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  • Day5


    September 26, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    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 ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    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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  • Day514

    Santorini photos

    September 11, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    While in Santorini we didn’t have a lot of time but we saw Thira the main town and walked down to the old harbour passing all the donkeys, I suggested to John we could walk back up but ‘no way’ was the response so we used the cable car, funicular to get back up, without our overnight bag I might have given it a go but would definitely have been dripping at the top.Read more

  • Day9


    May 18, 2015 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    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

  • Day514

    Santorini Thira

    September 11, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Well it was a lot more blowy on Sunday when we woke in Aliki but the trip along the south coast of Paros went well as sheltered, as did the east coast section but then we had to cross to Naxos, not so nice! We got there OK but there were a few bangs as the bow landed, on arrival we radioed as per pilot book instructions no answer Umm so after waiting for a few condor sized ferries to unload and load we headed around and into Marina to get what we thought was a brusque brush off from the harbour master ‘ you haven’t called why not no place no to anchorage place and call after 6pm?’ Oh dear not looking so good, we had looked for email and phone number but nothing on internet or in our books. We sat in the bumpy anchorage spot considering options, ferry and hotel non refundable this close to departure but if the harbour master didn’t find a spot 6pm was late to try to reach somewhere more sheltered. We decided to risk waiting, fortunately when John called at 6 pm there was a spot not a great one but better than the anchorage and he would find a better space in the morning, thank goodness looked like Santorini trip was on.
    After we tied up with 7 ropes we decided to go and have a well earned drink, while doing this another yacht came in and moored up alongside us, we popped back to make sure everything OK, move dingy so they could get round etc. In the morning they bought us pain au chocolate as a thank you, much appreciated by me!
    The harbour master came around 9:15 and we negotiated another mooring and managed to move without to much bother, alongside boat also moved as a super yacht was due to arrive and go where we were. So another mammoth rope tieing session and John was happy, we secured boat and headed to ferry ⛴.
    Santorini is three quarters of a caldera, the rim of an old volcano with steep sides on the west, sloping gently to the sea on the east it is touristy a bit like Mykonos but not as ‘in your face’ and the views are stunning. I will put photos here and on next post with little or no writing as can only have 6 per post.
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  • Day583

    Day 584: Exploring Santorini, Good & Bad

    September 21, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Decided to check out Santorini today, since we're staying in one far-flung corner of it, and the most dramatic scenery is on the other side. There was a bus stop right near the hotel, so we hopped on at around 10:45 and waited as the bus wound its way around street after street, eventually an hour later arriving in Thera, the main town of Santorini. A direct drive would take 10 minutes max. At least it was cheap!

    Spent a couple of hours wandering around Thera looking at various sights and enjoying the view. It's quite touristy though, the old town is packed in and just loaded with souvenir shops and places selling full English breakfast and the like. Found a highly recommended gyros place and had some lunch, then decided to head for Oia, the famous town right on the tip of Santorini and where all the famous sunset photos get taken from.

    Hopped on a bus, and were then immediately kicked off the bus - apparently dogs are only allowed while they're in a bag! Why it wasn't a problem for the previous bus, I have no idea, and neither did the guy who kicked us off. After a few vigorous words with people (including each other) we went to one of the crappy souvenir shops and bought a 5 euro beach bag just large enough for Schnitzel. Smuggled him onto the bus and had no issues, though we kept him hidden from the conductor and driver.

    Oia was a lot nicer than Thera - felt slightly larger and more interesting. Still very touristy, but it felt like there were shops other than those selling magnets and cheap paintings. Lots of sunset bars of course, and after a couple of hours wandering in the heat we retreated to a sunset bar and had a couple of drinks. Couldn't stay there for the sunset as they had a restaurant-wide reservation for 5:30, so we headed off looking for somewhere else.

    But we never made it! As we rounded a bend, a cat came charging up to us and leaped directly onto Schnitzel, claws out. He screamed and started fighting back, I lifted him up by the leash and kicked the cat away, copping a bunch of scratches on my leg for my troubles. Eventually the cat retreated and we assessed the damage with the help of a couple of locals.

    Schnitzel had a small rip at the tip of his ear about a centimetre long, plus a couple of other small scratches but nothing deep and his eyes were untouched thankfully. My leg was bleeding quite a bit from the scratches, and apparently dog ears have a vein running around the edges so there was a lot of blood around! Not murder-scene bad, but a lot. I cleaned up with some wet wipes and Betadine from a local, who gave us details of a local vet.

