Episkopí Goniás

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    • 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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    • Day 3

      Estate Argyros Winery

      July 17, 2022 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

      Our guide recommended the 8th generation winery called Estate Argyros Winery not far from the Kamari beach area and right beside the Santorini Brewing Company…which, unfortunately was closed today, a Sunday. She dropped us off at the winery where we enjoyed a wine and food pairing tasting with a tour. This winery prioduces 400,000 bottles per year and exports 60% of it. Most of the grapes they grow are white grapes, about 80% versus much fewer red grapes. The tasting room was extremely modern and had incredible lightning. The winery is undergoing an expansion, and this location started in 2014 and was completed in 2018, with more construction to increase wine production.

      We tried 4 wines today:

      1 - Assyrtiko - the most popular grape with 100-120 yr old vines, recommended to drink w food, this wine can hold for up to 10 years which will reduce the acidity

      2 - Athiri - an aromatic grape, easy to drink and ready to drink now, this is our favorite and we ended up buying a bottle to take home

      3 - Vinsanto - sweet dessert wine

      4 - Rose - blend of white and red varietals

      We also took a short tour to learn more about the unique wine production in the area. The guide shared the 2 different ways they grow the grapes. It’s very unique in that the grapes are on the ground versus hanging down. The grapes don’t grow in soil, but in volcanic ash. Because it’s in volcanic ash, they don’t have to use pesticides. The main way of growing the grapes is twisting the vines into a circular formation that looks like a bird’s nest. The “vine nest” traps the morning humidity providing the perfect climate for grape growing. Because there are fewer red grapes, they are trying to find new ways of growing them to increase production.
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    • Day 11

      Kloster mit Aussicht

      September 23, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Das höchstgelegene Kloster der Insel und seine 8 verbliebenen Mönche teilen sich die Aussicht vom einzigen „Berg“ mit einer NATO-Radarstation.
      Und mit Hunderten Touristen, die jeden Tag hier her gefahren werden, um den Ausblick zu genießen...Read more

    • Day 496


      October 2, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      We said our goodbyes to Jamie, Renee and the girls as we left our villa. They were due to sail to Athens for a three day visit prior to their flights back to Brisbane. We were unsure as to whether the ferry would be running as all the ferries and public transport in the Capital were cancelled due to a 24 hour strike. As it happens their ferry did arrive on time as it had set off from Crete, and our ferry back to Santorini had been cancelledas it should have set off from Athens. In the event we travelled north to Mykonos on an alternative ferry prior to turning south to Santorini. We arrived on the island 4 hours later than expected but our hotel had arranged a taxi for us for an easy transfer which was typical of the marvellous hospitality we experienced from all the people we met on this trip.
      This trip has whet our appetite for an island hopping trip in the future.
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