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    • Day 46


      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

    • Day 61

      We r influencers now sry

      August 27 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      We have arrived at influencer island and as all good influencers should we spent most of the day lounging on the beach. No photos sorry bc they're all for our sponsored posts 💸🤑 it's so hard being so famous and so influential...

      In the afternoon we got the bus over to Fira to see the sunset and the pretty houses. This is when we realised we were maybe not quite cut out for the influencer life as we were not wearing enough white linen and I wasn't prepared to recline on/over the safety wall on the cliff to get my Insta photos. We returned instead to our scuffed backpacker roots and grabbed some chippies and beers from the supermarket and climbed up a ledge on a wall to get a view of the sunset away from the selfie sticks 🤠 it was way cheaper that the €20 cocktails that had a view 🍻

      We elected to get the bus home and try the local restaurant next to our house for a late dinner which featured "the best pork [Alfred] has ever had in [his] life" and impeccable vibes !!
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      Traveler  Did this photo require a selfie stick?

      Traveler  James I'm a bit offended you think I'd use a selfie stick - I just have long arms !!

      Traveler  🤳

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    • Day 3

      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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    • Day 40


      July 24 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      We head out on a tour today by combining with another small group staying next door at the Hotel Greco.

      The trip takes us to the archeological site of Akrotiri discovered in 1967 when archeologists spoke with local farmers and fishermen about man made pieces they had been finding over some time.

      The settlement was destroyed in the Theran eruption sometime in the 16th century BC and was buried in volcanic ash, which preserved the remains of fine frescoes and many objects and artworks that we saw here and the museum in town.

      Only 10% of an ancient civilization has been excavated. The site is covered, and boardwalks built so you can walk around to see what they revealed. Our tour guide Yanni gave us an excellent insight into what happened here. It is older than Pompeii. The indigenous people had three story homes that had sewerage systems flushing with seawater. The ladies were the planners, and the men did the hard labour. The eruptions and tsunamis destroyed everything, but the site shows they knew it was coming as they have not yet discovered human remains.

      Next stop we visited is one of Santorini’s best wineries . Domaine Sigalos presented four wines with a small meze. The dessert wine was popular with the group. The vineyard grapes are ripe and harvesting starts next week.

      Now for the highlight of Santorini.

      Oia is a coastal town on the northwestern tip of Santorini island. The town has whitewashed houses carved into the rugged clifftops, and overlooks a vast caldera which is what Greeks call the water in the middle of the volcano.

      We went to Oia about ten years ago and we promised each other we would return one day and here we are. It is almost impossible to take a poor photo here. Just about every Greek advertisement for holidays use this location because the blue and white is brilliant. The history of the two colors is that they combine the two worlds of the earth and sky. The blue is only allowed on churches. Did not disappoint and was well worth the journey.

      We battled the masses and returned to our hotel. In the evening we caught a local bus to another sunset location and then wandered back to Fira. It was busy but we found a gyros place and ate late.

      Tomorrow is move on day. News is filtering through about the wildfires and evacuation of tourists on Rhodes Island. We will keep an eye on our plans.
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      Traveler  Looks like a travel brochure. !


       Nice dress....Gail x [Gail]


      Traveler  Beautiful to say the least


      Traveler  Looking good you guys🥰

    • Day 63

      Road trip!!

      August 29 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

      Big adventure for our last full holiday day!

      Armed with our smart car and a relatively small island we were ready to explore! We started the morning at the Red Beach, not really a fantastic beach but the enormous red cliffs were a spectacular view! After a brief swim there we adventured on to the light house on the south west corner of the island! It was pretty awesome standing right out on the point and being surrounded by sea on almost all sides!

