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  • Day5

    Thira

    September 26, 2017 in Greece

    I woke up feeling very sorry for myself, definitely too much alcohol last night. I tried to sweat it out at the gym but made it worse and decided to rest by the pool for a few hours.

    Eventually, I began to feel human again so we decided to explore Thira/Fira (not sure which name is more correct as it appears to have multiple spellings). Fira is the capital of Santorini located on the Caldera Cliffs and overlooking the volcano. It's full of winding streets and hidden pathways along the cliff face. Such fun to explore.

    We descended the 600 stairs down to old port. Navigating the donkeys and their poo. If you are prepared to pay, you can ride a donkey up and downthis slop. At the bottom there was beautiful clear blue ocean, some quaint shops and funnily enough some boats. It was then time to ascend... It was hard work and suddenly the sun was beating down, which made it hot and sweaty too. We also had to contend with herds of donkeys racing down the steps. We tried playing chicken with one heard of donkeys. We lost, one of the donkeys damaged my shoes (thankfully not my feet) and Nic was sandwiched between the wall and the donkey,with enough force to get airborne. I'm glad she wasn't hurt and didn't go over the edge. We made it to the top bit couldn't find stair 600, the highest we found was 588. I'm going to count the stairs back to our hotelas the last few steps.

    We had dinner at Classico Cafe and watched the sunset over the volcano. Just magical. To finish we found a dessert shop and tried some loukoumades (mini dounuts) and then meandered home.
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  • Day6

    Volcanos and Hotsprings

    September 27, 2017 in Greece

    New dawn and our first stop was the nearby volcano, Nea Kameni. We took a boat from old port (yes we went down those 600 stairs again) and sailed to the volcano. On arrival we took a 20 minute hike to the summit and walked around the active crater, which aside from a slight Sulfur smell looked like nothing more than black rocks.

    I'm gonna get my geek on and give you a geology lesson on the Cyclades islands. Santorini was once a large circular island that included nearby Thiraisa (which is on the other side of the Caldera).

    About 3600 years ago a massive volcanic eruption occurred. The ancient society which inhabited Santorini was wiped out and the power from the eruption created a giant a sink whole. This sink whole is known as the caldera and is the large depression which separates the islands.

    Within the depression is Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni, two volcanic formations created from the 6 eruptions over the last 3600 years. The last eruption was in 1950 and was considered minor with no damage to Santorini.

    We got back on the boat and headed for the hot springs, located on the shores of Palea Kameni. The waters have a high mineral content including magnesium and iron which means they have historically consider to have therapeutic benefits. I'm not convinced, I could certainly smell Sulfur, which had also turned the water brown but didn't feel healed after my swim. However somewhere deep below. a magma chamber assisted in heating the water to a pleasant 28°C, so not complaining at all.

    All in all a fantastic tour that is informative, fun and affords spectacular views of the Santorini coastline.
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  • Day9

    Santorini

    May 18, 2015 in Greece

    Santorini is BEAUTIFUL! I would move here tomorrow if I could! We started the day by getting on a boat and going to the active Volcano after we had walked to the top and back again we got back on the boat where we were taken around to the other side of the island where there were hot springs to swim in. After we had a swim we headed back to the old port where we were driven to Oia where we walked around, the white buildings with blue roofs and sat down for lunch with an incredible view. After we caught a taxi back to Santorini where we rode donkies up the side of the hill so that we could go shopping and ride the cable car down.Read more

  • Day70

    Santorini, Greece

    July 15, 2017 in Greece

    I had huge expectations for Santorini based on everyone else's comments and the standard blue dome photos you always see but our first night there we were really disappointed! It's beautiful, but so touristy, loads of cars and the water is so far away for water babies like us. We explored the main centre Fira and hired quad bikes to head to Amoudi Bay in Oia in search of some water. We climbed down hundreds of steps to reach the most beautiful clear blue water but there was no beach, only uncomfortable rocks to bathe on, and hundreds of stairs to climb back to the top! Nonetheless, it was water and we were so happy!! We didn't let our initial disappointment stop us and we did a bit more adventuring through Fira to find the Santorini we'd been looking for on the other side of the town centre we'd already explored! The hillside was covered in pastel coloured houses with soft edges, alleyways, flowers in full bloom and local shops. We then hiked along the coastline and over the hills from Fira to Oia in time for sunset, about 13km and 2.5hrs. It was one of the highlights of our trip and something I'd recommend to anyone going to Santorini!! We got to see a completely different side to the touristy island and take in some incredible views that aren't tainted by the thousands of people trying to get the perfect shot. Sunset was pretty, nothing amazing and nothing compared to the views we'd see on our way there! I'm so glad we did the hike because it absolutely moved Santorini up in my books and I can leave the island happy we went there!Read more

  • Day3

    Fira (Thira), Santorini

    September 7, 2016 in Greece

    Our second day brought us to Fira (Thira), the main city of Santorini, which itself is classically also called Thera (English) or Thira (Greek). Fira spreads widely on the 400m high edge of the caldera. Similar to Oia, it consists also of many white-washed houses with deep blue swimming pools & jaccuzis which lighten up the night.

    Best of Fira:

    - Drive there by Bus or Quad, if you stay in another village. Traffic can be difficult in a car! The Bus therefor is super cheap, air-conditioned and fast. The Quad on the other side fits in any parking spot and provides you with a nice breeze in the hot sun.

    - Walk along the caldera all the way from one side to the other of Fira. You'll have incredible views, a nice breeze and silence from most of the tourists.

    - Do what all tourists do: find your way through the grouded two main tourist streets with hundreds pf shops (door on door) full of jewelery, postcards, white light clothes & nice greek people.

