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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 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!😊😊

  • Day23


    September 8, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Up for breaky at 8.00am on the rooftop.

    It is beautiful but I want more sleep as woke at 4.00am

    Cheese pastries and coffee. Boiled egg, fruit, and breads sitting at the very top of the hill looking across to the volcano.

    Now for our sailing trip around the caldera. (which means volcanic crater fallen into the sea)

    Met the driver at the prehistoric museum at 9.15am
    (a 4min walk from hotel)
    Rode the mini van to the island end opposite to Oia.

    (Did I say this place reminds me of Phillip Island, the scale of the land mass I mean)

    The mariner is full of yachts.
    We board the red and white waved catamaran, which is gorgeous.
    I am over excited. Which is a good sign.
    We are ushered under a cream canopy onto soft red padded seating around a table.

    The catamaran seats 34
    It is a magnificent structure.
    They serve wine to us at an open bar.

    We are sat opposite 2 men.
    Chris and Mikah
    They are originally from San Diego, now live in Chigago and are happily married.

    We chat and discover that Micah and myself are both Saggitarians. This makes the convo go in a totally wild trajectory.
    Chris is a Capricorn so is more laid back and looks after the finances.

    Basically our entire conversation is how they are a mirror image of Theens and I, regarding personality and behaviours.

    Micah and I can take a mean photograph. Chris and Athena cannot.
    We, the Saggies, are the adventurers the risk takers, always wanting to be busy and at the front of the line. The other 2 are less so, instead, happy to follow along but willing to give it a go.

    For the entire sail we all 4 talked, non stop, whilst drinking our wine.

    We stopped for a swim. Athena stayed on the boat.

    The water was cold at first then divine. Armed with my noodle, I paddled around. The two boys jumped in the sea 💦 and we hung together. I was fascinated with looking under the catamaran. Loved the big red looming form above my head.

    After relaxing for 10minutes in the water we set off.
    We spied 2 webber bbqs hissing and steaming at the back of the catamaran so we knew lunch was near.

    We spent hours talking to our new friends. The boys have been married for 2 years and this holiday was a late honeymoon.

    We stopped off for another 15 Min swim and Athena stayed on board taking pics from the netting. Micah and I swam underneath her and splashed up to her like kids. She was telling us off and it made us do it more!!

    Now lunch is served.
    We eagerly sat waiting to see the dishes to be devoured.

    Bbq chicken and pork, greek salad, penne covered in tomato and cheese. Bread with olive tapenade, tzatziki and olive oil soaked baked potatoes.
    I had a second helping!

    We stopped to view the red beach and the white beach. Which ended up being coves with coloured cliffs.

    Then after many wines, we lazily, drunkenly made our way back to the mariner.

    At one point I went to the loo onboard. This was an experience. Getting down the vertical ladder, then trying to sit whilst being heaved up and down all over the place!
    I loved looking out the porthole. The blue water at face level waving along with the white foam waves. Memorising, could've stayed there a while, but Athena was at the top telling me to hurry up as she needed to go.

    The sail was over and absolutely perfect. A quick van drive back.We said goodbye to the boys and headed back to our room.

    Gelati time. Mango and lemon for Athena and I love my lemon 🍋.

    I comatosed into a 10min nap, whilst Athena went to the rooftop to sunbake. I went up too for a short time.

    Nobody told me that Santorini turns you into a sloth.
    We lay on our beds, with our balcony doors open to the soft sounds of the crowds below and music pumping somewhere.
    The blue sky invades our every sense and we are still.

    Lacking any will to explore. We have 2 more days yet.
    Tommorow we will see Oia.

    At 6.00, Athena asks me do you want to head out. My reply is a big fat 'Yes'

    We walked to the left, facing Fira, and meandered upwards behind the elegant villas and expensive hotels. You can see the island at 360 degrees from here.

    Heard tinkling bells ringing and watched the mules, one behind the other, carrying loud obnoxious Americans upward through the streets. I didn't enjoy seeing this.