      We then found an accidental Venetian palace that had a secret cafe inside which was an amazing lunch stop and they gave us a farewell shot of a caramel liquor! This was also where we learnt that salad kind of just means dip in Greece 😶

      A quick shower and costume change later and we headed up to Oia, the North western point of the island, to watch the famous Oia sunset. To say that the people around we a bit feral would be an understatement but we again went full scuffed backpacker. We climbed right out in a rocky outcrop and had the most spectacular view of the sunset unimpeded by anyone (except the hens do on a yacht who had a stripper up the rigging dancing to 'it's raining men'). It was the most spectacular end to our big global adventure and we're getting ready to start our journey home tomorrow!
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      Traveler  Waaaaa driving !!

    • Day 15

      Happy birthday Jonah!

      October 6, 2022 in Greece ⋅ 🌬 21 °C

      Today was our dedicated day to see what exists in Santorini outside our villa. We decided to use Jonah's birthday as a good excuse to splurge on a land and sea tour run by a local family company. The land component took us to some beautiful locations and was accompanied by an incredible, enthusiastic, encyclopaedic explanation of the entire history of the Phoenicians, Mycenaeans, Minoans, Greeks, Byzantines, Ottomans and all their friends and enemies. Thank goodness there wasn't a quiz at the end.

      The catamaran trip was simply stunning. We weren't as glam as some of the yachts at the marina, but it was perfect for us. A husband and wife team took us along some of the most stunning coastline while feeding us with homecooked food and keeping us entertained. Thanks Thomas and Eli!
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      Traveler  happy birthday Jonah!


      Traveler  Happy birthday Jonah! 🎈🎉


      Traveler  stunningly beautiful


      Traveler  happy birthday Jonah!

    • Day 61

      A trip to Fira

      August 27 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Another day swanning around Santorini.
      We had a lovely time people watching while we sat and saw the sunset. I kind of thought the signs advising against walking on the cobbled streets in high heels were a joke - but no people really try it.
      Also when we left for Fira at about 5pm was saw then setting up the grills at the restaurant next to our hotel - we got there at about 9pm for dinner and the grill was still firing. Very tasty.
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      Traveler  Worst film ever. It was on tv last weekend, tried to watch it but when Pierce Bronson attempted to sing that was the final straw.

      Traveler  Oh, seven days a week!

    • Day 62

      Chapel of Kate (fiani)

      August 28 in Greece ⋅ 🌬 28 °C

      Relaxed morning, lunch on the beach and then we hired a car 💀😵🚗
      Despite being an automatic I (alfred) managed to stall it in traffic which was an adventure. But we set about using the car for its intended purpose: winery visits and walking up cliffs. Very useful.Read more

      Traveler  Stalled because you stopped peddling?

      Traveler  It’s looks just like a car only smaller!

      Traveler  It's just a baby !! It will grow up into a big strong Ford Fiesta one day !!

    • Day 3

      Santorini Summit and Kamari Beach

      July 17, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

      We drove from Oia to Profitis Ilias and took in the island views from Santorini’s highest point. From here you get a 360 view of the entire island. Also at the top of this mountain, is the Monastery of the Prophet Elijah where 9 monks live.

      The wind was pretty fierce all day and we learned that an island slogan is “Santorini, where everyday is a bad hair day.” Being at the highest point and the fierce wind gave us our crazy hair pictures.

      Our final tour stop was at Kamari Beach which is at the southeastern side of Santorini. Because of the volcanic ash, the beaches have black “sand” which to me doesn’t really qualify as sand like our beaches back home. This “sand” as they call it is more like black rocks, and I’m not sure how people were walking around barefoot on it. Although it was a hot day, the water felt chilly and because it was so windy, there were whitecaps and strong waves.

      We spent some time walking on the boardwalk where every restaurant had a view of the beach serving an array of fresh seafood. The boardwalk was filled with various shops, restaurants, and hotels. This would be a great place to stay for a beach vacation.
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      Traveler  What tour were you on


      Traveler  I booked it on - Panoramic Views Santorini - Small Group Shore Excursion


      Traveler  How did you get back to the tender? I’ve heard there is the cable car which has long lines or walk down the slippery donkey steps.