    Forgoing the sunset, we headed back to the edge of town where there weren't any taxis, so ended up getting the bus back to Thera. I told the conductor in no uncertain terms that it was a medical emergency and we were getting on the bus whether he liked it or not, so he didn't protest. Waited for a taxi in Thera, where multiple drivers turned us down because Schnitzel wasn't in a crate! Pleas fell on deaf ears, and we ended up getting another bus to Emporio where the vet was located, not far from our hotel.

    I'd phoned ahead to warn her, though between the language barrier and background noise she thought I'd said "car" instead of "cat", so she was relieved to see Schnitzel was in much better condition than she expected!! She patched him up, cleaned things and sent us on our way. No buses in this area, so we walked the 30 minutes back to the hotel where we just collapsed exhausted - and maybe a little cry as well.

    I cleaned up, using the Dettol that only yesterday we'd decided against throwing out, grabbed a gyros for dinner and then collapsed exhausted. The best and worst of Santorini I guess.
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  • Day70

    Santorini, Greece

    July 15, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    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


    September 13, 2018 in Greece ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    Heute haben wir eine Tagestour auf die griechische Insel Santorini gemacht. Morgens ging es bei starkem Regen und Gewitter (was gestern abends schon los ging) von Heraklion mit der Fähre los. Nach zwei Stunden auf der Fähre war auf der Insel bestes Wetter.

    Das erste Ziel war das Dorf Ia. Die Orte auf der Insel zeichnen sich durch schmale Gassen und weiße malerische Häuser, die sich direkt an den Klippen befinden, aus. Auch hier auf der Insel gibt es wieder unzählige Kirchen, orthodox und katholisch.

    Insgesamt ist die Insel durch Trockenheit gekennzeichnet, es regnet im Jahr nur einen Monat lang. Trotzdem wächst hier hauptsächlich guter Wein, Pistazien und Kapern. Die teils rot und schwarz gefärbte Landschaft sieht sehr steinig aus. Dies liegt mitunter daran, dass bereits ein Vulkan (Kolumbus) im 16. Jahrhundert ausgebrochen war, der große Teile der Insel zerstörte und ein über 1200 Meter tiefes Loch (jetzt mit Meer bedeckt) hinterließ.

    Passend dazu gibt es in dem Ort Kamari, unserem nächsten Ziel, einen Strand mit schwarzem Sand, der durch Vulkangestein entstand.

    Zum Schluss waren wir noch in der prächtigen Hauptstadt Fira, von wo man einen herrlichen Blick über die Kaldera hat.

    Today we've took a day tour to the greek island Santorini. In the morning during strong rain and thunderstorm (which already starts yesterday in the evening) we went off from Heraklion with a vessel. After two hours on the vessel we had best weather.

    The first destination was the village Ia. Most of the places on the island are characterised by narrow alleys and white scenic houses, which are located right at the cliff edges. Even on the island there are myriads of churches, catholic and orthodox.

    Overall the island is marked by drought, it only rains one month per year. Nevertheless there are growing mainly good wine, pistachia plants and caper bushes.

    The partly red and black coloured landscape looks very rocky. That's occasionally because of the volcano (Colombus), which erupted in the 16th century and destroyed big parts of the island. It left behind an over 1200 metres deep hole (now it's covered with the sea).

    Suitably there is a place Kamari, our next stop, with a beach with black sand, which was built from volcanic rock.

    At the end we've been to the magnificent capital city Fira, where you have a gorgeous view over the Kaldera.
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  • Day4

    Explosive Santorini

    November 8, 2013 in Greece ⋅ 🌬 70 °F

    In the morning the Ruby Princess anchored off Santorini. Our excursion group met in the Princess Theater at 8:00 AM. Our guide was a woman named Katerina, “Katie.” She took us all over the island. We especially enjoyed the free time we had photographing the town of Oia (pronounced EE-ya) on the north of the island. She brought a very interesting presentation at the archaeological museum, which related that there has been found a tree trunk destroyed in the eruption of the thirteenth century B. C. Carbon-14 tests place the eruption sometime around 1630 B. C. I have been trying to figure how such a date might fit in with the Exodus from Egypt. Pharaonic chronological records, as I recall from seminary, place the date of the Exodus sometime around 1240 B. C. Still, the notion that the Thera (“Fera” is the pronunciation of this word by its Muslim conquerors, who were unable to pronounce the “th” sound) eruption caused the Red Sea to recede, then to destroy the Egyptian Army in a tsunami are intriguing. Karen and Bob Crone from Atlanta were assigned to our table.Read more

  • Day21

    Santorini - rather nice

    October 9, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    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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Firá, Fira, Φηρά, JTR, Фира

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