. Off we go! The water is a little shocking at first because it is cold but you get used to it quickly. As I have mentioned before, I am a lousy diver here because of the salt water I float like driftwood. However, this is a good thing for swimming. There is a little bit of current and you have to exert yourself a little to say within range of the boat. I put on my mask and snorkel and get transformed into another world. In this world there is tranquility and quiet. The water is that clear, slightly turquoise colour. There are small fishies swimming around. Some small rocks in the sandy bottom but no coral. We swim for about 15 minutes and then I get back on board. I dry off in the sun but then head back to the shade. I am not a sun monger so I try to stay in the shade as much as possible. (And reapply the sunscreen frequently) The girls are down below in the smoking area having a great time chatting with new people.

    The next swim spot is the red beach. When we get there, the crew hand out life preservers to everyone because there is a hot spring there and this will tire out the swimmers quickly. I stay on board for this one. I’m not really into the hot springs’ thing. Laura and Nicole however, go in. They have a nice swim there and decide that the mud from the hot springs is good for a facial. The hot springs are basically sulfer so I’m not sure how good this is for their face. However, they are having fun. (Check out the picture).

    Once back on board we are treated to a wonderful meal. The have flounder (breaded and fried in olive oil), chicken and prawns (done on the BBQ), pasta, Greek salad, tzatziki, and bread. Everything was great and I especially liked the flounder. They have unlimited beer, white wine and water all day long. We are having a great day out.

    There is one more swim stop but the three of us stay on board. We head back to the harbour and disembark. We thank the crew for a lovely day. Then we head back up the hill to our coach and head home. We are all bushed from our day out on the water. The link for this lovey cruise is: https://www.santorini-yachts.com/

    Laura however has something special in store for all of us. Apparently the green dinosaur onesy has made it on board. So with a quick change, Laura treats all to her kind of crazy. I'm surprised we didn't have to walk the plank for that one.

    After a shower and a bit of relaxation time, Laura and I head to the grocery store. We cannot drink the water here, so we need to pick up some more for coffee and drinking. I am driving this time (my second time here) and I think I’m getting used to it. Once again we are using Google Maps and have miss some turns because they just look like driveways or alleyways and not streets. However, we get to the store and have no issues. The grocery store here is pretty good, with lots of selections. We get out stuff and head back home. After a small bite to eat.

    We head off to bed to get a good nights rest…or so we thought. Stay tuned for the next adventure.
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  • Day28

    Paradise in Greece

    September 2, 2019 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    We had another lazy morning, oh no that’s right, I had another lazy morning😂😂. Pete went out to pick up his washing and came back after hiring a car for me to drive! We thought we would five around for the afternoon and check out the beaches. Oh well we managed to get to one beach, it turned out to be a great black sand beach with a great bar and excellent food. We couldn’t force ourselves to move so we spent the afternoon at the one beach.

    Well we are here to relax so we were happy. Driving is pretty much the same as in Italy, just keep moving and stay on the right. Haha not easy when you still have problems working out your left and right!

    We managed to find our way home after a few wrong turns, and then got ready for dinner and another sunset! We went back to our great restaurant and had another yummy dinner and watched our last sunset in Santorini. Heading off to Syros tomorrow morning!
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    Judy Nicoll

    what a beautiful place!!!

    9/2/19Reply
    Joanne Bowman

    Interesting meal!

    9/11/19Reply
     

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