    - Enjoy the sunset in one in one of the restaurants, that also have a terrace above the busy streets. I can highly recommend a place called "Argo" - perfect choice of traditional Greek food, professional staff and of course the setting sun right in front of you... just have a look on Tripadvisor or similar.
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  • Day21

    Santorini - rather nice

    October 9, 2017 in Greece

    We left a wet and miserable Malta and two short flights later arrived in paradise!

    Well, paradise for a few days, that is. We stayed in Fira at the slightly retro (but I don't think they mean to be) Hotel Atlantis, where the exact same breakfast is served everyday by a waiter who diligently recites the name of every dish as he puts it down on the table. On the plus side, though, the pool is very nice - although it was a bit cool when we were there - and the views are stunning.

    We were happy to kick back after three weeks of crazy busy sightseeing in Italy and Malta, but we did manage to see a few things.

    We walked down to the old port, dodging donkeys and their faeces and lots of cruise ship passengers, and had a delicious but simple lunch sitting right on the very edge of the wharf.

    We walked the ten or so kilometres to Oia, a more ambitious adventure but great fun also. It was a great mix of scenery, from the various luxury accommodations of Imerovigli and Oia to the barren and spectacular views over the caldera to the occasional whitewashed church. It was quite a lot of trudging up and down hills to get there, though.

    The weather has also been a bit iffy, quite windy and not as hot as we expected even allowing that it is late in the season.

    We've also had some terrific meals and have loved the atmosphere of this relaxed town with its incredible location.

    Well, R and R over, we've watched our last caldera sunset and are now en route to Athens to resume exploring. One more destination and this year's holiday comes to a close.
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  • Day3

    Thira

    July 10, 2017 in Greece

    C'est le jour du périple sur le 2 mâts le Thalassa. Nous allons d'abord manger une petite salade grecque pour moi et une grosse glace pour Jm dans un petit restaurant à Thira qui présente une superbe vue sur la baie, le volcan et l’île, puis direction le vieux port de Thira en contrebas du village. Nous choisissons d'y aller à pied plutôt qu'en téléphérique. Les touristes se font proposer de monter ou descendre à dos d'âne. Autant dire que le chemin entier sent le crottin et qu'il doit y avoir peut être pas loin d'une cinquantaine d'ânes sur ce chemin. Nous arrivons en bas et nous embarquons sur le Thalassa. Première escale sur le volcan, encore en activité, que nous gravissons et d'où nous avons une magnifique vue de tout l'archipel. Seconde escale aux sources chaudes un peu plus à l'ouest du volcan, après un petit accrochage entre notre bateau et le bateau voisin qui détruit malencontreusement une petite partie de la proue de notre bateau, nous plongeons du pont, et en nageant un peu nous arrivons effectivement dans des eaux d'où la température peut monter jusqu'à 30°, certains se recouvrent le corps et le visage de boue orange, sans doute pour ses vertues. Au retour sur le bateau, mon maillot de bain blanc à l'origine sera devenu beige et difficilement lavable, imprégné par les particules oranges flottant dans l'eau sulfurique du volcan. 3ème escale près de la petite île de Thirassia, où certains s'octroient de nouveau un petit bain après avoir plongé depuis le bateau. Jm et moi ne plongeons pas, nous préférons sécher un peu et nous réchauffer avant le repas. Viens alors l'heure du buffet traditionnel grecque, nous sommes gâtés, patates, riz, brochettes de viande (Souvlaki), salade grecque, cheesie pie, et petit verre de vin blanc.
    Nous naviguons ensuite du côté d'Oia pour admirer le magnifique coucher de soleil depuis le bateau, sur une petite ambiance jazzy, moteur coupé, un membre de l'équipage accompagne cet instant avec son saxophone. Le soleil ayant disparu à l'horizon, l'expédition est cloturée par un sirtaki entre les membres de l'équipage et les passagers.
    Retour au vieux port de Thira à la tombée de la nuit, où nous attendent de drôles de personnages, les maîtres des ânes, pour nous proposer de nous ramener en haut à dos d'âne. Nous nous laissons convaincre et tentons cette expérience assez rigolote. Nous profitons arrivés là-haut de la très belle vue sur Thira illuminée, puis nous rentrons à l'hôtel.
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  • Day52

    Santorini

    June 13 in Greece

    We flew from Athens to Santorini today and checked into an amazing hotel called Pegasus Suites in Fira on the cliff edge overlooking the ocean. The whole place is picture perfect! We spent the afternoon looking around the little streets and some time by the pool. In the evening we went for a lovely dinner and watched the sun go down.

  • Day6

    Day 6: Santorini, Greece

    June 26, 2017 in Greece

    Santorini is my new favourite place.

    After checking out from our hostel and heading to the ferry (which was a really nice ferry and we had a table all to ourselves), we arrived in Santorini just in time for lunch. Some girls were so excited to leave Mykonos that they checked out and when we were on our way to the port, they realized that they checked out a day early and had to head back. We all had a pretty good laugh about it.

    After arriving to our hostel, we checked in and sat in the pool for a bit. We met two really nice Canadians from Toronto, two girls from Scotland and two girls from California. So cool to meet people from all over! Afterwards we went to find a place to eat and we fell in love with the city. The views are incredible, the food is amazing and this hostel is certainly better than the last (especially the WiFi) and we are right in the city centre! We also have a fridge and access to a kitchen so we got to go buy our own food at the supermarket.

    I've only been here a few hours and Santorini is exactly what I pictured Greece to look like. Highly recommend it. :)
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Firá, Fira, Φηρά, JTR, Фира

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