    By 8.00pm we were hungry.
    Went back to Fanari as it is quiet and the food is good.

    Athena had chicken souvlaki,
    I the mixed fried seafood which included, calamari rings, king prawns, sardines and baby octopus with rice and carrots.
    I am seafood hooked, line and sinker, lol.

    Our waiter, Vagelli, was so excited to speak Greek to a customer he hovered over Athena like a stalker. He even took her plate to remove the chicken off the skewer for her. She tried to take the plate back but he was not having it.

    So full of sun and fresh air and food, we rolled off to bed.
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    Thrilled to get an update after so long.. 2 September


    Mum and dad. Still having a fabulous time. Great to see. Don't know why the other days reporting hasn't made it since 2 September. Love to you both.

    Amanda Phillips

    Hi Sandra, wow you’re in Santorini, fabulous sailing day on dreamcatcher. Your smiles say it all, lots of fun and laughter with Athena. Enjoy the beautiful views and sunsets xx

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  • 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!

    Annemarie Nitsche

    Das Maultier ist ein „Lastesel“!

  • 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.


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


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

  • 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!"

    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

  • Day12


    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

  • 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!!!

    Joanne Bowman

    Interesting meal!

  • Day6

    Bootstrip auf der Albatross

    August 28, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Auf dem Weg zur "Albatross" sind wir wieder den steilen Weg zum Hafen hinunter gefahren. Die Aussicht ist ja großartig, aber so dicht am Abgrund entlang zu fahren leider nichts für schwache Nerven. Die Albatross bringt uns heute zum Vulkan und den heißen Quellen.Read more

  • Day9

    Akrotiri Archaeological Site

    September 11, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Another day has started!
    Our plan for the today was initially to go on an afternoon/evening cruise including dinner at sunset. However, we soon realise that we won´t make it in time: the boat departs at 1.40pm from the old harbour and Ludo needs to work at least until 1pm.
    As a back-up plan, we decide to postpone the cruise to another day and anticipate the activities planned tomorrow: the exploration of the Akrotiri peninsula, the South-West side of Santorini. The main attractions of these area are the Akrotiri Archaelogical Site (the remains of the Greek civilisation of Santorini destroyed by the infamous Minoan Eruption in 1,600 bC), three beautiful beaches (black, red and white) and finally the lighthouse, which is supposed to offer an amazing viewpoint of the sunset.

    Before leaving, Ludo finally dares to try the non-apple-strudel we accidentally bought yesterday. And he is surprisingly satisfied with it (or maybe he´s just hungry...😅). On a full stomach, we can finally hit the road heading to the Akrotiri peninsula.
    Unfortunately Google Maps claims the archaeological site is closed, but Pavlos assures us that it will be open and we have learnt to trust him... fortunately! Indeed, not only the site is open, but on the way to it we admire a stunning view of the caldera from a completely new viewpoint!

    The archaeological site itself has a sun cover (thanks god!) and is much bigger than we expected. Similarly to Pompeii, the town of Akrotiri was completely buried with volcanic ash, which almost perfectly preserved everything underneath. If most of the buildings are just ruins, one house still stands with intact windows ans even its wooden windowsills!
    A video shows what this building must have looked like and the reconstruction is truly impressive. Not to mention the perfectly preserves vases and amphorae lying not far away: their colourful decorations are still perfectly visible!

    The most surprising part is however what lies underneath the ruins: almost 3,000 years ago this civilisation already had an advanced sewerage system connected to each single house! No wonder the Ancient Greeks are considered the founders of the Western civilisation...
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    Ludovico Castelvetri

    Hunger makes you love anything, even a fake strudel (sausage strudel!!! 😢 )

  • Day5


    August 27, 2019 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Der zweite Tag auf Santorini beginnt mit einem phänomenalen Frühstück und der Erkundung der Gegend zu fuß. Wir haben einen ambitionierten Plan, was wir uns heute alles ansehen wollen: Akrotiri Beach, den berühmten Red Beach und wenn möglich auch noch den White Beach.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Loumourádes, Loumourades