      Traveler  You have to take the cable car or walk down the steps. The lines weren’t super long while we were there, but I've heard they can be long. We did the cable car both waya and it was never long. If you were to opt to walk, definitely choose to walk down as it is ALOT of steps.

    • Day 11

      Santorini / 2

      September 23, 2021 in Greece ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

      Heute morgen war ich nochmal am Hotelstrand. Es war wieder keiner da... Einsamkeit pur. Und windig und frisch wars. Also zurück und noch ein bisschen geschützt auf meinem Bett gesessen jnd die traumhafte Aussicht genossen. Um 11.30 Uhr wurde ich dann abgeholt und zur Fähre nach Naxos Stadt gebracht. Dann 2 Std Fährfahrt bei richtig stürmischem Wetter.
      In Santorini angekommen, kam auch gleich der nette Reiseleiter von Alltours auf mich zu und hat mir mein Hotel für die letzte Nacht auf Santorini gesagt. Im Bus dorthin hab ichs natürlich sofort gegoogelt - und die Bewertungen waren ok.
      Als ich dann rausbeordert wurde und auf mein Hotel zulief, hatte ich schon ein schlechtes Bauchgefühl. Auf der linken Seite befindet sich ein scheußlicher Pool und eine art Hütte. Das war die Rezeption... dahinter ein ca 16 jähriger, pickeliger schlaftablettenjüngling. Da wusste ich schon...des wird nix.🙈
      Ich habe ihn freundlich darum gebeten, mir ein Zimmer im 1. Stoxk zu geben, da ich als alleinreisende Frau nicht im Erdgeschoss wohnen möchte. Das konnte er nicht. Die Anweisung war ein Zimmer im Erdgeschoss. In einer Gasse, die vom Strand direkt zur Bushaltestelle führt. Da ist also IMMER richtig was los. Ich sollte mir das Zimmer mal ansehen... ja, hab ich gemacht und mein Entsetzen steigerte sich ins Grenzenlose.... es war dunkel, hässlich, vor dem Zimmer auf dem Weg stand ein Stuhl (das war der balkon) und die Türe zeigte deutliche Einbruchsspuren. Desweiteren schloss sie nicht richtig. Ich habe ihm dann nochmal gesagt, daß ich hier nichr bleiben werde und ob er sich kümmern würden das wollte/konnte er nicht. Hab dann kurz mit Meike (meine Reiseleitung hier) telefoniert und ihr zeitgleich die Fotos von der Türe geschickt. Sie wollte sich wieder melden...nach einer Minute kam bereits der Anruf, daß ich in ein anderes Hotel könne und sie ist entsetzt.
      Ok. Neues Hotel - neues Glück. Dieses ist um Klassen besser. Direkt an der Promenade. Zimmer im ersten stock mit pool und Meerblick... geht doch!!!
      Jetzt aber schnell zur Bushaltestelle und nach Fira zum Sonnenuntergang.
      Tolle Fotomotive! Trotzdem war ich total überfordert, zu viele Menschen, Autos, Busse, restaurants, Shops.
      Sonnenuntergang aufgrund von Wolken auch nicht der Hit. Noch ne gyros pita auf die Hand und dann mit dem randvollen Localbus wieder zurück nach kamali... santorini , bestimmt schön aber nicht meine Welt
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      Traveler  na dann....doch noch Glück gehabt...eine gute letzte Nacht...👍👍👍


      Traveler  Noch eindrucksvoller geht es nicht. Das ist Griechenland. Spitze.


      Traveler  Oh Manu was alles passieren kann, bin froh dass Du doch noch anderweitig untergekommen bist, Gott sei Dank, jetzt wünsche ich Dir nur, das alles weitere wieder gut läuft, drück die Daumen. Lb. Grüße Inge


      Traveler  Schööööön!


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    Dimos Santorini, Santorini, Σαντορίνη

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